Forza Motorsport – My Cars – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII FQ-330 – theme

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII FQ-330 – theme

The second of my designs.

The grey design down the side proved trickier than expected and was finally made up of half-a-dozen pieces. Very pleased with this one.

Forza Motorsport – My Cars – Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 2006 Indy 500 Pace Car theme

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 2006 Indy 500 Pace Car theme

Took the 2006 Indy 500 pace car as my inspiration for the paint job here. I used the photographs at as my reference.

The only thing that turned out odd was the white body colour. It looked really bland, especially when racing. I changed it to one of the very light shades of, er, yellow I think and it looked much much better. Bizarre.

Forza Motorsport – My Cars – Ferrari 360 Modena – Prancing Horse theme

Ferrari 360 Modena – Prancing Horse them at flickr

Simple job this with the red, white and green of the Italian national flag caressing a Ferrari yellow car festooned with the Ferrari horse and Ferrari logos.

The horse and logos were used by super-sizing the provided Ferrari logo decal and masking off the bits I didn’t want.

Forza Motorsport – My Cars – Ferrari 355 Challenge – Spyker F1 theme

Forza Motorsport – My Cars – Ferrari 355 Challenge – Spyker F1 theme

Being a big fan of metallic orange in racing games, it may come as no surprise that I really like the Spyker F1 team livery for 2007 which features their traditional orange broken up with silver. They are powered by Ferrari engines during this season and so when I won my first Ferrari in “Forza” I figured I would avoid the traditional red and paint it in the colours of the Spyker F1 team.

Largely this was as straightforward a job as it looks but there are a couple of nice details.

The principle Rotora logo adorning the side has black blocks behind it to make the inner text black. Normally, the text is transparent.

The Bridgestone B on the bonnet was made by using the Bridgestone logo supplied and covering “ridgestone” with a silver panel.

The only other details were that, once again, parts of the side are painted using the roof. Funky.


Then I hit a problem. The reference photographs I had used were of the pre-season livery. Once the season started Spyker politely altered their silveryness to black so as to make their car more distinguishable from the McLaren Mercedes (when viewed on television). I found this out after taking my photos so you can see the original silver next to my new black one. This wasn’t quite as simple as just changing the silver to black as the silver bits had black logos on. So I needed to find all-white logos. Hmm.

As I had plenty of credits and hadn’t upgraded the car in any way, I bought another F355 Challenge and copied the pattern across so I actually had both the black and silver available. This a great feature and a generous bonus.

Forza Motorsport – My Cars – Lotus Esprit V8 – Bond theme

Forza Motorsport – My Cars – Lotus Esprit V8 – Bond theme

Lotus Esprit? Got to be a Bond theme.

My first idea was to have a bash at reproducing the classic “For Your Eyes Only” legs artwork on the bonnet. While I got quite far with reproducing the tanned skin tones for the legs, as soon as the car was on track it looked awful. Part of the reason is that the texture mapping used on track looks to be about half the resolution of that used in the car painting screens but most of the reason is my lack of artistic ability.

I still wanted a Bond theme and decided to make it a bit more subtle. A giant 007 logo on the side should do the trick. :) I made the logo in a light colour despite the predominantly white paint job. I really like the way that you only see the 007 logo at certain times in the replays.

After doing the 007 I had another go at decorating the bonnet, this time with iconic the gun barrel. This one proved rather trickier than anticipated and in the end I had to settle for what I could achieve. Hopefully, the overall effect works but it is not a very accurate facsimile at all. To create the thin black lines I used offset overlapping circles of the same size – white over black. The trouble was that the white (invisible) circles were necessarily overlapping areas I didn’t really want them to. I couldn’t find any way around that.

After a while with the car I came back and added a little Bond to the gun-barrel. The reference photograph was a Daniel Craig promo for Casino Royale. While he is certainly crude, you get the idea and that, frankly, is the limited of my artistic ability. I probably over-reached myself by adding the bonnet design and the car would still have looked great with only the subtle 007 logo on the side.

In driving, this turned out to be a surprisingly competitive car which came as a nice surprise. In most other racing games, the Esprit looks brilliant but is slow and difficult to control.

Forza Motorsport – My Cars – Renault Sport Clio – Renault F1 theme

Forza Motorsport – My Cars – Renault Sport Clio – Renault F1 theme

Renault’s ING sponsorship for 2007 has produced a bland car thanks to it’s feeling predominantly white / yellow. I was much more interested in the 2006 model with the highly distinctive gold / dark blue / sky blue.

Remarkably I ran into a major problem with painting the Clio. You can’t paint the centre upright, the upper part of the door! While you probably wouldn’t notice unless someone pointed it, this meant that a dark blue stripe that should be between the gold on the roof and the sky blue of the door is missing. I only ran into this problem after I had nearly finished one side with the car colour set to gold. This meant changing the car colour to sky blue and then re-imagining the decorative construction based upon an entirely different colour. Fortunately I hadn’t produced a terribly complicated pattern but it was still a bit of a shock.

While I’ve tried to maintain the pattern and feel of the Renault F1 2006 car, I don’t feel I managed it. If you looked at it without knowing its inspiration, would you figure it to be a Renault F1 Clio? Anyway, this is a bright, striking car that looks great on track but I am a teensy bit dissatisfied with it and don’t really know why.

I later adjusted the side of the car to its current state. The original had the side pattern as basically square. The revised one has a wavy pattern and is much more interesting. I am much happier with the design now.