February ALMS Pack
Today we’re announcing the upcoming February American Le Mans Series Pack and, to put it as succinctly as I know how: This pack is amazing. Available for purchase on Tuesday, February 7 via Xbox LIVE, the February American Le Mans Series Pack is a racers dream, featuring some of the hottest cars Forza 4 has ever featured in a DLC pack. From purpose-built Le Mans racers designed to eat tracks alive to custom-modified celebrity-owned gems, the February ALMS pack has something for everyone.
Here’s the full rundown of cars available in the Forza Motorsport 4 February American Le Mans Series Pack:
2011 #2 Audi Sport North America R18 TDI
Some see rules and regulations as restrictive, something to hinder performance. The engineers at Audi look at rules and see them as an opportunity to innovate. Take the 2011 #2 Audi Sport North America R18 TDI, Audi’s 2011 LMP1 competitor in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. Thanks to a host of rules changes between 2010 and 2011, here is a car that could scarcely be more different from its predecessor. Unlike the R15 of old, the R18 is a closed cockpit LMP1 sports car, the first fielded by Audi in more than 10 years. The R18 is light (thanks to copious amounts of carbon fiber construction) and puts a heavy premium on aerodynamic efficiency, and it’s powered by a 3.7 liter V6 TDI engine, featuring the use of a single turbo (a big change from the twin turbo V10s and V12s from previous years). Despite all of those changes, the R18 manages to have one thing in common with its predecessors: a penchant for victory, as the R18 managed top overall honors during the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.
1991 Mazda #55 Team Mazdaspeed 787B
A "banshee rotary". The sound of "seven thousand cats being stung by seven thousand wasps." These are just two of the more colorful descriptions from journalists about the 1991 Mazda #55 Team Mazdaspeed 787B’s inimitable 690-horsepower Wankel-type rotary engine. That motor and it’s unmistakable, gloriously chaotic noise is coming to bring a full aural and automotive assault to every track in Forza Motorsport 4. Of course, if you’re a traditionalist, you’ll first want to hit Le Mans and, in particular, the Mulsanne Straight, where the 787B is most at home. The 787B and its Group C brethren regularly hit speeds north of 215 mph, which eventually caused the Le Mans organizers to add chicanes in 1990. And in 1991, the 787B won Le Mans itself, only for Mazda to find its star car banned after a rules change banned Wankel-type rotaries from competition. The 787B now sits in a place of honor at Mazda’s Hiroshima museum and for good reason: Since the team’s victory twenty years ago, no other Japanese manufacturer has managed to win Le Mans, a fitting legacy for a car that needs to be seen, driven, and heard to be believed.
2011 Bentley Platinum Motorsports Continental GT
It takes a special car to be awarded Forza Motorsport’s E3 2011 "Car of Show" but, then, this modified Bentley Continental GT knows a thing or two about special. If you aren’t familiar with the story, during last year’s Forza Motorsport 4 E3 party in Los Angeles, Turn 10 transformed a downtown parking lot into a miniature SEMA show, with a host of cars lining up to be judged by our panel of car experts. With some incredible competition (including Quinton "Rampage" Jackson’s customized Dodge Challenger) on hand, choosing a winner was difficult but, in the end, the gorgeous matte white widebody found on this Continental GT--custom built by LA-based Platinum Motorsports--managed top honors. It’s more than good looks too—the car’s 6.0 liter engine is capable of more than 700 horsepower, making this car both a beauty and a beast. In other words: Best in Show.
2010 Dodge Quinton "Rampage" Jackson Challenger SRT8
You know a car owned by a guy who calls himself "Rampage" is going to be special. In the case, of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson’s 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8, “special” means vaguely sinister and completely awesome. Highlighted by the deepest, baddest set of rims you’re likely to see on this continent, Rampage’s Dodge Challenger is a black and red menace that’s meant for cruising but capable of so much more. In Forza 4, Rampage’s Challenger is pure B-Class fury in its stock form—with a 6.1 liter engine that belts out more than 550 horsepower and 497 foot-pounds of torque. In essence this car is an automotive extension of the man himself: intimidating, powerful, and impossible to ignore.
