2014 Chicago Auto Show: Honda brings the Forza Civic Si Coupe to the real world

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 9, 2014

The winner of the Forza Motorsport Civic Si Design Contest will be unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The competition was made possible by the partnership between Honda and Forza Motorsport. The winning design was submitted by Tiffany Labedz of Phoenix, Arizona, besting almost 170 entries. Her entry was adjudged as the top design by members of the Xbox Forza community.

The Forza Motorsport Civic Si is one of the first vehicles from the Forza Motorsport community transformed from a virtual model into a real one. Attendees of the Chicago Auto Show will have the chance to play the new Honda Legends Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One.

Interestingly, the new Honda Legends Car Pack features the redesigned MY2014 Civic Si Coupe, the MY1984 Mugen CRX and the MY1994 Prelude -- all of which can be downloaded on Xbox One. This marks the second time in as many years that Honda and Forza Motorsport have partnered up to unveil exclusive Honda-branded content.

Tom Peyton, assistant vice president of advertising with American Honda Motor Co., Inc., remarked that they love meeting customers “where their passion lies” noting that the racing and custom car design in Forza Motorsport is a passion for many Honda and Civic enthusiasts.

He added that taking a gaming experience like Forza and bringing it to life at the Chicago Auto Show will result to an “exciting exhibition” as well as a real-life demonstration of how cars and gaming are “increasingly intertwined.”

Alan Hartman, studio manager for Turn 10 Studios, the makers of the Forza Motorsport series, remarked that passion and creativity of the game’s fans continue to be a source of inspiration to them. He said that the Forza Motorsport Civic Si coming to life at the Chicago Auto Show is proof of the power of the game franchise to spark creative expression among car lovers and videogame fans.

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Honda Wows Windy City with Real-Life Custom Forza Civic Si Coupe

Honda teamed up with Forza Motorsport, the world's hottest racing game franchise, to unveil the winning entry of the Forza Motorsport Civic Si Design Contest at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Selected from nearly 170 entries, the winning 2014 Civic Si Coupe design was created by Forza gamer Tiffany Labedz of Phoenix, Arizona and was selected as the top design by more than 17,000 members of the Xbox Forza community. This one-of-a-kind Civic is among the first vehicles from the Forza Motorsport community to be brought from virtual world to the real world.

"At Honda, we love meeting our customers where their passion lies, and the racing and custom car design in Forza Motorsport is definitely a passion for so many Honda and Civic enthusiasts," said Tom Peyton, assistant vice president of advertising with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Taking an immersive gaming experience like Forza and bringing it to life here at the Chicago Auto Show will make for an exciting exhibition and a real-life demonstration of how cars and gaming are increasingly intertwined."

In addition to the custom Civic on display, Chicago Auto Show attendees can be among the first to play the new Honda Legends Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One. The new car pack features the redesigned 2014 Civic Si Coupe, the 1984 Mugen CRX and the 1994 Prelude, all available for download on Xbox One. This is the second straight year that Honda and Forza Motorsport have teamed up to bring gamers exclusive Honda-branded content.

"The passion and creativity of Forza Motorsport fans is a continuous source of inspiration to us," said Alan Hartman, studio manager for Turn 10 Studios, the makers of the Forza Motorsport series. "Seeing cars like the design contest-winning Honda Civic come to life on stage at the Chicago Auto Show is a testament to the power of the Forza Motorsport franchise to fuel creative expression among car lovers and videogame fans."

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