May 09, 2015

IFA W 5o | rake stance

IFA - Industrieverband Fahrzeugbau ('Industrial Association for Vehicle Construction'), was a union of companies for vehicle construction in East Germany (Deutsche Demokratische Republik - DDR).

All East German manufacturers were part of IFA! Interesting, isn't it?

But I don't intend to evoke the IFA facts. We will talk about the stance! An spectacular stance is the rake. Is not appropriate for modern cars in my opinion, but it fits as a glove on the old timers, or hot-rods or something like this.

What does it means a Raked Stance? The definition is very simple: the front is lower than the rear of the car. But, even it sound so simple, it is not easy to achieve a good and real Rake. Why? Because a correct rake it means that the rocker panel/side skirt is not parallel with the ground. And it still not enough! The eye of an "connaiseur" will judge the distance between the top of the rim lip and the top of the wheel arch. So, wile the side skirt is lower on the front side but the distance between the rim and fender (as defined previously) is bigger on the front comparing with rear, we will not see the car being raked.

Being short and clear: to archive a real and clean rake the car must be lower in front than in the rear and the front wheels must go deeper in the fenders than the rear ones, when we are looking at the car from side.
This time I get an IFA W5o from Atlas Collection of DDR Trucks and I raked it. Other modifications are the weathering, decals (german flag from an afterrmaket ITALERI Kit), interior detailing and other little thing.
But I wroete enaugh. Please, enjoy the ride.

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