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 |  Jan 14 2012, 4:00 PM

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The Tokyo Auto Salon isn’t just about Japanese cars. On the contrary, there’s a large selection of European models, especially thanks to the growing trend for RAUH-Welt Begriff modified Porsches.

Originally a company that modified Toyota AE 86s, founder Nakai-San took his passion for unique style and applied it to classic air-cooled Porsches. So what does the founder of the RWB movement drive? The answer is this machine.

A classic cabriolet model, the Spearmint Rhino car is, understandably, topless. It’s features the usual ultra-wide-body stance, though without the massive rear wing and has been finished in a pristine matte white finish. And even if you’re not a fan of the RWB movement, you simply have to love those wheels.

GALLERY: RWB Porsche

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon Coverage here

 |  Jan 08 2012, 4:00 PM

Toyota‘s upcoming GT 86 hasn’t even gotten in the hands of the consumers yet, and already some interesting tuning options are being dreamed up. We’ll be receiving Scion‘s FR-S as America’s offering from Toyota, and already impressed with how it performs stock (read our review here), we can’t even imagine what the aftermarket will be able to do with it.

But for now, we have to satisfy our hunger by seeing what talented artists like Jon Sibal can come up with. And what an awesome render/concept he did – combining the style of RWB’s Porsches, onto the new style Toyota GT 86. You see, before RWB wrenched away on Porsches making some of the widest, baddest creations on this planet, they tinkered on Toyota’s AE 86 with a similar style but under the Rough World name. And while now they focus on Porsches, wouldn’t it be interesting if they jumped back into the Toyota game with the advent of the GT 86?

Sibal surely hopes so, as his rendering reveals a GT 86 with some Rough World flavor to it. We can’t wait to see what race teams end up doing to Toyota’s new sports car and the tuners in America do to Scion’s FR-S.

[Source: Jon Sibal]

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2013 Scion FR-S Review

 |  Nov 02 2011, 8:10 PM

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For those who are paying close attention to the aftermarket industry, this years SEMA Show might always be remembered as the year RAUH-Welt became a household name. Well, maybe just among car nuts.

RAUH-Welt Begriff or RWB for short, is a small Japanese tuner known for its wildly customized air cooled Porsches, with big fender flares and even bigger spoilers. To the best of our knowledge, no RWB has ever been on display at SEMA, and to make these cars even more special, they are the first to be built in America.

The light green car (above) sits as the main attraction at the Falken tires booth, while the white car (below) belongs to former 0-60 Magazine editor-in-chief Brian Scotto. Scotto now works for Ken Block, managing his new Hoonigan brand and so we’re certain the car has plans beyond just the SEMA Show.

We expect to see numerous other RWB Porsches at SEMA next year and there’s already evidence the trend is catching on. We spotted a few similarly-styled German sports cars and have included them below. Enjoy responsibly.

GALLERY: Rauh-Welt Porsches

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GALLERY: Custom Porsches of SEMA

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 |  Oct 31 2011, 1:00 PM

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Unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2011 SEMA Show is this very custom Rauh-Welt Porsche 965. The wide fendered, deep dish wheeled, humongously spoilered tuner Porsche is the property of former 0-60 editor Brian Scotto. Recenty Scotto made the switch to work with motorsports personality Ken Block and now runs Block’s “Hoonigan” brand.

What’s Hoonigan? Well, so far it’s just a Facebook page aimed at promoting and enjoying the drive-it-like-you-stole-it lifestyle. But there’s more to it than that, with Hoonigan set to make a big announcement at the SEMA Show.

See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show preview here, with coverage starting Tuesday, November 1st.

GALLERY: RWB Porsche 965

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For more on Brian Scotto’s RWB Porsche, see the here.

 |  Sep 27 2011, 12:45 PM

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***UPDATE*** AutoGuide.com has been contacted by former “0-60 Magazine” Editor and Brand Director for Ken Block’s new brand “Hoonigan“, Brian Scotto, who has informed us that the car does not in fact belong to Ken Block. There is, however, a connection, with the actual owner being none-other than Scotto himself, who does plan to show the vehicle at SEMA to promote the new Hoonigan brand. Stay tuned for info on the car and more details on “Hoonigan.”

Japanese Porsche tuner RWB (RAUH-Welt Begriff) has earned quite a reputation for building some wild retro German machines. Massive spoilers, bright paint and extreme widebodies are all a part of the plan for a shop that promises exclusivity with only one car per customer.

While still on the fringes of auto culture, RWB is about to get some mainstream attention with news that its latest client is none-other than Gymkhana expert Ken Block.

No details have yet been released, but it’s all but certain that this could be the wildest RWB creation yet. Rumors indicate that Block’s creation could be on display at this year’s 2011 SEMA Show.

GALLERY: RWB Porsches

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[Source: 7Tune]

 |  Jun 30 2011, 11:38 PM

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Jon Sibal is one of the premier automotive digital artists out there, and from time to time he likes to have a little bit of fun with Photoshop making some awesome micro car renders. This time around, Sibal stuck to a theme of Rauh Welt-built cars. Rauh Welt Begriff, RWB, is a Porsche tuner located in Japan and loves to combine both Japanese and Euro tuning elements, creating some of the most distinct-looking Porsches in the world.

Sibal just makes them even more distinct by turning them into entertaining micro car renditions thanks to good ‘ol Adobe Photoshop. Aside from all the real good looking RWB Porsches, Sibal also showed off some non-Porsche RWB cars including a flat black Nissan S15 and and AE86.

For good fun, Sibal also did a couple of RWB’s Porsches in a Cars-theme to celebrate the release of the Cars 2 movie.

GALLERY: Jon Sibal’s Micro Cars

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[Source: Jon Sibal]