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Forza Garage: Thursday Roundup 8/4

Alex Kierstein
Thursday, August 4, 2011


The only thing better than summer sun finally coming out reliably this week around Turn 10’s studio has been reading all the comments that Forza fans have been leaving on our Facebook and Twitter pages about the Forza Garage cars we’ve released this week. Some of you are all about the old-school muscle of the Aston Martin, or getting stoked about the modern-day track weapon that is the 2010 BMW Z4 GT3, but we’re just happy that you’ll get a chance to drive them all come October. In case you’ve missed what we’ve announced this week, here’s the list:



  • 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  • 2010 Radical SR8 Supersport
  • 2010 Jaguar #33 Jaguar RSR XKR GT
  • 1989 Toyota MR2 SC
  • 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale
  • 2010 Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Race Car
  • 2010 BMW Z4 GT3
  • 2008 Dodge #2 Mopar Dodge Viper Competition Coupe



We’ve really got something special for you today. When the first of today’s cars debuted at the Paris Motor show last year, even the most jaded car geeks’ jaws dropped. And because Forza Motorsport 4 is all about bringing you a variety of experiences that get people jazzed about cars, whether it’s racing, tuning, or painting them, it seemed like the perfect car to bring into the game—particularly because, at this point in time, unless you’re part of Lamborghini’s top management the closest you can probably get to drive the incredible Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is in Forza. Our next two cars are returning to Forza, but they’re just as wild as the Lamborghini. Read more about all three of these coach-built creations below:



2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento  




Faceted like a cut diamond, there’s no mistaking the Sesto Elemento for anything else on the road—even other Lamborghinis. Sesto elemento is Italian for “sixth element;” if you don’t have a periodic table nearby, that’s carbon, a not-so-subtle hint that the body is composed entirely of the woven stuff.  Regardless of what it’s made out of, the Sesto Elemento is primal and aggressive, studded with blinding red accents and show-stopping open rear bodywork from which the taillights and transaxle dangle precariously. Under the six red hexagons serving as outlets for engine heat resides the same 5.2-liter V10 found normally in the Gallardo, but considering that the Sesto Elemento is more than half a ton lighter than the Gallardo, performance is in another dimension entirely. Lamborghini claims the carbon-covered monster will teleport to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, and that seems reasonable, if you can consider such wild acceleration reasonable at all. For truly elemental performance, look no further than this ultimate Lamborghini.




2010 Bertone Mantide 


With proven high-performance mechanicals and conceptual coachwork, the Mantide recalls an era where bespoke supercars roamed the world’s streets with American muscle underhood. In this case, it’s a supercharged 6.1-liter V8 that’s good for 638 horsepower, meaning that the Mantide has the power to back up the wild lines penned by then-head of Bertone, Jason Castriota. Castriota has been responsible for a number of supercars, but the Mantide represents one of the most unique visions of what an ultimate car should look like. The sweeping, flowing form of the cockpit was inspired by F1 racers, forming a “passenger cell” that contrasted by the scoops and creases found all over the body. Additionally, the grille and fender vents employ a unique “pinhole” treatment that sets the Mantide apart. But all of these features aren’t simply for looks; the Mantide was designed to have optimal aerodynamic properties, including significant downforce. One thing’s for sure: whether you’re driving it or watching it go down the road, the Mantide won’t be ignored.




2010 Spada Vetture Sport Codatronca TS 


Ercole Spada, the designer of the Codatronca, can’t be faulted for lacking fresh ideas. The Codatronca TS is simply the latest in a long line of groundbreaking designs that Spada has penned, including many unforgettable models from his time with carrozzieria Zagato. But perhaps no car in recent memory has been as boldly different as the Codatronca, with sharply creased lines and an unmistakable “fin” tapering back to a sharply cut-off “Kamm” style tail. In fact, the name is based on the Italian phrase “coda tronca,”or “truncated tail,” referring to this aerodynamic feature that provides beneficial aerodynamic characteristics—while TS stands for “turismo sportivo,” or “sport touring.” So both monikers are fitting, the first being quite literal, and the second being appropriate when you consider the 621 horsepower V8 under the straked hood. Any time spent around the Codatronca, whether driving it or simply admiring its unapologetically bold design, will validate Spada’s desire to create a fusion of undeniable driving performance with sheetmetal that will never be lost in a crowd. 


There you have it: three boldly unique designs from some of the most talented automotive designers working today—and together packing a total of more than 1,500 horsepower. Check back each weekday for more Forza Garage car reveals.


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