Surprise! Turn 10 Studios has released the February Content
Update for Forza Motorsport 7, which introduces seven brand-new cars from the Dell
Gaming Car Pack to the game, alongside the new ‘Spectate’ and ‘Seed the Grid’ esports
Now, you may remember that Turn 10 originally planned
to launch this update on February 19th. However, the team has made the decision
to push out this update a little earlier – and it’s safe to say this is the
biggest and best update yet for Forza Motorsport 7. Not only do we have new esports
features to bring competitive racing to life, but also the most excellent
Car Pack yet in Forza Motorsport 7, introducing the staggeringly-beautiful 2018
Bugatti Chrion into the game.
The latest Forza Motorsport 7 update also introduces a host
of improvements across all aspects of the game, including performance
improvements in multiplayer to UI enhancements in the Forza Driver’s Cup. With
the brand-new ‘Spectate’ mode, which has been re-built from the ground up for
Forza Motorsport 7, fans can hop into public and private lobbies and view races
as they happen with dramatically improved car positioning for "a completely accurate" experience. With ‘Seed the Grid,’ lobby hosts now have the option to manually
order the race grid as they see fit as new UI elements highlight additional information on player positioning.
Now, let’s take a closer at the Dell Gaming Car Pack which
adds to the ever-growing line-up of cars in Forza Motorsport 7. Leading the pack
is the legendary 2018 Bugatti Chiron, which is undeniably one of the most
requested cars in Forza history. This $3 million technological and engineering
marvel is the long-awaited successor to Bugatti’s legendary Veyron.
This Car Pack also introduces two brand-new race cars to
Forza Motorsport 7, including a Pikes Peak Hillclimb record holder with the 2016
Audi #17 Rotek Racing TTRS and a new GT3 race car with the 2017 Aston Martin
Racing V12 Vantage GT3 #7. There’s also the brand-new 2018 Kia Stinger – a
game-changing RWD, five-door hatch from Korea that’s making waves as a
performance-minded competitor to the big European brands.
Perhaps you’ll go back in Aussie muscle car history to
experience the Bathurst-winning 1968 Holden HK Monaro GTS 327. Mopar fans will
also find two new heavyweights to wield in the 2017 Ram Power Wagon and 2018
Dodge Durango SRT.
Below, you’ll find each of the cars featured in Forza
Motorsport 7’s Dell Gaming Car Pack, as well as the official developer
descriptions for these vehicles from Turn 10 Studios.
The Chiron may represent the absolute peak of performance of
the internal-combustion engine, especially when you consider the astounding
engineering feats that have gone into its construction. The Chiron has four
turbos, ten radiators; it can achieve an electronically-limited top speed of
261 mph and can consume its 26.4-gallon fuel tank in less than seven minutes.
Sure, the Chiron can launch from 100-200 mph with what feels
like the accelerating force of a ballistic missile, but this Bugatti hypercar
is also renowned for outstanding handling, thanks in part to the all-new
carbon-fiber monocoque chassis. There are many more statistics to consider, but
the best way to experience this milestone in automotive engineering is to drive
When Korean carmaker Kia tries to butt heads with the
Germans, the Kia Stinger proves they don’t pull any punches. First off, the
“point” of the Stinger comes straight from former BMW M-division head Albert
Biermann, who has been leading the company’s charge into performance vehicles.
You can also thank Peter Schreyer – formerly of Audi and Volkswagen – for the
Stinger’s sharp looks.
The Stinger’s looks may grab you, but the real knock-out is
in the way it drives. Rear-wheel-drive and a 365-horsepower, twin-turbo V6
places the Stinger head-to-head against the renowned European sport sedans.
This Stinger is Kia’s statement that they can do more than bring affordability
to the car market; they are out to prove that refined performance is not the
sole purview of Europe.
