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Watch this Drift-Specific 964 Go Very Sideways

Though it’s not a common sight seeing a Porsche 911 go sideways in such a stylized fashion, this one does look fairly natural doing it.

Tuned by KA-TUN, a Japanese racing outfit, this 964 is meant to slide gracefully at speed. To do so, it sports massive wheel spacers, Bride seats (drifters adore them), the toe and camber settings conducive to oversteer, and a set of blister fenders for both a widened track and the aggressive styling drift machines are known for. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does turn heads. For those not interested in the looks, the action begins fifty seconds into the clip.

This 964 exudes a bit of that Rauh-Welt Begriff style we’re so familiar with. With the choice add-ons, it’s certainly a vibrant Porsche, and it has the soundtrack to match the exuberant driving. It seems to have it all. However, it is handicapped in one respect.

The pendulum effect inherent in every automobile is quite violent in this rear-engined 911. Noticeably, the way this car breaks and regains traction are quite abrupt. More obviously, transitioning from a leftward slide to a rightward slide, somewhat like a feint but also known as a manji in drifting parlance, is not as graceful nor as progressive as with a car with an engine in front. Therefore, the Porsche requires very delicate steering to keep it from spinning when swinging the rear around.

Snappy and sideways, the KA-TUN 964 is a definite crowd pleaser.

Not to say that competitively drifting a 911 is impossible, it’s just that its weight balance isn’t as suited to producing long, smoky, elegant slides as front-engined cars do. « >Tyler McQuarrie took a modified 993 GT2 to Formula D years ago, but he’s since retired the machine for a Camaro. In any event, enjoy this cerulean blue 964 show how 911s really are the versatile sports car for every occasion—including playing the hooligan.

 

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Wrestling a 660-HP 964 on Six-Year-Old Tires

TPC Racing started their racing outfit in the late eighties; refining the turbocharger systems for the Nissan 300ZXs, Mazda RX7 Twin Turbos, Lotus Turbo Esprits and Consulier GTPs of the IMSA GTU series. That sort of background manifests quite clearly in two aspects of this monstrous « GT2″—the paddleboard-sized intercooler, which looks like it could reverse global warming alone, and the fact that this twin-turbo, 3.6-liter motor produces 660 horsepower at the rear wheels in endurance trim. In fact, this machine was so fast that Randy Pobst and owner/driver Levitas would challenge one another into Turn 1 at Daytona to see who could enter faster. They tied at 207 mph each.

Big turbochargers strain those broad rear slicks through Virginia International Raceway’s tightest bends.

TPC took this machine first to race in club races, and later, the spiritual successor of IMSA GTU: Grand-Am. However, nowadays it spends most of its time hunting down NASCAR machinery under the control of Levitas. Virginia International Raceway, with it’s long straights, high-speed chicanes, and technical sections, sets the perfect scene for a battle between these two powerful racing cars with very different specifications.

The Duel

Despite the fact that the Porsche’s wearing dangerously tired rubber, it slithers and dances in hot pursuit of the big-bore stock car. Despite the forceful and responsive motor sitting behind Levitas, it can’t quite match the sheer grunt of the American iron which edges the stock car away on the straightest sections of the Danville, Virginia course. However, every remotely technical section clearly favors the nimbleness of the Porsche and Levitas’ tidy lines. Not happy to be caught so easily, the man ahead has to resort to unsavory blocking—most dangerously at 2:48—to try and keep Veritas behind. Some people just lack a sense of sportsmanship.

The Car

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Autohaus RWB: The Experts on Engine Rebuilding and Customised Porsches in Thailand

A few months ago in Bangkok, I had the opportunity to visit RWB Thailand by Autohaus. Unfortunately, my stay in the city was super short and I didn’t have the time to meet the founder personally. I spent at least 3 hours on the place, enjoyed the perfect combination of the architecture and the unique cars around the building.

RWB (RAUH-Welt Begriff) is a Porsche tuner based in Japan, founded by Akira Nakai, who combines Japanese and Euro tuning elements, creating the distinct RWB style for Porsche chassis. Starting off as a small countryside body-shop in Chiba-Ken, RAUH-Welt 911’s are now a common sight on both the streets and racing circuits of Japan.

Autohaus RWB Thailand was founded by Chin Kanitpong, in 2011. The building was designed by VaSLab in 2011 and the construction was completed in 2012. The project was inspired by the art of body tuning by Nakai-san, while the place is considered one of the best architectural-automotive sights of the country.

Right now, we are capable of building 911s from a ground up, both RWBs and not RWBs projects. Chin Kanitpong, Founder of Autohaus RWB Thailand

What inspired you to start RWB Thailand?

After my first RWB in Thailand, I just wanted to share “the widebody work” from the master, Akira Nakai.

I read on the website that per customer only one RWB can be ordered – Why only make one RWB Porsche per customer? Why not more?

That’s not really true. There are customers who own more than one RWB. However, each one must be built and customised by Nakai-san one at a time.

What differentiates RWB Thailand from the rest of the distributors?

Right now, we are capable of building 911s from a ground up, both RWBs and not RWBs projects. Our chief mechanic is a good engine builder and also has experience with automotive electrical systems. However, we can only focus on one or two cars built at a time, just want to take time on each build to make sure it’s done perfectly.

