Two Forza Horizon 2 Players Take Home 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miatas at E3

Forza Horizon 2 2016 Mazda MX 5 Contest 4

Two highly-skilled Forza Horizon 2 players just realized the ultimate video-game fantasy. Mazda recently held a competition for owners of the popular Forza Horizon 2 racing game, where the contestants competed to win a real-life 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. In March, the Forza team launched a free download of an MX-5 car pack, allowing gamers to drive the new 2016 Mazda MX-5, the wickedly-cool 2010 MX-5 Super20 concept car, an original 1990 Mazda Miata, and the fan-favorite 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5 in Forza Horizon 2. Those that downloaded the pack during the contest period were able to compete in a race event, where the goal was to set the fastest time on the Sisteron Perimeter Sprint Track. The top two players were then flown out to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles to compete in a winner-take-all race to determine which of the pair would walk away with the keys to a new Miata.

Forza Horizon 2 2016 Mazda MX 5 Contest 2

In the end, David Goss of Missouri defeated Colton Miller from Indiana, and took both the title and the new roadster. However, Mazda felt as though both contestants worked so hard to get to the final stage, both contestants were awarded a brand new Miata. “They both spent so much time preparing for this event that we didn’t want one of them going home empty handed,” Mazda North America director of marketing Eric Watson said in a statement. We are sure both contestants will enjoy their new roadster thoroughly. When we drove the new MX-5, we found it stays extremely close to its pure-driving roots, reminding us of the original Miata from more than two decades prior. With a curb weight as low as 2,332 pounds, the new car’s 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder does not have much mass to move around, allowing the MX-5 to crack off 60 in a scant 5.8 seconds. Couple that with nimble handling and a driver-focused cabin, and it should be no surprise we had so much fun with the new roadster. We’re sure gamers Goss and Miller will likewise enjoy their real-world price for virtual racing.

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