We know about real-life cars being cars being rendered into the virtual world, but Honda and Turn 10 Studios are going against the grain a little. Instead of the usual process, the two companies have teamed up to bring a virtual Honda Civic SI from Forza 5 into the real world.
The car will be developed as part of the Forza Motorsport Civic Si Design Contest, a competition Honda and Turn 10 Studios created to let designers attempt to design the best Civic SI. The competition was eventually won by Tiffany Labedz.
We don’t know who she is exactly, but still, congratulations on a job well done, madam!
As far as her design goes, Honda refused to release on the unique Civic SI, opting only to say that it beat out more than 170 other entries on its way to being chosen by the two companies. The special edition Civic SI is scheduled to be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show on February 7th as a one-off, which means that it could end up being one of the most sought after Honda Civics in recent history.
Also, FYI, the image above isn’t the competition-winning Civic SI designed by Labedz.
Click past the jump to read about the Honda Civic SI
The 2014 Honda Civic SI took another step toward the cool zone, thanks to a number of modifications Honda gave it for the 2014 model year. The new Civic Si Coupe features a unique front bumper garnish, a larger deck-lid spoiler, a distinctive front spoiler and sporty rear diffuser. The Si will also sit atop larger wheels than the base Civic — 18-inch wheels, to be exact.
As far as the engine goes, the 2014 Civic SI is powered by a 2.4-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine made of lightweight aluminum and produces a total output of 201 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 170 pound-feet of torque at 4300 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to a helical-type limited-slip differential (LSD).
Gallery Honda Civic Si Coupe
Honda is teaming with the hottest racing franchise on Xbox One - Forza Motorsport - to unveil the winning entry of the Civic Si Design Contest at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 7. Selected out of nearly 170 entries, the winning design was created by Forza Motorsport gamer Tiffany Labedz and was chosen as the top design by more than 17,000 members of the Forza Motorsport community. This one-of-a-kind Civic is the first vehicle to feature a design from the Forza Motorsport community.
Chicago Auto Show attendees will also get the opportunity to be among the first to race the 2014 Civic Si Coupe in Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One demo stations in the Honda booth.