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Forza Motorsport Week in Review 1-31-14

Brian Ekberg
Friday, January 31, 2014

The next car pack for Forza Motorsport 5 is just a few short days away! The Smoking Tire Car Pack is coming on Tuesday, February 4, bringing ten cars built for the next generation to Forza 5 on Xbox One. The pack will cost $10 while Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass owners will be able to unlock the pack at no additional charge.

 

For the full details on all the cars in the pack, check out the story that John put up on Thursday, it’s chock-full of cool details. For the TL;DR version, here’s the list of cars in the pack:

 

· 2013 Abarth Punto Supersport

· 2000 BMW Z8

· 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo

· 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air

· 2011 Ferrari FF

· 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

· 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS

· 2004 Maserati MC12

· 1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185

· 1995 Audi RS 2 Avant

 

 

That Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale? If you buy The Smoking Tire Car Pack, that little Italian gem will be delivered to your Forza 5 garage at no additional charge. No need to unlock it with credits or tokens, you’ll be able to hit the road more or less right away.

 

While ten new cars is a great way to kick off the month of February, it’s not the only exciting thing coming on Tuesday…

 

Forza Motorsport 5 community photocomp week J favorite from P1R Baby Bull

 

February Content Update

Along with The Smoking Tire Car Pack we will release our latest content update for Forza Motorsport 5. This update will also feature a number of gameplay improvements to Forza Motorsport 5, including:

 

· Players can now save replays of multiplayer races

· In multiplayer, the “Time to Vote” countdown will now end once all players in the lobby have readied

· Player Level wrapping issues at level 257 have been fixed

· Pitting your car during a race will now repair aero damage

· General multiplayer stability improvements, including improved “invite” and “join party” functionality

· Drag light trees will now work correctly in multiplayer races

 

February Contest Schedule

A new month means a new schedule of weekly contests in the Forza Motorsport world. Here’s how February’s slate of contests will break down:

 

Forza Motorsport 5 Photo and Livery Competition Dates

Feb. 1 – Feb. 6

Feb. 7 – Feb. 12

Feb. 13 – Feb. 19

Feb. 20 – Feb. 26

 

Forza Motorsport 4 Contest Dates

Photo Contests :

Feb. 3 – Feb. 10

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17

Feb. 18 – Feb 26

Livery Contest:

Feb. 3 – Feb. 26

 

Forza Horizon Contest Dates

Photo Contests:

Feb. 3 – Feb. 10

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17

Feb. 18 – Feb 26

Livery Contest:

Feb. 3 – Feb. 26

 

Forza Motorsport 5 community photocomp week J favorite from Nights Viper

 

Mech’s New FM5 Ride

Last week I put out the call to the Forza Community for suggestions for a new B-Class car to spend some serious time in. I’ve devoted most of my Forza 5 time lately to the Honda S2000 and the Ford RS200 (and recently, the Caterham R500 from the IGN Car Pack) but I still haven’t found a car that I could really sink my teeth into. My motivation? Why, achievements, what else? I’ve maxed out my affinity level for Honda and Ford so far, and only dabbled with other makes. If I’m ever going to earn affinity-related achievements, I need to clamp down and make some choices.

 

So, I put the call out to the Forza community and I’m happy to report that you guys came up big. There were so many worthy choices, and so many of you gave me great reasoning of why I should pick a particular car. A few examples:

 

Chaotic GTS on the 2009 Lexus IS F:

 

Hidden under the boringness many people associate with that is Lexus is a beast,. This IS is not like its 6-cylinder brother, rather it hides under the subtle budges and subtle vents a 5.0L V8. Yes, it has 8 gears to save Johney Polarbear, yes, its exhausts are fake, but it has all the musts of a great sports car. High power V8, check. Rear-wheel drive, check. Making it look like a regular car right until you hit the gas pedal, definitely check. And on a bit of non-Forza-able tid-bits, because it is based on the IS, its also very practical in the real world.

