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Forza Motorsport 7 July Update

Brian Ekberg
Monday, July 9, 2018

The July update for Forza Motorsport 7 arrives on July 10! This update includes new features and improvements to the game based on community feedback, as well as some exciting new content in our Porsche Spotlight Cars and the Top Gear Car Pack. The Porsche Spotlight Cars will be free to all Forza 7 players, and the Top Gear Car Pack is one of two additional car packs recently added to the Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass.


July’s update is full of improvements across Forza Motorsport 7, and this update also kicks off several new development initiatives in the game that we will be releasing over the summer. All of this work is coming directly from our ongoing conversation with the Forza community and our goal to deliver an ever-improving game experience for fans. We’ll outline the major features and changes in the July update below; for a detailed look at the fixes and improvements coming to Forza Motorsport 7 with the July update, check out our Release Notes thread on the Forza Forums.


Porsche Spotlight Cars

This month is Porsche Month in Forza Motorsport 7 and we’re celebrating with the launch of two new Porsche Spotlight cars, both of which will be available to all Forza 7 players at no additional charge. Classic racing fans will recognize the unmistakable livery of the Porsche 917/20, aka the “Pink Pig”, while the 2019 911 GT3 RS reflects the modern expression of Porsche’s genius. Here’s a closer look at both:


1971 Porsche #23 917/20

The coming of the Porsche 917 was driven by rules modifications to slow speeds of the Group 6 Prototypes. The result was a car that still holds the fastest lap at the Circuit de Sarthe in the configuration they ran in 1971. The lessons that influenced the 917 were multifold, including weight savings, aerodynamics, downforce, and one of the only true Boxer 12s in existence. What you see here is the unglamorously named “Pink Pig” which was a test bed for low-drag and aerodynamic concepts. It qualified seventh for its only race at Le Mans in 1971 but crashed during the race when its brakes failed. It currently lives in its butcher’s cut livery at Porsche’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen museum, but you can experience its power and glory today in Forza.



2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Short of the turbo-charged GT2 RS, you simply cannot drive a faster, better-handling Porsche 911 than the GT3 RS. Any driving enthusiast will tell you that the huge wing and wide-body are not just for looks. This is a car that is purely built to be one of the best driving cars the world has ever seen. Despite being 180 hp short of its GT2 RS cousin, the more than 500 horses produced by the 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated unit (mounted in the rear, of course) is more than enough to excite the soul and incite driving heroics. Properly driven, it is exemplary to the race-winning history the Porsche brand has earned over more than half a century.



Unlocked Cars & Prize Crate Changes

Starting with this update we are making two important changes to how cars are obtained in Forza Motorsport 7. First, we are unlocking all “exclusive” cars in the game. Previously locked cars that were only available for completing certain events (or available in Specialty Dealer) will now be available to all players to purchase with in-game credits. As with any car in the game, players will still need to obtain the appropriate Car Collector Tier and have enough available in-game credits to purchase these cars.


The July update unlocks more than 100 previously exclusive cars. Going forward, the only cars that will remain locked will be Forza Edition cars and unicorn cars that exist in the game. In addition to unlocking all cars, as of July 10, we will remove all car-related crates from Forza Motorsport 7 from the Prize Crates system. The crates that will remain in the game will contain only Driver Gear, Badges, and/or Mod Cards.


Other New Features

We’ve got some great performance and feature additions to Forza Motorsport 7 with the July update. First up, players will notice a much-improved performance in the car select screens. This change is a direct result of feedback from our multiplayer community; now, during multiplayer intermissions, players will be able to get to your cars quicker than ever before. In addition, we’ve given players another tool to combat griefing behavior by now allowing private lobby hosts to remove players from a lobby in the middle of a race. This update also includes an evolution of the Forza Motorsport 7 Message Center feature; with this update, we’ll be automatically hiding tabs in the Message Center that don’t contain content for the player. Look for more updates to Forza 7 Message Center in the future.


Top Gear Car Pack

Seven amazing cars make up the Top Gear Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 7. From the latest masterpieces from Ferrari and McLaren, to ultra-light track weapons like the Vuhl 05RR and the Exomotive Exocet, this is a pack for those that love all the beautiful eccentricity the automotive universe has to offer. Turn 10 and Top Gear worked closely on the pack together, both in terms of choosing the cars available in the pack, and by working together on the awesome trailer. Check it out:



If you’re a Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass owner, the Top Gear Car Pack will be available to you at no additional charge; it’s one of two new packs we’ve added to the Car Pass. Look for more information on the other pack in the future.


Let’s take a closer look at each of the cars in this amazing collection:


2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast

In the mid-1960s Ferrari produced 36 Superfast super coupes for some of the world’s elite car lovers. That V12 made nearly 400 hp and reached a top speed of 175 mph. Now, that Superfast namesake is represented in the replacement for the outgoing F12 model. The front-mounted V12 now makes nearly 800 hp, with a gloriously deafening 8,900 RPM redline that will push the new Superfast to 60 mph in less than three seconds and blast its way to a 211 mph top speed. The 812 Superfast is a triple threat – well-appointed, beautiful, and capable of astonishing performance. In other words, it’s another wonderous addition to the Ferrari legacy.



