Forza Motorsport 4: Top Gear Test Track

Alex Kierstein
Friday, June 10, 2011

Now that E3 is underway and we’ve already told you a little bit about some of the exciting features of Forza Motorsport 4, let’s talk about the newest track on offer. Some say it used to be a Canadian airfield during WWII, and that one corner is named after easy listening music—all we know is, it’s called the Top Gear test track, and it’s coming to Forza for the first time when the game hits store shelves beginning October 11. The newest edition to the exciting real-world tracks available in the latest Forza instalment, the Top Gear test track continues a star-studded matchup that started with Forza Motorsport 3’s Ultimate Collection, which featured the Stig’s Garage Car Pack and exclusive video from Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. Now in Forza 4 the track itself is fully rendered and available for play in several configurations, all based upon the Stig’s real-life playground at Dunsfold Aerodrome.

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What makes this track so special (other than it being featured on a hit BBC car show)? Top Gear worked with Lotus to overlay a challenging course onto the old airfield, and each corner is designed to test various aspects of a car’s set-up. We’re bringing all of that suspension-torturing action right to your Xbox console with turns like Chicago, a “steady state corner” contrived to test your mettle by drawing out over- or understeer hiding in an unsorted chassis. From Hammerhead down to the famous Gambon left-hander, the track faithfully translates the difficult course into a fully immersive experience perfect for any die-hard Top Gear fanatic. Did you remember to keep the throttle pinned through the Bentley sweeper? Fire up the replay to check your technique, watching from the top of the tire stack as you rocket through, just like in the show.

You should be familiar with the Top Gear test track as the setting for the show’s “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” segment, so in addition to revealing the track for our fans during E3, we can also tell you that in Forza Motorsport 4 you’ll have the option of hopping in the same car used in the show: the 2011 Kia cee’d. Remember when Tom Cruise crossed the finish line with the cee’d up on two wheels? His unorthodox technique set one of the fastest lap times ever recorded by a star during the segment. With only 123 horsepower under the “bonnet” of the cee’d (or, as Clarkson is fond of referring to it, the “c-apostrophe-d”), it will take some fancy driving to keep up with the show’s lead-footed megastars.

We know you probably can’t wait to get out on there in the Kia cee’d and tear up the tarmac like Cameron Diaz or Simon Pegg, but you’ll have to grin and bear it until this October. In the meantime, we’ll try to make the wait worthwhile as we roll out more information about the game. And check back here on Friday to get all of our E3 action in one place with the Week in Review.