The German Look originated in Germany (hence the name!). It is a modern style, and was a result of people upgrading their Volkswagens with Porsche parts to be used in the "Kafer Cup". These days the vehicles are still inspired mainly from Porsches, but also any high-performace circuit racing car.
Specific items might include:
- large Porsche or modern alloys with low profile tyres as you would find on German race cars
- large brakes: upgraded from drums to disk brakes
- modern monochromatic paint schemes: often colors used on Porsche cars.
- no chrome: removing all chrome on the car and painting them the same color as the body
- level stance: closer to the ground to stick to the road
- large engines: see Type IV conversion
'Form follows function' is a common buzzword, though actually the car doesn't have to perform as well as it looks (hence the 'look'). This look can be applied to any Volkswagen, though the 1303 is often chosen because of superior handling, and aerodynamics. Also, as part of the style, the Type I engine is often swaped with a Type IV engine (from a Type 4 Volkswagen or a Porsche 914) to provide more power.
For further information on the German look, see germanlook.net. Browse through the users rides to see some great examples.