Forza Week in Review 5-17-19

Brian Ekberg
Friday, May 17, 2019


In today’s edition of the Forza Week in Review, we’re enjoying Autumn in Forza Horizon 4, celebrating the upcoming 103rd Indy 500 in Forza Motorsport 7, welcoming guests to #ForzaFriday, and wondering when some intrepid painters are going to get around to recreating these liveries in Forza. Let’s get to it!


Autumn in Forza Horizon 4

Autumn in Series 9 has arrived in Forza Horizon 4 and that means new events and new car rewards. You already probably know about the Series 9 Reward cars – the Quartz Regalia (50% completion) and the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker (80% completion). With the Autumn season, there are two amazing cars up for grabs in the Maserati MC 12 Corsa (50% completion) and the Peugeot 204 Forza Edition (80% completion).


Apart from this season’s Festival Playlist events, don’t forget about the new Horizon Stories series, “The Car Files.” Here, you’re working to prove (or disprove) car performance feats with the help of an insurance claims adjustor. Drive a BMW Isetta at 85 mph for 30 seconds; jump a Reliant Supervan; drag race a Morris Minor -- it’s all things that probably shouldn’t happen when driving a car in the real world which, when you think about it, is practically why car insurance exists in the first place. You can find “The Car Files” Horizon Stories series in the Autumn Festival Playlist or on the map not far from Bamburgh Castle.


Forza weekly photo contest winner by FRT Murallha.


In last week’s Week in Review, we mentioned that the team was investigating a bug where players’ Car Mastery points were being reset. This week, the Playground Games team issued an update for the game which fixed this issue, returning lost Car Mastery points to affected players. While the fix does not restore previously purchased car perks, players can use those refunded Car Mastery points as they like. Note that players with more than 999 Car Mastery points on hand will not earn more until they have spent enough points to go below 999.


For more on this update and others, check out the Forza Horizon 4 page on our Support site.


Brickyard Bounty Hunter Update

Need some proof that our IndyCar guest drivers are taking the “Brickyard Bounty Hunter” Rivals event seriously in Forza Motorsport 7? Consider Conor Daly who, earlier in the week, did a 192-lap session to end up P21 in the world leaderboard (and just ahead of fellow IndyCar drivers like James Hinchcliffe and Josef Newgarden). That’s nearly the equivalent of a full Indy 500 running, just to knock a few hundredths of a second off his time. Competitive much, Conor?


The irony? Those 192 laps were all for naught, as Newgarden has once again taken the top spot amongst all IndyCar drivers, with a 39.398, which puts him at 24th in the world as of this writing. The always-amazing JSR AziDhk is currently atop the worldwide leaderboard with a mind-boggling 39.332. Here’s how the IndyCar drivers are stacking up in the second week of competition:


Driver Gamer Tag Reward #1 Reward #2 Current Time
Jack Harvey Jharvey42 2011 Audi #2 Audi Sport Team Jest R15++ TDI 100,000 CR 39.563
James Hinchliffe Hinchcliffe5 1996 Ferrari F50 GT 100,000 CR 39.537
Conor Daly ConorDaly22 1967 Honda RA300 100,000 CR 39.407
Josef Newgarden JNRACERTPX2 2017 Chevrolet #2 Team Penske Indycar 100,000 CR 39.398
Spencer Pigot spigot07 1976 McLaren #11 Team McLaren M23 100,000 CR 39.602
Simon Pagenaud Darthpag22 2013 SRT #91 SRT Motorsport GTS-R 100,000 CR 39.491
Colton Herta ColtonHerta 2016 Pagani Huayra BC 100,000 CR 39.638
Santino Ferrucci SFerrucci19 1967 Brabham BT24 100,000 CR N/A
Matheus Leist Leist4 1981 BMW M1 100,000 CR 39.488
George Michael Steinbrenner IV SteinbrennerIV 1950 Alfa Romeo 158 100,000 CR 39.476
Participation N/A 2017 Chevrolet #4 AJ Foyt Enterprises Indycar 500,000 CR N/A


Forza weekly photo contest winner by HotSince1995.


As for Yours Truly, I was determined to break into the 39s with this challenge and I managed to just eke in with a 39.797. That’s on a controller, mind you, even if this event is tailor-made for wheel users. The “Brickyard Bounty Hunter” event will continue through early June, so there’s still plenty of time to get your laps in Conor Daly-style and earn your rewards.


Along For the Ride: Ferrari Dino

In the latest episode of our new series “Along For the Ride” we chat with Brian Pollock about his 1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT. Pollock is one of only a few original owners of this classic Italian sports car and has kept his Dino in pristine condition, while still actually driving it. We debuted the episode earlier in the week as part of an hour-long livestream where host Johniwanna sat down with Pollock to talk in-depth about the Dino, his in-depth record-keeping of the car’s history, and more.




If you’re familiar with our Bounty Hunter events, or have watched “Forza Monthly” in the past, you’ll likely recognize today’s #ForzaFriday guest, Jennifer Lane. On today’s show we’ll be talking about Jenn’s career and focusing on the work she does as Engagement Design Director for Turn 10. We’ll also be running some laps in the Brickyard Bounty Hunter and playing Forza Motorsport 7 with viewers. Tune in when the show goes live at 3 p.m. Pacific on the official Forza Mixer and Twitch channels.


Here’s a peek at next week’s streaming schedule:



One final note: Next week, I’ll be at the ForzaRC test we mentioned in last Friday’s WIR. Due to the busy schedule of the week, we will not have an edition of the Forza Week in Review on Friday, May 24. We’ll return to our regular weekly schedule with the May 31 edition of the Week in Review. See you then!