Before we go back and take a look at the week that was in
the Forza Universe, I want to point out what’s ahead in the coming days and
weeks because, for you Porsche fans out there, it’s about to get real. As most
of you know, Porsche will be coming to Forza Motorsport 4 in just a few short
weeks via the upcoming Porsche Expansion Pack.
While we’ve already announced two cars in the pack—the Boxster S and the Sport
Classic—there are still 28 cars that are still yet to be unveiled. On Monday,
that will change in a big way.
On Monday, May 7, we’ll begin announcing cars from the
Porsche Expansion Pack for Forza Motorsport 4 on a daily basis. We’ll typically
be announcing two cars per day (including Saturday and Sunday) via the official Forza Motorsport Twitter feed.
If you aren’t already a follower of our Twitter feed, now’s the time to get in
the know and get ready for all the action coming throughout the rest of the
month. Why? Well, because we’ve got prizes in store.
Community photo contest honorable mention from LemonAir
Twice a day, we’ll be holding retweet contests via our
Twitter page. All eligible participants who retweet our designated car
announcement Tweets will be automatically entered to win a prize, be it a free
download code for the Porsche Expansion Pack (by retweeting the morning car
announcement, posted at 8 a.m. Pacific) or an actual physical prize from Turn
10, Porsche, etc. (by retweeting the afternoon car announcement, posted at 1
p.m. Pacific). For each prize period, we’ll be picking a random winner from our
retweets and you can only win once during this contest. For full official
rules, see this link.
When we aren’t giving away fabulous prizes on Twitter, we’ll
be following up our official Porsche car announcements with images of the
just-announced cars both on Facebook and here on FM.net. In short, beginning next week we’re going Porsche
crazy, and we want you to join us and get in on the fun. So remember:
our official Twitter feed
the designated car announcement tweets
will be two winners announced per day; the morning winner gets a Porsche
Expansion Pack code and we’ll send the afternoon winner some swag from
Facebook and FM.net for more on the awesome cars that will comprise the Porsche
In addition to all of this, Turn 10 representatives will be
attending next weekend’s American Le Mans Monterey Presented by Patrón race and giving away Porsche and Forza swag at the race. If you’re planning on
coming to the race, look for us (we’ll be the ones wearing Forza gear!) and you
might walk away with some cool stuff.
We’ll be keeping you up to date on all the latest Porsche
news as we go so hold on tight, because it’s going to be a fun few weeks! Now,
on to the rest of the Week in Review!
Community photo contest third place winner from evomunk
FYI About DLC
This week saw the release of the May TopGear Car Pack [LINK TO TopGear Pack
story], our most recent add-on pack for Forza Motorsport 4. To coincide with
its release, we also introduced a new column here on FM.net: FYI About DLC. In this monthly series, we’ll be giving you a
look at interesting bits of trivia, fresh videos, and little-known facts about
the cars that make up that month’s add-on pack. For example, did you know that
the AMC Pacer once appeared in a French magazine ad alongside a prominent
drawing of a woman’s… ahem… posterior? It’s true!(link is semi-safe for work!)
FYI About DLC has facts like this about the Pacer and more
and it’s well worth a read. In addition, we’ve
turned to the car experts in the Forza Community to give us some little-known
facts about May’s crop of DLC Cars, which you can check out in this thread on
the FM.net forums. A few highlights from the thread so far:
- A cool video of Sir Stirling Moss whipping
around Goodwood in a Lotus Cortina.
(Submitted by Seps1974)
- For you offroaders: A video explaining the Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon’s 4X4 Rock-Trac 4WD System. (Submitted by microtubule)
- Did you know that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler owns a Venom GT?(Submitted by ADA DocVileOner)
Got more intel on the cars in the May TopGear Car Pack? Let
us know in the FYI About DLC thread
and we’ll award a unicorn car to any tidbits we feature in the future.
Jalopnik on Venom
We’re not the only ones talking about the May TopGear Car Pack, you know.
