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Forza Motorsport: Week in Review 7/13/12

Brian Ekberg
Monday, July 16, 2012

Forza Horizon is now available for pre-order! As promised in last week’s edition of the Week in Review, we dropped the details on the Forza Horizon pre-order program on Tuesday and the response so far has been tremendous. We’ve left behind the old “send in your receipt” method from Forza’s of years past (he adds gleefully. God, going through those receipts was a pain!) and, instead, bring you, among other things, an instant reward that you can grab right now in Forza Motorsport 4! To recap:


If you pre-order Forza Horizon at a participating retailer, you’ll receive a download code to a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 in Forza Motorsport 4. This fat slice of American muscle comes complete with a custom-designed Forza Horizon livery and will be your gateway to fun community events throughout the summer. The Challenger is available as a free download only from participating retailers (including Best Buy, Gamestop, and Amazon in the U.S.)



In addition to the Challenger, pre-order Forza Horizon and you’ll earn an exclusive car in Forza Horizon. You can check out the Buy page for the most up-to-date information on which car is tied to which retailer (change your region at the top of the page to see your local offers). Here’s the cars:


2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

2012 Aston Martin Virage

2010 Nissan 370Z



Community photo contest winner Othelion 


So, get your pre-order in now, grab your Challenger in Forza Motorsport 4, and get ready for more details on the fun we’ve got planned for you as we lead up to the launch of Forza Horizon. Now, on with the Week in Review!


Summer Stadium 

After a slight delay, the Xbox Summer Stadium Forza Motorsport 4 tournament (which is available to many of our European Forza fans) has moved on to the next round! The qualifiers from the opening round have been notified and moved on to the quarter finals, which last until July 17. The top 100 players from the quarterfinals will move on to the semi-finals which begin on July 21.


A note for competitors: This tournament is all about finding the ultimate Forza player, the most well-rounded driver possible. The qualifying round, for example, is an autocross event. While I won’t give away what the next rounds will include, players should expect surprises! As always, good luck to all the competitors!


New Viper Hopper 

Fans of the 2013 Viper in Forza Motorsport 4, be sure and check in with Forza 4 this weekend to play a brand new Viper-themed hopper, which you'll find in the Turn 10 Select section. This hopper is dedicated to the new Viper and will feature SRT's latest masterpiece across 16 different track configurations. And next week, we'll be putting up our community-chosen Cycled Production hoppers, so be on the lookout!


Stance Wars 2012 

Yesterday, John posted his account of the Stance Wars 2012 event in Bellevue from last Saturday, attended by a number of car nuts here at Turn 10. Check out his detailed account for a comprehensive look at this most entertaining of cars shows. Personally, this was my first Stance event of any type and I loved the whole “Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” garage scene vibe as well as the awesome cars on display. As some of you might know, I’ve got a thing for the Honda S2000 and there were so excellent models on display that I had to keep myself from drooling. All in all, it was a great event and one I’m looking forward to checking out again next year.


While I’m on the subject, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” is the finest of all F&F movies. It’s science, people. Wouldn’t you agree?


VIP Poll 

Our regular readers have probably already figured this out, but next month’s VIP Rivals Mode event will feature drag racing. Last week’s poll asked visitors to our official Forza Motorsport Facebook page to decide which decade was the best for drag cars (with the 1960s winning by a veritable landslide); this week we’re asking you to vote on which car manufacturer created the best drag rides in the ‘60s. Get your vote in now and look out for another VIP Rivals Mode poll as we continue to flesh out the details for next month’s event.


And Your Next Community Bounty Is... 