The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb is one of the most
historic and iconic American racing challenges. Since 1916 racers have been
taking on the mountain road that stretches 12.42 miles and climbs in elevation
nearly 5,000 feet to the peak at 14,110 feet. Robb Holland took his VLN (Nürburgring)
spec Rotek Racing TTRS to Pikes Peak with the intention of setting a new
This is an endurance racer with long gearing for the Green
Hell’s long straights. The team did not modify it for the record attempt. With
just 380-horsepower – which according to Holland, dwindled to around 250 at
altitude– the team met their goal and set a new FWD record time of 10:56.878,
shattering the previous record by nearly a minute.
The Aston Martin brand was founded on motorsport when Lionel
Martin and Robert Bamford began racing specials at Aston Hill near Aston
Clinton in 1913. Since then, the manufacturer has competed in and won countless
races. Aston Martin Racing has won more than fifty races since returning to
competition in 2004.
Those wins have come across all classes they have competed
in, with a high point being a win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in GTE-AM in 2017.
The team went on to win the FIA-WEC GTE-AM class title in 2017 as well. Danish
driver Christina Nielsen raced the #7 TRG-Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage in
the GTA class in World Challenge in its Royal Purple/Orion livery. She is just
one of the drivers that continue to make this prestigious brand respected both
on the track and off.
The workhorse of the Ram line has a history that dates back
to 1946 as the first civilian four-by-four truck. The new Power Wagon carries
on that legendary role with the aid of new technology like a detachable
anti-roll bar and the Articulink system that increases axle range of motion 26
inches at the front wheels.
At more than 7,000 pounds this is a heavy-weight contender
in every aspect. To move all that mass, you will of course find a HEMI with
more than 400-horsepower, more than enough for any job, on the track of off.
If you love Australian muscle cars, the HK Monaro GTS is
probably the one you want. It brought the Chevy 327 V8 into the Monaro line and
it was the first Holden to win at the monumental Bathurst race. Bruce McPhee
drove his to the race, drove all but one lap – his co-driver Barry Mullholland
put in one lap while McPhee ate lunch – won, then drove it home.
It was the first Holden muscle car, it had the fast and sexy
lines to go with its racing proven excellence, it had a four on the floor, and
front-disc brakes. It took gusto to race a car like this at Mount Panorama, and
even though performance is what you expect from the late 1960s, there is a
heart and soul that bred a generation of Chevy-powered Holden fans.
The SRT Durango with its 6.4-liter HEMI does more than haul
passengers; it just plain hauls. Proven at Virginia International Raceway, the
SRT team tested performance upgrades that delivered faster laps. This Durango
is not built for water-crossings or puddle-jumping; it’s built to show its
stuff on the street or the track.
The Dodge Street and Racing Technology division has a habit
of doing more than just delivering more horsepower than you can shake a stick
at, they create a whole package that transforms a full-size SUV into a
There you have it, the cars featured in the incredible Dell
Gaming Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 7. The February Update that introduces all
seven of these cars with the new esports features is now available to download
on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. For another look at the show-stealing 2018 Bugatti
Chiron, don’t miss the official trailer below.
The Dell Gaming Car Pack is available at no additional cost
to Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass holders. The Car Pack can be purchased standalone
for $7, and each of the cars included can also be purchase separately if there’s
one or two that stands out to you more than the others. Obviously, the 2018 Bugatti
Chiron and the 2017 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will be the standouts for most
players, though we believe this entire Car Pack is well worth it for every
Forza fan out there.
As for the new ‘Spectate’ and ‘Seed the Grid’ esports
features, these have been introduced for all players, and have been added in
preparation for the return of the Forza Racing Championship. The 2018 season
kicks-off with a Pre-Season Invitational on March 24th in Seattle, Washington –
the home of Turn 10 Studios. Here, you’ll not only see some of the best drivers
handpicked by Turn 10 compete for glory, but you’ll also see the new esports
features in-action that have been introduced with this eagerly-awaited update
for Forza Motorsport 7.
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