The Petersen Automotive Museum has gone all in with Forza Motorsport, relegating a wing of its displays to the game itself, as well as recently hosting a “Race for the Record” challenge.
Hosted by the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Microsoft Store, the recent Race for the Record challenge pitted 11 gamers from around the world against one another in the hopes of winning a 2016 Ford Mustang while simultaneously setting a new Guinness World Record.
The competing gamers were given an extra edge when paired with members of the Ford Performance teams, including Billy Johnson, Ryan Truex and Tyler Reddick. Here’s a look at the competition in action.
According to the breakdown, participants raced as teams across three events, in three cars and varying conditions. Winners included France’s Alexandre Arnou and his Ford partner, Austin Cindric. The duo did indeed set a new world record for the event with a total time of 102 minutes, five seconds.
But while you may not be able to join the record race and win a brand new car, there’s still plenty of reasons to drop by the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, especially if you enjoy playing Forza or other racing games.
For starters, it’s an automotive museum, so the place is utterly packed with cars and memorabilia for you gearheads in the audience to enjoy. Secondly, the museum now hosts a “Forza experience” section, boasting a 1,500 sq ft gallery that includes 10 racing sleds and three Xbox kiosks running demos of Forza Motorsport 6. If you love racing but don’t have a full wheel/pedal setup in your house, it might be worth dropping by just to experience first-hand. The cool thing about the kiosks is that they boast eight different events which let you drive the cars that are actually on display in the same exhibit.
If you’re in more of a perusing mood, you can also check out displays boasting “artifacts” from both Turn 10 Studios, the folks behind the Forza series, as well as Xbox. We’re not entirely sure what those artifacts might be, but the thought of seeing the history of Xbox consoles, controller and the like lined up alongside all of those cars is pretty nifty.
In case you’re in the Los Angeles area and looking to visit, the Petersen Automotive Museum is located at the heart of the Wilshire Boulevard Museum Mile. If you’re looking to take in a bit of history, or just play some Forza in a sweet set-up, then be sure to drop by.