Forza Garage: Thursday Roundup 7/21

Alex Kierstein
Thursday, July 21, 2011

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It’s that time—Thursday’s here, so you’re one day closer to your weekend, and that means we’re due for another Forza Garage Thursday Car Reveal Roundup. In case you missed our announcements this week on Facebook and Twitter, here is the most recent crop of Forza Garage residents.

 

  • 1971 AMC Javelin AMX
  • 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD455
  • 2011 Ford Ka
  • 2009 SEAT Ibiza Cupra
  • 2004 Volkswagen Beetle
  • 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT
  • 1998 Eagle Talon TSi Turbo
  • 1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Mk3

 

This week we set a goal for page likes on our official Forza Motorsport Facebook page, and the Forza community stepped up to beat it within a few minutes of posting. To say thanks, we’re now showing off three cars a day, and we’re working on another goal for you all to work towards so we can continue to tell you about even more of the cars that will be in Forza 4. There are a lot, so expect things to ramp up as we get closer to launch.

 

Bet you’re wondering what we’re going to tell you about today. Well, you’re in for a treat, as the community team has picked a couple of feature cars that are brand new to the Forza franchise to share with you. Both of these cars have significant followings, and you’ve been clamoring for at least one of them for a long time. Let’s start with a pumped-up hatchback that brought the immortal “Type R” badge to the Civic for the first time: the 1997 Civic Type R.

 

1997 Civic Type R 

 

The “championship white” paint. The five-lug wheels. The red Honda badges. The stance and the sound. The Type R theme is often imitated, but the original limited-production Type R can’t be duplicated. It’s not merely an appearance package, either: few similarly-sized hatchbacks can keep up with the Type R’s B16B motor. The B16B carries on a Honda tradition by making an astonishing 182 horsepower naturally, through careful porting of the head and increased compression, done by hand by specially chosen Honda craftsmen to achieve superior quality and power output. The interior is stripped of unnecessary material to bring the EK hatch down to fighting trim, and the chassis is specially seam-welded for greater rigidity. Honda specialists also threw every trick in the book at the EK9’s already phenomenal full-double-wishbone suspension, almost entirely eliminating understeer for perfect balance, making it nearly as fast as an Integra Type R on most road courses. That’s not really surprising, as Honda applied much of the knowledge gained in creating the Integra Type R to the Civic, bolting up such goodies as a helical limited slip differential for superior traction. The only way to truly appreciate the transformation the simple Civic went through to gain the coveted Type R badge is to hop behind the wheel and unleash it in any of Forza 4’s tracks—but the twistier, the better. Whether you appreciate the EK9 Type R in its original factory-modified form, or unleash all of your tuning and painting skills on it to transform it into the ultimate expression of your Honda fantasy, is completely up to you.

 

From continents and oceans away comes a very different animal. Conceived at the European branch of an American automaker and constructed in Britain and Germany, this international project became a rally sensation and a fantastic roadcar. Allow the Ford Escort RS Cosworth to four-wheel drift into the Forza Garage.  

 

1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth 

 

The Escort RS Cosworth is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And that’s not just in reference to its unique combination of a pedestrian name and undeniable rally pedigree—under the skin, it’s not an Escort at all. The chassis is really a revision of its predecessor, the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth (that’s a good thing, as the Sierra is a fantastic performer in its own right, and its mechanicals were seriously upgraded for Escort RS Cosworth duties). It wasn’t even really built by Ford; Cosworth handled engine development and assembly, and Karmann (famous for their coachbuilt Volkswagen specials) made the bodywork and put the whole shebang together in Germany. This may all sound cobbled together, but rest assured that the result was anything but. All-wheel drive and a powerful motor (sporting a massive turbo pulled off of the nusto Ford RS200) gives the “Cossie” performance almost as aggressive as its looks, distinguished by a huge “whale-tail” spoiler and more gills than a school of sharks. All that grip and grunt was worthy of a competition rally car, which it nearly was—the purpose of the road-legal Escort RS Cosworth was to homologate the Group A racer, which racked up eight victories over a storied career. Victory is sure to follow wherever the Cossie goes in-game, as its poise and balance (let alone the traction provided by the AWD system, or the thrust provided by the boosted motor) make it a complete joy to drive hard. It’s no wonder the Cossie has achieved legendary status the world over.

 

As always, we’re looking forward to telling you about more cars each weekday on Forza’s Facebook and Twitter pages, so make sure you’re following us so you can be the first to hear. But before we go, let’s mention some other cars that are returning to Forza 4. Our SUV fans should appreciate one of the cars below!

 

  • 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
  • 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
  • 2003 Hyundai Tuscani Elisa

 

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