Of course, we’ll be releasing more information on the game soon—we might not answer all your questions but, at the very
least, you’ll soon have a very good understanding of just what Forza Horizon is
all about. We’re so excited to share with you all the cool stuff in the
game—trust me, your patience will be rewarded.
VIP Membership Is Now
The debut of Forza Horizon’s box art and first screenshot is exciting but
it’s not the only news we’ve got this week. As of today, Forza Motorsport 4 VIP
Membership is now on sale through Xbox LIVE and through the Forza 4 in-game
Marketplace. In addition to offering Forza 4 fans all the great benefits of VIP
Membership (including a discount on next week’s Porsche Expansion Pack!), this
also marks an alliance between Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft, and international
charity organization Save the Children; with a portion of money garnered from
sales going to the charity.
For all the details on VIP Membership benefits as well as details
on how the charitable donations will work, please see this story.
Also a couple of VIP related notes that you should know
First, if you are a current VIP member (which you received
after purchasing the Limited Collector’s Edition of Forza Motorsport 4), you DO
NOT need to purchase this VIP Membership, as you already receive all VIP
Second, if you are a VIP Member and are interested in purchasing the Porsche Expansion Pack when it is released on Tuesday, May 22, please do so in the in-game Marketplace menu of Forza Motorsport 4 in order to take advantage of the VIP discount. If you purchase the expansion pack within the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, you will not receive the VIP discount. In order to save money and get the most value from your VIP membership, make sure you purchase the Porsche Expansion Pack from within Forza Motorsport 4!
Community photo contest favorite from darkicmotion
Pack… Four Days and Counting!
There’s just a few more days before the launch of the biggest DLC release for
Forza Motorsport 4 this year: the Porsche Expansion Pack! If you’re a lover of
the German marquee then I’m hoping the past few weeks have been fun for you as
we’ve been pointing the spotlight on Porsche and all 30 of the cars that will
be part of the Porsche Expansion Pack when it rolls out on Tuesday.
As many of you know, this week we’ve been announcing cars
via our official Twitter feed and on
Facebook page, and awarding prizes to two lucky folks who retweet our car
announcements. This week’s winners include:
For last week’s winners and a list of all the currently announced cars, see here.
Congratulations to everyone who has won so far!
Community photo contest favorite from SleepyOne Zzzzz
For those of you who have yet to win, you still have a
chance! We will be running our Porsche Expansion Pack retweet contest until Tuesday’s release of the pack itself (including on Saturday and Sunday).
The rules (the official versions of which you can read here)
are simple: Simply retweet our daily car announcement tweets and you are
entered into a random drawing to win one of two daily prizes. By retweeting our
morning announcement (which is released at 8 a.m. Pacific) you are entered to
win a free Porsche Expansion Pack download code. By retweeting our afternoon
announcement (which is released at 1 p.m. Pacific), you are entered to win a
pack of Porsche swag. Good luck to everyone who enters!
Porsche Rivals Mode
Events and Hoppers
While the 30 cars that make up the Porsche Expansion Pack
are certainly the centerpiece of the DLC, this is no mere car pack. You’ll also
be able to take part in new Porsche-themed events for your single player
career, as well as new achievements to earn along the way. In addition we’ve
got a new batch of Porsche-centric Rivals Mode events that will launch on
Tuesday. These events will be found both in the Community Monthly channel of
Rivals Mode, as well as in the other channels within Rivals. Here’s a quick
breakdown of all the new Rivals Mode events you’ll be able to play on Tuesday:
911 Experience – Hot
Few automobile manufacturers are able to achieve the amount of success that
Porsche has had throughout the life of 911. Choose your favorite 911 then hit
the track to take down your rival in this A-Class event. Upgrades and Tuning
are allowed within restrictions.
Formula Ferdinand –
The Porsche 993 GT2 was the first Porsche to enter into the North American
professional drift circuit in 2008. Find out for yourself if this car was made
to drift. Tuning and upgrades are allowed within restrictions.
