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There’s an RWB here that isn’t a Porsche.

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We get the low­down on an RWB build that isn’t a Porsche 911

The thing with cre­ative peo­ple is there’s al­ways this itch to switch up the game, take risks, and, with enough luck, be­come pi­o­neers in their fields. The same can be said about mo­tor­heads who are strongly mo­ti­vated to be dif­fer­ent and to come out on top. There’s this say­ing that goes, “If you don’t ask, the an­swer will al­ways be no.” And for Kevin Car­los, the abil­ity to push the lim­its of what’s pos­si­ble in a slammed car would not have been re­al­ized if he had just set­tled for a “no.”

As the founder of Stance Pilip­inas, he knows it’s im­por­tant for his rides to ex­ude au­then­tic­ity. He has owned two other static slammed Nis­san Sil­vias (an S14 and an S15), but his cur­rent RWB Sky­line GT-T out­does his pre­vi­ous ef­forts and cranks things up to 11.

You might be think­ing a Sky­line has no busi­ness rock­ing a RAUH-Welt ban­ner, but this build was ex­e­cuted with the bless­ing of RWB founder Akira Nakai. In 2015, on a trip to Ja­pan shortly af­ter pur­chas­ing the car, Kevin found the op­por­tu­nity to present his de­sign ideas to Nakai-san, with the prom­ise that the build would faith­fully rep­re­sent the RWB’s aes­thet­ics. Nakai-san once had an RWB S15 Sil­via, so Kevin knew an­other non-Porsche 911 build wasn’t a stretch. He went home with Nakaisan’s bless­ing and a gen­uine RWB ban­ner.

Early this year, Nakai-san saw the com­pleted car for the first time. If there are any haters out there ques­tion­ing the le­git­i­macy of this RWB Sky­line, Nakai-san’s sig­na­ture on the pas­sen­ger-side dash­board should be suf­fi­cient proof that he has given Kevin’s build his seal of ap­proval.

All the de­sign el­e­ments on the car were solely con­cep­tu­al­ized by Kevin. If Nakai-san’s RWB cre­ations are in­spired by the Porsche GT2 race cars, Kevin’s one-off is heav­ily in­flu­enced by the Nismo Z-Tune Sky­line.

Atoy Llave of Atoy Cus­toms was com­mis­sioned to bring the de­sign ideas to life. First on the agenda was widen­ing the car’s rear. Kevin widened his GT-T’s rear haunches by as much 9cm per side, care­fully mim­ick­ing, then slightly ex­ag­ger­at­ing, the lines of a GT-R. The front fend­ers re­tain the squared-off kink that the orig­i­nal Z-Tune fend­ers have near the bot­tom of the A-pil­lars, but Kevin drew them out a bit so the lines flow bet­ter with the 6cm widen­ing job, which also fea­ture shark-gill vents for extra vis­ual ag­gres­sion.

The front end is sim­i­lar to that of a stock GTT, but with a grille sec­tion in­spired by the GT-R. There’s also a rub­ber chin sim­i­lar to Nakai-san’s

911 chin units on his Porsche builds. Of note are the mod­i­fied side skirts copied from the Z-Tune and whose in­stal­la­tion of­fers a fair bit of play to deal with speed bumps. The duck­tail wing is prob­a­bly one of the best pieces of the car’s kit: It im­me­di­ately sets the car apart from most Sky­line builds with mas­sive GT wings, and helps de­fine the char­ac­ter of the car.

Wheels play an im­por­tant role in com­plet­ing the look of a stanced car. Kevin’s Sky­line rolls on a set of 18in Work Seeker EX wheels (in 9.5in and 10in widths front and rear, re­spec­tively), kept in place by Project Kics wheel spac­ers and Rays En­gi­neer­ing lug nuts, and man­aged by Tanabe coilovers.

An RB25 en­gine pro­vides me­chan­i­cal mo­ti­va­tion, aided by a Zage TD06 tur­bocharger, a Tonnka’s ex­haust man­i­fold, and a DMF ex­haust ter­mi­nat­ing in a Gram Lights muf­fler. A Tonnka’s throt­tle body, mean­while, feeds the in-line-six via a GReddy in­take man­i­fold. Power is routed through an RB25 Se­ries 2 man­ual gear­box and a Nismo GT Pro two-way LSD.

As one of the pi­o­neers of Manila’s fit­ment scene, Kevin has suc­cess­fully at­tained a build level that is so fan­tas­tic, its story will be told for years to come. This gor­geous R34 Sky­line has achieved the en­vi­able dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only non-Porsche RWB build in Manila, and one of only two in the whole world.


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