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The Alpinestars Car Pack

John Schommer
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Alpinestars Car Pack

Folks, it’s time to go racing! The Alpinestars Car Pack brings some serious track weaponry to bear. These 10 cars for Forza Motorsport 5 provide new entries for almost every class of racer and cover the tastes of car lovers of practically every stripe.


First and foremost is a GT racecar of legendary proportions in the Toyota GT-ONE. The #3 is just begging for trip down the Mulsanne Straight or to throw down against prototypes cars like the Audi R-18. Next, in street dress, the Merc E63 AMG is already a speed-laden luxo-sedan, but it’s just waiting for a livery and a tune to start matching up against the Holden and Ford Aussie V-8 Supercars. The Radical SR8 RX and the Ultima GTR720 are high-grade track-ready ammunition ready to take aim at podium spots.


The remaining mix of cars may not be racers but that doesn’t mean they are tamed. Whether you eat, breathe, and sleep JDM, swear by American Muscle, or if VW is your thing, the Alpinestars Car Pack has got you covered.


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1999 Toyota #3 Toyota Motorsports GT-ONE TS020

In an era where GT racers were loosely based on production models and loopholes allowed for even further optimizations, the #3 GT-ONE represents the most success Toyota achieved building cars to race at Le Mans until its more recent return to building prototypes. The #3 was a lone survivor of three cars that competed in 1999 and, after nearly gaining the lead at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it suffered a puncture during the final hour of the race and settled for second. Built by Toyota Team Europe and Dallara, the GT-ONE is nothing close to a production car. It is comprised of carbon fiber and a twin-turbo 3.6 liter V8. Even the mandatory suitcase space rule was exploited by Toyota—TTE convinced the FIA that the gas tank when empty met the requirement. Performance was incredible, matching similar cars of the era such as the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR and Porsche 911 GT1. In a low downforce configuration, speeds of more than 230 mph are possible.



2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Rarely, will you find supercar performance in a luxury sedan. However, the E63 AMG from the three-pointed-star marque is an exception. Sub-three-and-a-half-second 0-60 times, more than 200 mile per hour top speeds, and all around cornering stickiness put the E63 AMG in an elite group of cars with this many doors and these kind of performance numbers. 4Matic all-wheel-drive certainly makes a huge difference in how tractable this car is, with all four wheels distributing the incredible torque. This allows the E63’s massive 577 horsepower to be put to the tarmac at any time without having to fight the wheel spin battle. This kind of power and handling is more than at home on the track. It follows that 2013 also marked the entry of Mercs in the V8-Supercar series, further proof of the E63 AMG’s supercar blood. If you just think Erebus livery and a lap at Bathurst you begin to get the picture of what is possible with this amazing ride in Forza Motorsport 5.



2011 Radical SR8 RX

There are two things that make the Radical SR8 RX different from an F3 Race car. It has two seats and is street legal. Other than that, this car is a pure, track-destroying masterpiece with enough FIA compliance to ensure you can race it for years to come. Its top speed of 178mph is reached extremely fast and the car sticks to corners like glue. Braking is equally impressive and without fade and, because this car is intended to be raced, it is fully adjustable from its pedal position to the damping rate. The Radical SR8 once held the fastest lap for a production car at the longest and most challenging race course, the Nürburgring. If that doesn’t impress you, take it for a spin and prepare to sing its praises.



1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

The Ferrari Dino 246 GT is rightly famous as the Ferrari that wasn’t sold as a Ferrari (it was badged a “Dino,” a brand for sub-V12 cars), and for being named after Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, who passed away from muscular dystrophy at the age of 24. Without any of that background, however, the Dino could easily stand alone. The 246 GT’s immediate predecessor, the 206, was conservative-minded Ferrari’s first mid-engine road car and the beginning of a trend that even the reluctant Enzo couldn’t stifle—particularly with styling partner Pininfarina pushing him in that direction (Pininfarina also penned the Dino’s graceful lines). It was also the first Ferrari to use less than 12 cylinders. In the 246 GT’s case, it’s a sweet-sounding V6 that was Dino’s legacy—before Dino passed away, he worked with famed engineer Vittorio Jano on the advanced engine that would ultimately be produced in various forms for almost 40 years. Because the 246 GT was significantly smaller and lighter than other Ferrari models, the 2.4-liter motor’s 195 horsepower makes the baby Ferrari fairly quick. However, a straight line isn’t the best way to experience the 246 GT, because it truly excels is in spirited driving where the mid-engine placement can show off its superior handling characteristics. It won’t take long to understand why Enzo changed his mind about the 246 GT’s layout, and even named it after his beloved son.



