How close is a video game to real life? Well, that’s the question Honda and Forza Motorsport 7 are attempting to answer in a new video titled R vs R. The premise is pretty simple – pit a racing driver in a real car against an experienced Forza player in a virtual one, and see what happens.

For the experiment, IndyCar driver Graham Rahal will take on professional gamer Peter “the SLAPtrain” Jeakins, with both driving the latest Civic Type R. The drivers will attempt to lap the Road Atlanta race track – in physical and virtual forms – as fast as they can to see who is quickest.

The twist here is Rahal’s car is fitted with a “mixed-reality” windshield, giving him the ability to see a “ghost” version of Jeakins’ virtual CTR. Think of it like the “ghost car” from the Gran Turismo series or other racing games.

As it turns out, the results are a lot closer than you think, and it is certainly interesting to watch the “race” between the two. There’s some wisdom from this stunt too. “In simulation, you don’t have fear. In real life you do,” says Rahal.

GALLERY: FK8R Honda Civic Type R in Malaysia