License Tests

Licence Tests

National B

1. 200M Stopping Challenge
Get used to how a car accelerates and brakes by bringing the car to a halt in the stopping area 200m down the track. The time will not stop until you have come to a complete standstill, and you will need to take care not to leave the track or overrun the stopping area, as both will result in instant failure.

Car: Toyota VITZ RS 1.5 '07
Track: The Top Gear Test Track

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2. Steering
Practice your steering technique on a high-speed right-hand corner on Tokyo's Route 246. The main aim here is to get a feel for how much the car will turn when you turn the steering wheel. Use the driving line, and try to reach the finish line without crashing.

Car: Alfa Romeo 147 TI 2.0 TWIN SPARK '06
Track: Tokyo R246

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3. "Out-In-Out" – The Most Basic Cornering Line
Practice the basic "out-in-out" cornering line. This involves approaching the corner from the outside edge of the track, then aiming for the inside edge while turning the corner, and finally moving back to the ouside edge on the way out. The main benefit of this is that it allows the corner to be taken at the shallowest possible angle requiring the smallest amount of steering wheel movement. Use the driving line as a reference point, and see if you can put the theory into practice.

Car: Suzuki SWIFT Sport '07
Track: Deep Forest Raceway

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4. Braking into a Corner
Here you can practice corner approach. You'll be coming from quite a high speed, so you'll need to brake quite sharply. Pick a reference point to help you finish braking while still on the straight, then take the corner without leaving the confines of the track.

Car: Honda CIVIC TYPE-R '08
Track: Autumn Ring

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5. Basic Cornering Theory – Slow In, Fast Out
"Slow in, fast out" is the most basic cornering concept of all, and here you will be putting it into practice. Basically, it involves slowing down sharply on the entrance to a corner, then applying the power in order to leave the bend as quickly as possible. Not only does this reduce lap times by minimising the time spent braking, but early acceleration ensures the quickest and most controlled exit from the corner, which can often prove invaluable. Try to picture in your mind the braking and acceleration phases as distinctly as you can.

Car: Peugeot 207 GTi '07
Track: Tsukuba Circuit

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6. Exiting From a Looping Corner
Attempt the Nürburgring GP course's relatively simple Dunlop Hairpin. This can be done using a combination of the "out-in-out" and "slow in, fast out" techniques, but be careful not to pick up too much speed on the downward slope just before the corner, or to overrun the turn.

Car: Renaultsport Megane Renault Sport '08
Track: Nürburgring GP/F

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7. High Speed Driving Lines and Accelerator Control
Drive through the set of small corners on the first half of the Autumn Ring to practice your steering and acceleration coordination. Take this right, left, left, right set as quickly as possible, without leaving the track. This cannot be done at full power, so you'll need to carefuly adjust your speed with some skilful accelerator work while steering throught the bends.

Car: Volkswagen Gold V GTi '05
Track: Autumn Ring

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8. Finding a Line Through an S Bend
Practice following a line through multiple corners. In this challenge you will be attempting the continuous right and left medium-speed corners on the mid-section of the High Speed Ring. The trick when traversing one corner after another is to always be planning ahead for the line you will be taking through the next corner. In this case, you should attempt to take the right-hand first corner while aiming to approach the left-hand second corner from as far to the outside of the track as possible. Try to reach the finish line without leaving the track.

Car: Honda S2000 '06
Track: High Speed Ring

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9. Overtaking Using Slipstreams
In this test, you'll be learning how to quickly pass an opponent using the most conventional overtaking method: slipstreaming. Slipstreaming involves using the area of low air resistance immediately behind the car in front to quickly build up acceleration. Use this technique to pass all the rival cars before the finish line without touching them.

Car: Mazda RX-8 Type S '07
Track: Fuji Speedway F

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10. Indianapolis Superspeedway 1-Lap Battle
The final test for the B Licence is a 1-lap battle on the historic Indianapolis Superspeedway. Overtake as many cars as you can over the course of a single lap.

Car: Honda CR-Z α '10
Track: Superspeedway - Indy

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National B Licence Rewards
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All silver.png: Daihatsu OFC-1 Concept '07
All bronze.png: Mazda Deimo Sport '03


National A

1. 400M Stopping Challenge
Bring the car to a halt as quickly as you can in the stopping area 400m down the track. You'll be able to pick up more speed than you did in B-1, and your braking distance will therefore be longer, so picking the right braking cue will be even more important in order to not overrun the stopping area.

