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Forza Motorsport Week in Review 11-7-14

Brian Ekberg
Friday, November 7, 2014

I don’t think anyone saw the Jalpa coming. At least, that’s the sense I get when I look at the Forza forums. Our own Johniwanna posted his traditional “DLC Clues” thread last Friday and, after reading through the thread, John informed me that nobody guessed the lesser-known (but much beloved) late-80s Lambo. A few weeks ago, Jalopnik posted a story on one writer’s experience with a 1985 Jalpa model – a story that was hugely entertaining to me, but also made me gulp and wonder if the story would ring any bells for the Forza community who might have come across.


Nonetheless, maybe John’s clue was too obscure or perhaps folks missed the Jalopnik story, because the Jalpa felt like a surprise to most. Because of that, it’s the first car I turned to after downloading the Falken Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 on my Xbox One on Tuesday morning and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. I know John’s been raving about the BMW M4 Coupe, despite not being a dyed-in-the-wool Bimmer fan.


Forza Horizon 2 photo contest winner from KTVDS


In addition to the five cars in the pack (and that free car that came along with the Falken Car Pack – the 1990 Subaru Legacy RS – Tuesday’s update for Forza Horizon 2 also included a brand new set of Bucket List Challenges, fifteen new challenges to be exact. Designed with the skilled Forza player in mind, the majority of these new challenges are rated “Hard.” Even better, they don’t require any DLC to play – you can hop in and play any challenge even if you don’t own that car in the game. Johniwanna already ran through a good number of these during this week’s Forza Horizon Tuesday livestream and I’ll probably be tackling more of them this Friday for #ForzaFriday. Which of the new Bucket List Challenge events are your favorites? Which did you have the most trouble with? Let me know in the Week in Review forum thread.


Today we’re unveiling a new batch of Rivals events in Forza Horizon 2 as well. Here’s a look at the new events, which can all be accessed from the “Rivals” menu in the “Monthly Rivals” section:


Hill Scramble With Friends -- Head to Montellino to lap around the Hills Scramble circuit in your best B Class car.


The Dark Meadow -- Castelletto is the place you will be putting the Alfa Romeo 4C through it’s paces. In order to participate in this event you need to have the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C from the Falken Tire Car Pack.


Not Your Downton Abbey -- Drive your way out of the ruins of the Abbey and through the streets of Sisteron in your best North American AWD vehicle.


Cliff Driving -- The best Germany has to offer will be taking on the winding cliff-side roads in Castellettto. This event is for Forza Horizon VIPs only.


Go North -- Travel through the northern parts of San Giovanni in the best RWD cars the '80s have to offer.


Forza Horizon 2 photo contest winner from ckmig


The Awesome World of Forza Horizon 2

This week’s edition of In Focus kicked off with the latest video masterpiece from DomesticMango. Entitled “The Awesome World of Forza Horizon 2”, this video is a follow-up to Mango’s original video from the first Forza Horizon, taking viewers through a cinematic trip through Horizon 2’s amazing southern European setting. There are plenty of jaw-dropping moments here, including one shot of a GT-40 sitting in a field of flowers that nearly had me wiping my eyes in amazement. In all, it’s another stellar effort from Mango and it’s well worth five minutes and 49 seconds of your time:



Furious 7 Trailer

Here’s another video that’s worth your time: the preposterously awesome trailer for Furious 7, the latest in the hit Fast & Furious franchise. Cars jumping out of planes; Paul Walker (RIP!) leaping on to the rear end of a car drifting near a cliffside. Yeah this movie is going to be incredible. If you missed it, check it out. If you watched it once, watch it again!



China World Record

On Friday afternoon in Shanghai (late Thursday night here on the West Coast) a group of Forza fans converged in Shanghai to attempt a world record run through three carefully chosen events in Forza Motorsport 5. Dubbed the Triple Crown – including races at Le Mans, Yas Marina and Indy – the group or 21 two-person teams were racing to complete the series of races first. We’ll have a full video recap of the event to share in the coming weeks.


New Legos coming

In my continuing quest to help Forza fans with their holiday shopping lists, I’ve got some cool stuff this week, and thankfully it’s not as expensive as that custom-made, $300,000 slot car track I featured a few weeks back. As it turns out Lego is releasing some new cars to their lineup – and not just any cars. In 2015, you’ll be able to build the miniature versions of the McLaren P1, the LaFerrari, and the Porsche 918 Spyder and others as part of its 2015 Speed Champions line. It’s too bad we’ll have to wait until next year to grab these – but maybe Lego Stores sell gift cards?


Forza Horizon 2 photo contest winner from Pebb


Heavy Metal Affliction on Instagram

Our weekly car culture column – Heavy Metal Affliction – is now on Instagram. Each week, we’ll be posting the latest shots from HMA, including original shots from Johniwanna as well as special stuff we have sent to us by the car owners themselves. We all need more cool car stuff in our lives and our social feeds so do yourself a favor and follow HMA on Instagram – after all, Taylor Swift does! (No she doesn’t, but we’d like it if she did!)


That’s about it for this week. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you on Monday with a wrap of the weekend’s big racing happenings in Rear View Mirror! Don’t forget to tune in to our #ForzaFriday livestream beginning at 3 p.m. Pacific on the official Forza Motorsport Twitch channel.


Thanks to TRXhunt for the photo used in the Week in Review thumbnail.