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Forza Motorsport 4: Week in Review 2/24/12

Brian Ekberg
Friday, February 24, 2012

This week marks the introduction of a new face (or at least a new byline) on the Forza community team. John Schommer has joined the team as our new content guy—he’ll be creating more stories for you to enjoy on and don’t be surprised to see him on the forums as well. Before we dive in with the rest of the Week in Review, here’s John with a little bit about himself:


"Hello Forza Community, I am John Schommer, the newest addition to the Forza Motorsports 4 community team. I feel very lucky and thankful to be able to contribute to this team because I have always loved cars and have been an avid Forza player since Forza Motorsport 2. In Forza 4, I am a level 150 driver with a penchant for Nissan and Ferrari. I only have nine more events to complete in career mode.  


In my real life I have owned 63 cars, many of them Volkswagens. I always have a VW around to assuage what I call “Volkswagenism,” which I define as the never-ending need to have at least one old VW around to fix up and drive around. The most unique car I owned was a 1967 Rover P6, never should have sold it.  Currently, I have three cars, 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser (nicely outfitted for off-roading), a 1978 Porsche 911SC (stage 1), and a 1974 VW Beetle (mostly stock, Porsche rims and a nice driver).  


I am an avid motorcyclist and also own a dual-sport, street bike and scooter. I ride at least three dual-sport events per season and go on at least one long two-wheeled road trip a year. Most of my experience is in content, but I spent the last couple years driving a tractor and dump truck in my own little business. I’m a semi-native Seattleite, spending my high school years in lovely Wisconsin. I am a single Dad of one of the most awesome 3-year-olds on the planet and have him in training for a life of stardom as either an MX racer or a rock star. He, like his father, loves anything that comes with wheels." 

WIR 2-24-12  


Hyundai Championships 

Our Hyundai Veloster: Forza Motorsport Championship has wrapped up. After two months of intense competition, the Hyundai Championships Rivals Mode event shut down on Thursday. The final winner has yet to be notified, so stay tuned for an official announcement soon. In the meantime, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has been with us through our various Hyundai-themed activities over the past few months. From our paint contest to our Rivals Mode events, it’s been great fun watching the community get involved. Look for more on the winner of our latest competition soon.


BMW M5 Winner Interview 

Speaking of contest winners, most of you probably remember that, last year, we awarded a 2012 BMW M5 to a Forza player in Germany. Niklas Krellenberg was the winner of our Forza 4 BMW Cup, a race competition which began in Forza 4's Rivals Mode and culminated in a live race event at BMW’s BMW Welt in Munich.


Recently, we caught up with Niklas to discuss his victory. Here’s what he had to say:


Forza Motorsport: How did you hear about the Forza Motorsport 4 BMW M5 Cup?

Niklas Krellenberg: We were in a party chat and our team mate aTTaX Kenny told us that there's a big tournament where you can win a BMW. We decided to sign in and were curious about it. 


FM: What is your home Forza 4 setup like? Do you use a wheel and pedals setup?

NK: No, I don't use a wheel or pedals, I'm a pad driver. I've never had a wheel which is competitive and so I decided to keep at my pad. Now, I won the new CSR Elite wheel by Fanatec, and I'll give it try. 


FM: Approximately how many laps did you drive in the BMW M5 Rivals Mode event?

NK: I can't really remember how many laps I was driving. I would say it was around 300. It was too much anyway. 


FM: Were you fast right away? What did you do to improve your time?  

NK: I thought I was fast right away. At the beginning everybody drove times like (low) 2:13. But, by and by, the times dropped by a large margin. Finally, the average was at (low) 2:12. So I have to say that my times weren't that fast as I thought. But I was able to improve my skills by training and watching the replays of the others. 


FM: Tell us about the finals event in Munich. How was it organized and what did you have to do?

NK: Sixteen players participated in the 1-on-1 final event. They had eight racing seats for the drivers. At the beginning they'd drawn two brackets. Most of the top drivers, such as boMbaY and me, were drawn in the same bracket. The tournament was filmed by Sport1, a German television channel. Before every race, the admin selected a track that nobody knew before. I had to drive Hockenheim and Bernese Alps, for example. The final track was the probably hardest track on Forza: The [Nürburgring] Nordschleife. 


FM: Were you nervous in the finals? What was going through your mind before the race began?

NK: I wasn't really nervous. I knew when I don't do any mistakes I can win this tournament. The final was probably the easiest race of all because an unknown player reached the final. That's why I kept cool and stayed focused on the race. 


FM: How did you feel when you won the car?

NK: I was very happy, of course. But I didn't flip out [in order] to show respect to my opponent. 


FM: What do your friends and family think of your new car?

NK: After the victory my environment was going crazy. Everybody was calling me on the phone and my Facebook account was collapsing. :D The problem is that all of my friends wanted free drinks after it. ;)


FM: Do you have any tips for Forza 4 drivers?

NK: Skill comes with practice. ;)


Thanks Niklas and congratulations again!


WIR 2-24-12 


New Hoppers Coming! 

