RAUH Welt, Singer and Magnus Walker: The artisans of the Porsche 911

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50 years ago the Porsche 901 debuted at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show. The legal problems with Peugeot for such a name forced the German brand to call the recently presented Porsche 911. And there … one of the greatest motorsport legends was born there . Was born THE SILHOUETTE, with capital letters, some shapes, a design, a philosophy that they follow even more than present, 50 years later, in the current Porsche 911. The German sports car par excellence was born. A German sports car capable of arousing the same passion as an Italian. It is said soon.

Porsche thus began a saga in which elegance and sportiness have been in perfect conjunction for 50 years. RS 2.7, Turbo, GT3, GT2, cabrio, targa, coupe and even speedster … 50 years of something more than a “sports car” … is a role model of design. That rear drop from the roof, that “duck tail” wing that was worth 7 km / h more top speed for the original Carrera, that straight front wheel arch …

But today is not about him. Or yes, but not as much as on other occasions. Today it is about the tailors, the artisans of the Porsche 911. Of those three firms. Those 3 names. Those grease-stained hands tuning a boxer. That care, that care to get the best out of every millimeter of the Porsche bodywork, to restore its shine, to make us continue dreaming to the rhythm of the horizontal cylinders.

Those 3 ways of understanding the nine-eleven, those 3 ways of passion for the creation of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche that are Singer, RAUH-Welt and Magnus Walker.

Haute couture for 911.

Mechanical art.

RAUH-Welt Begriff: widening the silhouette of the 911

No doubt the work of RAUH-Welt is unmistakable. It cannot go unnoticed, it is impossible and any fan of the brand will know at a first glance what they are facing. You will know exactly who owns every extra inch of that body flared by Nakai-san, the Japanese tailor of the 911.

His widened ones taken to the extreme are the main letter of introduction of this Japanese who claims not to keep track of how many Porsche you saw per year. He does not like to think ahead, he dedicates himself to “sand down the now” creating some of the most beautiful Porsche 911s on the planet. Visible anchors for some “impossible” fins, huge ailerons, tires that seem to try to get out of the widened fins … and a classic Japanese aroma permeating every corner, every little piece of bodywork, every detail, every image of his creations … we can simply describe it as spectacular.

That is the essence of RAUH-Welt. That scent …

It all started as a small body kit shop in Chiba-Ken… now it has distributors around the world. Thailand, Indonesia, the United States, Europe and of course Japan. With a legion of fans who have made Nakai-san one of the most beloved 911 tailors… especially when it comes to bringing out the wild side.

That “take a walk on the wild side” … mixed with patience, time, the love of the craftsman, all of this embodied in the Porsche 911 930 and 911 964.

Perhaps exaggerated for many, even for the most purist of purists, possibly an “attack” against Porsche by modifying the original line of the 911. But RAUH-Welt has managed to create an even more personal design from a line as his own as the 911. Even more recognizable.

Ailerons, wheel arches, new skirts, new flaps and splitters, lowered suspensions … the list of elements modified by Nakai-san in his preparations is not exactly short.

Singer: a perfect second youth

Faced with the brutalized aspect of the creations of RAUH-Welt Begriff, from the craftsman who does not use a pencil or paper, “everything is in my mind”, at Singer it seems that everything is measured, meditated, controlled as if it were the very assembly line of Stuttgart, leading the veterans to serve a second youth in the best of possible states, giving them the possibility of enjoying the roads again as they did decades ago … but showing off proud seniority and even in better condition than when they left the assembly line years ago.

Singer’s prep process goes through stripping the 911 to prep until the chassis is practically bare. Once the bulk of the original body is removed, this base is reinforced with carbon fiber while the original body parts are replaced by new ones that are made of carbon fiber and Kevlar without changing one iota.

Beyond the bodywork, the cycle part is tuned by inheriting the suspension from the Porsche 911 SC, giving the set new Eibach springs. In addition, the “patient” receives a new electro-hydraulic steering that replaces the original rack and pinion, while also joining the set are new anti-roll bars, Brembo brakes and 17-inch Zuffenhaus wheels with a design similar to the original Fuchs.

Data sheet

  • Porsche 911 Turbo 930 (1975)
  • Motor: boxer 3.0 turbo six cylinder
  • Power: 260 hp at 5,500 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 344 NM between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm
  • 0 to 100 km / h: 5.5 seconds
  • Maximum speed: 246 km / h

Data sheet

  • Porsche 911 964 (1989)
  • Motor: 3.6 six-cylinder boxer
  • Power: 250 hp at 6,100 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 310 NM at 4,800 rpm
  • 0 to 100 km / h: 5.6 seconds
  • Maximum speed: 261 km / h

Singer’s preparations are not only in the chassis and bodywork and of course the mechanics also receive the corresponding wrench session. The 911s with Singer’s signature receive new mechanics, finding in recent years with 993 blocks, to which the displacement has been increased to 3.82 liters to offer 360 or 425 horses or engines with the Cosworth signature that starting from a 6-cylinder boxer is offered with 3.6 liters and 304 horses, 3.9 liters and 385 horses or 4 liters and 431 horses.

