Design A Kickass Miata Livery In Forza Horizon 2, Win Glorious Prizes

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If you somehow needed another reason to play Forza Horizon 2, arguably the best car video game on the block right now, here's one more: your Mazda Miata design skills may net you some sweet prizes.


Last week Mazda launched a contest to design a livery for the game's 1994 Mazda Miata. Decorating this perennial Jalop favorite gets you a shot at some seriously cool shit. If you're one of two finalists, you get a trip to to South by Southwest in Austin next year for a final design showdown.

The winner of that contest gets a 2016 Mazda Miata. I'm just kidding. If that were the case, I'd do it myself and not tell any of you. No seriously, the winner gets a new 55-inch curved TV, audio music system, Xbox One Kinect console and one MadCatz Racing Wheel all valued at about $3,500. The winning design ends up in the game, naturally.

Here's the details on how to enter from Mazda:

  • Sign into the Xbox Live service via an Xbox 360 or Xbox One console
  • Enter Forza Horizon 2, select the available 1994 Mazda MX-5 car and follow the instructions within the game to design a livery using the tools available within the game
  • Once finished, participants will be required to save their design with the name "MX5contest" and upload it to the Forza Horizon 2 storefront during the contest period
  • Entries will be accepted now through January 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • A semi-finalist judging panel, consisting of representatives from Microsoft, Mazda and Turn 10 Studios will determine up to five potential semi-finalists. 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). The semi-finalists will be posted on the Mazda hub on Xbox Live from 12:01 a.m. EST on January 26, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 12, 2015 for the online public voting phase of the contest. The two semi-finalists with the most votes will be flown to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas where a winner will be determined by three special judges; Derek Jenkins, Mazda's director of design, Major Nelson from Xbox Live and Forest Byrd with TC9700Gaming.

Sounds like a fun opportunity. Who's up for this? If you decide to enter, feel free to throw your design in the comments. It'll be great to see what everyone comes up with.



Playstation will soon get its own Horizon-style game right? Right guys? I mean.. we deserve one too. *Glares at Polyphony Digital*