A lot of drivers are into video games, take me for an example, I love to drive my car all over the country and also I love to try out games that are driving simulators. A couple a days ago Forza Horizon issued a contest where you can challenge your creativity and make your own Mazda MX 5 Miata decals. The competition is called the Livery Design Contest, and you have all the time you need before January 4 2015 to make your dream design come true. All you need to do is head to Xbox Live and design a paint job for the 1994 Miata in the game.
All submissions will be evaluated on a 100-point scale; with an emphasis on originality (33 points max), aesthetic design (33 points max) and technical proficiency (34 points max). A panel of judges consisting of Derek Jenkins, Mazda’s director of design, Major Nelson from Xbox Live and Forest Byrd with TC9700Gaming will evaluate designs for originality, aesthetic design and technical proficiency, and settle on up to five semifinalists who will regroup in the next round, which is public voting.
After the contest closes the public can begin voting as of January 26 and can pick its favorite design until February 12. The semi final pool will narrow the designs down to two. The two finalists will be flown to South by Southwest in Austin, TX – which happens from March 13-22 – and one of them will be crowned as the best design. The winner will go home with $3,500 worth of prizes, including a 55-inch curved-screen television, audio music system, Xbox One Kinect console and one MadCatz Racing Wheel and their livery will be free to all of the minions playing Forza Horizon 2.
There’s also a Mazda hub on Xbox Live for everyone to take an in-depth look at the 2016 Miata, if you just like to watch, in which case you may also want to see the related videos joining the press release. The winning design will also be made available to all Forza Horizon 2 players as a free download.
Fun Facts about Mazda MX 5 Miata 2014:
The MX 5, released as the MX 5 Miata in North America and as the Roadster in Japan, is a lightweight two-seater roadster with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Manufactured by Mazda in Hiroshima, Japan, the model debuted in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show.
The Mazda MX 5 Miata was conceived as a small roadster – with light weight and minimal mechanical complexity limited only by legal and safety requirements; technologically modern and reliable. The MX-5 is conceptually an evolution of the small British and Italian sports roadsters of the 1960s such as the Triumph Spitfire, MG MGB, Datsun 2000, Fiat 124 Sport Spider, Alfa Romeo Spider, and particularly the Lotus Elan.
The MX 5 has won awards including Wheels Magazine ‘s Car of the Year for 1989 and 2005; Sports Car International’s “best sports car of the 1990s” and “ten best sports cars of all time”; 2005–2006 Car of the Year Japan; and 2005 Australian Car of the Year. The Miata has also made Car and Driver magazine’s annual Ten Best list 14 times. In their December 2009 issue, Grassroots Motorsports magazine named the Miata as the most important sports car built during the previous 25 years.