Forza Week in Review 5-11-18
Welcome to another edition of the Forza Week in Review! This week we’re catching up with the winner of a recent Porsche-themed Xbox contest, recapping the furious action from this week’s ForzaRC Wednesday Showdown, and keeping you up to date with the comings and goings in Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3. But first, have you ever wondered how you would stack up against a quartet of IndyCar drivers?
ForzaRC IndyCar Challenge
The next great Bounty Hunter event in Forza Motorsport 7 starts today! As we teased last week and during Wednesday’s ForzaRC show, today we’re kicking off the Forza Racing Championship IndyCar Challenge. Of course, it’s May and that means the Indianapolis 500 is almost upon us. The IndyCar Challenge is here to celebrate the world’s greatest race with TWO Bounty Hunter events that you can start playing today. Both events will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with one event on the famous Brickyard oval, and the other on the Grand Prix course.
The best bit of the IndyCar Challenge? You’ll not only be racing against the rest of the Forza community, you’ll also be taking on four real-life IndyCar drivers. 2017 IndyCar Champion Josef Newgarden is returning for this event, making his first Bounty Hunter appearance since the inaugural Forza 7 Bounty Hunter, and he’ll be joined by three of his IndyCar competitors: Conor Daly, James Hinchcliffe, and Robert Wickens. Here’s the full line-up of drivers participating in the event:
|Name||Gamertag||Notable Racing Milestones|
|Josef Newgarden||JNRACERTPX2||2017 IndyCar Champion; 9-time IndyCar race winner; current 2018 series points leader|
|Conor Daly||Kart2221||Two-time GP3 winner; currently races with AJ Foyt Racing|
|James Hinchcliffe||Hinchcliffe5||2011 IndyCar Rookie of the Year; five-time IndyCar race winner|
|Robert Wickens||Wickens6||2018 IndyCar rookie; Finished 2nd at 2018 Phoenix Grand Prix, his best IndyCar result to date; Six-time DTM winner|
These four drivers will be competing in both IndyCar Challenge events throughout the month of May. Make sure you add their gamertags to your Xbox friends list so you can follow their progress on the event leaderboards.
Beating IndyCar drivers is great for the ego but that won’t be the only reward in our IndyCar Challenge events. In fact, we’ve got a total of 16 rewards up for grabs across both events, depending on how you finish on the leaderboard. Check it out:
Rewards – Brickyard Event
|Beat Josef Newgarden||2014 Chevrolet Super Sport|
|Beat Conor Daly||Firefighter Tan Driver Gear|
|Beat James Hinchcliffe||1990 Alfa Romeo SZ Sprint Zagato|
|Beat Robert Wickens||Fleek Driver Gear|
|Top 10% Leaderboard time||2015 Nissan NISMO IDx|
|Top 25% Leaderboard time||Mime Driver Gear|
|Top 50% Leaderboard time||1965 MINI Cooper S Forza Edition|
|Participation Reward||1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport Forza Edition|
Rewards – Grand Prix Circuit Event
|Beat Josef Newgarden||Astronaut Classic Driver Gear|
|Beat Conor Daly||2010 Audi TT RS Coupe|
|Beat James Hinchcliffe||Vintage Driver Cravat Driver Gear|
|Beat Robert Wickens||2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392|
|Top 10% Leaderboard time||2013 Mazda MX-5|
|Top 25% Leaderboard time||Autocrat Driver Gear|
|Top 50% Leaderboard time||2016 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S Coupe Forza Edition|
|Participation Reward||1980 Subaru Brat GL Forza Edition|
Both of these IndyCar Challenge events live in the ForzaRC channel of Rivals in Forza Motorsport 7; look for the “Brickyard: ForzaRC IndyCar Challenge” and the “Grand Prix Circuit: ForzaRC IndyCar Challenge” to get started!
