Forza Motorsport 7 has received a heap of fresh IndyCar goodness with the arrival of the May 2019 Update, available Tuesday, May 7th on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
This month’s release is all about celebrating the Indy 500 – the largest event of the year on the IndyCar calendar. The 103rd running of this motorsport spectacle is scheduled for Sunday, May 26th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Forza Motorsport 7 is giving drivers the chance to experience the thrill of driving the latest 2019 IndyCar machines with the May 2019 Update.
Included in this release are four official 2019 Dallara DW12 cars from Chevrolet and Honda that race in the current IndyCar season, featuring their official team liveries, decals and tire markings. Turn 10 has also added optional downforce aero kits for these vehicles, which provides drivers the choice on which setups they’d like to run during races. For more details on the 2019 Dallara DW12 chassis with the Universal Aero Kit that is currently used in IndyCar, see the official description below from Turn 10 Studios.
Since 2012, the Dallara DW12 chassis has been the standard for IndyCar, used by every team in the series. It was named after driver Dan Wheldon who performed the final testing on it before he was tragically killed in the last race of the 2011 season. There have been different underbody kits available for super speedways or road courses and the aerodynamics have changed over the years. Since 2018 the Universal Aero Kit has been in use. This eliminated the airbox and rear-wheel guards and optimizes downforce via ground effects rather than additional wings.
The cars are powered by twin-turbo V6 engines produced by Honda or Chevrolet. Depending on the venue, they can be tuned to put out more than 600 horsepower. Combine that with an overall weight of just over 1,500 pounds and you have an amazing power-to-weight ratio. The cars, drivers, and great American race courses make this series an American racing cornerstone that is punctuated by the Indianapolis 500.
These 2019 IndyCar racers are accompanied by a classic single-seater open-wheeler in the 1969 Brawner-Ford Hawk III, sporting a black-and-gold colour scheme that commemorates Mario Andretti’s unforgettable victory at the Indy 500 exactly fifty years ago. There’s also an official 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Pace Car adorned with a slick livery featuring Forza Motorsport branding – the perfect way to make your own privately hosted online races more immersive and professional than ever before.
Below, we’ll take a deeper look at each of the new IndyCar racers available in Forza Motorsport 7 with the May 2019 Update, including their drivers, teams and engines, before later discussing all the improvements that have been introduced to Forza Race Regulations this month, including the ability to enable to disable the feature in Private Lobbies, improved calculations for penalties, ghosted backmarkers and more.
In the 1969 Indy 500, the Brawner Hawk III was nearly left by the wayside before having a chance to shine, thanks to the four-wheel-drive Ford-powered Lotus of Colin Chapman. Fortunately for Hawk III developer Clint Brawner the Lotus failed, causing driver Mario Andretti to crash and the Lotus to be withdrawn. Brawner had the Hawk III ready, with its sturdy chassis and improved Ford turbo V8. With Andretti behind the wheel, the red STP-liveried Hawk III qualified second, just behind A.J. Foyt. Andretti took the lead after the green flag fell and. while he had to run slower to maintain engine temperatures, the Hawk III outlived both Foyt’s Coyote/Ford and Wally Dallenbach’s Eagle/Offenhauser. Andretti would win the 1969 Indianapolis 500, two full laps ahead of second place Dan Gurney, marking his first and only Indy 500 win. This version of the Brawner Hawk is complete with a special 50th anniversary livery, celebrating the half-century mark since Andretti’s historic Indy 500 win in this very car.
It's the third year in a row that a Corvette will pace "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." That is the sixteenth time a Corvette has paced the race, and the thirtieth time a Chevrolet has had the honor. Not bad for a race that has been running for more than a century. This unique Forza Indy 500 Pace Car starts with a Corvette ZR1. That’s 650 horsepower under the hood as well as magnetic ride control and all the goodies of the top model. It would be more than enough to lead the pack at the Brickyard, or much of the competition you might pit it against in Forza.
Forza Race Regulations has also received numerous improvements in Forza Motorsport 7 this month with the May 2019 Update. Not only can the adjudication feature be now toggled on or off in Private Lobbies, but the team have also increased the range of calculated penalties that players can receive when gaining an advantage from track-cuts. More granular quarter-second and half-second penalties can now be applied, which should reduce to overall time-gap between penalized drivers and those who raced cleanly in the final event standings.
Furthermore, lapped drivers, also known as "backmarkers," will now be ghosted across all Hopper and League races in online excluding Drift, Tag and Meetup lobbies. This feature can be toggled in Private Lobbies, as well as single-player modes. Turn 10 has also implemented several new bug fixes and improvements with this release – including a fix for headlights not turning on during races at night time, as well as a stability issue which affected the PC version of Forza Motorsport 7's free trial. Timed Races can now also take advantage of the Spectate Ticker. Looking ahead, Turn 10 will add collisions detection to Forza Race Regulations later this Summer, which will track purposeful crashes and penalize players based on the overall impact of these collisions.
Finally, to compliment the arrival of this update whilst celebrating all the IndyCar goodness that it has brought, developer Turn 10 Studios has announced its final Bounty Hunter event for Forza Motorsport 7. This one features 9 real-world IndyCar drivers and an IndyCar team owner for a total of 10 elusive bounties for players to hunt down. You can find each of their Gamertags in the official graphic below, which can all be added to your Xbox Live friends list so you can easily compare their times and compete against their Rivals ghosts.
This event takes place on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with 500,000 CR handed out to everyone who participates with a further 100,000 CR for each driver that players successfully beat. Due to the oval shape of the course, this event will come down to cutting every 1,000th of a second possible off each lap, so get practising today and set your best time in the Brickyard Bounty Hunter event with IndyCar listed under the Featured Rivals menu in Forza Motorsport 7.
Turn 10 Studios has also enabled a new Spotlight Rivals event starring the 1969 Brawner Hawk III on the Sonoma Grand Prix circuit, as well as a new IndyCar Division Hopper starring the 2019 cars.
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