1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

The Mustang wasn’t necessarily destined for greatness. The very similar Plymouth Barracuda, based on a low-end car just like the Mustang (the Plymouth Valiant and the Ford Falcon, respectively) failed to light a fire under car buyers. On the other hand, within the first year-and-a-half, Ford sold nearly 700,000 Mustangs—an industry record that still stands. What made it so popular? There was the excellent styling, successfully bringing pseudo-European proportions and handsome details together in a small car while preserving its “American-ness.” The name was also spot-on, appealing to buyers by suggesting the independence and freedom of the open road. And finally, there was the drivetrain, utilizing Ford’s excellent thin-wall V8 “Windsor” family of engines. When equipped with a 271 horsepower K-Code “Hi-Po” 289, the Mustang is a great performer and the perfect basis for a fast street or race car. Ultimately, whether you appreciate the performance dynasty the Mustang founded, or simply how fun it is to drive, it’s undeniable that the Mustang is an outsized success.



1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE

There are so many reasons to appreciate the Mazda RX-7; if not for its performance-per-dollar value, then for its innovative design. The Wankel-powered RX-7 is the only vehicle to utilize the awesome, unlimited rev-ability of the rotary engine. The ’85 GSL-SE introduced the 13B engine, the largest, most powerful RX-7 rotary motors to be developed at the time. The car also received bigger brakes and stiffer springs and shocks. Because the motor was situated behind the front axle it was referred to as front-mid engine and the result was a perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Altogether, the car weighed barely 2,500 pounds and, with its live-axle rear end, turned a .77 on the skid pad. Combined, these factors produce a formidable sports car. They are a rip to drive and one of the most affordable sports cars around. Tune one up in Forza and watch it blow away more powerful cars.



2012 Ultima GTR720

Ultima has completely reinvented the notion of a kit car. No longer is a kit a flashy body slapped onto an old VW chassis. What Ultima has created is a truly world-class supercar that has reset acceleration and deceleration records and taken top honors for the fastest lap time set by a road–worthy production car on the Top Gear circuit (a full four seconds faster than the Koenigsegg’s CCX). Yeah, and you build it yourself. The GTR720’s 720 horsepower are mated to a total chassis weight of less than 2,200 pounds. That power-to-weight ratio will rocket you to 60mph in less than three seconds and is into the 9’s on the quarter mile. At a glance, the GTR may seem a bit simplistic, but the performance and design will take you where others cars only aspire. The Ultima GTR is that rarest of automotive beasts: an ultimate track day car that is still street legal at a fraction of the cost of an equivalent supercar.



1997 Mitsubishi GTO

During the development of the GTO in the late 1980s, Japan (and the rest of the world) was in the midst of a Ferrari frenzy, with values of all models skyrocketing. It’s perhaps no surprise then that when Mitsubishi was looking for a name for their sporty HSX show car, they revived the name of an old Mitsubishi—the Gallant GTO—which itself was named after the famous Ferrari. The name worked great in Japan, where the local car culture didn’t object to a Mitsubishi being named after a Ferrari, but elsewhere it was called the 3000GT (or in North America, also as the Dodge Stealth). Earlier cars were gizmo-laden, complex machines but, by 1997, many of the gimmicks were stripped from the vehicle and a purity of concept remained. Equipped with all-wheel drive and a 320 horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6, this is a fast, grippy coupe. Although it’s large and rather heavy, its performance is undeniable, and the shark-nosed look marks it as one of the most aggressive performance vehicles to come out of Japan.



1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde

With classic sports car lines and a zippy 2.0L engine pushing out 115 horsepower, the 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde is a treat for the eyes and a smooth ride in the driver’s chair. The ’86 package featured new side skirts and mirrors, front and rear spoilers and an optional removable hardtop. Quadrifoglio Verde translates literally to “Green Fourleaf Clover” and, while it’s undetermined whether the car is lucky, there’s little doubt that if you get a chance to drive one in real life, you’re lucky indeed. Get a dose of good fortune with the Quadrifoglio Verde in Forza 5, a reasonably priced, great-looking ride that just begs for attention, whether you’re behind the camera lens or behind the wheel.



1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S

Like other Volkswagen models of its era—namely the Jetta—the Scirocco derives its name from the wind; in this case, the Mediterranean Sirocco wind, which originates in the Sahara and can reach hurricane speeds in southern Europe. While the stock 1.7-liter 74-horsepower engine that powers the ’81 Scirocco S might not register on the Beaufort scale (the car tops out at a modest 111 mph), the Scirocco S proved to be a worthy replacement for its sports coupe predecessor the Karmann Ghia. The distinctive red VW badge and belt-line moulding set the Scirocco S apart from its standard model counterpart, along with a five-speed transmission, a front spoiler, and light alloy wheels. Visually and performance wise, it’s easy to see why VW customers at the time considered the Scirocco S a breath of fresh air.



The Alpinestars Car Pack will be available for purchase Tuesday March 4 for $9.99 USD through Xbox LIVE. Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass owners will receive the Alpinestars Car Pack for free. The 1999 Toyota #3 Toyota Motorsports GT-ONE TS020 will be gifted directly to the garage of Car Pass owners and those who purchase the Alpinestars Car Pack.