Gamers and gearheads have more in common than you’d think.
How many times have you been playing a video game and thought, “Man, I’d like to drive that car in real-life.” Most gamer-gearheads have lusted after at least one virtual car. Many of these made-up rides forever live on in your Xbox, but a select few do actually go from the virtual to real world. All of the video game-inspired rides seen below are fully functional and can be driven/ridden, save for one. That’s right, three of your nerd fantasies will be fulfilled while one will be crushed. As always, leave your best guess in the comments section and the poll.
If you’ve ever played Grand Theft Auto, then you’ve likely driven a Bravado Banshee before. One lucky lady actually won a real-life Banshee from West Coast Customs and GameStop as part of a promotion to celebrate the release of “Grand Theft Auto V.” The winner ended up putting the car up for sale because you just can’t pay the bills with a quick 0-60 run.
A company called Weta built a fully functioning Warthog, the iconic attack vehicle from the Halo series. The rugged replica looks perfect for fighting off the flood/a weekend tooling around off-road/a weekend of hunting big game in Africa. Like many other gamer vehicles the Warthog was created to promote the release of a video game, in this case “Halo 3.”
“Far Cry 4” was only recently released and already someone has put guns on a tuk tuk. This deadly taxi packs two AK-47S and two uzis and is powered by a 100-horsepower engine taken from a Hondar CBR 600. The tuk tuk doesn’t actually fire live ammunition, but a man can dream, right?
An old school gamer by the name of Justin Harder built a fully functioning ExciteBike replica dirt bike. The pixelated bike is actually a fully functional Suzuki RMZ-250 dirt bike. While the bike isn’t street legal Harder reportedly takes it out every so often for track days. In case you were wondering, no, you can’t control it using an NES controller.
How did you gaming gearheads do? If you suspected the Banshee of being b.s. you were wrong. Likewise if you thought the world wasn’t ready for a real Halo Warthog. So, is the fake the 8-bit ExciteBike or the tuk tuk? Sorry for all you bikers, but Harder’s 8-bit motorcycle is just a model. Yes, the “Far Cry 4” tuk tuk is real and fully functional, and it is glorious.