The Porsche Cup –
Sebring International Raceway has long signaled the start of the American
Le Mans Series and with the arrival of Porsche in Forza Motorsport 4 there is
no better car to attack Sebring than the two-time ALMS champion Black Swan
Racing #54 911 GT3 Cup.
The Gear Factor –
The 911 GT2 RS is the most powerful street-legal Porsche in history, its
twin-turbo engine pumping a whopping 641bhp straight to the rear tyres: no
all-wheel drive security here. Can you keep tabs on the car they call ‘The
Widowmaker’ around America’s wildest race circuit, and conquer the terrifying
Community photo contest favorite from JDMHondaFanatic
Style – Community Monthly Channel
While the Porsche Panamera Turbo does not look like your quintessential
Porsche the Panamera still packs quite a punch for full-sized luxury car. The
challenge to this rivals event will be weaving this large bodied car through
the slower traffic. Tuning and upgrades allowed within restrictions.
-- Community Monthly Channel
Take to the track in production cars in the new Porsche Pack to answer the
question, Which production model Porsche is the best at navigating the
Giant Killer --
Community Monthly Channel
The legendary ‘Giant Killer’ has returned to the Forza Motorsport
franchise, set out on the Top Gear Loop to see how this iconic car from the
'50s handles the Dunsfold Aerodrome.
Updated with Porsche
All the Porsches from the Porsche Expansion Pack will be in
Cycled Production hopper, and there will be a "Decade’s 911" hopper in which you can
pick a 911 from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and up plus the "Best Modern Porsche" hopper
where you can pick your favorite Porsche from 2000 and beyond.
Community photo contest favorite from Timbud
warcryFIN gave no
mercy and is showing everyone that Finn’s can drive and that some painters can
drive. Thankfully, Johniwanna gave out a bunch of unicorns in the Rear View
Mirror thread because as it looks right now only about 450 of you are going to
beat warcryFIN. You have until 8 a.m. Tuesday to hit Easy Racers in the
Community Monthly Rivals channel. His
last time as of this writing was 1:44.153. Good luck with that!
In our weekly VIP Polls, last week’s choice of competition
was Drift. Where will the VIP’s be drifting is now the question. Go to our
official Facebook page and choose a track. Will it be Maple Valley Full, Infineon Long, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta
Full, Sebring Full, Catalunya Full, or Indianapolis GP?
Rear View Mirror
Thread Hits 100 pages, Hundreds of Unicorns Given Away
In what has become "Porsche Love Month" in what began as a
simple hope to raise awareness of the Porsche Expansion Pack, our community writer John asked the
Forza Community to help build the Rear View Mirror thread for the May 7 edition
to five--maybe ten--pages. He offered unicorns to his favorite posters who wrote
about why they love Porsche. The response has been tremendous! As of this writing, the thread has reached 111 pages and John spent a
significant part of his week gifting several hundred unicorns. As you've shown, there certainly are a lot of reasons to love Porsche.
Johniwanna’s 5 Days
of “Green Hell” Challenge
Inspired by Forza Community member Shortt Sirket’s “50
Days of Green Hell” in which Sirket drove 50 different cars around the Nürburgring
Nordschleife in 50 days and made a YouTube video of each lap with no assists,
cockpit view, no HUD, no map, and no rewind. Johniwanna’s “5 Days of Green Hell”
Challenge asked for videos of “Green Hell” laps and had several ways to win a
See the thread
for details and all the video submissions. The challenge ended today at 1p.m.
Check out the top submission, in addition to being well
directed and produced, the car has a cool themed livery, is driven
professionally, and the soundtrack is awesome and appropriate.
Next week I’m heading to Playground HQ to check out Forza
Horizon in-depth for myself. Expect more great stuff out of that visit in the
near future. In the meantime, our ace community content writer John Schommer
will be on Week in Review duty next week, so be gentle with him, and prepare
for more great Forza stuff in the weeks ahead! Have a great weekend everyone!