Forza Motorsport: Week in Review 7/27/12
For this week’s edition of our traditional weekly Forza Motorsport 4 photo contest, we tried something a bit different. John and Fred came up with the good idea of putting thematic challenges to the photo contests—something a bit more open-ended and abstract than your typical “Ferrari vs. Lambo” themes. Last week’s contest theme was “Catch Me if You Can” and I think the results speak for themselves (as seen in the screenshots below). It also illustrates one of the reasons I’m proud to be a member of the Forza Faithful—the constant creativity that is produced from the Forza community is inspirational.
While we’ve got more ideas for photo contest themes in the future, we wanted to open up the idea vault to you all as well. So here’s your invitation to dream up your best examples for a Forza 4 photo contest theme and stick them in my Week in Review thread. Abstract concepts, song titles, puns, movie quotes, philosophical treatises, trigonometry proofs—anything and everything is fair game. Okay, maybe not the trigonometry proofs, but you get the idea.
If we use your theme in a future photo contest, we’ll send you a unicorn gift as a “thank you”. Good luck and good “thinking” to everyone! Now, on with the rest of the Week in Review!
Fred’s Victory is Our Loss
I truly wish that I was posting a picture of Fred in Red Sox gear and a luchador mask in this space. I wish it more than almost anything. Unfortunately, Fred managed to achieve victory through his consummate skill (and no small amount of dedicated practice). It was a valiant effort on behalf of the Forza community but, in the end, Fred came out on top. It’s tough to find the upside here, folks—we all had daydreams of Fred running around in that luchadore mask with a Red Sox beanie on his head—but, alas, it wasn’t to be. So let’s pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and think of some new ways we can humiliate Fred. Tomorrow, after all, is another day.
Made For Mech and Autocross
An admission: I don’t love Autocross events in Forza Motorsport 4, which made this week's "Made for Mech" event all the more challenging for me. Finding just the right line around a race track is a challenge in and of itself; navigating that course and a series of oddly placed cones and barrels adds a level of difficulty that, more often than not, translates directly into controller-tossing frustration for me.
That said, I gave autocross a go this week on the Motegi Autocross event in Rivals Mode—downloading and trying a bunch of great tunes from the community. Once again, the variety of approaches in tuning here was fascinating, especially when it came to gearing. A big chunk of the tunes I tried put an emphasis on extremely long first, second, and third gears; making it easier to carry speed through the often tricky cone setups (or, perhaps more accurately, forcing you to carry speed, as opposed to the herky jerky brake/accelerate dance that most drivers typically do in an Autocross event).
Despite all the great tunes, my performance didn’t improve much on the leaderboards—in fact, this was nearly a Made For Mech first: no improvement to my orginal time. At the end, however, I did manage to make a clean, quick run and inch up the leaderboard, thanks to a tune by pandaz76 (and some extra careful driving on my part). Here’s the rest of this week’s Made For Mech winners:
I think it’s clear: Autocross demands even more accuracy and skill than your typical time trial race—if only because you are constantly re-factoring and adapting to changes on an otherwise familiar track. If, like me, you struggle with autocross events in Forza 4, then perhaps some tutoring is in order. Check out this article from Jalopnik which discusses how to approach an autocross race in real life. Written by Alex Lloyd (racer and author of Jalopnik’s “How to Drive Fast” column), this article tackles the skills and techniques needed to make the most of this most challenging of events. An excerpt:
"Finesse is also important. Hitting a cone will destroy your race, based on the time penalty associated, but we cannot leave a safety margin or we will be too slow. You must work on consistency and accuracy first, then, once that is achieved, push to the absolute max."
Sounds like sound advice to me, even if the execution is more difficult than the theory. Nonetheless, the next time I do a Made For Mech autocross challenge, I’ll be keeping these tips in mind and you should too.
Event: “Classic Muscle” (found in the “Time Attack” channel in Rivals Mode)
Car: 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS
As always, put your best Nova tune up on the Forza 4 storefront with the keyword descriptor “MECHBERG NOVA”. I’ll download and try as many as possible next week and hand out unicorn “thank yous” to my favorite tunes. Good luck!
Community photo contest first place winner from SleepyOne Zzzzz
The Longest Jump(?)
Here’s a Forza 4 video I ran into this week on YouTube:
There are many reasons I love this video:
1) That someone found a jump at Le Mans is awesome.
2) That this person is using said jump to leap Hummers is equally amusing.
3) That said stuntman is going all Evel Knievel while driving a 1978 Saab 99 Turbo (which is, for reasons I can’t quite rationally explain, one of my all-time favorite cars) makes this YouTube gold.
So, now the question to you: Is this really the longest jump possible in Forza 4? Can anyone beat this performance? Jump more Hummers (or for an extra degree of difficulty: Transit SuperSportVans)? If so, I want to see it. Hit me up in the Week in Review thread and show me what you’ve got; impress me, and you’ll earn yourself a unicorn car.
Guess the August DLC Cars
On Tuesday, we’ll announce our next DLC pack for Forza Motorsport 4. I know, I know. Four days is a long wait for the reveal. That’s the bad news. The good news is two-fold: First, the car roster will be worth the wait and, second, John’s got his August DLC Clues thread up in the forums right now. Head on over to the thread and give us your best guesses on what cars will be found in the August DLC pack based on John’s awesomely arcane clues. There will be unicorn cars for correct guesses and, of course, you’ll see the actual list next week! Happy guessing!
First Viper Sold
While Forza fans can drive the 2013 SRT Viper for free right now, once the actual supercar hits the streets, let’s just say “free” won’t be anywhere near the asking price. That said, it will probably be more affordable than the very first (VIN #1) 2013 Viper, which was recently sold for charity at a Barrett-Jackson auction. The going price for this very worthy cause: A cool $300,000. Here’s the video of the auction as it happened:
Forza Viper's Debut at Mid-Ohio
One more bit before I sign off from this edition of the Week in Review: Next Saturday’s American Le Mans Series race will be aired on ABC in the U.S., and won’t be found on ESPN3. The coverage begins at 2 p.m. Eastern and, Forza Fans, this is one race you won’t want to miss. Why? Because it will mark the official debut for the Forza Motorsport-sponsored SRT Viper GTS-R race car! Dominik Farnbacher and Kuno Wittmer will team in the No. 91 (Forza Motorsport-themed) Viper, while Marc Goossens and Tommy Kendall will be driving the No. 93 (Pennzoil-sponsored) entry. We’re planning on commemorating this special event with another Turn 10 Track Day event, so get ready to watch the race and chat with us live on our official Facebook page as we cheer on the Forza car in its ALMS debut!
Have a great weekend everyone!