On its latest episode of the Forza
Monthly broadcast show, developer Turn 10 Studios revealed that Forza Motorsport 7’s next substantial content update will be released on Tuesday, July 10th. Combined with the July Car Pack – officially dubbed the Top Gear Car Pack, as well as two new Spotlight vehicles from Porsche alongside a host of changes, fixes and improvements, drivers have a lot to look forward to in Forza Motorsport 7 starting next week.
The Top Gear Car Pack is the headlining addition to Forza Motorsport 7 in July. It features seven new cars for players to collect, race and customize – including the already-confirmed 2018 McLaren
720S and the 2017
Ferrari 812 Superfast.
Accompany these vehicles are some track toys in the form of the 2017 Vuhl 055RR, the 2018 KTM #22 True Racing X-Bow GT4, and the 2018 Exomotive Exocet Sport V8 XP-5. Rounding out the list of new additions from the Top Gear Car Pack are the 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce and the 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS. Last, but certainly not least, the Top Gear Car Pack introduces a new Driver Gear suit that represents The Stig’s Digital Cousin. The cars featured in this pack were chosen in collaboration between Turn 10 Studios and the BBC Top Gear editorial team.
Whilst the Top Gear Car Pack will be available at no additional cost to Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass holders from July 10th, two new vehicles from Porsche will also be added to the game for all players for free. The German automaker will be the Spotlight Manufacturer of July, with the 1971 Porsche #23 917, nicknamed the “Pink Pig,” and the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS both being introduced into the game. As a reminder, these cars will not be available at any cost to the player and will be accompanied by a variety of in-game events, including new themed Hoppers, Leagues, and Forzathon events.
These new vehicles will be enabled with the July Content Update launching Tuesday, July 10th. One of the headlining new features comes in the form of a change to the Car Collection system. Previously, around 118 vehicles were locked
behind career progression in the Forza Driver’s Cup. With this upcoming release, players will be able to acquire all these vehicles using in-game credits. This change will impact all players, including online events like Hoppers, Leagues and the Forza Racing
Championship. However, Forza Editions and select ‘Unicorn Cars’ will remain exclusive to progression in the Forza Driver’s Cup and in-game community events. Currently, the two Unicorn Cars available in Forza Motorsport 7 are the 2008 BMW Z4 M Coupe and the 1958 MG MGA – the latter of which is a classic owned by Forza Franchise Studio Head, Alan Hartman. More of these ‘Unicorn Cars’ could be added in the future.
Another change with the July Content Update sees all cars removed from Prize Crates. Vehicles will now all be acquired by direct in-game purchase. Creative Director Chris Esaki says to expect further changes to the ecomony in the months ahead, including new opportunities to make and spend credits in the game – with Forzathon events to add evergreen credit rewards moving forward. Because exclusive cars will now be available to purchase by all players, that means the Speciality Dealer is also changing – expect additional details on this in the near future.
With the July Content Update, hosts of private online lobbies will also be able to kick offending players out of a session during the middle of a race. In addition, Turn 10 has also fixed the scrolling lag and slowdown issues when browsing the garage, with Chris Esaki referring to the bug list fix list as “huge this time." Furthermore, the garage still operates as before, loading in Forzavista models and switching them out as you browse through your car collection and switch between manufacturers and models – it just won’t lag any longer. From our brief glimpse of it on the livestream, the models can still take some load to in, but the slowdown looks to have been completely eliminated. This will not only improve the overall menu navigation experience, but also when browsing cars during multiplayer lobbies.
As for the eagerly-awaited new Forza Race
Regulations features, as well as the experimental Drift and Drag features, Turn 10 says it’s still working on these features, with the developer hoping to enable some of these in August. The Drift angle kits and upgrades coming to Forza Horizon 4 will also be made available in Forza Motorsport 7, but these features haven’t quite made it through certification approvals just yet. Turn 10 hopes to light up its new drift integration, as well as the new scoring model around drift kits in August.
These drift suspension kits, for those unaware, will be similar to those in the upcoming open-world racer from Playground
Games, and will allow players to customize their stance, drift angle and upgrade their handling to a maximum of 60-degrees. There’s also a new wheel upgrade option called ‘Track Width’ that offers several offsets you can select for the front offset, rear, or both – depending on the car, especially older models with a narrow track. Another feature in Forza Horizon 4 that allows you to go ‘lock-to-lock’ more quickly will also make its way into Forza Motorsport 7.
Turn 10 will share an update on its new Forza Motorsport 7 features, including Forza Race Regulations in the near future. The developer is referring to the game’s upcoming content releases as its “beefiest content updates and DLCs ever before – this month, next month, and the month after.”
In addition to the news about its upcoming updates, Turn 10’s Chris Esaki reiterated that 100% of “the entire team is
working on Forza 7. What that means is we're not off making Forza Motorsport 8,” he added. Instead, the team are focused on exploring different types of expansions and post-launch content support, including brand-new tracks and features based on fan-feedback – with 100% of the Motorsport team’s focus still on Forza Motorsport 7.
That also means the traditional paid content expansions we’ve seen from prior entries into the series aren’t currently the focus for Turn 10. With its monthly content updates and features – including the Forza Spotlight vehicles and events, Turn 10 is looking at every month as an ‘expansion’ for Forza Motorsport 7 and continues to work on new, robust content and features for the game. Whilst that likely means we won’t see a new Forza Motorsport game next year per the usual schedule, we should see brand-new features and updates continue to light-up regularly in Forza Motorsport 7, and also Forza Horizon 4.
Finally, Turn 10 also teased two of the cars featured in the
Drift Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 4. These include pro Formula Drift driver Justin Pawlak’s competition-spec Ford Mustang drift car with its adorning Roush Performance livery, as well as Josh Robinson’s Holden Maloo Ute Formula Drift car.
This month’s Forza Monthly broadcast came from Turn 10’s new purpose-built studio in Seattle. It featured a guided tour of the 2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast in the studio, which follows the presence of the 2018 McLaren 720S from last month’s
For the entire episode, which featured discussion and gameplay on Forza Horizon 4, as well as a recap of the Series
1 Playoffs from the 2018
season of the Forza Racing Championship, check out the complete on-demand video above – featuring Turn 10’s Community Manager Brian Ekberg, Forza Community Writer and Streamer John Schommer, Turn 10 Design Director Jon Knoles, and as we refereed to earlier, Forza Motorsport 7 Creative Director Chris Esaki.
The Forza Motorsport 7 July Content Update, the Porsche Spotlight vehicles and the Top Gear Car Pack will be available from Tuesday, July 10th. Additional coverage, including a deeper look at the cars themselves, will be shared over the week ahead – so be sure to stay tuned for the latest details and news announcements on Forza Motorsport 7.
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