It looks even better in the real world than it does in the digital realm.
Earlier this year, Ford called upon esports players from its Team Fordzilla to design a virtual race car. Fans voted on the winning design, which was revealed in a digital format back in August. We didn't think the Team Forzilla P1 would ever exist outside of a videogame, but Ford itself has decided to build a full-scale model. Reminiscent of the 2020 Ford GT, the P1 looks like a race car from 30 years in the future.
This is the first time an automaker has brought a gamer-collaborated virtual car to life with a physical model before it has even been released in a video game. Ford asked gamers to vote on the package, including the configuration, engine position, and cockpit definition. Nearly 250,000 people helped Team Fordzilla settle on the final design.
The exterior styling was penned by Arturo Arino, while the interior was the vision of Robert Engelmann, both of whom are Ford designers. Like the McLaren of the same name, Ford's P1 is based around a monocoque structure, but in this case, is covered by a fighter jet-style canopy that cocoons the driver and co-pilot. Arion wanted his design to feature elements from the GT supercar, including sculpted fenders, curved side panels, and floating buttresses. With no crash standard to adhere to in a video game, the rear end is completely exposed and shaped for aerodynamics.
Inside, the P1 features LED notification units, allowing the driver to communicate with the pit team. As a vehicle designed for racing should be, the interior is distraction-free to allow the driver to focus on setting fast lap times.
Ford managed to bring the P1 to life in just seven weeks, taking it from a CAD design to a full-scale model without any face-to-face interaction as a result of the pandemic. Team Fordzilla even added a few gaming Easter Egg phrases around the car, including an AFK (Away From Keyboard) message on the co-pilot seat, #levelup, and #liftoff graphics, and a GLHF (Good Luck Have Fun) message on the spoiler.
The company didn't mention of the Team Fordzilla P1 will be playable in any upcoming or existing racing games, but we doubt they'd go through the trouble of building it for gamers without letting them have a go, especially since Team Fordzilla is a dedicated Esports project.