Earlier this week, Jalopnik posted a video of a Forza 4 player hooning it up in
a Hennessey Venom GT. The video’s submitter? None other than the man himself:
John Hennessey, the father of that suped-up land rocket. Check it out here.
Made for Mech Update
This week I spent a great deal time in the 2011 Ferrari FF, driving laps in
the Bernese Alps as part of the latest installment in the Made for Mech tuning
challenge. I know the FF is a love-it-or-hate-it car for Ferrari fans but I
think I end up on the “love it” side of the controversy. Yes, it still looks a
bit like a supercar mated with a station wagon but that bulk works to its
advantage on the track. It’s heavy and, with the right tune, is capable of surprising
grip in the corners (even without the optional wing upgrade that doesn’t do
much for the FF’s aesthetics).
I managed to chop off more than five seconds from my
original posted time thanks to a number of great tunes that Forza players
created on my behalf. I ended up with a 1:24.109 and the realization that I
probably could get a lot more out of the car if I had the time. Thanks to
everyone who created a tune for me (even those whose tune I couldn’t try out).
Unicorn cars were sent out the following Forza tuners whose tunes I loved:
I’ll be out of the office and away from Forza next week so
we’ll put the “Made for Mech” challenge on hold this week. Look for a new
challenge next week!
Community photo contest second place winner Nowthenfella
Dan in Autoweek
This month’s Autoweek magazine features an appearance by Forza Motorsport
creative director Dan Greenawalt, talking about some of the most famous cars in
videogame history. A snippet from the article:
“Yu Suzuki changed the landscape of racing game’s with
1999’s Ferrari F355 Challenge arcade simulator. This rig brought simulation
racing to the masses in a way never before attempted. It had three screens, a
gated shifter, great sound and an incredible steering wheel. With that game,
Suzuki introduced the Ferrari F355 Challenge—and the thrill and difficulty of
mastering such a brilliant machine—to an entirely new audience.”
Want to read more? Check out the full article in this
month’s issue of Autoweek.
Turn 10 Track Day
Our next Turn 10 Track Day is coming up on Saturday, May 12
for the American Le Mans Monterey race. As always we’ll be hanging out in a
chat room on our dedicated Facebook page. This is a
six-hour race so we’ll be hanging with you guys from start to finish, talking
about the race action and generally having a great time. The race will air on
ESPN 3 and via the ESPN app on Xbox LIVE and the green flag drops at 1:15 p.m.
Pacific. We hope you’ll join us!
Community photo contest honorable mention from AN AXE WOUND
This weeks Community Bounty is T10 SIDEFX, and lets just say that he is a drift legend. Be nice to him and he may not unleash his full wrath. This weeks the challenge is a drift down Old Kaido in Red Storm Rising 2 in the Community Rivals Events. So far T10 SIDEFX has delivered a score of 52,482, and that is in a Smart fortwo starting at the 50 percent mark. I watched him put down this score yesterday and let me just say, he's got a lot more where that came from.
Those that are are able to beat his final score by the end of the contest next Tuesday will recieve a unicorn. There is a poll about which unicorn in the Community Bounty Hunter thread, and folks have been posting their votes as well. Some say it should be the Top Secret S15 since this is a drift contest. Makes sense to me, but we will see what the result is at the end of the contest. Our gentleman Bounty is good enough that if he really wanted, nobody would get a unicorn. He's also a busy (and nice) guy, so you can figure he will take it easy on ya.
Here's a link to a video he and his team made years ago in Forza 2. Enjoy the challenge!
Finally, a few quick hits that I wanted to point out before
I head out for the weekend:
Gameverb.com Forza 4 Design Contest
Take a look at the latest edition of the Forza
Motorsport 4 show being produced by GameVerb.com. This episode details the
winners of the site’s recent Forza 4 Design Contest.
May 1 marked the anniversary of the death of Formula One
legend Ayrton Senna. In tribute, here’s a fantastic YouTube video of Senna
tackling Suzuka in a Honda NSX. We’ve posted this before but it bears watching
again, if only to dig into Senna’s ridiculously awesome heel-toe action…
performed while wearing the most impractical loafers ever.
That’s all for this week, folks!