Forza Motorsport 4: Week in Review 11/11

Brian Ekberg
Friday, November 11, 2011

There I was, careening around the curves of Maple Valley in my blue and yellow Honda S2000 on the fifth lap of a five lap event. I had a comfortable lead and I was climbing the hill to prepare for the final downhill run and right-hand turn before the start/finish line. An easy victory was in my hands… that is, until I hit a curb at precisely the wrong angle and managed to kick my S2000 up onto two wheels. For an instant, my car teetered on the edge, as I did my best to find the right steering angle that would put it back on four wheels. Instead of heroically righting the car and careening to the finish line, I took the exact opposite route: flipping the car and ending up out of the race. With the rewind button option turned off, all I could do is watch in humiliation as AI cars happily sped past me.

 

It’s a hard-earned lesson but a good one, if you ask me. Even when everything appears to be going your way, anything can happen. Don’t let your guard down. Keep your head on a swivel. That’s the lesson that Forza 4 taught me this week.

 

Now, on to the rest of the Week in Review!
 

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 Photo by Novux
 

Hyundai Secret Car Design Contest
The big news this week is that we’re giving away a car. And not just any car: a brand new 2012 Hyundai Veloster. And all you need to do is design a car in Forza Motorsport 4 via the Hyundai THR Secret Car Design Contest. Of course, you’ll be pitting your design chops against a league of talented Forza players so it’s not the easiest challenge to win. Still, you owe it to yourself to spend some time with a Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the in-game livery editor… because you never know!

 

If you’ve got a design formulating in your mind but haven’t yet put pen to paper (or, in this case, hand to controller), here’s the essential information you need to know:

 

  • This contest is for Xbox LIVE Gold members living in the U.S. only.
  • You must use the Hyundai Genesis Coupe for your design entry.
  • You must use the official Hyundai logo. NO other manufacturer logos (apart from the official Forza/Turn 10 logos that appear in the vinyl editor) will be allowed.
  • You must upload your car to the Forza 4 storefront and tag your entry “THR Secret Car”.

For a full look at the entry process as well as detailed official rules, check out the Design Contest announcement. If you’d like to share some of your entries with the community, you can post pics to this thread on our forums.
 

Pre-Order Incentive Cars Delivered (again)
More good news for those of you who took part in the Forza 4 Pre-Order Incentive Program. For the past few weeks, we have been looking at the problems that many Incentive Program folks had receiving their pre-order incentive cars. This week, I’m happy to report that we have ironed out the majority of bugs and have resent out the cars (a 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia and a 2010 Joss JT1, both with Forza 4 paint schemes) to eligible participants. We’re still keeping track of those who claim they have not received their cars in this thread but, keep in mind, that we are only gifting cars to those who we have a verified record of following the correct Pre-Order Incentive Program.

 

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 Photo by CarnivoreMG 

 

Cycled Production Hoppers
Next week we’ll be updating the Turn 10 Select hoppers for the first time since Forza 4’s launch. Specifically, we’ll be uploading a new batch of car and track combos in the Cycled Production hopper. Here’s the list:

 

 

Track 

Class  Car 
Cataluyna School F 2011 VW Fox
Maple Valley Short  F 2006 Hummer H1
Twin Ring Motegi West F 2011 Toyota Prius
Iberian Short Reverse E 1969 Nissan Fairlady
TopGear East E 2011 Suzuku SX4 Sportback
Suzuka East Sunset  E 1971 Nissan GT-R
Road Atlanta Club E 2009 Ford Fiesta Zetec S
TopGear Full D 2009 Renault Twingo
Top Gear West Overcast    D 2009 SEAT Ibiza Cupra
Sebring Club     D 1992 Nissan Silvia Club K's
Hockenheim Short C 1991 BMW M3
Alps Club C 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
Laguna Seca C 2009 Volvo C30-R
Infineon NASCAR Sunrise C 1986 BMW 635 CSi
Catalunya National B 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP
Suzuka West B 2010 Honda Mugen Type-R
Maple Valley Full B 2002 BMW Z3 M Coupe
Silverstone National B 2009 Lotus Evora
Road Atlanta A 2010 Morgan Aero SuperSports
Mugello Club A 2009 Ferrari California
Alps Stadtplatz Reverse    A 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
Nurburgring GP Short A 2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Sunset Full A 2005 TVR Sagaris
Nurburgring A 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Road America S 1987 Ferrari F40
Infineon Long Sunrise S 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10
Hockenheim National S 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss
Alps Festival S 2011 McLaren MP4-12c
Mugello Full R3 2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
Le Mans Sarthe     R3 2010 Ferrari 599XX


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Photo by o Aperture o
  

Photo Contest 

Congrats to this week's photo contest winners, which you can see here embedded in today's story. Our next photo contest is all about JDMs, so grab your favorite Japanese domestic and give us your best shots on our official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/forzamotorsport.

 

Upcoming Server Maintenance
A quick heads up of some upcoming server maintenance for both Forza Motorsport 4 and Forza Motorsport 3. On Wednesday, November 16, the Forza 4 servers will be down from approximately 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. PDT. On Wednesday, November 30, the Forza 3 servers will be down for approximately 24 hours. Schedule your racing accordingly!

 

That’s another Week in Review in the books, folks. See you next week!