From the 10th of July in 1940 to the 31st of October, the Battle of Britain raged in the skies over the UK. Though Forza Horizon 4 takes place in Scotland, I thought it fitting to pay proper tribute to this famous battle through a car named after one of the most prominent fighter-bomber planes of the era, the Supermarine Spitfire.
A small tribute to fighter ace Adolph Malan can be found on the car. The South African was the RAF’s greatest ace of WWII.
It also pays tribute to Mary Ellis, a female Spitfire pilot from WWII, who passed away in July 2018 at the amazing age of 101. She was unfortunately the final surviving female WWII pilot.
This was no easy task, as it had to be just right. I didn’t want to skimp on details or accuracies. So, after many, many hours, this is the end result. The 1962 Triumph Spitfire, with the famous shark design, among other details.
As you can see below, the yellow stripe on the hood has red tape criss-crossing, as an interpretation of the wing edge colour and taping. The overall colour of the car is an adaptation of the military green used on both air and land vehicles the British used in WW2.
The side graphics feature my interpretation of the trademark shark graphic, along with the cream coloured stripe that appeared on the tail of most Spitfires during WWII. The Text “ME22” is a little tribute to Mary Ellis (ME) and her birthday, February 2nd (22). The RAF roundel appears on the side with the pilot designation “AE-A,” the most famous remaining working Supermarine Spitfire, owned by Geoffery Northcott. The victory markers at the front total 42 on each side, for a total of 84 combined. 84 was the reported amount of aerial victories reported of Adolph Malan, the RAF’s greates fighter ace of WWII.
The back of the car features stylized cursive of the RAF’s motto, “Per Ardua ad Astra,” which translates to “through adversity to the stars.”
The top features another famous roundel of the RAF, which was featured on reconnaissance Spitfires as well as nighttime bombers.
So there you have it, my best tribute to the Supermarine Spitfire, the RAF, and the Battle of Britain that I could manage. I’m still debating doing a version with a camo paint scheme, as well as a “battle damage” version with burns and bullet holes and such… In the future, I may do more fighter plane tribute paint schemes, but for now, I shall take to the skies. Thanks for checking out my design, and don’t forget that the upgrade setup is quite fitting, a solid A Class with a really rattly engine noise. Both are searchable by looking for my gamertag, “XxxXnoodleXxxX”. In future, I may do more historical fighter plane tribute paint schemes, but for now, I shall take to the skies. Leave any feedback below, and enjoy! <3
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