Forza Week in Review 7-5-19

Brian Ekberg
Friday, July 5, 2019


We’ve got a lot a scroll-heavy edition of the Forza Week in Review today, with loads of Forza Motorsport 7 event information packed in. Last week, we mentioned that online events in Forza 7 will be cycled going forward as the development team moves onto the next project. In today’s edition, we’ve got the full rundown of the content that will be cycling in the game (see below).


Before we get to that, let’s wrap up the week with a look back at the two big updates for Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Motorsport 7. Welcome to the Week in Review!


Forza Horizon 4 | Series 11

Series 11 has arrived for Forza Horizon 4, bringing with it a healthy dose of Top Gear fun. Longtime fans know that Forza has enjoyed a long partnership with Top Gear, going all the way back to Forza Motorsport 3. However, it’s taken that long for the famed British automotive TV series to makes its way to the Forza Horizon series.


Top Gear appears in the Series 11 update in a big way; first and foremost with a Top Gear-themed Horizon Story series of challenges. Beating chapters in the series will unlock Top Gear themed gear and, importantly, some very cool vehicles, including the Top Gear Project E-AT, the Track-Tor, and the big guy: the Mercedes-Benz G63 6X6 Sports Utility Truck.


That’s six wheels and four tons of MB madness designed to go anywhere in the world of Forza Horizon 4 with confidence. As Playground Games’ Matt Pickering told us during Monday’s “Forza Monthly,” building the 6X6 was more complicated than it appears, as the ForzaTech engine didn’t immediately support a third axle on vehicles. Lucky for us, the car team at Playground made it happen and we can all enjoy the 6X6 as a result.


Another big addition to Series 11 is class-based Rivals, one of the big asks from the Forza community. Now players can hotlap any pre-determined route in Forza Horizon 4 across any class in the game. You can find the new Rivals events by going to the Rivals tab in the Pause menu, then clicking on the Rivals Race Discipline button. From there, you’ll see events organized by type (Road Racing, Dirt Racing, etc.) Select the event type you want, and then you can select from each individual route and, within that, the class you wish to race.


In addition to the above, Series 11 has brought some new Auction House changes, more Star Card Rewards, and a new Horizon Life timeline feature, where you can see exactly which rewards are available to you as you progress through each specialization in Horizon Life. For more, check out the full Release Notes for the Series 11 update on the Forza Support site.


If you missed Playground’s live run-through of all the Series 11 details from Monday, you can watch the replay right here:



Forza Motorsport 7 July 2019 Update

If you haven’t done so already, jump into the Forza Race Regulations hopper and see for yourself just how FRR has changed with the July 2019 update for Forza 7. For the first time, we’ve introduced collision-based penalties to the game, and what a difference it makes. For July, the team focused on the FRR system’s ability to recognize and penalize extreme examples of ramming. However, what I’ve enjoyed has been what the system doesn’t penalize; including side-by-side bumps and light taps that don’t really warrant a penalty. As Chris Esaki explained on Monday’s “Forza Monthly” the goal in July was to avoid “false positives” and, so far, so good.


As we also discussed on “Forza Monthly,” next month’s August 2019 update for Forza Motorsport 7 will be the final update for the game, as Turn 10 shifts its attention fully to the next project. We have some cool stuff to come in August around Forza Race Regulations, so look forward to more information on that on our August 5th edition of “Forza Monthly.”


‘Forza Monthly’ Community Q&A

If you missed Monday’s edition of “Forza Monthly” you missed Turn 10’s Chris Esaki and Playground Games’ Matt Pickering taking questions from the Forza community during our Community Q&A segment. During the show, Matt answered questions around ongoing support for Forza Horizon 4, as well as when fans can expect online improvements, among other questions. Meanwhile, Chris tackled questions around the Forza/IMSA partnership, drafting improvements, and the future of “original” tracks in Forza games.


