Honda Challenge Car Pack

Brian Ekberg
Monday, January 14, 2013

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, we’re releasing the next super sweet car pack for Forza Horizon. That’s good news. The great news? It costs absolutely ZERO! The Honda Challenge Car Pack is coming on Tuesday and it stars three Honda models to add to your Forza Horizon garage: the 2013 Honda Civic Si Coupe, the 2012 Honda HPD Fit, and the 1986 Honda Civic Si. Whether you drive them, paint them, photograph them, or simply stock your garage with them, you’ll find plenty to love about all three of these Honda gems.

The Honda Challenge Car Pack

 

Here’s a more detailed look at the three cars in the Honda Challenge Car Pack:

 

 

2013 Honda Civic Si Coupe
It’s no wonder car enthusiasts have always appreciated the Civic Si. Snappy performance, aggressive design, and legendary Honda quality make for a car that will turn heads and deliver reliable performance for years. At 201 horsepower, the 2013 Civic Si boasts plenty of juice and peak power is delivered at a lower RPM than the previous model. That doesn’t mean the Civic Si doesn’t scream up to its 7,000 RPM redline; power just comes on earlier and with more torque. The 2.4-liter engine—transplanted from the Acura TSX—is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that puts power to the wheels through a helical limited-slip differential. The end result is a lively and sure-footed driving experience. Scott Dixon of IndyCar fame will be racing the 2013 Civic Si in the Honda Civic Challenge (see below for more), a special Forza Horizon Rivals event contest. Even bone stock, this car will be exciting to compete with.

 

 

2012 Honda HPD Fit
Exploiting its growing grass-roots motorsports program in the SCCA’s new B-Spec Class, Honda Performance Development has produced a suite of parts to turn the average Fit into a capable racer. B-Spec is a Showroom Stock class, but allows for suspension as well as tire and wheel upgrades. A full roll cage and racing seat are also required. These modest additions deliver surprising handing improvements and make the HPD Fit a blast through corners. Performance aside, the HPD Fit is begging for your favorite race livery and should inspire racing that puts the winning in the driver’s hands.

 

 

1986 Honda Civic Si
Without the Civic Si, the phrase “hot hatch” might never have become prevalent among car enthusiasts. When Honda brought fuel injection—which is where the “i” in Si comes from—it meant a peppy 91 horsepower to play with. Styling accouterments like the full-width tail lamp reflector and body-colored bumpers gave it just enough identification to stick out to early 80s import fans. Today finding an unmolested 1986 Civic Si is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The nice thing about rolling one in Forza Horizon is you can upgrade it to incredible performance levels, paint it, and add some stylin’ wheels, or just as easily convert it back to its original form to appreciate where Honda performance really took hold.

 

Honda Civic Challenge

So you’ve downloaded the Honda Challenge Car Pack, you’ve bought the cars and kitted them out with some sweet liveries. Now you’re wondering: what’s next? Well, it’s time to grab that 2013 Civic Si and hit the roads of Colorado in the Honda Civic Challenge Rivals event. Never tried Rivals in Forza Horizon? Here’s what you need to do:

 

  • Log in to Forza Horizon with a valid Xbox LIVE account
  • Drive or fast travel to the Horizon Festival and enter the “Race Central” section.
  • Choose “Rivals” from the menu
  • Click on the “Monthly Rivals” channel
  • Find the “Honda Civic Challenge” event and click on it

 

Note that you’ll need the Honda Challenge Car Pack in order to enter this event. Once the game starts, your goal will be to set as fast a time as possible in this event.

 

While racing against the Forza community is cool, pitting your skills against a real race car driver is even better. We’re happy to announce that Honda race driver (and Indy 500 champ) Scott Dixon will be setting a time in this event as well. Test your racing chops against an IndyCar Series champion by looking for Scott’s Xbox LIVE Gamertag (Dixon Honda2013)… you can even set him as your Rival for some intense racing action.

Players who enter the Honda Civic Challenge and beat Scott Dixon’s posted time (currently a 43.95) will be entered into a random prize drawing. The grand prize winner will win the chance to meet Scott Dixon in person as well as a custom Honda-branded 250GB Xbox 360 console. Four additional randomly selected players will win one custom Honda-branded 250GB Xbox 360. In addition, everyone who manages sets a time on the leaderboard will win a free Forza Horizon custom theme pack. 

 

Please note that the Honda Civic Challenge Rivals event is only open to Forza Horizon players who registered for the event on Xbox LIVE.

 

For official rules on this contest see http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/promotions/honda-forza-motorsports

 

Beginning on Feb. 15, we’ll be holding a special Honda-Civic themed photo contest around the 2013 Honda Civic Si Coupe. Look for more details soon!