Car: Audi TTS Coupe '09
Track: The Top Gear Test Track

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2. Approaching a Blind Corner
Get some experience with blind corners on the first 3 bends of the Rome City Course. Enter the high speed first corner, then apply full braking while approaching the tight second before carefully controlling your position on the road with some deft accelerator work to make it through the third. Do your best to make it to the finish line without crashing.

Car: Mazda Atenza Sport 252 '07
Track: Rome

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3. Cone Slalom
The aim in a cone slalom is to weave between the sets of cones and get to the finish line as quickly as possible. Touching or knocking over a cone will result in instant failure..

Car: Mini MINI COOPER S '07
Track: The Top Gear Test Track

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4. Tackling the Monza Circuit Chicane
Attempt the chicane on the Monza Circuit. A chicane is a set of tight corners designed to reduce speed. Because they are usually located after long full-acceleration sections, they often require hard braking. Try to take the chicane as quickly as possible without going too fast and losing control.

Car: BMW 135i Coupe '07
Track: Autodromo Nazionale Monza

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5. Tackling Continuous Urban Right-Angled Corners
City courses have a lot of interesting corners that permanent courses don't tend to feature. Right-angle corners are just one of these. Try this one out on the London City Course, but be careful not to hit the crash barriers.

Car: Lotus Evora '09
Track: London

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6. Tackling a Set of Undulating Corners
Practice tackling a set of gentle continuous corners on the opening section of the Trial Mountain circuit. The layout of this section is faily simple, but there are places where sudden elevation changes make it difficult to see the road ahead. Try to reach the finish line without leaving the track.

Car: Mazda Eunos Roadster (NA Special Package) '89
Track: Trial Mountain Circuit

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7. Driving a Mountainous Dirt Track
Practice driving on an unsurfaced dirt track. First of all, you'll be facing a single, straightforward corner. Try to reach the finish line without crashing or losing control. Unsurfaced roads such as these are generally referred to as "dirt" or "gravel" tracks, as opposed to tarmac road surfaces. Dirt has less grip than tarmac, and requires very careful driving.

Car: Ford Focus ST '06
Track: Eiger Nordwand K Trail

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8. Tackling the High Speed “Schumacher S”
Try taking a shallow S-bend at high speed on the famous Nurburgring Schumacher S. The corner itself is fairly straightforward, but the upward slope of the track makes it difficult to spy out a good line. Try to make it through without leaving the track..

Car: BMW Concept 1 Series tii '07
Track: Nurburgring GP/F

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9. Using Braking to Overtake on the Inside of a Corner
Beginning on the final corner of the Fuji Speedway, overtake all three rival cars by the time you reach the finish line, which is situated just after the first corner. If you drive smoothly enough, you should be able to overtake the last car on the way into the first corner. Contact with other cars and leaving the track with both result in instant failure.

Car: Citroen C4 Coupe 2.0VTS '09
Track: Fuji Speedway F

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10. High Speed Ring 1-Lap Battle
The final test for the A licence is a 1-lap battle on perennial GT favourite, the High Speed Ring. Overtake as many cars as you can over the course of a single lap.

Car: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR P.P. '07
Track: High Speed Ring

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National A Licence Rewards
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All silver.png: Mazda Atenza Concept '01
All bronze.png: Nissan mmR Cup Car '01


International C

1. 1000m Stopping Challenge
Bring the car to a halt as quickly as you can in the stopping area 1000m down the track. The distance to the stopping area is more than twice as long as last time, and the car is much more powerful, so judging when and how hard to brake will be that much more difficult. As before, you'll need to judge your approach to the target area carefully in order not to overrun.

Car: Aston Martin DB9 Coupe '06
Track: The Top Gear Test Track

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2. Hard Braking and Exiting a Corner after a Downhill Straight
Practice approaching a tight corner after a long full acceleration straight on the middle section of the Trial Mountain track. Drive down the track straight, then take the medium-speed left-hand corner as quickly as you can. The key is to decelerate to cornering speed as quickly as possible, and take the most precise cornering line.

Car: BMW M5 '08
Track: Trial Mountain Circuit

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3. Taking a Tight Double Hairpin
Attempt the double hairpin 9th and 10th corners of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. This is a simple section, comprising two small hairpin bends, but in a high powered rear-wheel drive car, it requires extremely careful accelerator control. Try to reach the finish line without spinning out.

