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The IGN Car Pack

John Schommer
Monday, January 6, 2014

IGN Car Pack

If your New Year’s resolution has anything to do with going fast, setting new leaderboard times, or drooling more, the IGN pack should be on your “buy” list. After making it through the season of giving, it can now be all about you, so indulge yourself with some new rides. The IGN Car Pack will be available for $10 (USD) on Tuesday, January 7.


Kicking off the pack is a car that should provide some competition for the Ariel Atom in the ultimate track toy department: the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500. The Superlight is a timeless design that is so fast it requires its own racing league in the real world. Accompanying the Caterham are a number of cars that most folks will never set their eyes in real life, including the Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage. The Birdcage was a prodigy of its era, while the Ford Escort 1800 a legend in rally, and the Chevy Impala 409 SS will have you singing its praises just like the Beach Boys, and Dr. Dre did back in the day.


Have a look at the IGN Car Pack trailer.



1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

The trident logo of Maserati has always borne the burden of being known for its racing accomplishments. This Birdcage was the last hurrah from the storied manufacturer as it struggled to reconcile the expense of racing with profitability. Using the four-cylinder two liter from the 200S canted at 45 degrees, the Birdcage revolutionized the exterior of race cars of its era. Engine positioning also lowered ride height and the center of gravity. Searching for rigidity and weight savings, Maserati engineer Giulio Alfieri designed the car’s latticed space frame composed of small diameter tubing, resembling a bird cage; thus the name stuck. Over the years, drivers whose names wrote racing history drove Birdcage Masis to win after win. Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney piloted a Birdcage to victory through harsh weather at the 1960 Nürburgring 1000 after overcoming an extended pit stop that set them back to fourth place. Carroll Shelby also put in wheel time in 1959 with Casner Motor Racing. The legends sang the praises of the Birdcage; give it a spin in Forza Motorsport 5 and see if you agree. All IGN Car Pack owners will automatically receive the Tipo 61 in their Forza 5 garage!



2013 Caterham Superlight R500

When the cars you built for racing become banned from racing and breed franchise slogans such as "Caterham Seven, the Car That's Too Fast to Race..." you know you’re doing something right. The Caterham Superlight is the latest masterwork created by one of the patriarchs of racing design, Colin Chapman. The basic design of Superlight R500 are the bones of the Lotus 7 which has existed in a mostly unaltered form for more than 50 years. Sure, there have been evolutions in materials, tweaks to dimensions, and the old live-axle rear suspension has long been replaced by a De Dion rear axle. At its heart, however, this is the same car that proved itself unfairly advantageous to race other cars. Caterham purchased the rights to the Lotus 7 in 1973 and has since been “simplifying and adding lightness” as Chapman prophesized so long ago. The Superlight R500 represents a weapons-grade thrill car that can deliver breathtaking performance anywhere it’s required. There are few cars in the world that can match its 0-60 times (at sub-3 seconds) and even fewer that can also proffer its lap times that are otherwise only achievable in a purpose-built race car.



2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

When AMG gets their hands on a new Mercedes, wheels start turning and Mercedes performance becomes something astounding. The A45 AMG is no exception. Yes, it is a four cylinder; sure, it is a compact hot hatch. But with the AMG upgrades, it is nothing less than one of the best-performing hot hatches in the world. AMG starts with a sound, performance-driven luxury five door compact, the A45, which is an already nimble package. When you add the AMG AWD, it becomes a profound track performer. Setting records at the track is up to you, but the A45 AMG has set its own records already, in a category that is particularly attractive when it comes to racing: power. Loads of horsepower are pumped out of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine via a high-pressure turbocharger that receives a race-car-like 26psi of boost. The result is more horsepower per liter than a Porsche GT2 RS, a record for road-going cars. So, take it to the grocery store or take on all comers when the green light hits; the A45 AMG will not disappoint.



1977 Ford Escort RS1800

With a storied history in rallying and a body style that’s ripe for race replica paints (or whatever style you like, really), the 1977 Ford Escort RS1800 should prove as desirable in Forza Motorsport 5 as it is by Ford enthusiasts and collectors in real life. Begun in 1975, the RS1800 used the legendary Cosworth 1.8L BDA engine – capable of a healthy 115 horsepower -- and powered its way to multiple rally wins and a couple of World Championships.



1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

Chevrolet’s engineering and design teams were rightly proud of the 1964 Impala, particularly the top-of-the-line SS 409 trim, but could any of them have imagined that their fast and luxurious full-size would be immortalized in song twice? First, the 409 cubic inch V8 was celebrated in a Beach Boys song called “409,” and then, exactly thirty years later, on the Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog track “Let Me Ride.” In between, countless enthusiasts have preserved or restored Impalas back to showroom condition, or customized them in countless ways. Peel away the phenomenon that the “6-4” has left in its wake and you can see why it’s become so popular despite being so widely produced — more than 880,000 Impalas were built in 1964, including more than 185,000 Super Sports of all varieties. Fewer than this were optioned with the impressive 6.7-liter engine sporting a pair of four-barrel carburetors, which cranked out an astonishing 425 horsepower. That was enough to take the Impala — no small car by any measure, now or then — to 60 mph in a swift 6.3 seconds. While handling isn’t necessarily the Impala’s forte, it demands respect as one of the ancestors of the later muscle car movement, because without the full-size cars that the high-performance V8s were built for, no manufacturer could have later dropped them into the intermediates that formed the basis of the genre. Cultural icon or stylish and fast cruiser, the Impala SS 409 is a lot of car.



