With the release of the biggest and most
ambitious update yet for Forza Motorsport 7 coming on Wednesday, August 8th, players can look forward to an all-new Spotlight car from Aston Martin to race, collect and customize at no additional cost – the 1989 Aston Martin AMR1, a classic Group C race car from the 1980s.
As with all cars in Forza Motorsport 7, a roster of more than 700 automobiles, this classic race car from the famed British automaker can be fully explored in the Forzavista mode. That means you can get up and close with its bodywork and 5.3-litre V8 engine outputting more than 600 horses before taking it out onto the track to race and compete with other cars in its category.
Below, you can learn more about the 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 with the official
description from Turn 10 Studios. Later in the article, we'll also take a look at some of the new events available this month in Forza Motorsport 7 to accompany the classic 1980s British Group C race car.
Amidst a field of battle-hardened Group C race teams from Jaguar, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin sought to enter the fray with the AMR1. Development began in 1987 with a well-funded team of designers. Aerodynamics were a key element to achieving high cornering speeds, and underneath the AMR1’s Kevlar and carbon fibre tub is a massive aero tunnel. The equally massive Aston Martin V8 was massaged by Reeves Callaway to produce more than 700 hp and was even tilted three-degrees to optimize the tunnel airflow.
Only five chassis were built; the one modelled here (AMR1/04) was the most successful, achieving a fourth place at Brands Hatch and an eighth place at the Nürburgring with Brian Redman and David Leslie behind the wheel. By the end of the 10-race Group C World Sports Prototype Championship season the AMR1s had eight finishes and finished sixth place overall ahead of Toyota. The AMR1 is an astounding drive and now is your chance to experience it and build your own legendary British racing heritage.
As with all past Spotlight cars in Forza Motorsport 7, this one comes with a crop of new events to discover. These allow you to build a deeper connection with the car and discover its unique quicks and driving ability. In addition, Turn 10 is also introducing new ‘101’ events to Hoppers and Rivals, where you can practise the overall fundamentals of racing and drifting in a low-pressure environment with other players of a similar skill level.
Rivals mode will allow you to put your shiny new Aston Martin AMR1 to the test in a dedicated Spotlight Rivals event. You’ll pilot the #18 British race car around the full Suzuka ribbon in Japan, a circuit that demands the most of both car and track alike. Elsewhere, Turn 10 will also introduce a new Bounty Hunter event for August, and drift Rivals events galore to accompany all the new features introduced into Forza Motorsport 7 this month that make the art of sliding sideways more exciting than ever before.
The next season of Forza Racing
Leagues commences in mid-August and it’s called ‘Hard Charging.’ Grand Prix race fans can look forward to Open-Wheel Legends and Formula 90s Division events, whilst drifters can check out a new Ghost Drift event featuring rear-wheel-drive cars during the week of August 19th.
Forzathon will feature new events in August with challenges that range from all corners of the world of motorsport. These include events that focus on drifting, obviously, as well as car divisions such as Vintage GT Racing, Forza Specials, and Major Micros, as well as an event dedicated to Time Attack Rivals events. Rewards for completing these Forzathon events include the Ferrari 250 LM, the ‘Think Pink’ Driver Gear outfit, and more. Be sure to hit up the Forzathon tab in the main menu of Forza Motorsport 7 to stay up-to-date with these weekly challenges.
The August Content Update for Forza Motorsport 7 doesn’t just shine the spotlight towards the 1989 Aston Martin AMR1, as there’s a host of new features and improvements to enjoy. The long-awaited re-drawn track limits with new visual illumination features are being introduced into the game ahead of the full Forza Race
Regulations adjudication system. This is accompanied by the return of the Time Attack Rivals Mode, as well as all-new upgrades and scoring for drifting and the ability to save and pre-load up to 300 individual race lobby settings.
You can check out everything you need to know about the August Content Update in our dedicated
breakdown story. Otherwise, should you have missed it, you can discover the features, fixes and content of the July
Content Update for Forza Motorsport 7, as well as the cars of the Top Gear
Car Pack. As there’s no new Car Pack this month for players to check out, the 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 will have to suffice. Remember, Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass holders will receive one more Car Pack included at no additional cost sometime in the future.
Overall, the August Content Update is one not to be missed. With the introduction of a new free car for everyone with the 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 accompanied by all-new events and the return of Rivals leaderboards for every class, car and circuit in Forza Motorsport 7, not to mention the all-new, redefined track limits with new features and upgrades for drifters, there’s a lot to look forward to in this release. It all heads into gear on Wednesday, August 8th, so be sure you don’t miss out! We’ll see you on the track.
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