Forza Motorsport ALMS Challenge -- June 2013
It’s hard to believe, but we are nearing the halfway mark for the Forza Motorsport ALMS Challenge. After three months of fantastic racing within the Forza 4 community, the fourth round begins today, June 1, with a track and car combination that has been chosen for reasons that should be obvious to most endurance racing fans. After all, June is the annual home on the calendar for arguably the biggest race in the world – the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
It should come as no surprise, then, that the epic Circuit de la Sarthe will be the setting for June’s ALMS Challenge Rivals event. As for this month’s ALMS Challenge spotlight car, we’ve got a car that has become virtually synonymous with success at Le Mans over the past couple of years:
2011 #2 Audi Sport North America R18 TDI
Some see rules and regulations as restrictive, something to hinder performance. The engineers at Audi look at rules and see them as an opportunity to innovate. Take the 2011 #2 Audi Sport North America R18 TDI, Audi’s 2011 LMP1 competitor in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. Thanks to a host of rules changes between 2010 and 2011, here is a car that could scarcely be more different from its predecessor. Unlike the R15 of old, the R18 is a closed cockpit LMP1 sports car, the first fielded by Audi in more than 10 years. The R18 is light (thanks to copious amounts of carbon fiber construction) and puts a heavy premium on aerodynamic efficiency and it’s powered by a 3.7 liter V6 TDI engine, featuring the use of a single turbo (a big change from the twin turbo V10s and V12s from previous years). Despite all of those changes, the R18 manages to have one thing in common with its predecessors: a penchant for victory, as the R18 managed top overall honors during the 2011 of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a clean sweep of the podium in the 2012 race.
With the real 24 Hours of Le Mans coming up in just a few short weeks, look for more information soon on how the Forza team will be spending Le Mans weekend. In the meantime, you can always get involved with our month-long re-tweet contest. Each weekday in June, we’ll be sending a tweet from our official Twitter feed @ForzaMotorsport and asking followers to re-tweet the message. Each day, one follower who re-tweets the message will be chosen at random to win a free code for the ALMS Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 4! See the full rules here.
Forza Motorsport ALMS Challenge FAQ
What is the Forza Motorsport ALMS Challenge?
The Forza Motorsport ALMS Challenge is a season-long race series in Forza Motorsport 4 that ties closely to the 2013 ALMS season. For each race on the 2013 ALMS schedule, we’ll put up brand new Rivals event, using an ALMS car found in Forza Motorsport 4 (available either on disc or via DLC) and, wherever possible, the same track being raced in the real event. For ALMS events that feature race tracks not found in Forza Motorsport 4, we will use an alternate track.
After each event, the top 500 players will be awarded points (500 points for first place, 499 points for second place, and so on). The player with the most points at the end of the Forza Motorsport ALMS Challenge will be awarded a trophy.
What car and track will we be driving in June?
Date: June 1 – June 30
Car: 2011 #2 Audi Sport North America R18 TDI (Note: This car is part of the Forza Motorsport 4 ALMS Car Pack)
Track: Le Mans
How do I take part?
Beginning on Saturday, June 1 Pacific you can set a time in the “ALMS Challenge #4” Rivals Mode event. To find the event in Forza Motorsport 4 from the main menu, navigate to “Community” -> “Rivals” -> Community Monthly channel and then “ALMS Challenge #4”. Look for a new event on June 1, and for new events each month throughout the rest of the 2013 ALMS season.
How can I check my progress after each event?
You can check your position in each monthly event by checking the Rivals Mode event leaderboard. After each event is complete, you can find updated point totals in the FM.net forums, which we will update as quickly as possible. Complete leaderboards for each round are posted at http://www.alms.com/forza-motorsport-alms-challenge after each round has closed.