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An Exhibit - A Game - A Passion

Glenn virtually explores the world by driving on and off the track - inspired by the Forza Motorsports Racing Experience Exhibit at The Petersen Automotive Museum in downtown Los Angeles.

By Glenn Oyoung

Thu, Nov 18, 2021 08:21 PM PST

Since its debut in 2012, "Forza Horizon" has become a $1-billion dollar fan favorite with over 12 titles worth of open spaces for gearheads to explore. (For the uninitiated, Forza Horizon is a game from Microsoft). The combination of iconic cars, realistic driving physics, and the freedom to explore the open road (and more importantly, the spaces adjacent to said roads) has been a winning formula for fans and for Microsoft.

image from the Forza Horizon 5 video game with a green Jeep driving deep in the jungle, and other Jeeps ahead of it on the route.
Why stay on the road? Explore the jungle instead!

The latest installment in the series, "Forza Horizon 5" debuted earlier this month at the venerable Petersen Automotive Museum - aka Glenn’s Happiest Place on Earth™. New cars and trucks have been added, including the Corvette C8 and Ford Bronco, and as is the case with prior releases, this installment of The Forza series features stunning visuals based on real-life locations throughout the world.

image from the Forza Horizon 5 video game with a silver white Corvette C8 in the foreground, racing down city streets with other exclusive cars in tight pursuit.
The author's - obvious - first choice when it came to testing Forza Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 5 features landscapes based on Mexico’s geographically diverse locations. It should come as no surprise that yours truly first selected the C8 for some video game wangan fun. Then, because I am a kid at heart, selected the Bronco and within a few minutes fully embraced the Forza Horizon Way and decided why drive on paved asphalt when you can rip it up through agave fields. George "Casamigos" Clooney, eat your heart out.

What Cars Are In The Forza Motorsports Racing Experience Exhibit

In addition to the virtual cars, The Petersen exhibited real-life cars inspired by the game. Featured cars in the exhibit are:

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Design Study
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 “Stingray”
1989 Porsche #65 Rothsport Racing 911 “Desert Flyer”
2017 Ford Bronco RTR #25 “Brocky”
2019 McLaren Senna
2020 Saleen S1 GT4

Petersen visitors can give Forza Horizons a spin on the second floor at the Forza Motorsports Racing Experience Exhibit. For more information and museum hours, visit Petersen.org/forza-horizon.

image from the Forza Horizon 5 video game with a Peugeot rally car barreling down a route, with other rally cars all around it.
Oh the routes to explore! The list of places to "visit" never ends.

 

About The Author

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Glenn Oyoung

Glenn Oyoung is a marketer, entrepreneur, and consultant based in Los Angeles. Glenn’s lifelong passion for cars is rooted in playing with Hot Wheels, and has manifested itself in his career. He’s the former marketing director of American Racing, founder of design and merchandise firm turn3 Creative, and author of a ‘vehicular alphabet book’ titled “C is for Car.” As director of client relations at Blue C Advertising, Glenn helps OEM and aftermarket companies develop their marketing message and reach passionate enthusiasts. His passion for cars extends to his role as the founder of the monthly San Gabriel car meet Carcadia at Route 66.

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