2018 McLaren 720 S

“A relentless pursuit of performance where form follows function.” These are words McLaren uses to describe their process for building their bespoke supercars. Starting on the inside of the 720 S, McLaren utilizes a one-piece carbon fiber tub that now includes the roof to create profound chassis rigidity and strength. The fully active suspension is built to translate every turn into an amazing experience that can make any driver feel like a hero. Perhaps most notable is the thunderous and powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Just dip your foot into that throttle and it will become very evident why nothing else feels like a McLaren. It’s no surprise that the 720 S takes its design cues from the great white shark; like the ocean’s top predator, this supercar is built to hunt apexes on every road it encounters.



2017 Vuhl 05RR

When VUHL (Vehicles of Ultra-light and High-performance) brought their “ultimate race car for the road” to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2013, the flock of consummate car connoisseurs in attendance were quite impressed. With good reason, considering the car’s appearance and amazing power-to-weight ratio. Now, the 05RR has taken a leap to the even more extreme edge of performance, adding roughly 100 horsepower while dropping even more weight. One look around the VUHL and its purpose is clear: dominate the track while barely remaining street legal. You won’t find luxuries or amenities, but you will find every component that lends itself to car control optimally placed and engineered for simplicity. Run this machine against other ultimate track-toys or the best of the supercar world; you’ll be surprised how it matches up.



2018 Exomotive Exocet Sport V8 XP-5

Anyone can tell you the Mazda Miata checks all the boxes for fun and performance. The Exomotive Exocet chassis takes all that goodness of the Miata and offers a way to convert it to an entirely new level of performance. Using the latest CAD and Finite Element Analysis, the engineers at Exocet offer a reinforced exoskeleton chassis that utilizes a donor Miata’s components to create the ultimate track-going go-kart. In the Sport V8 XP-5 dress, you have Chevrolet LS3 power and a T56 transmission connected to Cadillac CTS-V rear end, making the kit wickedly responsive. The resulting power-to-weight ratio puts the Exocet in the hypercar performance class. This mighty-mite will dish out a supreme helping of fun and excitement on track or anywhere you drive it.



2018 KTM X-Bow GT4

The X-Bow – that’s pronounced “cross-bow” for the record – is one of the most extreme-looking track toys out there, so one might wonder what KTM could do to take it to the next level. The answer is not always more power or less weight. The jet fighter-like canopy of the GT4 increases aerodynamics and stops your face from peeling off at high speeds. The company has made this track-only weapon more durable, decreasing racing costs and improving dependability. Since you will find the X-Bow in many of the top racing series, such as the Pirelli World Challenge or even the VLN series at the Nürburgring, knowing that the cost of winning just went down should make that path to victory that much easier to find. For those enjoying it in Forza, well, just keep putting it to the test and enjoying every mile.



1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

After Porsche made a run at Formula One in the early 1960s the company returned to sportscar racing in earnest. In 1962 Ferdinand A. “Butzi” Porsche took on the designing of the new two-seat competition coupe that would replace the aging 718. The 904 utilized the same mid-engine layout of its predecessor but would be the first Porsche to use a ladder chassis and a fiberglass body. At 190-horsepower, the 2.0-liter flat-six engine was potent and reliable. The illustrious 904 went on to rack up race wins and class wins, marking the dawn of a new era for Porsche’s racing record. With fewer than 150 models built for homologation and racing, the 904 has garnered ever-increasing real-world auction prices. It’s a rare and beautiful piece of racing history that we can now all get to know much better.



1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Alfa Romeo’s racing history can hardly be matched by any manufacturer. Prior to World War II, Alfas completely dominated the most prestigious races, winning the Mille Miglia nine times in ten years and collecting four consecutive victories at Le Mans from 1931-1934. After the war, design trended to a more mass-market approach, with performance still at the heart of every vehicle. The Giulietta (pronounced juh-lee-etta) debuted at the Turin Auto Show in 1954 and was welcomed with open arms by the car-buying public. At the heart of the beautiful details that make up the Giulietta is a 1.3-liter twin-cam, aluminum-block four-cylinder. Its 90 hp delivers a drive that is far from mundane and its enrapturing engine song has built a lifelong following for the many loyal Alfa fans of the world.



Forza 7 players will be able to live their Top Gear dreams with our special “Stig’s Digital Cousin” Driver Gear suit that will be included with the Top Gear Car Pack.


July Events

Between the Top Gear Car Pack and two awesome Porsche Spotlight cars available to Forza 7 players, we’ve got a great lineup of events coming in July featuring these cars. Here’s a brief look at some of the highlights:



Relive the 1971 Le Mans race where the Porsche #23 917/20 ran in this special Rivals event on Le Mans Full. Elsewhere we’ve got two events arriving mid-month starring the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, one at Road Atlanta and the other at Le Mans Bugatti. Top Gear fans will be able to unleash the full fury of the 2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast at (where else?) Top Gear Full.



Our next League Season in Forza Motorsport 7 begins in mid-July and will feature a Porsche Manufacturer S-Class event in Series 1 as well as a new Hardcore event (no racing line, no STM/TCS/ABS, sim damage, manual shifting, simulation steering) in Series 3, starring cars from the Sport Touring Icons division.



We’ve got some good old-fashioned Aussie fun planned in our July crop of #Forzathon events, including events at Bathurst and starring Australian cars like the 1977 Holden Torana A9X and the 1967 Ford Falcon XR GT. Elsewhere in the month we’ll have some rainy weather events at Top Gear Full and Sebring Club, and much more. Look for a varied set of rewards in July as well – everything from Driver Gear like the Happy Trails and Soda Jerk suits to cars like the 2017 Porsche #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR, and more.