The Petersen Auto Museum is known for its impressive, exciting, and ever-changing exhibits. Throughout the years of its existence, Petersen has never failed to keep up with advancing technology – and nowhere is this more evident than at the Forza Motorsport Racing Experience Exhibit.
Located in the Bobby Rahal Family Gallery, the Forza Experience is one of the few permanent exhibits that you can find at the Petersen Auto Museum. Anyone who purchases a general admission ticket or membership can enjoy the Forza exhibit.
A Modern Twist on Auto History
The Forza series of racing simulators are among the most popular racing games ever developed. In fact, Forza Horizon 4 is the best-selling Xbox racing game of all time. The incredible popularity of the series has led the Petersen Auto Museum to install a permanent exhibit in which visitors can enjoy the experience of the simulation.
The Forza Experience area boasts a whopping 1,500 square feet of space. In this space, you’ll find 10 racing sleds and three Xbox kiosks running versions of recent Forza racing games.
The Forza Experience Xbox Kiosks are unique in that they allow you to drive vehicles that are actually featured in the exhibit. This provides an opportunity for fans of the series to learn more about the vehicles that they drive in the game.
Conversely, it also allows people who don’t have their own gaming consoles to figure out what all the hype is about. Auto history buffs and designers may otherwise miss the chance to understand why their friends and families seem to enjoy racing games so much.
When you get behind the wheel at this exhibit, however, you’re not stepping into the standard world of Forza. You’ll get to engage in one of eight specifically curated experiences, and the simulators offer a modified version of Forza Motorsport that you can only find at the museum.
Technology and Simulation
At the exhibit, you’ll be able to learn about the vehicles that you control during gameplay. However, you’ll also be able to learn a bit about the process that actually leads to the development of games like these.
The term game may do Forza Motorsport a bit of a disservice. These fully immersive racing simulators provide users with an experience that they may be unlikely to have anywhere else. A lot of time, effort, money, and talent went into the creation of these simulations.
Petersen Auto Museum wants to give credit to the development process that led to Forza Motorsport. As such, they feature a number of ‘artifacts’ in the Forza Experience exhibit. These artifacts come from Turn 10 Studios – the development team responsible for producing the Forza series – as well as Microsoft Xbox.
There is also a variety of information available in the exhibit that explains the development process of Forza and racing simulations in general.
The Forza Motorsport Racing Experience closes at 5:30 PM – half an hour before the rest of the museum closes. All visitors with a general admission ticket or a membership can view and participate in the Forza Motorsport Racing Experience.