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Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack Announce

John Schommer
Monday, December 17, 2012

Game changer--that’s what the Forza Horizon Rally Expansion pack is. Coming on December 18 for 1,600 MS points, the Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack adds a new element to Horizon’s open road festival driven racing – namely, the thrill and danger of rally racing. With huge jumps, bumps, narrow tree-lined chutes, and turn after turn of sideways sliding, gravel-spitting action, each individual rally course will take time, practice, and skill to master. Like all Forza games the attention to physics and handling make the experience realistic and worthy of hours of play to achieve the perfect stage time. Upon completion each rally stage becomes a Rivals event, so the competition never really ends.


Once you enter the Horizon Rally Championship mode you will experience the thrilling and dangerous world of rally racing. Push your car to its limits, cut corners, and avoid dangerous obstacles – all in the name of setting your best stage time possible. To aid your driving efforts, your co-driver’s calls will alert you to hazards and the nature of upcoming turns.


Ever wonder how a Lamborghini would do in a rally race? With the Rally Expansion Pack you can “rallify” any car in Forza Horizon with rally-specific upgrades to build your own dirt-eating machine. And you’re not stuck to driving just the rally stages either, these same rally upgrades can be used is the rest of Forza Horizon’s Colorado, offering an entirely new range of car performance.


Five new iconic cars of rally racing are included in the Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack. Each comes with a rally-tuned suspension, rally tires, a rally drivetrain, and special rally-inspired body part upgrades. If you are a Season Pass holder the Rally Expansion pack is included for free and so is the December exclusive Season Pass bonus car, the 2003 Ford SVT Focus.


Now, take a look at the trailer.



And the incredible rally cars included in the pack.



2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Sti

The traditional blue and yellow Subaru is nearly synonymous with rally racing. The Subaru World Rally Team has been active since 1980 and has employed a “who’s who” list of rally-driving greats including Ari Vatanen, Colin McRae, and Petter Solberg. The 2005 WRX Sti saw minor interior upgrades over the 2004 version. It is powered by the turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-liter flat-four that cranks out more than 300 horsepower. Subaru’s invincible all-wheel drive system provides grippy traction on any surface.



1982 Lancia 037 Stradale

The words “Group B” will send a chill of excitement down any rally lover’s spine. These cars were so fast they were eventually banned from rally competition. The Lancia 037 Stradale represents the last of the RWD cars to be competitive before 4WD cars took over the sport. A silhouette racer similar to its predecessor, the Lancia Stratos, the 037 was a mid-engine, tube frame beast with body panels made of Kevlar. The 200 road going versions built for homologation had an Abarth-developed 16-valve four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine with a Volumex supercharger. Power output of the street car was right around 200 hp, although the final evolution of the rally 037 had as much as 325 hp.



1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Built with the intent of winning the World Rally Championship, the RS Cosworth was a successful stopgap model between the Sierra Cosworth and the later Focus. Although the Escort did not win the championship, it did win eight events between 1993 and 1996 and was extremely competitive as a Group A car. In development, driven at the Scottish Rally by Malcolm Wilson, it produced faster stage times than the Scottish Rally’s winner Colin McRae. What makes the Escort RS truly special is the Cosworth YBT 1993cc turbocharged I4 engine. Its standard output of 224 hp has been tuned to as high as 1,000 hp. Its full-time 34/66 front/rear split 4WD system also give it excellent handling on any surface.



1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185

Driven by Carlos Sainz, the ST185 won him the driver’s title in 1992. This was a dramatic follow-up to his 1990 championship and near win in 1991 in previous Celica GT-Fours. This was the pinnacle of Sainz’s rally career and the first time a Japanese car won trophies and titles in an otherwise European manufacturer dominated motorsport. The GT-Four RC is an AWD, turbocharged, 4-cylinder with a water-to-air intercooler and close-ratio transmission. Only 5,000 units were produced. A total of 232 horsepower give it plenty of juice and, when you upgrade to the rally body part components, the Celica is an obvious standout rally-racing icon.



2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR

Tested and developed through years in World Rally competition, the Evo has been driven by the likes of Colin McRae and tarmac legend Gilles Panizzi. Its AWD performance is equal to supercars costing exponentially more. With 276 horsepower ready to be unleashed in its lightweight 3,109-pound curb weight body, the Evo VIII MR is a formidable car on any surface. Lightning-quick turbocharged acceleration through a six-speed transmission and helical limited-slip differential make the Evo VIII a natural choice for any rally lover.



2003 Ford SVT Focus – December Season Pass Bonus Car

Since it replaced the Escort in championship rallying the Ford Focus WRC has been a dominant competitor driven to victory by Marcus Grönholm, Jari-Matti Latvala, and other notable drivers. In an era utterly dominated by Citroën’s Sebastien Loeb, the Focus WRC has always been a podium contender. The revvy and plush Focus SVT is ready to step up to the plate and make a showing in place of its AWD brethren. The folks at Ford’s Special Vehicle Tuning group have delivered a healthy 170 horsepower to get you started. The SVT Focus will attack the rally surfaces with the vigor you would expect from a car this renowned worldwide for its competitiveness.


While the cars included in the Rally Expansion Pack are predestined for off-road action, you can also upgrade them or any car in your garage into a true dirt-eating machine with a suite of rally upgrade parts available as part of the Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack. These include:


Rally Tires – These specialized rally tires bite hard into any race surface and allow for controlled slides without sacrificing grip on loose dirt and gravel.


Springs and Dampers – Used to raise and soften the suspension, these parts help maintain stability on even the most severe terrain.


Transmission – Acceleration is king in rally racing, and these specially tuned transmissions feature shorter gear ratios designed to get you off the starting line and past the checkered flag as quickly as possible.


All of these rally upgrades will be available at Dak’s for any car in your garage– allowing you to dominate your next round of “King” on the Carson Golf Course, set new lap records on the open roads of Colorado, or simply test the off-road capabilities of any car you own in the game.


The Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack adds new achievements as well as a number of new multiplayer modes, and a new set of rally Rivals events. Here’s a quick peek at the new modes:


Social Rally – Everybody plays with default settings and assists but you can pick your car and upgrades. Vote for the next car class after each race!


Veteran Rally – Pick your car, upgrades, and which assists you want to use. Vote for the next car class after each race!


Rally Rivals – Challenge your friends to see who the fastest rally driver is on a variety of awesome rally stages. New rally Rivals events will be added monthly by the Forza Community Team.


The Forza Horizon Rally Expansion will be available on December 18 through Xbox LIVE for 1,600 MS Points ($20 USD) as a standalone purchase. Forza Horizon Season Pass owners will receive the Rally Expansion pack for free as well as the six monthly Car Packs and the exclusive monthly Season Pass bonus cars.