Forza Motorsport 4 Week In Review 9/9

Brian Ekberg
Friday, September 09, 2011

As we get closer to the release of Forza 4, the tenor of day-to-day business at Turn 10 has changed. Months ago, we were discussing when we would announce a feature or reveal a certain car or track. Of course, we’re still in the process of revealing new information on Forza 4 but, now that we’re more or less a month from launch, we’re now focusing on different things. One of which are our launch events which we’ll be holding once Forza 4 is released to retail. 

 

As you probably know, Forza has entered into an official partnership with the American Le Mans Series. To celebrate the launch of Forza 4, we’re planning a launch celebration party at the Petit Le Mans during the last weekend of September. Held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., the Petit Le Mans is the final race of the 2011 ALMS campaign. We’re currently in the midst of planning a launch event at the Petit and would like to get the community involved somehow. Our plans are still coming together but I’d like to put a call out there to those of you who might be interested in attending a Forza 4 event.

 

If you are planning on attending the Petit Le Mans race or live near Road Atlanta and would be interested in attending a Forza 4 event, send us an e-mail to forzafb@microsoft.com with the subject line “PETIT LE MANS”. Include your full name, your Xbox LIVE Gamertag, your age, and your home address in the e-mail. Please note that you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the event and that we currently cannot guarantee that everyone who sends us an e-mail will get an invitation. At this point, we’re just trying to get a sense of who in the Forza community might be interested—look for more information on the actual event in the coming weeks.

 

Top Gear USA 

 

Did you see the Top Gear USA episode with Forza Motorsport 4 last weekend? I’m happy to say that I was on-hand for the shoot earlier this year and it was great fun to watch Tanner, Adam, and Rutledge do their thing, both with the real LF-A at Infineon, as well as in Forza 4. Myself and another Turn 10 staffer flew down to Northern California to set up the game and the race seats you saw in the episode—as well as be on-hand to answer any questions about the game that any of the hosts might have had. As you might guess after watching the episode, Rutledge held his own in Forza 4. As for Adam… well, the less said about his Forza skills, the better.

 

What I can say is that all three of the hosts--and the entire Top Gear USA crew--were first class from start to finish. We had a great time with the episode and I hope you all enjoyed seeing the game on the show.

 

Now I know a lot of you were jealous that Adam and Rutledge got a chance to check out the LF-A on Infineon in Forza 4. I don’t blame you at all for that at all. If it’s any consolation, not only will Forza 4 be here in just a few weeks, but you’ll be able to tackle the Lexus LF-A on Infineon in a Rivals Mode challenge patterned directly after this episode. Based on the awesomeness that is both Infineon and the LF-A, I suspect this Rivals Mode challenge will be a popular one.

 

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Lexus is LF-Awesome 

 

In celebration of our appearance on Top Gear USA, there was really only one logical choice of cars to feature in this week’s Forza Garage: the Lexus LF-A. As Alex writes in his description of this awesome supercar, "the LF-A is more like a musical instrument than a car", and that's about as an apt a description of Lexus' first supercar as I can think of. In addition to the LF-A, we also unveiled the 1969 Toyota 2000GT, among others. This week, we also upped the amount of cars we are releasing on a daily basis through our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so be sure and follow us if you want the latest information.

 

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A bit more Top Gear fun for you this week. If you’ve ever imagined what a pasty looking community manager would look like being interviewed on the stage of the Top Gear UK television show, wonder no longer. An Inside Xbox LIVE interview with Yours Truly, shot during our recent Forza 4/Top Gear event in the UK can be found on Xbox LIVE. To check it out, navigate to the “Spotlight” section, and scroll until you see the “Forza Motorsport 4 Preview”. Sit back, relax, and marvel at Mechberg T10’s troubling hairstyle choice, all the while learning more about the Top Gear integration in Forza 4!

 

Pre-Order Incentive 

 

We’ve been receiving lots of questions lately about the Forza 4 Pre-Order Incentive Program and the cars we’ll be sending folks who pre-order the game. We’ve already sent out the Forza 3 car—a Spirit R Unicorn with a specially designed Forza 4 livery. There will be two additional cars that will be awarded in Forza 4, each complete with a custom livery. Look for more information on the cars soon.

 

Now it’s time to kick off our weekly Q&A session with our resident car expert and wordsmith Alex Kierstein. 


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FM.net Forums user Angel2123 asks: What is the single most important advancement in cars in the past 50 years?

 

Thanks for the question, Angel2123! I’ve been trying to figure out how to narrow this down to just *one* advancement that I think is the most important, and I have been debating whether it’s turbocharging—a technology that’s really come a long way in 50 years and allows normal, basic cars like the WRX STI to make huge power out of relatively small engines. That’s been great for enthusiasts and players of Forza, but is it the most important? I’m going to have to say that of all the technologies in the past 50 years, it’s gasoline direct injection (GDI) that has the potential to be absolutely the most important. 

 

Look at it this way: unless gasoline engines evolve to meet stricter emissions and fuel economy requirements, at some point they’ll have to be discarded for something else, like fuel cells or all-electric vehicles, which just aren’t feasible right now. Instead, with technologies like GDI, engineers have been able to really increase the performance of traditional gasoline engines, extending their life. (And the lessons they learn are shared with diesel injection technology, I should add—they are both improving at pretty much the same rate.) You can get ultra-lean burn, or shut off fuel to unneeded cylinders, or inject fuel pretty much whenever you want in the combustion cycle to maximize power or fuel economy. 

 

The bottom line is that four-stroke gasoline internal combustion engines are a technology that has not been fully replaced since it was introduced in the 1880s! GDI is going to give this technology a huge lease on life, and I think that’s pretty amazing considering how much we’ve invested as a society in the internal combustion engine. GDI lets us continue to get a return on this investment. So that would be my answer, although I’m sure others have their own opinion. Feel free to make yours known on the forums—what do you think the single most important advancement in cars in the last 50 years has been? I’m really curious to see what else you guys can come up with.


Under the Hood: 

 

The collective scream of joy you heard on Thursday morning was probably Forza photographers heralding the announcement of a feature we like to call Big Shot, which was revealed in our latest edition of “Under the Hood”. Essentially, this feature will allow you to upload your incredible Forza 4 shots at a resolution never before seen in the Forza Motorsport series before. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the Turn 10 team has been making incredible use of Big Shots so far and I cannot wait to see how the Forza community takes to this new photography feature (as well as other fun stuff like vignette filters, selectable homespaces, and more).

 

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Next week will be the final edition of our “Under the Hood” series, where we’ll be answering questions from the Forza community. If you’ve got a burning question you’d like to see answered, send an e-mail to forzafb@microsoft.com with the subject line “UNDER THE HOOD”. We won’t be able to answer every question that comes in but we definitely read them all. Stay tuned for the final Under the Hood next week!


Driving Music

 

Finally, we all know a good tune can make a boring drive fun and a great drive even better. So before I log off for the weekend, I’ll leave you with a question: What are your favorite driving tunes, either for playing Forza or for driving in real life? Let us know in this forum thread and we’ll showcase some of our favorite answers next week in this very space.