Forza Motorsport 7 April Update
The April update for Forza Motorsport 7 arrives today, bringing brand new features, fixes and improvements based on community feedback, and a new collection of vehicles to the game. The update will roll out today beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific. Here’s a rundown of the highlights.
With the Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC) 2018 season now in full swing, today’s update for Forza Motorsport 7 brings our new Race Telemetry feature to multiplayer’s Spectate mode, giving broadcasters the opportunity to dive deeper into the racing action, and allowing viewers to understand more of what’s happening across the entire race. In addition to trying it for yourself starting today, you’ll be able to see the new Race Telemetry feature in action on with our next ForzaRC Wednesday Showdown broadcast on the Forza Racing Championship Web site on Wednesday, April 25, starting at 12 p.m. (European region) and 6 p.m. Pacific (North American region).
This month’s update introduces the ability for players to test drive cars in multiplayer lobbies, one of the most requested features from the Forza community. Other notable improvements include allowing Fanatec analog handbrakes to work with the Xbox One version of Forza Motorsport 7, as well as a fix that makes Ghost cars viewable in Rivals events. We’ve also fixed problematic curbs for a number of tracks throughout the game, improved our band-promotion messaging in Leagues, and made a number of additional smaller improvements to the game. You can find the full list of fixes and improvements in the April Update Release Notes on the Forza forums thread.
Whether you’re a broadcaster or a viewer, Forza Motorsport 7’s new Race Telemetry option gives everyone the chance to be closer to the action on the track. When spectating a race, players can choose to engage a new “Race Info” panel, which lives in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. This panel includes a map of the current track, as well as information of where all players are on the track (represented by numbered and colored dots). Race spectators can zoom in or out of this track map to get closer look of where each competitor is.
Spectators using the “Race Info” panel can also bring up additional race statistics with a press of a button, including information on the current leader, as well as the player with the fastest lap time and the highest top speed. While this “Race Info” panel defaults to “on” at the start of a race, it can be toggled “on” or “off” at any time by the spectator.
Multiplayer Test Drive
One of the most requested featured from the Forza Community has been the ability to test drive cars in multiplayer, and we’re happy to say that feature is part of our April Update. Starting today, when you enter a Multiplayer lobby, you can spend your time test-driving your car on the track while the current race plays out, instead of merely waiting for the race to end. Players who choose to Test Drive will be alone on the track by themselves while the multiplayer lobby race is happening. Once the race ends, all players – including those in Test Drive – will be automatically pulled back into the lobby to prepare for the next race.
K1 Speed Car Pack
Check out the new vehicles in this month’s K1 Speed Car Pack:
1976 Chevrolet #76 Greenwood Corvette
If looks were everything, the “Spirit of America” would be a hands-down winner. Despite its groundbreaking wide-body design, considered by some to be the first true silhouette racer, there is much more to appreciate. To compete against the best in the world at Le Mans and the IMSA series, John Greenwood gave this ‘Vette more gusto under the hood than was ever conceived before. The 7.7-liter 467-cubic-inch big block puts out horsepower. That was enough for speeds around 215 mph down the Mulsanne Straight and garnered a win at its debut at Road Atlanta. The #76, so numbered to celebrate America’s bicentennial, is possibly one of the world’s best-known Corvettes in history and was deemed the “Monster Corvette” when it made an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s an engineering masterpiece in all regards, and it’s all yours.
1985 Nissan #83 Electramotive Engineering GTP ZX-Turbo
The IMSA GTP class represented the highest level of sportscar racing in its time. It was an era dominated by Porsche and the 962. With Electramotive Engineering dubbed as Nissan’s North American development arm, Nissan sought to make a name for itself as it rebranded from its Datsun moniker. Utilizing what was initially a Lola T810 chassis – later a bespoke Electramotive tub – and the VG30ET motor shared with the Nissan 300ZX, the GTP car was increasingly successful as its potential was realized. Eventually the GTP-ZX Turbo would win both the Constructor’s Cup and Driver’s Cup. Electramotive would later evolve into Nissan Performance Technology which raised the performance levels of the cars the consumer could actually buy.
1948 Ferrari 166 Inter Sport
Before Enzo Ferrari built the company that bears his name, he raced Alfa Romeos. When he began building his own cars after the Second World War, he had them bodied by the same design houses that had built those Alfas. First there was the 166 MM, also known as the Red Barchetta, which was a race car that you could drive on the road. What you see here in the 166 Inter Sport, which was a road car designed to be adaptable to multiple racing series at the time. It was built on the same engineering as the MM models, was powered by the same narrow angle 60-degree V12, and drove the same five-speed transmission. Styling was done individually for the 20 or so cars built by the most esteemed design houses such as Touring of Milan. That makes each car slightly different with its own character and nuances. What each car shares is the heritage that spawned the greatest Italian supercars of the ages.
1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6
The 906 was the last street legal racing car produced by Porsche. It succeeded the 904 and preceded (although not directly) the illustrious 917. It was a thing of beauty and reflected the ultra-low profiles of the era as seen in the Ford GTs and Ferrari Ps. The 906 was a successful race car, winning its class at the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, Monza, and the Targa Florio. At the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the Ford GTs made their historical 1-2-3 finish, the following four places were filled by 906s. Only 65 examples were produced to meet FIA homologation for Group 4 Sports Car racing, and they were modified to compete in Group 6 Sports Prototype. With its tubular space frame and unstressed hand-laid fiberglass body, the complete car weighed in at less than 1,300 pounds before adding fluids. Fitted with a 210-horsepower carbureted flat-six, the power-to-weight ratio was astonishing. Recreate the legendary races of the late 1960s in yours or just gaze in wonderment at the detail of its timeless design.
1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS
Sure, it’s affordable and sporty but you’re not alone if you think the typical 924 model doesn’t quite match up to a traditional Porsche. Set those thoughts aside, however, as you consider the 924 Carrera GTS. The GTS is an evolution of the Carrera GT models that were stripped down for weight reduction, given nimble suspension systems and a boosted 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The GTS is stripped down even further, and the motor got maximum boost (around 15 psi) to lift output to a lively 245 horsepower. The racing seats are based on those found in the Porsche 935 race cars. Widebody fenders allow much wider tires, while anti-roll bars and Bilstein dampers combine to make a formidable racer. Take this rarity for a ride and let it prove its worth to you where it counts.
2017 Maserati Levante S
It’s the age of the upscale SUV, a category now rife with offerings from the most exclusive car builders in the world. Maserati’s Levante S reaches new heights in comfort and performance for buyers looking for plenty of space to go with their Italian automotive appetites. Under this larger body is essentially a Maserati Ghibli, although there are some obvious additions to give the SUV that perception of off-road capability. Potential adventuring sans tarmac is enabled by an air-ride suspension that can raise or lower the body almost three and a half inches, along with larger wheels. This is the first late-model full-size SUV to come out of Italy, and the Italian flair defines it inside and out.
2018 Honda Odyssey
Have you ever seen a minivan on the race track? You are about to in the first minivan to come to Forza. The Honda Odyssey is the perfect vehicle to break this new ground. Not only can it match up with the best in class for seating and cargo volume, but its numbers where it counts are also impressive. Consider the 3.5-liter V6 and 280 horsepower. That power translates to 0-60 in less than seven seconds. No, it’s not supercar performance, but this ride doubles as a rolling canvas for you livery artists, and certainly allows for some spirited driving.
NOTE: The K1 Speed Car Pack is the final car pack included in the Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass.