Forza Motorsport 7

Forza Motorsport 7’s July Update Spotlights Porsche

Article By 
Alan Walsh
July 11, 2018
Forza Motorsport 7

Forza Motorsport 7’s July Update Spotlights Porsche

Article By 
Alan Walsh
July 11, 2018

The July Content Update has arrived in Forza Motorsport 7 and this one includes new features and improvements to the game based on community feedback, as well as new cars to collect, race and customize from the Top Gear Car Pack and the new Porsche Spotlight vehicles.

These new Porsche cars are free to all Forza Motorsport 7 players, whilst the Top Gear Car Pack is one of two additional Car Packs that have been added to the extended Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass.

In addition, the July Content Update is full of improvements and changes across the core Forza Motorsport 7 experience. Turn 10 says this update “also kicks off several new development initiatives in the game that we will be releasing over the summer.” These upcoming features include the eagerly-awaited Forza Race Regulations with redrawn track limits and overhauled Drag and Drift modes.

“All of this work is coming directly from our ongoing conversation with the Forza community and our goal to deliver an ever-improving game experience for fans,” says Turn 10 Community Manager Brian Ekberg.

Besides the Top Gear Car Pack, which you can learn more about in our dedicated coverage, the headlining aspect of the July Content Update comes in the form of two all-new Porsche Spotlight Cars – free for all Forza Motorsport 7 players. This month is all about the acclaimed and prestigious German automaker, and fans of Porsche will be able to add these vehicles to their Car Collection to race, explore and customize at no cost.

Classic racing fans will immediately recognize the distinctive livery of the 1971 Porsche #23 917/20 – known as the ‘Pink Pig’ in the motorsports scene back in the day. It’s joined by the latest modern expression of Porsche’s genius with the 2019 911 GT3 RS. Below, you can learn more about both of these unique vehicles that highlight Porsche’s technical innovation and prowess with the official descriptions from Turn 10 Studios.

1971 Porsche #23 917/20

The coming of the Porsche 917 was driven by rules modifications to slow speeds of the Group 6 Prototypes. The result was a car that still holds the fastest lap at the Circuit de Sarthe in the configuration they ran in 1971. The lessons that influenced the 917 were multifold, including weight savings, aerodynamics, downforce, and one of the only true Boxer 12s in existence.

What you see here is the unglamorously named ‘Pink Pig’ which was a test bed for low-drag and aerodynamic concepts. It qualified seventh for its only race at Le Mans in 1971 but crashed during the race when its brakes failed. It currently lives in its butcher’s cut livery at Porsche’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen museum, but you can experience its power and glory today in Forza.

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Short of the turbo-charged GT2 RS, you simply cannot drive a faster, better-handling Porsche 911 than the GT3 RS. Any driving enthusiast will tell you that the huge wing and wide-body are not just for looks. This is a car that is purely built to be one of the best driving cars the world has ever seen.

Despite being 180 hp short of its GT2 RS cousin – the cover car of Forza Motorsport 7, the more than 500 horses produced by the 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated unit (mounted in the rear, of course) is more than enough to excite the soul and incite driving heroics. Properly driven, it is exemplary to the race-winning history the Porsche brand has earned over more than half a century.

Unlocked Cars and Prize Crate Changes

With the July Content Update, there has been two important changes made to how cars are obtained in Forza Motorsport 7. Firstly, all the exclusive cars featured in the game – which totals to 118, have now been unlocked and made available to purchase within Forza Motorsport 7. That means they can now be obtained with in-game credits. Previously, these were exclusive to completing community challenges and events or acquiring them from the Specialty Dealer.

As with any car in Forza Motorsport 7, players will still need to obtain the appropriate Car Collector Tier and have enough available in-game credits to purchase these vehicles. Going forward, the only cars that will remain locked in Forza Motorsport 7 will be Forza Edition vehicles and unicorn cars. There’s currently two of these unicorn cars in the game, and they include the 2008 BMW Z4 M Coupe and the 1958 MG MGA.

In the future, the Specialty Dealer will also be revamped to accompany this overhaul to the Car Collection system. To coincide with the change to exclusive cars, Turn 10 has also removed all car-related Prize Crates from Forza Motorsport 7. The crates that remain in the game will contain only Driver Gear, Player Badges and Mod Cards.

Super Rare and Legendary-rated Driver Gear suits have also become easier to acquire in Forza Motorsport 7 with the refreshed line-up of Prize Crates currently available in the game, so if you’re still missing the suits for Michael Muller, Maria Rossi or Ukyo Takagi – these are now much easier to acquire than before, but the crates are pricey, with the most expensive being 420,000 Credits!

Goodbye, Laggy Garage!

The July Content Update for Forza Motorsport 7 also introduces vastly-improved performance to the Car Selection screen on Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PC. Turn 10 says this improvement is “a direct result of feedback from our multiplayer community.” Now, players will be able to browse their garage collection of rides much quicker than before – and during multiplayer intermissions, they’ll be able to get to their cars quicker than ever before.

In addition, hosts of Private Lobbies now have another tool to combat griefing behaviour during a race. In the middle of a race, the host can now remove players from the lobby – allowing races to run smoothly without repeated interruption from trolls. This update also includes “an evolution” of the Forza Motorsport 7 Message Center. With this update, the Message Center will automatically hide tabs that don’t contain content for the player. Turn 10 says to look for “more updates” to the Message Center in Forza Motorsport 7 in the future.

July Spotlight Events

Between the Top Gear Car Pack and two brand-new Porsche Spotlight cars for Forza Motorsport 7 players, developer Turn 10 has a host of different in-game community events planned for July that takes advantage of these new additions to the game.

Rivals is allowing players to relive the 1971 Le Mans race where the Porsche #23 917/20 ran in a special event on the full Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe track featuring the chicanes. Two additional events will arrive mid-month starring the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS – one at Road Atlanta, and the other at Le Mans Bugatti. Top Gear fans can also unleash the full fury of the 2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast at the full Top Gear circuit in Dunsfold, England.

The next Leagues Season will begin in mid-July, and features a Porsche Manufacturer S-Class event in Series 1 as well as a new Hardcore event in Series 3, starring cars from the Sport Touring Icons division. The assist restrictions here include no racing line, no STM/TCS/ABS, simulation damage, manual shifting, and simulation steering.

Finally, some new Aussie-themed Forzathon challenges are coming to Forza Motorsport 7 this month, including events at Bathurst starring Australian cars like the 1977 Holden Torana A9X and the 1967 Ford Falcon XR GT. Elsewhere in the month, fans can look forward to some rainy weather events at the Top Gear Full and Sebring Club circuits, and much more. There’s also a varied set of rewards to come in July, too – everything from new Driver Gear outfits such as the ‘Happy Trails’ and ‘Soda Jerk’ suits to cars like the highly-sought-after 2017 Porsche #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR, and more.

Download The July Content Update Today

The July Content Update is available for download today for Forza Motorsport 7 players on Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PC. The download size comes in at 756MB on Xbox One and Xbox One S, with the Xbox One X and Windows 10 PC requiring 1.79GB.

You can find the full patch notes for this release, including a breakdown of the various bug fixes and issues rectified over on the official Forza forums.

For more on the future of Forza Motorsport 7 and its upcoming feature updates, don’t miss our recap of the latest Forza Monthly broadcast. This included new details on the Formula Drift Car Pack and the upcoming competitive-focused features for the game, as well as yet another reaffirmation of the team’s overall commitment to updating and improving Forza Motorsport 7.

Alan Walsh

Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he delivers the latest in news stories, reviews, and feature articles to the website, as well as videos on his YouTube channel and livestreams over on Mixer.