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Forza Motorsport Week in Review 11-11-16

Brian Ekberg
Friday, November 11, 2016

The green flag drops this Sunday as the Forza Racing Championship returns to the official Forza Motorsport Beam and Twitch channels. While Season 2 has been going for a few weeks now over in the Recreation Series, the heavy hitters have come to play now that the Elite Series is here. On Monday, we kicked off the first Elite Series Rivals Qualifier for Season 2 – featuring the Audi TT S Coupe on Catalunya National -- and the turnout and the lap-times have both been extremely impressive.

 

Those of you who were around for Season 1 of the ForzaRC will notice some familiar names at the top of the Week 1 leaderboard, including BAM Seven, CAR Raceboy and more. This season, the top 160 racers will all find competition on Saturday, either in the form of the Elite Cup (for the top 32 registered finishers on the leaderboard) to the Consolation Cup (for places #33-160). The top 16 of the Elite Cup 1v1 battles happening this Saturday will be moving on to the Sunday Showdown race which will start at 11 a.m. Pacific.

 

So, who do you have pegged going to the Grand Finals from Week 1? We already know that the weekly winners and series champion from Season 1 are already in the Season 2 Grand Finals, so that takes care of Laige, Lightning, BAM ASIX 13, and JSR Rayzer JDM. But that also leaves 12 spots for the Grand Finals that have yet to be decided, including four this week alone. Who will it be? Tune in on Beam or Twitch beginning on Sunday Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. to find out!

 

Forza Horizon 3 community photo contest winner by GAMBLERCAKE01

#Forzathon - Aerial Acrobatics

This week’s #Forzathon series is all about catching some air and doing it with style. In our “Aerial Acrobatics” series of events, you’ll be challenged to perform air-worthy tricks and reap the rewards of credit bonuses and extra wheels spins as a result. Here’s a closer look:

 

 

As always, I’ll be making my attempts at checking off all the weekly #Forzathon events during our #ForzaFriday broadcast, which starts at 3 p.m. Pacific on Beam and Twitch. Join us for the fun live!

 

‘The Grand Tour’ Sweepstakes

With Amazon Original’s new show “The Grand Tour” (starring three chaps who are very familiar to Forza fans) set to debut next week, Xbox and Forza Horizon 3 (and Amazon) are launching a brand new sweepstakes Rivals event. To get involved, all you need to do register by navigating to the Amazon landing page on the Xbox Live Dashboard and click the designated area during the Sweepstakes Period as instructed. From there, you need to set a time in our Forza Horizon 3 “Grand Tour” Rivals event, which is live now in the game.

 

This sweepstakes will run until early February, so there’s plenty of time to get involved. That said the sweepstakes prizes are impressive indeed; the Grand Prize winner will take home a 2TB Xbox One S, a 55” 4K Ultra HDTV, a custom Xbox One controller (designed by the winner via Xbox Design Lab), a racing wheel, and a $100 Amazon gift card. Now that’s a nice reward for a few minutes spent on your Xbox.

 

Check out the official rules for all the details on prizing, schedule, and more and, as always, good luck!

 

2016 Halloween Bash photo by XxPAPAxSTIxX

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Premium Edition

Earlier this week, we launched the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Premium Edition. Players can purchase the Premium Edition – which includes two car packs plus a pack for the Nürburgring – for $16.99. The two car packs include seven cars apiece. The Power-to-Weight Pack features everything from muscle cars to track toys like the KTM X-Bow R and the BAC Mono. The Hyper Endurance Car Pack, by contrast, features racing cars like the #66 Ford Racing GT LeMans alongside hyper cars like the Koenigsegg One:1. In addition to the cars and tracks, the Premium Edition also features brand new Spotlight challenges where players can test their skills.

 

Earlier in the week, we noticed a bug where players who purchased the Apex Premium Edition from the Store were unable to access the content in game. Yesterday we released an update for Apex which corrected the issue and those affected players should now be able to access all Premium Edition content.

 

Duracell’s 1ChargeChallenge

On Monday, Duracell Rechargeable, in association with Forza Horizon 3, will be putting to the test Xbox One controllers and an assortment of other battery powered goodies as two teams of streamers battle it out over 25 challenges in five hours. Can this all be done on one charge of Duracell batteries? Find out when the stream airs on www.twitch.tv/1ChargeChallenge which will begin at 4 p.m. GMT on Monday, November 14.

 

 

All Cars Project Update

The cars are coming! To the Forza Horizon Cars page, that is. Thanks to the amazing work of the Forzatography community, we are now filling out the Cars page with amazing shots of every car in the game. As you recall, we started the project at launch of Forza Horizon 3, asking for players to volunteer to give us a photo so we can show off all the cars that make Forza Horizon 3 so special. We’ll be adding more cars in the coming weeks ahead, so be sure and check in with the Cars page to see how it’s shaping up.

 

Here’s a few of my favorites posted shots so far:

 

All Cars photo by ZziiRyaNiizZ

 

All Cars photo by HOOKERno1

 

All Cars photo by Grev1uS

 

RIP Gabe Mares

Finally this week, all of us here at Forza want to take a moment to remember our colleague and friend Gabe Mares, who unexpectedly passed away this week. For more than 15 years, Gabe worked as a developer at Microsoft and at Turn 10, working on Forza as well as games like NFL Fever, among other projects. Earlier in the year, Gabe left Turn 10 to pursue a new venture that combined his interests of tech and music. A lifelong lover of technology, music, and animals, Gabe was also a big college football fan, especially of the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated from in 1995. We are stunned and saddened by Gabe’s death and our thoughts go out to his friends and family.