“Hellaflush”, or “stanced” cars, have now been officially banned in the Canadian province of Quebec. Citing concerns over safety in regards to vehicle handling, the SAAQ (Sociètè de l’assurance automobile Quèbec) has banned the modifications. They even use the word “hellaflush” in the documentation that provides the reasoning behind the law! Verbatim, translated into English, is the reason:
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.
If you own a stanced vehicle in Quebec and drive it on the roads, you risk and inspection by the local authorities. What actually constitutes “stanced” is determined by a tire and wheel fitment guide from a website based out of the U.S. Hmm…nothing wrong with that, right?
While we’re not exactly fans of the stanced look, there’s a lot of vagueness in this rule that could affect other automotive enthusiasts. Police aren’t exactly known for knowing what they are looking at when they are inspecting a vehicle, and we’re willing to bet that someone who has just done a good lowering job with wheels is probably going to get cited over this. While lowered cars with dished wheels aren’t by themselves a danger, we do agree that tire stretching and putting a ton of negative camber onto the wheels is generally stupid and sincerely hope that trend goes away on its own…not by legislature.
(Hat tip to Jalopnik for the English translation)