Forza Motorsport 7 will receive its first update of 2019 on Tuesday, January 15th, featuring the cars of the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack and an all-new Spotlight car that’s free for all players – the 2018 Audi #1 Audi Sport RS 3 LMS.
Whilst this release doesn’t include any new feature improvements, a total of eight new cars are available for players to add to their in-game car collection, seven of which are featured in the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack – the last Car Pack to be included in the Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass, which is also available for standalone purchase at $7. This one saw developer Turn 10 Studios work closely with the world-famous automotive auction events company to hand-pick seven historic collectible vehicles from decades past, a selection which has been curated for the automobile enthusiast.
The Barrett-Jackson Car Pack is the perfect addition to Forza Motorsport 7 for car collectors and automobile aficionados alike, but for fans of pure on-track racing action, Turn 10 also has you covered with its latest Spotlight Car this month. The 2018 Audi #1 Audi Sport RS 3 LMS is the latest Touring Car to arrive into Forza Motorsport 7 – and you’ll be able to add it to your in-game garage for free with this month’s content update. Below, you can find the official description of the RS 3 LMS and all the cars featured in the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack, courtesy of Turn 10 Studios.
Touring Car Racing (TCR) brings the top manufacturers from around the world together to face off in spec race cars that really put drivers to the test. The RS 3 LMS takes the A3 line to the track in this menacing wide body with a huge front splitter and massive rear wing. Compared to the production model, which uses a 400hp Audi five-cylinder motor, this car is actually slower until it comes to the turns, that is. TCR rules limit displacement to 2.0 litres, but the 345hp turbo four-cylinder is no slouch. You can find the RS 3 racing in 18 different countries in the series as well as the king of all tracks, the Nürburgring. And now you also find it in your Forza garage.
The Monaco King Cobra is a remarkable piece of history, built by Carroll Shelby and the Shelby American team to race in the first year of the USRRC (United States Road Racing Championship). This was an eight-race series with both prototype and GT classes, similar to today’s IMSA series. Driven that year by Ken Miles, the King Cobra was no stranger to the winner’s circle. The King Cobra was also the forefather of the Ford GT40, since it was a development vehicle for that program. With a screaming 289 V8 pushing out 400 hp and a chassis that weighs a little more than a bag of feathers to go with that racing provenance, it’s no wonder it sold for $1.65 million at Barrett-Jackson in 2014.
Imagine a world where as things age, they only get better. It’s certainly true in the case of the Chevy Chevelle. Those classic muscle car lines call to the heavy-footed. The rumble of the V8 begs for that light to turn green so it can show its stuff by laying down two smoky black lines on a strip of pavement. Now take that vision and add a mountain of automotive sugar in the form of a 572 CI big block pumping out over 600 horsepower and all the go-fast bits to make this hunk of metal stop and turn never-before possible. It’s all here. Now it’s time to but the hammer down and wave bye-bye.
Although the original Bronco was produced from 1966 to 1977, the model changed very little over that run. In fact, as the Bronco expanded the interest of off-road enthusiasts and competed with the Jeep CJ and International Scout, the option list became shorter. Not a problem for the team that upgraded this special Barrett-Jackson edition. They got right to the meat of this collectible off-roader and made it better than Ford ever predicted. Start with a nicely beefed up 351 Windsor swap. Add in a hefty lift and 35-inch tires and there’s very little reason to think anything will bust this Bronc.
The 1932 Ford could easily be the most popular hot-rod of all time, but this example was born with a much different destiny. It was the product of a discussion to build a versatile, eye-catching promotional vehicle; one that could blow just as many minds chasing cones at an autocross event as it could doing runs at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Looking at its profile, you might think it’s just another nicely done classic, but take a closer look and you will see the custom all-wheel-drive system. Or that Indy-style pushrod suspension. If you have any more questions, just let your right foot do the talking and the 576 cubic-inch John Kasse Boss 9 V8 will put you in your place, firmly planted into the back of the Double Down’s driver seat.
