Honda to Bring Virtual Civic SI from Forza 5 to Life
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).