Low riding is a way of life for some, but is there such a thing as having a car that’s too low? Some would say yes, but apparently Jocke Gustavssons wouldn’t agree. After all, he does own what could very well be the lowest VW in Europe, let alone the world. Don’t believe us? Well, check out the engineering wonder in the video above.
The Volkswagen Bug has been dubbed The Woodruff Special and it isn’t just lowered, it’s completely chopped, molded and modified to have a ground clearance not much bigger than an inch and a roofline that sits just above Gustavssons’ knees. You’ve probably sat in low cars before, groaning every time you had to get in and out, but there is no sitting in this car, it’s all laying down and literally crawling on your hands and knees to squeeze through the mini doors to the drivers seat.
And if that’s not enough, the car sits so low that the suspension is actually higher than the body, allowing it to be a fully functional race car while nearly scraping its nose on the pavement.
One might think that all this chopping and modifying would make this little Bug a potent track machine, but there is a lot of show and not much go to this creation. But then again, no one said it was the fastest Bug in the world, only the lowest.
The number of hours it took to create this engineering masterpiece, we don’t know, but its probably not nearly as many hours as the onlookers have spent oohing and awing. It is a crowd favorite at German car events like the Mantrop, Sweden Bug Run where the car received awards for best custom, lowest car and people’s choice back in 2009.
Is it low and crazy? Heck yes! But that’s what makes it ever so special in the world of car customization.