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Words: Alex Grant
Photos: Adam Walker

Home-built and laced with PhD-level problems to solve, Jake Belfield’s slammed and carb’d Mk2 Polo shows anything is possible if you’re determined enough.

It’s become a bit of an obsession,” Jake Belfield says. “No one had got an old Polo this low before so we had to figure out the answers for ourselves.” And we’re talking answers to questions tougher than the working life of a Volkswagen Group diesel emissions engineer. A combination of tiny wheel wells, underbody protrusions and archaic 1970s suspension make this sort of sill-worrying almost impossible on a pre-1994 Polo, even with air-ride. With each millimetre it got closer to the floor, the Polo fought back even harder. Jake’s patience and do-it-yourself attitude is impressive…

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