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Forza Garage: BMW Design Challenge Winners

Alex Kierstein
Friday, September 30, 2011


The floodgates are opening—copies of Forza 4 are out for review, and the demo is just days away, and then soon after that you’ll have a copy of the game in hand. That’s exciting for us, but while we’re stoked to be moving forward, let’s take a second to think back to just a few short weeks ago when we held our Forza Motorsport 4 BMW Design Challenge, where community members entered for a chance to get their designs into the game. In this special edition of the Forza Garage, we’re going to tell you about the winners of the contest and show you the amazing paints they did, as well as show off some other BMW Design Challenge cars that will be also be included in the game.


One of the coolest parts about the contest was that it’s actually BMW that picked the winners after we at Turn 10 selected a few prospects from among a flood of great entries. (As an aside, that’s one of the reasons we both love and hate these contests: we get so many awesome entries, and have to pick out only a few. We made some tough decisions, and so did BMW!) BMW looked at a bunch of criteria in picking the winners, including creativity, originality, and technical execution, and picked two winners—one who’d painted the 2010 BMW M6 Coupe, and one who’d painted the 1981 BMW M1.




Enough of the preliminaries, let’s take a look at the winners. The first congratulations go to Jorge Martínez Herrero, whose design for the M1 wowed the judges. The geometric, brightly colored design really meshes well with the wedge-shaped, mid-engine supercar. The M1 was truly revolutionary at the time, with lines penned by the famed Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, inspired by a previous concept car created by Paul Bracq that stole the show when introduced in 1973. It’s not easy to improve such a great design through paint alone, so Jorge deserves extra congratulations for a truly inspired paint.




Mark Van Dusen II is next up, with a design rendered onto the 2010 BMW M6, a sleek coupe whose styling is already notable for its “flame-surfacing” and generally sinister appearance, which makes the dark and atmospheric design that Mark chose seem very appropriate to the car. A riot of feathery, ephemeral shapes that emerge from a dark and brooding background, the overall effect is both subtle and complex. More than anything, Mark’s originality stands out, and is one of the main reasons his design was selected.




As we congratulate our community winners, let’s also take a second to look at the other three cars that are included in the BMW Design Challenge. First up we have automotive artist Jon Sibal, who’s best known for his incredible speculative renderings of upcoming cars, concept illustrations, and SEMA vehicle design. Jon took some time out of his busy schedule to work his magic on the 2008 BMW M3 in a piece entitled “Mechanika”—which looks exactly like it sounds. “Mechanika” drapes an industrial quilt of mechanical elements over the M3’s organic shapes in a way that perfectly captures the M3’s symbiosis of machine and driving passion.




Of course, there are a few other liveried cars worth mentioning that you’ll get a chance to put in your garage (they’re the icing on the cake of the already-a-great-deal Limited Collector’s Edition). Our own painters here at Turn 10 fired up their consoles and used Forza 4’s enhanced livery editor to design an incredible BMW Z4M Coupe, whose bright shapes and watercolor-like textures bring a lighthearted sense of fun to the Z4M’s normally strictly-business lines. Additionally, artists at BMW created their own special livery on the 2012 BMW M5. 




You’ll be able to drive all these beautifully designed BMW models as part of the Limited Collector’s Edition of Forza Motorsport 4. Finally, we’d like to send out a special “thank you” to all the Forza community members who submitted designs for this challenge. Your efforts and incredible creativity are appreciated, and we look forward to what you’ll bring to the next contest!