Stanced cars, also known as “hellaflush,” is a car modification where the vehicles’ low suspension setup is complemented with oversized and offset wheels that translates to a brilliant looking ride to some people. It is also a controversial modification that petrolheads either love it or loathe it. Now, the city of Quebec, Canada, has had enough of these “stanced” cars that they are putting a ban on it. They just issued a directive on their government’s road safety website condemning such practice.
The directive from the Quebec government stated as below.
Hellaflush is a practice of cosmetic modifications that comes to the detriment of handling and road holding capabilities which consist of:
Lowering the suspension of the vehicle
Installing oversized and offset wheels (offset greater than of the stock wheels)
Installing tires too narrow for the wheels (tire stretching).
These modifications,that affect the geometry of the vehicles suspension, are generally observed by the presence of exaggerated negative camber. This is an overview of the principals of hellaflush and the reason this practice is prohibited.
With that, Quebec stated that any “stanced” modifications will compromise vehicle safety and handling that could lead to insurance claims to be denied should any traffic accident occurred. However, there is no directive to impound all stanced cars on the streets, and if the owners got caught, they will be forced to remove all such modifications before returning to the street.
Should this work in Quebec, perhaps it’s time for our Road Transport Department to learn something from Canada. After all, you won’t want to be caught driving behind a stanced Myvi, whose driver is driving at snail’s pace due to our deteriorating roads.