Article by Rick Jensen. Photography and original article by Speedhunters.com.
So there’s a really cool stanced VW Golf on Speedhunters.com right now. "Holy crap, stop the digital presses,” you say. "There’s only like 10 million of those scraping their way down the world’s highways like a dog with an itchy ass, and you found one? Congrats!”
Point taken and sarcasm noted. As you probably know, the whole stance phenomenon is both wildly popular, and widely loathed. Why, you might ask? Let’s start with the negatives first, of which there are a few. (While not applicable here, general ignorance is a big one. Older car guys like ‘ol Bill Stangchargaro firmly believe that stance and hellaflush is something they do after morning coffee.)
But stance is a seriously polarizing trend even within the JDM and Euro community, mostly because so many cars get it so wrong, and it looks just bad. Indeed, going stanced is a lot like hot sex in a hatchback: there’s a whole hell of a lot of ways to do it wrong, only a few ways to do it right, and it comes with the understanding that an important structural member might break.
But possibly most important, in worldwide car culture, form with no function just doesn’t make sense. Let’s use the aforementioned Golf as an example: in 1975, when the first generation model was tested by American car mags, it pulled mid-.70s lateral gs. That it achieved that number almost 40 years ago makes it just as impressive as what the seventh-gen 2015 GTI does today with its glue-stick .90g performance. Point being, these little suckers handle really well—so why are you hamstringing it? Your now-stanced ride drives and handles much, much worse than your stocker did, and you just dumped a bunch of time and money into it for the pleasure. Sure, going low can look great, but too many stanced rides compromise too much function for that cool form.
Which brings us back to the Speedhunters.com Golf feature. Built by Euro Magic in Osaka, Japan, the Voomeran Volkswagen Golf Mk2 started life as a Golf Cup series racer before falling into their skilled hands. You’d think that as a raw ex-racer being modded for stanced street duty, drivability and civility might be hard to come by. But through meticulously planning and proper parts usage, this VDub sidesteps the problems common on the most street-friendly stanced stockers, and shows the world how proper stance is done.
Euro Magic used its own extensive suspension experience when choosing the coilovers, so it’s no surprise to see their house brand installed. The coilovers put the Golf into a deep stance, yet is said to still allow plenty of suspension travel for streetability. No doubt about it, the Voomeran has an amazingly wide, race car look. It comes thanks to the big overfenders, as well as 10-inch-wide rims with 0 offset front/-3 offset rear wearing stretched, 205 mm tires. The big negative camber helps to perfectly fill those fenders, and overall it creates a massively pushed out look. Yet, the Speedhunters piece claims that the Voomeran exhibits enhanced handling, a decent ride and the perfect amount of grip and slip for amazing street driving.
While I doubt I’ll ever drive the car myself to confirm their conclusion, it seems like Euro Magic has really hit the jackpot here. And if this company was able to seamlessly meld sexy race form and street-fun function with an ex-racer, imagine what you could do with your stock street car. Because form is nothing without proper function!
Check out the original feature on SpeedHunters.com.