 

 

Chicotrout on the 1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV:

 

Has there been a more iconic vehicle in the last 25 years? The forward cabin design with it's wedge shape and sharp angular look. Nothing like it on the road at the time; extremely low and wide. Car enthusiasts loved them, automotive designers hated them and went blind in hoards due to its outrageous and obnoxious design. Rear visibility was so poor due to the position of the mid engine that the driver had to open the door and sit on the sill while looking back over the car in order to reverse. Thank goodness it was designed to go forward! Euro-Spec models came with 6 Weber carburetors that fed a 5.2 L, 48 valve (four valves per cylinder!) V12. The 25 year Anniversary Edition (5000QV) was the most popular, most refined, and possibly the fastest Lamborghini Countach: 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds and 183 mph top speed. It also featured 345/35R15 tires; the widest tires available on a production car at the time. Every kid in the world had a picture of one in his room and dreamt of owning one. My mother hated that car and called it the "Devil's Chariot!" Man I wanted one real bad!

 

Forza Motorsport 5 community photocomp week week J favorite from Hotrod King87 

 

Both compelling arguments for two awesome cars. In the end, however, I went with the 1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta after hearing Forza community member’s iDriiven’s convincing case for the car:

 

iDriiven on the Ferrari F355 Berlinetta:

 

The RS200 and S2000 are 2 very good cars in their classes, and I'm currently working on a tune for a B-Class S2K. Hopefully it'll turn out just as good as my Ferrari F355 Berlinetta; the car I'll recommend you spend too much time in for the next while. The 355 ultimately brought Ferrari out of their 1980's styling period that consisted of primarily slats on everything that needed to be slightly 80's-fied. When Ferrari first unveiled the 355 in 1994, it showed a new style that would soon make it to the entire lineup, a look that was more sophisticated and elegant, but still looked quick.


Quick, a word that sums up the 355 very well. In Forza 5, the car comes with an F1-inspired paddle-shift gearbox (which didn't actually appear in the F355 until 1997, despite the in-game car being a 1994). The system in the 355 was one of the very first of its kind to be implemented in a road car. Another great addition to the 355 over its predecessor, the 348, was a 5th valve added to all 8 cylinders. This is where Ferrari came up with the name "F355", meaning 3.5L, 5-valves per cylinder. It helped the 355, among many other things to become a very high performer both inside Forza 5, and out.

 

Hopefully that convinced you enough to get a virtual F355 Berlinetta of your own! I very seldom see it being used in multiplayer and rivals, making it an underdog car. Who doesn't like being an underdog?

 

While I suspect this may the first time anyone in history has ever referred to a Ferrari as an “underdog,” I love iDriiven’s sentiment here. You convinced me and I’m now the owner of a beautiful red F355 that I’ll be using for the next few weeks. You can follow my adventures with the car on my Show & Tell thread in the FM.net forums. Thanks for everyone who suggested cars… we’ll do it again soon!

 

Game With Devs Is (Coming) Back!

Well, it’s been too long, hasn’t it? Too long since we’ve had a proper get-together in Forza Motorsport games. So, with that in mind, our next Forza Game With Dev event is happening on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 2 – 4 p.m. Pacific. We’ll be playing Forza Motorsport 5 naturally, but we’ll also be making time in Forza Motorsport 4 and Forza Horizon so everyone is included in the fun.

 

Forum Updates

This week, we made some updates to the FM.net forums, including increasing the default font size for posts, and enabling images to span the full width of a post. If you haven’t visited lately, check out the forums, and let us know what you think!

 

Super Bowl Bound

Granted not everyone is following this weekend’s Super Bowl as closely as we are… aww who am I kidding? GO SEAHAWKS! Check out some pics of the Turn 10 office dolled up in green, blue, and Skittles for this weekend’s game:

 

 

That’s it for this week. Let me know who you think will win the big game in the Week in Review thread, and we’ll see you on Monday!

 

Thanks to Wonderpill for the Forza Motorsport 5 photocomp week J favorite used in this week’s WIR thumbnail image.