I saw that you do a lot of restoration as well, is this your primary business over modifying the cars?

No, restoration is not our primary business. I would say engine rebuilding is our main expertise.

What was the first car that you modified in Thailand?

Ten years ago, my mechanic and I started off with building a VW Golf MK1 race car. It has 2.0 16V ITBs coupled Quaife racing transmission.

What modifications you’re capable of making on the Porsches? Is it only exterior, or interior as well?

We can pretty much do a complete car. Bodywork and paint are done by our affiliated shop close by. For the interior, we have upholstery teams to come in and work on the car, all other mechanical and technical are done by our mechanics.

RWB Porsches: It’s just a matter of personal preference

Which are the more memorable cars that you have come across in your years at RWB?

That would be our first 964 engine rebuild. It was for my 964 RWB. Internally, we built it to factory spec but added PMO six throttles kit with Motec engine management system, the car achieved 310 hp and ran flawlessly for years.

 

What car is the most popular among your customers? Is it only 964 Porsches? Or what other cars come in to be modified?

We have worked on all air-cooled models ranging from 912 to 993. An interesting project was a 1967 SWB 911 that only came in as a bare shell. We had to source all the parts to complete the car, that project took us almost 4 years.

Not all Porsches that come to Autohaus are customised into an RWB’s, they also use the traditional way of restoring them, Autohaus handles a regular maintenance and restoration of other brands as well.

 

More about it: www.rwbthailand.com/

Follow them on Instagram: @rwbthailand

The article and photos were created in collaboration with Carphiles

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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay: Volume 99

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for nearly three years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing cars pop up now and again. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. 2012 Porsche Cayman R For Sale

I remain enthralled with the Cayman R, and it remains among the most communicative driving experiences I’ve ever had. While the 981 GT4 is ostensibly better in every way, the Cayman R is a fantastic Porsche that deserves more credit than it usually gets. This particular Cayman R is optioned a bit different from how I would want it, mostly because it’s got PDK over a 6-speed, but with PCCB carbon brakes and the carbon bucket seats it’s awful close. It’s been well kept, and the miles are low. In the mid-$60s price range, would you rather have this glorious mid-engine wailer, or a run of the mill 964 Carrera 2? I know which I would pick.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay. 

2. 1991 Porsche 964 Turbo Andial For Sale

This car may look familiar to you, as it was recently featured on an episode of Matt Farah’s One Take series on YouTube, and we brought it to you on this very site back in October. This is an incredibly capable car if you are looking for a fully custom car. The color is spectacular, as are the wheels, and the engine is absolutely to die for (or with, if you’re not careful with the throttle). Andial was among the biggest names in Porsche motorsport engines, so it’s no surprise that they built a gem of a motor. That same engine is the one Jeff Zwart used to win at Pikes Peak back in his 964 days, and you could win at life if you owned this one. Who doesn’t need 600 turbocharged horsepower sitting behind them?

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay. 

3.  1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6L Flachbau For Sale

This gorgeous black Flachbau is on offer from our good friends at Road Scholars, and it has quite an interesting story. The original owner of this 911, Don, was a bit of a collector, and when he passed away, Road Scholars had to work a deal with Don’s estate to purchase the Porsche. As it turns out, they wouldn’t let just the one car go, Road Scholars had to purchase his entire collection in order to get this one important and rare Porsche. It’s got a couple chips and dings, but it seems a very honest Porsche to us. It’s about as rare as you can get in mid-1990s German cars, and they don’t come up for sale often. Do your due diligence on this one, but we’d recommend grabbing it while you can.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay. 

4. 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet For Sale

I can’t explain why, but I am in love with this Violet Blue Metallic 964 Cabriolet. Personally, I prefer convertibles over coupes, especially for street use. There’s just something about driving down a gorgeous fall back road with the top down. You can see, hear, and smell so much more of the environment without a top. It makes for a unique experience. It doesn’t get much more unique than this 964, either. That paint color is exceedingly rare, and otherwise it’s a low-mile nice-condition 5-speed Carrera 2 Cab that’s worth a second glance.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay. 

5. 1966 Porsche 911 Off Road Baja Sand Dune Buggy For Sale

We had the… privilege… of seeing this car in person at SEMA. With a mostly fiberglass body on a 912 chassis and a wild built 2275 VW engine crammed in the back, this car looks like it would be some serious fun in the dunes. It is a terrible waste of an old Porsche chassis, but we have to assume that the donor was beyond repair to make this okay in our minds. In fairness to the $40,000 buy-it-now price, this car is fitted with some serious off road equipment, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it be quite a competent off roader when all is said and done. If this is your kind of jam, check it out.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay. 

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

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’91 Porsche 964 Carrera 2… Amethys rétine destruction !

Encore une Porsche 911 chaussée en BBS… Ca va devenir aussi commun d’une Fiat rouillée ou qu’une VW Tdi qui pollue ! Donc vous pensez bien qu’à force, et devant l’offre, on devient plus pointilleux, plus difficile sur la qualité… Donc quand je suis tombé sur cette Porsche 964, j’ai pensé à vous…. Recette classique […]

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