Car: Nissan Fairlady Z (Z34) '08
Track: Road Course - Indy

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4. Early Braking When Driving Downhill on Dirt
Attempt this set of successive hairpin corners set over a dramatic downhill section of track. The entire section features a steep drop, so be mindful of your speed - the key here is how effectively you use your brake.

Car: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR '05
Track: Eiger Nordwand G Trail

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5. High Speed Cornering on the Rome City Course
Attempt the approach to the set of corners after the back straight halfway around the Rome City Course. The corners themselves are relatively simple, but the high speed approach makes skulful braking essential. The aim is to come down to cornering speed while still maintaining a clean approach. Even small mistakes can lead to full-blown crashes here, so this section must be approached very carefully.

Car: Infiniti G35 Coupe '05
Track: Rome

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6. Blind Corners in Wooded Areas
Tackle this poor visibility corner on the middle section of the Deep Forest track. Not only is this a blind corner, there are also no kerbstones on the inside edge, making it difficult to visualise the corner's shape. This makes for a very challenging piece of driving. Get to the finish line as quickly as you can without clipping the barriers or putting all four wheels on the gravel section that borders the track.

Car: Nissan SILVIA spec-R AERO (S15) '02
Track: Deep Forest Raceway

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7. Consecutive Corners with Differing Bank Angles on Dirt
Use the middle section of the Toscana track to practice driving successive corners on dirt. You'll need to clear the technical section, which opens with a tight left turn, as quickly as you can. The shape of the left-hand corner in the latter half makes visibility very poor, and it's very easy to leave the track as a result. You'll need to rive extremely carefully to make it through.

Car: Subaru IMPREZA Sedan WRX Sti '10
Track: Toscana

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8. Traversing Monza Circuit's Notorious Lesmo Corner
Use the Monza circuit's Lesmo corner to get a feel for tackling continuous corners that turn in the same direction. The difficulty in such situations is in getting the timing and angle of your steering right, which can make this kind of corner harder for some people than one which requires the driver to steer back in the opposite direction. However, the theory governing continuous corners does not change - focus on the final one, and you should make it through..

Car: Alfa Romeo Brera Sky Window 3.2 JTS Q4 '06
Track: Autodromo Nazionale Monza

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9. Using Late Braking to Overtake
Beginning from the exit of the hairpin on the Fuji Speedway, overtake all three rival cars before you reach the finish line, which is just after the Dunlop corner. In order to overtake the third car on the Dunlop corner, you'll need to use a technique called "late braking". This involves delaying your braking until just after your opponent, and then turning in. Do your best, and don't crash into or clip the other cars.

Car: Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) '06
Track: Fuji Speedway F

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10. Rome City Course 2-Lap Challenge
The final test for the International C Licence is a 2-Lap battle on the Rome City Course. Overtake as many cars as you can over the course of 2 laps.

Car: Ferrari 512BB '76
Track: Rome

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International C Licence Rewards
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International B

1. Wet Road Stopping Challenge
In this wet-weather braking challenge, you must start off, and then attempt to bring your car to a halt in the stopping area 400m down the track. Grip is drastically reduced in wet conditions due to the layer of water between tyre and road, making acceleration control and judgement of when and how to brake more difficult. Getting this one right may just be a matter of trial and error.

Car: Nissan GT-R SpecV '09
Track: The Top Gear Test Track

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2. Tackling the First Corner of Circuito de Madrid
Attempt the set of corners at the beginning of the Madrid City Course. The corners are a high-speed right followed by a tight left, a left and a blind corner, making this a challenging section. The tight left is particularly tricky, and requires the driver to brake while turning. Use the brakes to bring the weight to the front of the car and turn in, letting the momentum pull you around the corner. As ever, try to reach the finish line without crashing..

Car: Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro '09
Track: Circuito de Madrid

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3. FR Cone Slalom Challenge
This second cone slalom challenge is in a car with an FR drivetrain. As before, the aim is to reach the finish line without touching any of the cones. Accelerator control is more difficulty in an FR car than an FF, and although the car in which the test is taken is not particularly powerful, clumsy accelerator work will result in loss of control, so care must be taken.

