A Flying Lap Through The Alps
Whether it’s the tight turns or the breathtaking scenery, mountain passes and fast cars
seem to play well together. In that spirit, Forza Motorsport 4 debuts an all-new track
that distills the ultimate high-altitude driving experience into a state-of-the-art road
course the equal of the world’s greatest circuits: Bernese Alps. Don’t believe us? Keep
your speed up underneath the mountain gondolas and prepare to gasp when you crest the rise
on the first downhill and catch sight of an awe-inspiring view of the broad valley ringed
with snowy peaks.
Bernese Alps was created because it’s not enough just to have inspiring scenery: you
also need to have a track that pushes drivers to their limits. The talented team that
created this track was inspired by the mystique and challenge of the passes nestled among
the highest mountain range in Europe, threading the course along old mountain access
roads, through tunnels cut into living rock, and under craggy glacier-studded summits.
From the luxury ski resort down to the quintessentially Swiss mountain town, the contrast
between the classic village architecture and the modernist glass-and-steel grandstands
provides visual excitement to enhance the experience of the Alps track. The course is
offered in three challenging configurations. There’s the full Festival Circuit, which
includes the fast left-handers that sweep through the spectacular lower Alpine village.
The Stadplatz variant bypasses the tunnel and continues over a causeway that bisects the
glistening Alpine lake. The Club Circuit takes the high road, skirting the town and
snaking around the backside of the mountain in a segment with an incredibly tough double-
The primary characteristic of Bernese Alps is the overwhelming sensation of speed. The
tarmac is wide and forgiving, allowing you to stay on the track while maintaining a fast
clip; throughout much of the course, you’ll be at full throttle. Of course, there’s always
a trade-off, and on this course you’ll have to keep an eye on your mirrors, because with
all that width there’s plenty of room to pass either inside or outside. Skilled racers can
go into the Community feature to find themselves racing head-to-head with their friends,
going three-wide on some parts of the course, swapping paint in the heat of battle.
Despite all the room between the rumble strips, you’ll have to exercise exceptional
control to hit the apexes perfectly. Take the Alps’ first corner, which requires the
technical racer to be extremely patient, waiting until the end of a very long curve before
laying the hammer back down for maximum exit speed. Or the Festival Circuit’s lower
village portion: after the first turn out of the tunnel and around the lake, the next two
apexes require you to get within a hair’s breadth of the wall to achieve the perfect
Taken as a whole, the Alps course provides the awesome rush of velocity for any racer,
but exceptional challenges for those working on honing their Forza skills. It won’t just
be your motor cortex that Bernese Alps excites: on the Festival or Club circuits, the echo
of a double downshift off of the walls of the rocky outcrop leading to the tunnel will
give anyone with a pulse goosebumps. The jagged rock faces beg for a car with a great
engine note, so pick something that has a seriously throaty song, like the lusty V12 found
under the hood of Ferrari’s wickedly fast 599 GTO.
Bernese Alps is the result of the dedicated efforts of Turn 10’s expert track artists,
and it really needs to be driven to be believed. You’ll be able to experience the Alps
track—as well as the rest of the world’s greatest driving circuits—in Forza Motorsport 4,
available beginning October 11, 2011.