Watch racing-sim graphics evolve before your eyes in this Forza Motorsport mashup

Spanning nine years, five titles, and thre generations of Xbox consoles, the Forza Motorsport series has come a long way. Just how long, you ask? Well, see for yourself.

This mashup video compares five generations of Forza Motorsport in rapid succession. Screenshot by Antuan Goodwin/CNET

This video mashup by Jorge Martinez shows cycles between the graphics and sounds of all five generations of Forza Motorsport as you follow a Ferrari Enzo around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

You can watch the games' visuals evolve before your very eyes, starting with the 2005 Forza Motorsport for the original Xbox and continuing on to the 2013 Forza Motorsport 5 for the Xbox One, which only just added the Nurburgring to its list of tracks last month.

Later in the video (at the 8:18 mark for the impatient), you'll see a comparison of the cockpit views which were introduced in Forza 3, before finally getting the most dramatic split-screen, side-by-side comparison of the original Forza Motorsport and Forza Motorsport 5 (at 9:18).

Some interesting things to look as you watch for are the dramatic jump in visual and audio quality between Forza 1 for the original Xbox and Forza 2 for the Xbox 360, the jump in exterior detail for Forza 4 (check out the Enzo's movable active spoiler), and the big bump in vehicle interior detail for Forza 5 for the Xbox One.

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Antuan Goodwin gained most of his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and performance to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable. Email Antuan, follow him on Twitter, or like him on Facebook. Antuan


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