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Project P1: Twitter users cast votes to build new Team Fordzilla P1 gaming concept car

The design was given the codename Project P1.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mazda RX-Vision GT3 and the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo were designed for the gaming world but the Team Fordzilla P1 concept is the first vehicle designed in collaboration between an automaker and gamers.

First revealed during the gamescom event, the virtual racing car was created using fan notes on Twitter at different design stages. Gamers decided on elements including seating position, cockpit style and drivetrain before Ford designers worked up their interpretations of the brief.

Project P1 Team Fordzilla P1 The car combines design of the Ford GT with design that isn't typical in the real world.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The winning result is a car designed by Ford exterior designer Arturo Ariño, which garnered 83.8 percent of the votes. In total, close to 225,000 fans voted.

"Project P1 took me to the beginning of it all," said Ariño. "The reason why I became a car designer in the first place was to design something never seen before and something that pushes the boundaries. This vehicle will be visually stunning, and while it will push the gamer to the limits of focus and reflexes, it will also be hugely rewarding to drive."

Ariño drew inspiraron for his design from the Ford GT,­­ but used unique touches like morphing technology on the body to offer the stability of a longtail racer on the high-speed straights of Le Mans, or a shorter body for tighter circuits like Monaco.

The race car is expected to make its gaming debut in 2021 as Ford is in advanced discussions with a leading game maker.

Project P1 Team Fordzilla P1 Ford is making a physical version of the car.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

A real-life scale model of the car will be built later this year. The process has already started at Ford's design studios in Cologne, Germany.

TeamFordzilla.com, a new addition to the esports community, will provide a permanent home for Ford's official esports team. Fans are able to follow live Twitch feeds of races, download vehicle graphics for use in-game, and keep up-to-date with the latest news.

Ford launched Team Fordzilla – its first ever esports team – in 2019 with individual teams in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, consisting of hand-picked racers. Each team competes in national competitions with dedicated team captains, with the best drivers representing Team Fordzilla at a European level. Currently, over 40 drivers race under the Team Fordzilla banner.

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Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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