We’ve got a new batch of Turn 10 Select hoppers going live very soon; specifically a new set of Cycled Production car and track combinations. Here’s the new lineup:


Track Laps Class Car
Hockenheim National 4 A 2007 Peugeot 207 Super 2000
Mugello Club 5 C 2003 Toyota Celica
Silverstone National 8 F 1978 Saab 99 Turbo
LagunaSeca 4 S 1999 Pagani Zonda C12
Camino Short 7 E 2009 Nissan Versa
AlpsClubR 4 B 2010 Ford Taurus SHO
Twin Ring Motegi East 5 A 2005 Honda NSX-R
Top Gear East 8 F 1982 DeLorean DMC-12
Nürburgring Nordschleife 1 R2 1996 Ferrari F50 GT
Catalunya National 5 C 2004 Mazda RX-8
Hockenheim Short 5 F 1984 VW Rabbit GTI
Maple Valley 4 S 2009 Lotus Evora T124
Suzuka West 4 B 1998 Toyota Supra RZ
Road Atlanta Club 5 E 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Camino Full R Sunset 5 D 2004 Toyota Altezza
Silverstone International 5 A 2001 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
Road Atlanta Full 4 R3 2003 Subaru #77 Impreza
Sebring Club 6 B 2010 Chevy Cobalt
Catalunya School 7 E 2009 Citroen C4 VTS
Twin Ring Motegi West 7 C 1971 AMC Javelin
Mugello 4 S 2009 Chevrolet ZR1
Suzuka Full Sunset 3 B 2003 VW Golf R32
IndyGP 4 D 1969 Ferrari Dino
Infineon Long 4 A 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona
Iberian Full R 6 E 1984 Toyota Celica Supra
Sebring Full 4 S 2002 Ferrari Enzo
Positano 6 D 2010 Abarth 500
InfineonNascar 4 C 1995 Toyota MR2
Top Gear 6 B 2005 Vauxhall Monaro
Maple Valley Short R 8 E 2011 Mazda 2


Do you want a say in the next edition of Cycled Production hoppers? Sure you do! Forza community member Don Ente has opened a dedicated thread asking for community suggestions for an upcoming refresh of the Cycled Production hopper. From the thread:


  • Race length should be about 8 - 9 minutes, so 6 laps at the 'Ring in a Volkswagen Fox is probably not going to fly. Neither would 4 laps at Camino Mini in an Enzo Ferrari.
  • No DLC cars or unicorns - not everyone has 'em.
  • Players have a variety of tastes and we need a variety of cars across the range of classes, so let's see something other than S-Class suggestions.
  • Think about what *you* would like to see, but also think about some not-so-common combos... unusual cars can make for interesting racing!
  • Remember this is Cycled *Production* ... while not entirely out of the question, it is unlikely that R-Class cars will be accepted (I can only remember once, back in FM3, that an R-3 car was part of the rotation). Feel free to suggest R-Class combos, but keep that in mind.


If you’ve got a car and track combination you’re dying to see, let Don know in the thread. We’ll take our favorite suggestions and put them into a future update, so stay tuned for more.


WIR 2-24-12 


Community Bounty: sinnermac 

Your next Community Bounty is Forza community member sinnermac! If you beat his time in this month’s Compact Combat Rivals Mode event (found in the Community Monthly channel of Rivals Mode), you can win a sweet Star Wars-themed Nissan. In addition to this, sinnermac is giving away a number of other awesome custom-liveried rides in his dedicated Community Bounty thread for the community members who best brag about how bad they are going to beat him. Yes, that’s right, take a moment of your day to personally insult sinnermac (within reason, of course) and you can win fabulous Forza 4 cars! 


Finally a brief comment from sinnermac himself about his chances this week: “How do I think Im going to do? Unless I can convince Davey Skills to travel to Scotland I think you will be spending ALOT of time gifting this out as I am pretty poor behind the wheel!”


Now that’s “confidence”! Good luck everyone!


March VIP Rivals Mode Event 

The March VIP Rivals Mode event is now set! Beginning in early March, Forza 4 VIPs will be competing in a VIP-only event driving the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 on the awesome Nürburgring Nordschleife in a hot-lapping contest! Now there’s just one thing left to discuss: Which unicorn car should we award to participants? You can have your say in our fourth and final March VIP Rivals Mode event at our official Facebook page. Here are your choices:


  • Nissan Top Secret D1-Spec S15
  • Nissan MINE'S R34 Skyline GT-R
  • Mitsubishi HKS Time Attack Evolution
  • Honda NSX-R GT
  • Toyota Top Secret 0-300 Supra


Get your vote on, people, and have fun in the event!


Chevy and Forza 

This week, I spied a couple of cool Forza-related videos created by our friends at Chevrolet. First up is a video about the Chevy Camaro ZL1's recent testing at the Nürburgring (fast forward to 1:24 for the Forza 4 mention). And, in case you’re curious, the ZL1 sounds absolutely sick in this video: 



And another video that I saw over at our friends at ForzaPlanet: A quick YouTube video interview featuring Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt talking about his recent experience at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Check out the video:


Community NASCAR League Has Returned 

With the Daytona 500 kicking off this Sunday, we’re just in time for the launch of our second annual Forza Motorsport Community NASCAR league. This time around community member TGS Hoss360 is running the show and everyone’s invited to join the fun. Check out the thread for more information and remember: Rubbin’ is racin’.


Finally, I wanted to let you all know that we are getting close to the release of our next Forza Motorsport 4 title update. We will release more details soon, but it’s important to know that this title update WILL address, among other things, the recent multiplayer lobby issues that have become prevalent in the game. We’ll have a more complete description of the title update upon its release; in the meantime, know that it’s coming soon and thank you for your continued patience!


Have a great weekend everyone!