The 1950s gave birth to hot-rodding and car customizing became much more of an art form than a practical exercise designed to wring as much speed out of a car as possible. The “Hula Girl” is a beautiful example of what can be done with the iconic 1932 Ford. This is a “full-fendered” roadster. It first showed up at the Oakland Roadster Show in 1952. Then, two years later, it was channeled, which allowed the body of the car to sit lower without altering the suspension. Powered by a supercharged Ford flathead V8 with Ardun heads, this car is the epitome of what a hot-rod roadster should be. That’s probably why it is a part of Craig Jackson’s (the Jackson in Barrett-Jackson) personal collection.
While little remains of the 1959 Plymouth that is at the heart of the “Atomic Punk,” the era it speaks to is as clear as that clear bubbletop. Harkening back to the creations of master hot-rodder Ed Roth, this 2008 build by Aaron Grote has been winning top awards since its debut. It’s a treat for the eyes but it was built to be driven, and the straight-piped 392 Hemi with eight individual carburetors will likely make your ears buzz as it knocks your socks off. Is it a tribute to the past? Or a symbol of what the future has brought? Either way, it’s always the right time to drive something this amazing.
Rarity is just one factor that makes a Hemi Cuda convertible special. With just 14 models ever built and only five with a four-speed, this is without question a rare model, and properly optioned with the stuff of muscle car legend. In the world of Barrett-Jackson, Hemi Cuda convertibles have hammered for record-setting sale prices. Mopar fans will tell you there is nothing else like driving a Cuda with the top down, and that barely tamed Hemi under the hood. Want proof? Now’s your opportunity to find out in Forza.
To accompany the release of the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack and the 2018 Audi #1 Audi Sport RS 3 LMS Spotlight Car, developer Turn 10 Studios will also offer a slate of in-game events for Forza Motorsport 7 curated around these new additions for the month of January.
Leagues: The first Leagues season of 2019 has already begun, and it’s called ‘Fuelling Up.’ This one has been designed to challenge players across some of the fastest cars available in the game, including divisions like Forza P1, Rise of the Supercar, and GT Racing Reborn.
Rivals: A new Bounty Hunter Rivals event is coming to Forza Motorsport 7 on Friday, January 18th. Players will be behind-the-wheel of the 2009 Lotus 2-Eleven around Road Atlanta Full Circuit with the target being the Forza Motorsport community itself. Your final position on the leaderboard will determine the prizes you win, and if past events are anything to go by, the rewards should be most certainly compelling. Elsewhere in Rivals, there’s a new event starring the 1963 Shelby Monaco King Cobra from the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack on Indianapolis GP, as well as another featuring the 2018 Audi #1 Audi Sport RS 3 LMS on Dubai Full Circuit.
Forzathon: Turn 10 Studios also has a slate of new Forzathon events coming to Forza Motorsport 7 over the month of January, including a new drift event on Maple Valley that’s designed to challenge the skill level of players who enjoy going sideways. Next week, the team also has three new events featuring Chevrolet cars, Vintage GT division cars, and more.
In addition to the slate of January events, the Cycled Production Hopper in Forza Motorsport 7 has also been refreshed based on suggestions from the community submitted on the official Forza forums. These include the 1995 Nissan GT-R LM on Prague, as suggested by Dino Dad Shadow, the 1977 Holden Torana A9X on Bathurst, as suggested by PJTierney, the 2009 Mini Cooper Works on Road Atlanta, as suggested by LZR ForceOne, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Tankpool 24 Racing Truck on Hockenheimring, as suggested by Taxidriver555, and finally, the 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roaster on Bernese Alps, as suggested by F4H Diablo.
The new car and track combinations featured in the Cycled Production Hopper can be enjoyed today on Forza Motorsport 7, whilst the new additions found in the January Update, including the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack and the 2018 Audi #1 Audi Sport RS 3 LMS Spotlight Car, will be available from 10am Pacific (1pm EST, 6pm GMT) on Tuesday, January 15th. Whether you’re enjoying some classic rides built for car collectors or the latest on-track Touring Car masterpiece, we’ll be sure to see you out on the track as always in Forza Motorsport 7.
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