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Someone put R&E Taxi decals on a virtual Subaru WRX STI

We wonder if the LTFRB would give this its stamp of approval

We’d pay thrice the fare for this. IMAGE FROM JAY MICHAEL VILLAFUERTE

Last year, we wrote an article about how the Gran Turismo Sport video racing game finally allowed players to style their virtual cars via the then newly introduced Decal Uploader feature. For that story, our writer playfully adorned a Porsche track weapon with the Philippine flag and the VISOR initial.

Yesterday, a reader by the name of Jay Michael Villafuerte told us that he had revisited said article and given the simple instruction provided there a try. His idea? Slap R&E Taxi decals on the previous-generation Subaru WRX STI. Sure, not exactly an original idea, but the result is still glorious.

Is a fare meter also standard? IMAGES FROM JAY MICHAEL VILLAFUERTE

Because the game’s graphics have evolved to the point where the images look almost like the real thing, the resulting visuals border on the surreal. For one, it’s weird seeing R&E’s yellow-and-green livery against a backdrop that is clearly on foreign soil.

Imagine seeing this cab in Tokyo. IMAGE FROM JAY MICHAEL VILLAFUERTE

And when you realize that even the familiar LTFRB text is present, you just can’t help but chuckle.


So…anyone want to do the Love Bus livery on the Bugatti Divo?

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.