Car: Toyota FT-86 Concept '09
Track: The Top Gear Test Track

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4. Snow Driving-Challenge
Practice your snow driving on the ice-covered corners of the Chamonix track. First of all, you'll be taking on a simple shallow corner. Snow covered roads are even more slippery than dirt, and response will be even more sluggish, so you'll need to control your car even more carefully, and make your control inputs even earlier. Try to reach the finish line without crashing.

Car: Suzuki SX4 WRC '08
Track: Chamonix - Main

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5. High Speed Blind Corners on Tokyo Route 246
Attempt the second and third corners of Tokyo's Route 246 course. These continuous blind corners can be approached at relatively high speed, but there is only one correct line that can be taken through them, and timing and angle need to be judged to perfection. Even the slightest mistake can cause you to clip the track edges, so you'll have to be careful if you want to reach the finish line without crashing.

Car: Honda NXS Type-R '02
Track: Tokyo R246

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6. Tacking the Final Corner at Tsukuba
Attempt the long, sweeping, medium-speed final corner of the Tsukuba circuit. This is a fairly straightforward turn, but careful speed control and a good driving line are key to your success here, and require skill and technique from the driver. Make it to the finish line on the home straight without going too fast and leaving the track.

Car: Toyota SUPRA 3.0GT Turbo A '88
Track: Tsukuba Circuit

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7. Undulating Consecutive High Speed Corners on Dirt
Drive the long, high-speed right-hand corner at the beginning of the Toscana track. It may look simple at first glance, but in addition to its sudden descent and ascent, it also becomes tighter the further round you go, making it more of a challenge than it may seem initially. Drivers will often exit the corner wide, even if their entry was perfect, and you'll need to be careful in order to reach the finish line without crashing or leaving the track.

Car: Ford Focus RS WRC 07 '08
Track: Toscana

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8. The Nurburgring's Notorious Carousel
Here you will attempt the Nurburgring Nordschleife's notorious Carousel corner. This tight looping corner can be taken at high speed compared to a flat hairpin bend thanks to its banked edges, but the rough road surface can make it difficult to retain control. Aim for the finish line, and try not to spin out.

Car: Ferrari F40 '92
Track: Nurburgring Nordschleife

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9. Offensive and Defensive Driving on Tokyo Route 246
This is an overtaking challenge set on the final section of Tokyo's Route 246. Exit the final corner and pass the other cars before you reach the finish line. The distance to the line is short, so it's all about how you negotiate that right-hand corner. You'll have to push yourself to the limit without touching the other cars or crashing.

Car: Honda INSIGHT LS '09
Track: Tokyo R246

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10. Deep Forest Raceway 2-Lap Battle
The final test for the International B Licence is, as the name suggests, a 2-lap battle on the tree-lined track of the Deep Forest Raceway. Overtake as many cars as you can over the course of 2 laps.

Car: BMW Z4 M Coupe '08
Track: Deep Forest Raceway

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International B Licence Rewards
All gold.png: Honda S800 RSC Race Car '68
All silver.png: Mitsubishi HSR-II Concept '89
All bronze.png: Mazda Eunos Roadster J-LIMITED (NA) '91


International A

1. Mastering the Circuit de la Sarthe's "Indianapolis" Section

2. Braking from Hunaudieres into Mulsanne

3. The Laguna Seca Raceway's Notorious "Corkscrew"

4. Braking into Consecutive Corners on Snow

5. Driving Around Madrid's Puerta de Alcala

6. Visualising a Line Through Blind Corners

7. Toscana's Tricky Hihgh-Speed Consecutive Corners

8. Cape Ring - Spiral Bridge

9. Offensive and Defensive Driving on Grand Valley Speedway

10. Grand Valley Speedway 2-Lap Battle

International A Licence Rewards
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All silver.png: Land Rover Range Stormer Concept '04
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Super Licence

1. Applied Overtaking - Monza

2. Applied Overtaking - Trial Mountain Circuit

3. Applied Overtaking - Nurburgring GP

4. Applied Overtaking - Tokyo Route 246

5. Applied Overtaking - Laguna Seca Raceway

6. Applied Overtaking - Madrid City Course

7. Applied Overtaking - Top Gear Test Track

8. Applied Overtaking - Suzuka Circuit

9. Applied Overtaking - Circuit de la Sarthe

10. Applied Overtaking - Special Stage, Route 5

Super Licence Rewards
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