Forza Garage: Thursday Roundup 7/28

Alex Kierstein
Friday, July 29, 2011

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Is it Thursday already? We’ve been so busy reading all the Tweets and comments you guys have left on our official Facebook page about the Forza Garage cars that we nearly forgot to get the roundup post together. The Ford crowd was understandably thrilled with yesterday’s Thunderbird reveal, but in case you missed what other great cars we’ve announced, here’s the list of this week’s Forza Garage cars:

 

  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1961 Jaguar E-type S1
  • 1992 Volkswagen Golf GTI 16v Mk2
  • 1993 Ford SVT Cobra R
  • 1994 Honda Civic 1.5 VTi
  • 1998 TVR Cerbera Speed 12
  • 2010 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 2011 Holden #11 Pepsi Max Crew Commodore VE
  • 2011 Lexus CT200h

 

Based the comments the images of the 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth got (a couple of our favorites: “cannot like this enough ;D” and “COSSIEEEEEEEEE!!! YEAHHH!”), we bet you’d like to see some more great shots. There are a couple of images coming in hot from our crack team of game artists… we can’t show you them right this moment, but keep an eye out on Facebook. We’ll be posting a unique photo there, and another one on the site. 

 

Now, hopefully if you’re one of Forza’s many skilled painters, you’ve already submitted a design to the Forza Motorsport 4 BMW Design Challenge, which is your chance to get your original paintjob into a special DLC pack using the 2010 BMW M6 Coupe as your canvass. The whole community team here at Turn 10 has been floored by the entries we’ve already seen, but the contest is wrapping up: the last day of the contest is this Sunday, July 31, 2011. So if you’ve been slacking, read through the contest details here and then get your design sent off pronto!

 

To celebrate the contest, today’s feature car is the latest in a long line of official BMW Art Cars, painted by internationally acclaimed artist Jeff Koons, and brand new to the Forza Franchise. Our second feature car is worth a closer look, as the super-SUV is one of the most amazing pieces of engineering that BMW has ever put on the road. Read more about why, and about the incredible Koons car, below: 

 

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2010 BMW Motorsport #79 Jeff Koons BMW M3 GT2 Art Car 

 

When Jeff Koons was asked to paint the BMW M3 GT2’s graceful form in a bespoke design as the 17th BMW Art Car, not only did he contemplate the works of previous Art Car collaborationists—Andy Warhol, for example—he got some seat time in past M-division models. Then he rode along for a couple of laps in the M3 GT2 itself, and the car’s staggering performance itself inspired the motif: the streaming lines down the sides and bursting forms at the rear suggest both savage acceleration and explosive power. Unlike most works of art, however, this piece is designed to stun both standing still and on the track—and to improve with the grime and battle-damage of actually racing, an intentional component of Koons’ design. Under the vinyl wrap, the M3 GT2 is just as impressive as any of its other siblings, with enhancements to the road car’s already potent V8 and fitted with all manner of racing parts to do battle in the ALMS series. It will be tough to miss the #79 Art Car battling through traffic, and is sure to be a favorite among both ALMS fans and Forza players.

 

2011 BMW X5 M 

 

This factoid will tell you a little bit about why the X5 M is so special: it has the largest front brakes BMW has ever fitted to any of their vehicles, ever. Those huge binders, 15.5” in diameter, are there to reign in the exorbitant velocities this newest addition to the BMW Motorsport family can achieve by tapping into the gargantuan power available from the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 under the hood. Even though no one would claim the X5 is a small vehicle, the 547 horsepower on tap mitigates any weight penalty the X5 may have by propelling it to 62 mph in an astonishing 4.7 seconds. While the forward progress the X5 M makes is easy to admire, it’s the agility of the big “Sport Activity Vehicle” that really sets the X5 M apart from the competition, with a laundry list of innovative M division suspension upgrades and driver assists to bring BMW’s signature sportscar dynamics to the X5. Whether its driving the X5 M or admiring its aggressively tweaked lines, the X5 M is a SUV that thinks it’s a sportscar, and has the moves to match.

 

Also returning to the Forza Garage are two of the most incredible BMWs of the 1970s: the 3.0 CSL (which, in racing form, was the basis for the very first Art Car), and the revolutionary 2002 Turbo:

 

  • 1971 BMW 3.0 CSL
  • 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo

 

 That does it for this week’s tribute to the company with the whirling propeller roundel. Check back each weekday for more Forza Garage car reveals.

 

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