Check out the Q&A segment in our replay below (fast forward to the 47:33 mark to go straight to the Q&A):



If you’ve got a question about Forza that you want to see answered, let us hear it. Post your question here in our dedicated forum thread for consideration in our Q&A segment during the August show.


Cycled Events in Forza 7

Now, as promised at the top, the following is our calendar of ongoing events in Forza Motorsport 7, for Hoppers, Leagues, and Specialty Dealer for the foreseeable future.



The following Hopper groups will be cycled:


Hopper Group 1 (Ends 7/11/2019)

Ghost – Forza GT

Cosmetic – Sport Touring Icons

Sim – Vintage Sport Coupe

Virus Tag – B Class

Keep the It – A Class

Pass the It – S Class


Hopper Group 2 (Ends 7/25/19)

Ghost – Vintage GT Racing

Cosmetic – Sport Compact Icons

Sim – Elite Factory Racers

Virus Tag – A Class

Keep the It – S Class

Pass the It – B Class


Hopper Group 3 (Ends 8/8/19)

Ghost – Classic Street Muscle

Cosmetic – Open-Wheel Legends

Sim – Supercar Renaissance

Virus Tag – S Class

Keep the It – B Class

Pass the It – A Class


Hopper Group 4 (Ends 8/22/19)

Ghost – Early Prototype Racers

Cosmetic – Formula E

Sim – Showroom Rally

Virus Tag – B Class

Keep the It – A Class

Pass the It – S Class


Hopper Group 5 (ends 9/5/19)

Ghost – Early Sport Luxury

Cosmetic – Major Micros

Sim – Hypercar

Virus Tag – A Class

Keep the It – S Class

Pass the It – B Class


Hopper Group 6 (ends 9/19/19, begin again with Hopper Group 1)

Ghost – Modern Hot Hatch

Cosmetic – Forza P1

Sim – The Birth of Grand Prix

Virus Tag – S Class

Keep the It – B Class

Pass the It – A Class


Image by Don Joewon Song.



The following League seasons will be cycled:


Season 1 – Push To Pass

Season Reward: 2016 Bentley Bentayga


Series 1

Series Reward: 2010 Aston Martin One-77

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Sport GT

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Classic Street Muscle

EVENT 03 – Spec Ghost – 1999 Dodge Viper GTS

EVENT 04 – Cosmetic Early Prototype Racers


Series 2

Series Reward: 2015 Infiniti Q60 Concept

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Sport Luxury

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Elite Factory Racers

EVENT 03 – Spec Cosmetic – 2008 BMW M3

EVENT 04 – Class Ghost – S Class


Series 3

Series Reward: 2018 Lamborghini Centenario

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Exotic GT

EVENT 02 – Simulation – GT Racing Reborn

EVENT 03 – Spec Sim – 2001 Audi RS 4 Avant

EVENT 04 – Cosmetic Open-Wheel Legends


Series 4 (Ends 7/21/19)

Series Reward: 2009 Lotus 2-Eleven

EVENT 01 – Ghost – NASCAR

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Rebirth of Muscle

EVENT 03 – Spec Ghost – 1967 Eagle-Weslate T1G

EVENT 04 – Drift Ghost – RWD


Season 2 – Cutting Time

Season Reward: 2014 Ferrari California T


Series 1

Series Reward: 2011 Koenigsegg Agera

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Sport Touring

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Hypercar

EVENT 03 – Spec Cosmetic – Hyundai Veloster Turbo

EVENT 04 – Class Ghost – B Class


Series 2

Series Reward: 2017 Toyota #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Skittles Camry

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Supercar Renaissance

EVENT 02 – Simulation Major Micros

EVENT 03 – Spec Sim – 1992 Toyota #99 All American Racers Toyota Eagle Mk III

EVENT 04 – 1983 Volvo 242 Turbo Evolution


Series 3

Series Reward: 1987 Porsche 959

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Vinage Sport GT

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Hot Rod Revival

EVENT 03 – Spec Ghost – 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

EVENT 04 – Class – A Class


Series 4 (Ends 8/18/19)