Porsche Experience Winners
What happens when a gamer who has only driven Porsches in Forza Motorsport 7 gets the chance to get behind the wheel of a Porsche in real life? Xbox fan Jonathan of Fairfax, VA found out the answer first hand after he won the Forza Motorsport 7 Virtual Key Sweepstakes as part of Xbox Live Rewards. After winning, a fleet of Porsche vehicles visited Jonathan’s house, with Porsche reps dropping off some awesome Xbox swag, including a Forza Horizon 3/Xbox One bundle, Elite Controller, and more. In addition, Jonathan and his friends got a chance to drive Porsche cars with pro drivers at nearby Summit Point Motorsport Park in West Virginia. Check out the video recap to see exactly how the day went down for Jonathan and his friends.
ForzaRC Round 3 Wrap-Up
We are now officially past the halfway mark of the Forza Racing Championship Series 1! This past Wednesday saw Round 3 of the Wednesday Showdown races, featuring the best racers from Europe and North America battling for supremacy and for position on the ForzaRC global leaderboard. With some new cars and tracks on hand – and some ugly weather conditions to boot – the action was awesome from flag to flag. Johniwanna took the time to recap all the action here.
EMEA Race 1
Kate Osbourne introduced Mugello as the first track for the EMEA racers who would be taking the Chevrolet Camaro SS through those Tuscan turns. BAM Seven, AMS Roadrunner and JSR Rossi were at the top of the grid stacking, while G2Laige languished at the bottom. It was a sea of yellow heading down the front straight as the drivers jockeyed for position coming into Turn 1. Roadrunner had a sim twitch issue that dropped him to the end of the pack. Laige moved up to ninth by lap 2. JSR teammates Rossi and Mitch sat safely in second and third and TPR b0x laid in wait for an opportunity in fourth. On lap four, Laige followed Virus through the chicanes to take seventh. Seven seemed comfortable in the clean air of the lead, not really feeling any pressure from the JSR boys behind him. Perhaps JSR was content to settle for the lower steps of the podium, but they were not pushing the pace, or each other. Roadrunner must have been pleased to work his way up to ninth given what happened. After adjudication, no penalties were dealt and it was established that Roadrunner simply made a mistake that cost him dearly. The race ended with Seven, then Rossi, then Mitch.
EMEA Race 2
Race 2 took place at VIR North, with Seven leading off the grid and the boys of JSR ready to fight for first. The drivers were set to drive their front-wheel drive 2004 Honda Civic Type R’s in the rain. The thunder and lightning threatened during the first lap as the field sorted themselves out. The rain began to saturate the track through lap three and there wasn’t much shuffling until Rossi went off in Turn 1 during lap four. That slip cost Rossi six places. The rain let up on lap six and Mitch put the move on Seven then furthermore made it stick. At the end of lap seven, again, the rain began to fall and rear ends were slipping all over. Mitch just stretched out his lead and looked like he actually enjoyed the rain. Before and after adjudication, it was Mitch for the win, with Seven in second and b0x in third.
EMEA Race 3
In a race that turned things on its end with a reverse grid, drivers set up for 12 laps at Indianapolis on the Grand Prix Circuit in Honda-powered IndyCars. The front-line drivers were ASIX, Deano, and Zermatt. Laige was stuck in the middle. By lap two Rossi and Roadrunner had a spat that resulted in Rossi passing (in his wood-liveried racecar, no less). Of the initial leaders Zermatt fell back to 10th while Deano tried to hold his own for the moment in third. Rossi continued his climb and got to third with Laige on his tail. Roadrunner fought back, making the battle for third perhaps the most compelling of the race. In the process, Laige got all the way to second showing his racecraft at its best, until he tapped the back of ASIX. Then, Laige and Roadrunner got into it making the lap side-by-side until Roadrunner edged him out and held on for the win. After adjudication Laige was set back to tenth place with a 10-second penalty that brought Daveyskills and b0x up to second and third.
