Forza Motorsport 4: Week in Review 4/20/12

Brian Ekberg
Friday, April 20, 2012

  

Sure, you’ve driven hundreds--maybe thousands--of miles in Forza Motorsport 4. But have you ever sat back and thought about what goes into make all the hundreds of cars in Forza 4 drive as well as they do? Part of the formula is in the incredible lengths Turn 10 goes into sourcing those cars to make sure they are as accurate and as fun as possible. And then there are the tracks, which are created with a tremendous amount of love and detail, whether they are re-creations of real places or fictional tracks inspired by some of the world’s most incredible locations.

 

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Community photo contest first place winner II BMW M Evo II 
 

All of these ingredients are important to making Forza Motorsport 4 what it is, but perhaps not quite as important as where the rubber meets the road. Of course, I’m speaking of tires (or “tyres” for those of you who prefer rampant use of pseudo-vowels in your spelling). Arguably the most important part of any real car’s performance, tires are just as crucial to the realism and fun of driving in Forza Motorsport 4. As Turn 10 was developing Forza 4, we knew we would need to once again raise the bar when it comes to tire modeling and car handling. That’s where Pirelli came in.

 

In our most recent edition of “The Making of Forza Motorsport 4” video documentary series—which we unveiled earlier this week—we take a behind-the-scenes look at the Forza/Pirelli partnership and how Pirelli’s extensive test data, combined with Turn 10’s racing game expertise, contributed to the development of Forza 4’s genre-defining car performance. Check it out:

 

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this latest entry in the “Making of Forza Motorsport 4” series. If you’ve got something to say, head over to our dedicated thread and let us know.

  

Made For Mech 

We’re winding down the original "Made For Mech" tuning challenge today, and bidding a fond adieu to the "Rear Wheel Drive" Rivals Mode event, the 2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S, and Infineon Raceway. It’s been a good two-week event, with hundreds of tunes submitted (sadly, far more than I had a chance to download and play) and lots of laps turned on the track. My final best time on Infineon in the Masi was 1:26.798, thanks to a fine tune from HLR King Cobra. In addition, I want to point out DJ Lime, Turkeyboy696X, and GLR Diablo, all of whom created excellent tunes that were loads of fun to drive, even if they didn’t move me up the leaderboard. Random unicorn thank-you gifts have been sent in appreciation!

 

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Community photo contest second place winner xWannabeStigx 
 

Now, for the rest of you, it’s a brand new week and a brand new "Made for Mech" challenge. This time we’ll be heading over to the Community Monthly channel of Rivals Mode and focusing on the "Forza Tourenwagen" traffic event. I’m using my 2008 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG C-Class Touring Car to turn laps on the German racing paradise that is the Hockenheimring.

 

I’ve set a 1:52.391 flying lap in my un-tuned C-Class and now I’m looking for tunes that will improve my time. If you think you’ve got a tune I should try out, put it in the Forza 4 storefront with the descriptor of MECHBERG JA. I’ll be searching the storefront all week long for new tunes to try. While I won’t be able to try every tune that comes my way, I’ll do my best to get through as many as possible. If your tune improves my leaderboard time, or just happens to be one I really like, I’ll send you a random unicorn car. This challenge will end next Friday, April 27. Good luck!

 

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Community photo contest third place winner ceelai

 

Community Bounty Update 

This week’s Community Bounty is ABGRAPHICS and he’s got an awesome looking BMW Z4 GT3 with a custom paint available to anyone who beats his time in the "Suzuka Sportbacks" event in the Community Monthly section of Rivals Mode. And, in fine Community Bounty fashion, he’s got an entertaining thread going on in the forums, full of cool sub-contests and the promise of cool car and credit prizes to come!

 

VIP Rivals Mode Poll Update 

The May VIP Rivals Mode event is coming up in less than two weeks and we've got a new poll on Facebook for you to vote on. This week it's all about the track you want to race on; and you'll be choosing between the Top Gear Full Circuit, Silverstone National Circuit, Road Atlanta Club, Mugello Club Circuit, and the Maple Valley Full Reverse. Head over to our official Facebook page to get your vote in!

 

Parting Notes 

A few quick-hit videos that came through the Forza community team’s inboxes this week:

 

First up is a sweet drift video (featuring both FWD and RWD cars) posted by bublebee86.

 

 

And finally, an awesome clip from Australia’s Got Talent, featuring a young man named Daniel who aims to make his mark in show biz performing car noises with nothing by his mouth. This one’s a must-see for the Red Bull F1 car alone:

 

Two takeaways here: 1) One, Australians really DO have talent. 2) Dannii Minogue is a much better judge than Howard Stern. Just sayin'...

 

 

Next Game With Dev 

Our next Game With Devs is coming up on Thursday, April 26, from 4-6 p.m. Pacific. As always, we’ll be spending time with the Forza community in our dedicated Facebook chatroom, and racing in Forza Motorsport 4 with as many people as we can possibly fit in. Head on over to our official Facebook page on Thursday, click on the "Game With Dev" link and join in the fun! We’ll see you there!

 

Next week promises to be a big one, as we’ll be unveiling the new batch of cars for our May DLC, plus new editions of RearView Mirror and Heavy Metal Affliction, and more! See you next week!