Series Reward: 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Group B

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Hot Hatch Icons

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Formula 70s

EVENT 03 – Spec Cosmetic – 2015 Aston Marin Vantage GT12

EVENT 04 – Drift Ghost – AWD


Season 3 – Speed Shakedown

Season Reward: 2011 Radical SR8 RX


Series 1

Series Reward: 2015 Chevrolet #10 Konica Minolta Corvette

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Early Sport Luxury

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Forza P2

EVENT 03 – Spec Sim – 2014 Maserati Ghibli S

EVENT 04 – Class – R Class


Series 2

Series Reward: 2016 Holden #22 Sharkbite VF Commodore

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Prototype Group Racing

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Supercar Champions

EVENT 03 – Spec Ghost – 1969 Oldsmobile Hurts/Olds 442

EVENT 04 – Drift – 1984 Opel Manta 400


Series 3

Series Reward: 1988 McLaren #12 Honda McLaren MP4/4

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Showroom Rally

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Formula 90s

EVENT 03 – Spec Cosmetic – 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

EVENT 04 – Class Ghost – C Class


Series 4 (ends 9/15/19, begin again with Season 1)

Series Reward: 2014 Mercedes-Benz #84 HTP Motorsport SLS

EVENT 01 – Ghost – Forza GT

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Hot Hatch Genesis

EVENT 03 – Spec Sim – 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Group B

EVENT 04 – Cosmetic – IndyCar


Image by AridWarCat.


Specialty Dealer

The following cars will cycle through the Specialty Dealer:


Week 1

1970 Datsun 510

1971 Lotus Elan Sprint

1967 Lamborghini Miura P400

1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato


Week 2

1957 Maserati 300 S

1956 Lotus Eleven

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

1956 Jaguar D-Type


Week 3

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale

2015 Volvo V60 Polestar

2015 Jaguar XE-S

1987 Nissan Skyline GTS-R V-Spec


Week 4

1968 Lancia Fulvia Coupe Rallye 1.6 HF

1979 Opel Kadett C GT/E

1973 Ford Capri RS3100

1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R


Week 5

1977 AMC Pacer X

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

1986 Dodge Shelby Omni GLHS

2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback


Week 6

2009 Peugot #9 Peugot Sport Total 908

2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Tiley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype

2017 Porsche #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid

2014 Audi #4 Audi Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro


Week 7

1981 Ford #2 Zakspeed Racing Capri Turbo

1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

2017 Renault R.S.17

1960 Porsche 718 RS 60


Week 8

1960 Chevrolet Corvette

1968 Opel GT

1970 International Scout 800A

1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal


Week 9

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

1967 Eagle-Westlake T1G

2016 Dodge Viper ACR

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


Week 10

1999 BMW #15 BMW Motorsport V12 LMR

1965 Pontiac GTO

1993 McLaren F1

1966 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport


Week 11

1991 Mazda #18 Mazdaspeed 787B

1991 Nissan #23 Nissan R91CP

1989 Mercedes-Benz #63 Team Sauber Mercedes C9

1998 Ferrari #30 MOMO Doran Racing F333


Week 12 (Begin again with Week 1)

1963 Ferrari 250LM

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

1961 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale



If you missed last Friday’s edition of #ForzaFriday, featuring Forza boss Alan Hartman, do yourself a favor and go back and watch it. We had a great conversation with Alan, as he shared stories from his career in games and with Forza, including an unforgettable story of working with Dreamworks and famed director Steven Spielberg. As we’re coming off the Fourth of July holiday here in the U.S. we won’t have a guest for today’s edition of #ForzaFriday; instead we’ll be hanging out with viewers and playing both Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Motorsport 7. The show starts at 3 p.m. Pacific on Mixer and Twitch, we hope to see you there!


That’s about it for this edition of the Week in Review. Note that the next installment of the Forza Week in Review will be on Friday, July 19. See you then!