North America Race 1
Harmonic, AMS Vanquish, and TX3 Bilysoo made up the top of the grid for race one while several relative newcomers made their first appearances. The first appearance of Mugello as a race destination for six laps in the Chevrolet Camaro SS gave the drivers something else new and different. Then the fight was on early for the lead as TX3 Lightning moved up from sixth to third. A nice move from Veloce ForceOne on Lightning in Turn 1 lap three turned up the heat for the top three spots. The final lap battle between Vanquish and Harmonic upped the intensity even more. Failing under pressure, Vanquish went off on the final corner and let Harmonic and Force One slip by. Upon adjudication both Harmonic and Vanquish were given five-second penalties that made ForceOne the winner and put Lightning in second.
North America Race 2
Race 2 took place at VIR North in the wet, and it was undertaken in the 2004 Honda Civic Type-R. Front-wheel drive? Rain? An interesting combination by any gauge. ForceOne, Lightning, and Harmonic respectively made up the top of the grid lining up for eight laps. The fleet of VTECs all kicked in and the swarm of bees fell in line looking for opportunity. By lap three the rain set in, and by Turn 1 on lap five it got slippery as Lightning tried to make a move, but ended up sliding off course taking ForceOne with him. The pair fell back to fourth and fifth with Vanquish taking the lead. ForceOne made a nice pass on Venom on lap seven for third. As the rain began to let off, Vanquish crossed the finish line, with Harmonic and ForceOne following him in the distance. A five-second penalty for Lightning put him in sixth.
North America Race 3
When the votes came in, it was the #2 Penske Chevy IndyCar that was chosen for the final race at the Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit. This was of course a reverse grid rollout and saw our newcomers TormentoesPiano3, ChirpChirp, and Hillbilly TX lead the lineup. With 12-laps scheduled, it was plenty of time for anyone to finish on top. Turn 2 radically changed things right off with Bilysoo going off and Vanquish and company jumping from the rear to the lead. The battle was then on between Vanquish, Lightning, and ForceOne. Lap five Venom made a nice move in Turn 1 to move to fifth. A lap eleven punt of DrBecKx would likely result in a third penalty for McQueen. By lap 12 the leaders had spaced themselves out, and Vanquish took the win with Lightning behind him and ForceOne settling for third.
FM7 Hopper Updates
We’ve got some comings and goings for Forza Motorsport 7 multiplayer hoppers this week. We’re saying a temporary goodbye to the Modern Hot Hatch and Supercar Renaissance Division hoppers and have welcomed in Cosmetic – IndyCar and Hot Hatch Genesis hoppers. As always, we’ll be cycling in new Division Hoppers in the coming weeks.
FH3 #Forzathon – To Australia With Love
It’s time to explore Australia in luxurious style in our latest #Forzathon event in Forza Horizon 3. In addition to a discount on all Aston Martin models, we’ve got some addition rewards up for grabs. Take a look:
Series 4 of our Storming Motors Leagues season is nearly upon us. We’re saying goodbye to the Trophy Trucks of Series 3 and Early Prototypes and welcoming in a new batch of events to the game. Here’s how it breaks down:
Event 01 – Ghost – Sport Touring Icons
Event 02 – Simulation – Sport GT Icons
Event 03 – Spec Sim – 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442
Event 04 – ForzaRC – IndyCar Division
We’ll be checking out the new hoppers in Forza Motorsport 7, talking the week of ForzaRC action, setting times in the ForzaRC IndyCar Challenge events, and hanging out with all of you during today’s episode of #ForzaFriday, which kicks off at 3 p.m. Pacific on Mixer and Twitch. It’s going to be a lot of fun so be there!
One more tease before we take off for the weekend: Forza Motorsport 7 will have a segment in next week’s episode of Inside Xbox, and we’ll have exciting news to share. The show kicks off at 3 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, May 17 and you can watch live on the Xbox Mixer channel. Don’t miss it!