Rockstar Games is making its final advertising push before the Sept. 17 release of its game-changing title “Grand Theft Auto V.” The newest trailer has hit the airwaves and now Rockstar is joining with game-seller Gamestop to announce a contest where a real version of one the fictional cars from the game is the prize.
The Bravado Banshee made its first appearance in the opening scenes of “GTA III,” and has been in each release since, filling the role of the ultimate American sports car. It’s styled suspiciously like a previous generation Dodge Viper. The company wants to highlight the car customization features in the game, an option that was lacking in the New York City-based “GTA IV.”
Rockstar says significant work went into creating this real world version of the Banshee, which we bet uses Viper underpinnings. We have a call into Rockstar to check, though we’re sure their PR team is pretty busy this month.
The molds for the exterior, according to Rockstar, were cut and machined piece by piece. Each panel was laid out by hand to create the exterior. A custom cockpit was built and sewn, with carbon-fiber inlays and contrasting stitching featuring the Banshee logo. A coat of metallic blue and a stripe of white complete the package.
To enter the contest, go to GTAV’s Facebook page or the Gamestop website. You have to have a Power-Up Rewards card to enter on the site but players can also enter by mail. The full rules of the contest can be found here.
Gamestop’s rules say the Banshee has a $180,000 approximate retail value and winners will also get a check for $70,000, so entering would not be a bad day’s work. Contestants must be at least 17 years old, have a valid driver’s license and live in the United States.
So go and enter, and let us know if you win. You can meet us in the fictional Los Santos after Sept. 17 under the handle StarChief. Please don’t shoot us.