2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello

Any time that Ferrari appends the name of one of their models with an “M” — for modificato, or modified — it generally means that it’s the final version of that model, incorporating all the refinements and upgrades. In other words, it’s arguably the best version of that car. That is probably a fair assessment of the 575M Maranello, a heavy revision of the 550 that preceded it. Ferrari sent the classically proportioned grand tourer back to Pininfarina for a nip and a tuck (mostly revised aerodynamics, intakes, and body-colored headlight surrounds), and then plunged under the hood to revise the Tipo F133E motor, punching it out a third of a liter to produce 508 horsepower, an increase of nearly 30hp. The 575M marked another highly significant milestone for the Scuderia, as the first road-going V12 car to feature an F1-style gearbox. Few cars have the poise, effortless grace, and startling performance as the 575M Maranello, one of the best front-engined grand tourers ever produced.



2008 Lamborghini Reventón

From the jet exhaust-aping hindquarters to the “all-glass” aircraft-style LCD cockpit instrumentation, and from all the knife-edged creasing on the bodywork to the massive center-exit exhaust, you might think the Lamborghini Reventón is trying to mimic a stealth fighter. You’d be correct – the direct inspiration for this exclusive Murcielago variant was the F-22A Raptor, an advanced jet with stealth capabilities. But the Reventón is far more exclusive – eight times as many F-22As exist than Reventóns; only 20 would be delivered to Lamborghini’s most prized customers. Constructed almost exclusively in the woven carbon stuff, and sporting a blueprinted version of the Murcielago’s massive 6.5-liter V12, its 211 mph top speed is as close to flying a jet as you can come without leaving the ground.



1957 Ferrari 250 California

It’s easy to see why the 250 California is a favorite among Ferrari aficionados, as well as being one of the most valuable of the classic Ferraris. It’s the perfect blend of Ferrari’s 250-series racing technology in a package that not only is suitable for touring and cruising, it also lets you take in the raucous sounds of the wonderful Tipo 128F Colombo V12 through the open top. The “California” moniker is quite intentional — this Ferrari was specifically aimed at that growing U.S. market, and was the brainstorm of two of Ferrari’s influential American distributors (Luigi Chinetti and John von Neumann), who wanted a car that translated the raw power of the “Tour de France” (TdF) racers into a stunning road car. To accomplish this, Ferrari turned to Scaglietti, the famed coachworks that primarily crafted bodies for Ferrari’s racers. The steel body was fitted on top of a chassis remarkably similar to the TdF, and buyers could option either a road-spec’d engine or special, competition-prepared V12s. All of this meant that the California, despite being a comfortable and relatively luxurious car, didn’t require a lot to be a very competitive racer — Ferrari even created some competizione racers with special aluminum bodies. Nonetheless, even the steel California is very lightweight, at under 2,400 lbs., so the 250 horsepower engine under the hood scoop makes this Ferrari a sprightly performer even by modern standards.



1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432

From far away, it may look like a relatively common Datsun 240Z (Nissan Fairlady Z in the Japanese home market; Datsun was a brand name used in North America), but the Z 432 variant is something truly special — a factory hotrod with a seriously potent motor, and whose rarity makes it one of the most desirable Z-cars ever. “432” stands for four valves per cylinder, three carburetors, and two camshafts — all features of the high-performance S20 motor yanked from the top-of-the-line Skyline GT-R. The S20 gives the Z 432 nearly fifty percent more power than the stock L20 engine, seriously increasing performance. Outside, there are a few subtle clues that this was an extremely rare version of a classic sports car: red “432” badging on the flanks and hatch, unique mag-style wheels, and the signature vertically-stacked dual exhaust tips. Of course, all of the great features of the lesser Z-cars, like bold colors and the classic long-hood proportions, are still present. It’s the ultimate expression of the vision of Yutaka Katayama (better known as “Mr. K,” father of Nissan’s Z-car program) to produce a world-class sports car — and with only 420 produced and sold exclusively in Japan, it is as valuable as it is rare.



1984 Peugeot 205 T16

From afar, the Peugeot 205 T16 looks much like the front-wheel drive, front-engine street car it was based on. When competition in World Rally Championship (WRC) was at an all-time high, Peugeot wanted to taste the victory they had enjoyed in the past. To meet Group B homologation, 200 road cars had to be built and, with that, the 205 T16 was born. These radical cars had a specially developed mid-mounted four-cylinder turbocharged, 16-valve engine mated to a four-wheel-drive system. The street version of the 205 T16 only differed from the rally version through a lowered turbo boost and the interior trim. The factory rally cars had an astounding record beginning in 1984, taking first place in three rallies, then seven more first-place victories in 1985. After 1986, WRC cancelled the Group B category due to safety concerns, but not before the Peugeot 205 T16 brought in six more top podiums. The 205 T16 enjoyed its very last race – the 1986 Olympus Rally in Washington State – where it took second overall.



Looking to save some dough on your soon to be favorite cars? Pick up the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass. You get the first six Forza Motorsport 5 add-on packs for an 18 percent discount over the price of purchasing them individually. The Car Pass is available on Xbox Live for $49.99 (USD). In addition, everyone who purchases the IGN Car Pack will have the Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage gifted directly to their Forza Motorsport 5 garage! No need to purchase the car with in-game credits; you’ll be up and running in this awesome car in no time.