Fred might accuse me of swaying the vote on last week’s official Community Bounty Facebook poll—after all it was me who listed him first (followed by Jav and Yours Truly) in the poll to choose the next Community Bounty. That said, Fred won the vote in another landslide (with Jav just edging me out, which is good for you all, because anyone who beats me when I’m eventually Bounty will be permanently banned. KIDDING.*)



Community photo contest second place winner RemZad13 


So, you asked for it and you got it. Fred aka phredesign is your Community Bounty starting next week. Stay tuned for all the details of Fred’s chosen event, the win/lose conditions, and, most importantly, the supremely embarrassing antics he’ll be subjected to should the community prove triumphant. In the meantime, Fred’s got a cool side challenge for you all: design a Rivals Mode event. As he explains in this thread the idea is to create the coolest Rivals Mode event you imagine. Once Fred opens up his official Community Bounty thread, he’ll be accepting submissions and winners will receive unicorns and might even see their custom Rivals Mode event end up in Forza Motorsport 4! Best of all there’s no limit to the number of suggestions you can make. 


Fred will open up his Community Bounty thread next week to take your submissions, so spend the weekend dreaming up your best events. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Made For Mech: The Gremlin 

You know, spending a week driving the 1973 AMC Gremlin X was way more fun than I anticipated. This week’s “Made For Mech” challenge took place in the “Don’t Be Fuelish” Rivals Mode event, and pitted an F-class car on Rally di Positano’s ocean-side paradise. As it turns out, the F-class Gremlin is a nice complement to Positano’s twisty nature and the short length of the track meant that I could do multiple laps per tune without wasting too much time or worrying about mistakes.


While every tune is a compromise, it was interesting to check out all the different tuning iterations that entrants made. The biggest question seemed to be how to handle second and third gears. Some folks relied almost entirely on second, making third so long it was essentially useless, while others seemed to feel that third gear was the sweet spot for this car and track combination. In the end, I think I came down with the latter group—setting my best time (a 1:12.270) in a tune that featured slightly shorter gears that kept me in third for most of the lap. Thanks to everyone who entered a tune in this week’s “Made For Mech” and congratulations to the following folks whose tunes earned them a unicorn car:



elefant hide us 






not so relefant 






For this week, we’re entering undiscovered territory (for me, at least): drifting. Anyone who knows me (or has seen my pitiful attempts during Game With Dev events know I am more or less hopeless at drifting). Pride won’t let me admit this is due to my lack of skill, so I’ll instead blame it on my tuning settings. That’s where you guys come in. Here’s the details on the next "Made For Mech" challenge:


Event: Maple Valley Drifters (found in the Drift Zone channel of Rivals Mode)

Car: 1992 Honda NSX-R



[UPDATE: Yes, I mistakenly chose a unicorn car originally, but I've since amended this challenge to use the 1992 Honda NSX-R. Also I've set a preliminary score of 4,774. Sorry for the confusion!)


Upload your best tune for the NSX-R to the Forza 4 Storefront with the descriptor “MECHBERG NSX”. I’ll download and try as many as I can next week and award my favorite tunes with a random “thank you” unicorn car! Good luck to everyone!



Community photo contest third place winner Dakman 


Forza Nation to Return 

Longtime Forza fans might remember the fan-created Forza magazine Forza Nation, which came out during the Forza 3 days. It seems the magazine is looking to make a comeback, as community member DevlinGFS is preparing to bring back Forza Nation. Even better, the magazine is recruiting for positions—everything from writers to photographers, competition organizers, and more. Check out the thread to follow all the latest or apply for a position and good luck to everyone involved. I’m really looking forward to the Nation’s return!


In the meantime, check out the first and second issues of Forza Nation. 


Game With Dev: Wednesday, July 18! 

One more note before I sign off for the week: We’ve got another Forza Motorsport 4 Game With Dev event coming up next week! On Wednedsay, July 18 from 2-4 p.m. Pacific, join the Turn 10 Community Team (and anyone else we can recruit) in Forza 4 and on our official Facebook Game With Dev page, as we race, drift, crash, and chat with one another for two hours of fun Forza fellowship. There will be unicorn cars. There will be car soccer. There will be bacon. Be there!


Have a great weekend everyone!