A small car approved for the road is what we all dreamed of growing up

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In general, the term road legal refers to a vehicle registered for use on public roads, which requires specific configurations of lighting, signal lights and safety equipment. Depending on the country, the requirements for a car to receive road legal status vary, although it’s probably safe to say that every vehicle at least needs headlights, taillights, and side signals. Does it mean all can a car with the necessary lights be registered for road use?

It turns out that you can turn a small electric car into a real road-approved car. That’s what a guy from Britain did in his free time during lockdown last year. He took one of his children’s toy cars and decided to give it all the equipment it needed to make it roadworthy. He spent many nights wiring headlights, taillights and parking lights… and eventually got a license for use on public roads.

The video at the top of this page doesn’t provide enough information about the changes, although everything seems to be done with good attention to detail. One thing we don’t see, however, is a seat belt and it’s interesting how this toy car was approved for use on public roads without seat belts and headrests.

The video focuses on what it’s like to live with an electric toy car as a daily driver. You will probably be surprised at how many tasks could actually be done while driving a small electric car. The only major downside seems to be the very limited range with a single charge of the battery up to around 4 miles (6.4 kilometers).

We now need a 112 km / h (70 mph) version of this car for track use.


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