Along with this mechanics, traction control and stability are added and of course its cabin also receives the Singer treatment. That perfect mix between vintage and modern. A new multimedia device with no lack of a browser Gps, air conditioning or seats that despite their classic design have electric regulation, all in a renewed atmosphere, of course with first-class materials.

How should a classic Porsche 911 be restored? I think the best answer is to go to Singer. Its price, starting from 135,000 euros, leaves us with a Porsche 911 ready to be used in the middle of the century XXI without giving up modern comforts, with the security of having a perfectly treated carbon fiber body, with a renewed mechanics and of course, allowing us to enjoy an immaculate classic design.

Magnus Walker: fulfilling a childhood dream

In the case of Magnus Walker, both concepts are united. The concept of maintaining the original classical essence is united. The original lines, the forms as they came from Stuttgart. The search to maintain the classic character at the hands of a craftsman, like Nakai-san, in this case from California at the hands of Magnus Walker.

Dreadlocks, lumberjack shirt, cap … and a whole garage full of Porsche 911s subjected to a second youth that far from following in Singer’s footsteps, where while maintaining the original essence everything is modified, they have been restored with the personal care of Magnus Walker to give them back the luster they wore 4 or 5 decades ago.

Magnus Walker’s love affair with Porsche, with the Porsche 911, perfectly captured in the film “Urban Outlaw”, directed by Tamir Moscovici, began at the London Motor Show. The London Salon of 1977, when Magnus Walker was 10 years old. There he met a Porsche 911 Turbo of the 930 generation. A 911 that sported the Martini colors … and there love arose.

At the age of 25, in 1992, Magnus got his first 911, thus fulfilling his dream, the dream that led him to write a letter to Porsche as a child, including a reply from the German manufacturer. A “let us know again when you are older” that is sure to keep that child, now an adult, who has not only fulfilled his dream. He has fulfilled it in a big way, reaching more than 40 911. Making his dream his current dedication. Becoming one of the most important figures in America when it comes to classic Porsche.

Coming from the textile industry, also with his own creations, Magnus Walker has turned his passion into business, forging a reputation as a restorer of the Porsche 911 that is quite mediatic thanks to the documentary Urban Outlaw directed by Tamir Moscovici, a documentary that takes us fully into that classic atmosphere of an artisan workshop, with pieces scattered around every corner in a perfect and photogenic chaos perfectly seasoned by the elaborate operating table, the weather-beaten tools and bathed in a few strokes of grease.

At first glance, the Porsche Magnus Walker looks totally original, unaltered. But no. Magnus Walker has turned to Porsche 911s from the first half of the 1960s and 1970s, adding some distinctive touches to the 911s he prepares. A new rear hood, new handles, new spellings … and on certain occasions an aroma quite close to the concept of a racing car valid for driving on the street.

The concept of slow life as a business

Of course there are many other preparers. There are many other names that are responsible for “decorating” the Porsche 911 … but certainly not with care, with that craftsman character, with that crude attitude. 9ff, TechART, SpeedART, Gemballa … but obviously they have little or nothing in common with the attitude of these 3 artisans.

It’s not hard to come across a photograph of Nakai-san posing with a child’s face on Christmas morning next to her creations. It is not difficult to perceive the love of Magnus Walker when he talks about 911. And that is perfectly reflected in his creations. It feels. And it pays. Of course it pays.

Possibly RAUH Welt or Magnus Walker do not only think of this as a job, it is their passion, it is what they would do naturally if a new 911 came into their hands. But from that passion, from that desire to create, to capture the idea that round in his head, to fulfill dreams, have managed to create a business. A way of life, a philosophy, turned into a way of making a living.

A business that goes beyond producing body kits, installing them, giving a new touch to its interior and enhancing the mechanics. Far beyond. It is, in the case of Nakai-san and Magnus Walker, of, in the process of giving a new life to a classic Porsche 911, putting part of their own.

Because the 911 is ultimately responsible for continuing to offer us a raw passion for motorsports. In its purest state. Yes, of course it evolves, new technologies are added, new control management systems and electronic gadgets of all kinds appear … but the soul, the swing, the touch, the mojo is still intact, as it was presented 50 years ago. Magnus Walker, Rauh-Welt, Singer, are in charge of maintaining that rawness in the personalization. That scratched aluminum, that leather, that wood … that music when starting.

Three examples of restoration and customization of the 911. Three totally different examples in shape, but perfectly comparable in substance. Of the wide creations of RAUH-WELT to the remodeled technician that Singer submits to every 911 that comes into his hands, carbon fiber included, not forgetting Magnus Walker and that “touch”, that vision, of the messy workshop, the hanging pieces and his disheveled image. Three cases that make us think about the business behind crafts. In the experience of the master shaping, recovering, a 911. Reviving the body for an unaltered soul. The 50-year-old soul of perfect harmony between sportiness and elegance.


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