Without a doubt one of the most successful car shows of all time would be Top Gear, with its random and elaborate challenges that can put the hosts in considerable danger, celebrity lap-times in a reasonably priced car and of course the many interesting facts about The Stig. But it has today been confirmed that the Stig’s digital cousin will made his debut in Forza Motorsport 5 – set to be a launch title on the Xbox One.
Frustrated petrol-heads and gamers everywhere will be donning their virtual crash helmets in anticipation of the imminent release of Forza Motorsport 5 where they will have the first opportunity ever to try and beat the BBC motoring entertainment TV show’s white-suited test driver The Stig – albeit his Digital Cousin. In a new video released today by BBC Worldwide, the tame racing driver’s digital counterpart can be seen clocking up some perfect lap times around a test track, while the Xbox One Racing Team V8 Supercar crew are unaware. Unlike the real-life Stig however, it’s rumoured that for the very first time ever this will be a more fallible Stig – and one that can be beaten – but only if you’re really good!
Duncan Gray | Top Gear’s Commercial Director at BBC Worldwide
Trying to beat The Stig on track has long been the petrol-fuelled dream of Top Gear fans everywhere and whilst Jeremy and the team did not want to frustrate or embarrass gamers by putting forward the real Stig, they did help us track down a potentially more fallible relative of their tame racing driver.
Dan Greenawalt | Creative Director on Forza Motorsport 5
The partnership between Forza Motorsport and Top Gear has featured many highlights over the years. Including The Stig’s digital cousin in the game is a natural extension of that creative partnership. Now, on top of racing against the best virtual drivers in the world online or against brand new cloud-powered Drivatar opponents in career mode, players can tackle the digital cousin of one of the world’s most celebrated racing icons.