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Cars for driving test: never a 911, RX-8 or i3

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I Isn't it a wonderful idea: As a candidate for a driver's license, you get into a brand-new Porsche 911 for the test and don't have to worry about whether the acceleration lane at the motorway entrance is long enough when driving on the motorway. A courageous step on the gas and you are in the left lane and drive towards the long-awaited document. Okay, this scenario may have a weak point or two. First of all, high-powered sports cars are generally not the perfect choice for novice drivers when it comes to controllability. But have you ever thought of the examiner who sits in the back on the right? This is a dubious pleasure in the 911.

The seat is a workplace

Nice to drive, such a 911. However, he does not meet the dimensional requirements for the examiner's seat.

In fact, this cannot officially be implemented anyway - because cars, those used to take the practical driving test are subject to strict criteria. It starts with the dimensions of the examiner's seat, because in this context it is literally a workplace. The seat depth must be at least 460 millimeters, the height in the rear (from the floor to the headliner) at least 885 millimeters. A Porsche 911 clearly falls below both values. One reason for determining the interior dimensions is the clarity, because the examiner must be able to read the instruments at any time.

The sports car from Zuffenhausen would have fewer problems with the speed, because a test car has to travel at least 130 km h can drive fast. Funny, in other countries this is the maximum speed limit. Who now thinks for the sportyDriving experience could just as easily lower a standard limousine, which is also wrapped crookedly because 'vehicles with subsequently reduced suspension travel are not suitable as test vehicles'. To stay briefly in the tuning corner: Windows that are subsequently tinted with foils are also not permitted. The ordinance only allows tinted panes if they have already been attached at the factory and do not fall below 35 percent light transmission.

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Hot oven, but unfortunately for the driving test Maximum unsuitable: tinted windows, only two doors, lowered and - as we know from our own experience - the car has no back seat anyway.

The examiner must be able to escape

So far, so understandable - but why can so e not used in BMW i3? As an electric car, it's actually a fine thing. 'In fact, the drive does not play a role at all,' explains Marc-Philipp Waschke, advisor for driving licenses and fitness to drive at the TÜV association. It doesn't matter whether a diesel, gasoline, electric or natural gas car is driven. “The test vehicle must have at least two doors that can be opened independently of each other on the right-hand side so that the inspector has an escape route out of the vehicle in an emergency,” says Waschke. This is not the case with a BMW i3 - as with the Mazda RX-8 - because the rear doors can only be opened when the front doors are also open.

So you see, it has more than just one reason why you didn't get your driver's license in a sporty coupe or roadster. Depending on how long ago it was for you, you can have a look at our picture gallery to see what a driving license used to look like - or do you still know it?


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