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