1986 #2 Audi Sport quattro S1
This was the car that put Audi rallying on the map. Introduced in late 1985 as a Group B entrant, the quattro S1 began a string of incredible performance that helped define the near mythical status that Group B regulations still enjoys among rally enthusiasts. The quattro S1 was one of the most powerful Group B cars ever made, with its turbocharged engines producing power north of 460 horsepower. Little wonder that, in addition to its rally popularity, the quattro S1 also held multiple world records on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb during the late 80s, and is still widely regarded to this day as one of the most incredible race cars Audi has ever built.
2011 Panoz #050 Panoz Racing Abruzzi
The Panoz Racing Abruzzi debuted in the American Le Mans Series at the 12 Hours of Sebring race. The production version of the Abruzzi has been dubbed “The Spirit of Le Mans”, and for good reason. The V8 that powers the car is capable of 500 horsepower, which makes it right at home on La Sarthe’s long straights. In addition, new owners of this exceedingly rare production model (just 81 will be made) take ownership of their car at the Le Mans circuit and receive training on the Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans from professional drivers; an exceedingly special introduction for an exceedingly special car.
1992 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4
Technically, the 1992 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4 can be termed a "compact executive", but this car has the heart of a touring car. Introduced in 1992, the 155 was a larger replacement for the Alfa Romeo 75. The Q4 version features a 2.0 liter turborcharged engine capable of 187 horsepower and, unlike the front wheel drive 155, sports an AWD drivetrain. Capable of a 140 mph top speed and a 0-100 kph in around 7 seconds, it’s little wonder that the 155 had success in touring car racing. It’s a fun drive with a body style that’s begging for a race replica livery in Forza 4.
1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R
If you wanted to purchase a 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R in the mid-90s, Ford required you to show a valid competition license beforehand; a small but telling comment on the raw power of this special example of American automotive muscle. Long sought after by Forza’s rabid Mustang community, the Cobra R is big and beefy—with an SVT-modified 5.8 liter Windsor V8 that pumps out an impressive 300 hp and 365 foot-pounds of torque. This is no grocery getter or everyday commuter—in order to save weight, SVT said bye-bye to luxuries like radio, power windows, air conditioning, and even a back seat. Instead, the car’s thicker stabilizer bars and heavy duty springs were designed to make the Cobra R a beast on the track. Little wonder, then, that the Cobra R has achieved such legendary status among lovers of the blue oval brand: just 250 of the model were made, so saddling up in Forza 4 might be your only chance of ever driving one of these American beauties.
2011 Holden HSV GTS
More power, better handling, and new technology are all hallmarks of Holden’s latest E Series—the 2011 HSV GTS. The Australian manufacturer has truly thrown out the stops for the GTS, with a 6.2 liter V8 capable of 436 horsepower and an engine note that has spawned praise from tons of automotive critics. So it’s definitely got the muscle for straight-line speed, but the GTS’s MRC suspension will automatically change the damping settings of the suspension several hundred times per second, resulting in a responsive ride that’s fantastic through the turns. It’s also a great-looking car, featuring a dramatic front end complete with a unique vase-shaped grille. When you think about it, the HSV GTS is a lot like your stereotypical Australian: it’s good-looking, sounds great, and is a lot of fun to hang around with.
2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI
The Polo GTI is a handsome hatchback that features a lot of muscle underneath its small packaging. A 1.4 liter twincharged engine combines both a turbocharger and a supercharger and belts out 177 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque in the process. The result is a car that manages 0-60 mph in less than seven seconds and can reach a top speed north of 140 mph. Couple that performance with fuel efficiency that’s been improved as much as 25 percent from previous models and it’s easy to see why this new Polo GTI has been so hotly anticipated by VW fans.
To coincide with the release of the February American Le Mans Series Pack next week, we’ll also be launching a new batch of Community Monthly Rivals Mode events, including an event starring the Audi R18 TDI. We’ll be awarding unicorn cars to 100 random players per week who set a leaderboard time in this R18 Rivals event.
The February American Le Mans Series Pack will be available for 560 MS Points ($7 USD) and will be free to download for those who have already purchased the Forza Motorsport 4 Season Pass. The Season Pass is your ticket to six game add-on packs as they’re released. Players can purchase the Season Pass on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and at participating retailers – including Best Buy and GameStop – for only 2,400 Microsoft points ($29.99 USD) The “Forza Motorsport 4” Season Pass is redeemable for six game add-on packs, representing a 30 percent overall savings as compared to purchasing the content separately. New purchasers will also receive all previously released game add-on content and the February American Le Mans Series Pack.