We've turned our own real cars into virtual cars in the world of games, and we want you to do it too.
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UPDATE: We've received some great submissions from our readers, but we'd love more for the story we're preparing this week. So please enjoy the story below if you haven't read it already, and show us your own!

OH, ONE MORE THING: You might remember we hosted an impromptu slot-car Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in our office kitchen. We've decided to give the set away to one lucky entrant, so... make it a good virtual photo and a good story about your car, and it could be yours!

If you want to take part in this fun, feel free to send us:

  1. a screenshot of your virtual car
  2. a photo of your actual car
  3. a few words about why you love your piece of automotive engineering.

Send your submissions to social@caradvice.com.au by 5pm AEST, April 27.

Above: this could be yours!


April 10, 2020: We’ve all tried our hand at racing games and simulators, thrashing exotic machinery around some of the world’s great race tracks and streets. Who hasn’t shoe-horned themselves into a virtual Porsche 911 GT2 RS and tackled the Nordschleife?

But what happens when you get bored of racing sports cars, supercars and hypercars in a virtual setting, when winning races and setting fastest laps is completed with consummate ease?

Well, if you’re like some of the crew here at CarAdvice, you turn your daily driver lurking in the garage into a virtual copy and then race it like you're Daniel Ricciardo. Or in Sam Purcell's case, off-road it like you're, well, Sam Purcell.

Here are some of our favourites, and if you want to take part in this exercise, feel free to send us:

  1. a screenshot of your virtual car
  2. a photo of your actual car
  3. a few words about why you love your piece of automotive engineering.

Send your submissions to social@caradvice.com.au

Sam Purcell, Off-road Editor

My old Land Rover is a 1971 IIA 88", suffix H for the rivet-counters out there.

It was my first 4WD; a daily driver, camp-mobile and weekend off-roader for about five years. It's still in the shed, too.


Liam Murphy, Journalist

It’s a 1999 Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-R. I've owned it since 2011 and still do, coming up on nine years.

It's been built with a mantra of "how would a hardcore in-house performance division have released the model if they'd built it?", so there's always been a simultaneous focus on civility and lunacy in the modifications. I love it because it's Jekyll and Hyde on four wheels.


Justin Narayan, Senior Journalist


I recreated my Mitsubishi Evolution 6 Tommi Makinen Edition while I owned it. This was my first serious, performance car, and I owned it for a bit over a year.

It was a unique car, with 49,000 genuine kilometres on the dial, finished in satellite silver with a factory sunroof which is quite rare.

I upgraded the camshafts and a few other small things; the result was simply electric. The sheer savage nature of how it got down to business was unlike anything I had experienced before.

I still keep in touch with its new owner. One day I'll have it back, I'm sure of it.


James Ward, Publisher

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR

I imported the Evo from Japan myself back in 2007 and kept it until my daughter was born in 2009. (It was all downhill from there!)

I loved the red with contrast carbon fibre trim elements, and even had the same Varis front splitter and canards as represented in Forza Horizon. I had Advan RGII wheels (with the GT-R offset) and ran the car - very successfully - in a number of club motorkhana competitions.

I think I regret selling this the most, as it was just so usable on a day-to-day basis, as well as being wickedly fast when you needed it to be!

BMW E70 X5

The X5 was our family car from 2011 to 2014 and while not the M, as represented in the game, was still a great bus!

BMW E28 528iM

The E28 was my 'weekend' car from 2012 to 2015. It featured a 3.5-litre Alpina head, an Alpina exhaust and a set of staggered 17-inch Alpina Classic wheels. There was plenty of power and it was a delight to cruise around in, despite not stopping anywhere near as well as it went.

Mercedes-Benz 190E Sportline

Okay, so mine isn't an Evo. It's not even a six-cylinder. But the little 190 is my new 'weekend' car and the first of just 15 genuine Sportlines to come to Australia.

It features the two-tone 'Sacco Panels' but is actually painted in Mercedes Blue-Black - the same as the mighty Evolution II.


Curt Dupriez, Senior Road Test Editor

Subaru Liberty RS Turbo

If you want to take part in this exercise, feel free to send us a screenshot of your virtual car, a photo of your actual car and a few words about why you love your piece of automotive engineering.

Send your submissions to social@caradvice.com.au