Forza Motorsport 7

McLaren Senna, Ascari KZ1R Spotted In Forza 7 Update Files

Article By 
Alan Walsh
April 20, 2018
Forza Motorsport 7

McLaren Senna, Ascari KZ1R Spotted In Forza 7 Update Files

Article By 
Alan Walsh
April 20, 2018

The latest update for Forza Motorsport 7 introduced a range of new features, fixes, and improvements to the game, complimented by the seven new cars featured in the K1 Speed Car Pack. However, developer Turn 10 has hid some new cars in the files of the Windows 10 PC version of Forza Motorsport 7 that could include some of cars we’ll be seeing added to the game in the future.

These vehicles were spotted by TheAdmiester on the GTPlanet forums – and were also reported on by GTPlanet. The files he discovered all come in the form of thumbnails, which are typically shown to players whilst browsing the in-game garage in Forza Motorsport 7.

Some of the cars found, if they’re added, would be new to the franchise, whilst others are returning vehicles from past Forza titles on the Xbox 360. It’s worth noting that while some leftover Xbox 360-era thumbnails can be found in the Forza Motorsport 7 game files, these feature the cars facing the other direction. This means these newly-found thumbnails have most likely been created with the Xbox One Forza titles in-mind.

The New Cars Spotted In Forza 7’s Files

Let’s start off with the headlining vehicle of the bunch – the 2018 McLaren Senna, the newly-revealed hypercar from the acclaimed British automaker. If Turn 10 introduce the McLaren Senna to Forza Motorsport 7 as suggested by the inclusion of its thumbnail file, then the Xbox One and PC-exclusive track racer will be the first game to feature the latest racing beast from McLaren. This car has caused plenty of debate regarding its looks, but what matters most of course is how it performs on the track.

Like the McLaren Senna, the Peel P50 would also be making its video game debut in Forza Motorsport 7. It’s the world’s smallest production car, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t fit into the world of Forza – especially in the ‘Forza Specials’ homologated division in Forza Motorsport 7. Turn 10 has added small cars like the BMW Isetta to Forza Motorsport 7 already, and even 3-wheelers like the Reliant Robin and the 2014 Morgan 3-Wheeler are present in Forza Horizon 3.

Forza Motorsport 7 has already featured Fast & Furious content, but how about some James Bond? The legendary film franchise is associated with the classic Aston Martin DB5, and it just so happens that a weaponized 007 variant of this car was found in the files of the newly-updated version of Forza Motorsport 7 – complete with tire-shredding blades. Whilst I’m nearly certain this one wouldn’t be allowed in Hoppers or Leagues, I’m sure it would deliver plenty of fun opportunities in Private Lobbies.

The full set of vehicles found in the Forza 7 files that would be new additions to the franchise.

The UK-centric set of vehicles continues with the Morris Minor and Austin FX4 Taxi – two very British and classic cars in themselves. Indeed, the Austin FX4 is the famed London Taxi, though I do feel the London Bus – tested and approved by James May as a track vehicle in Season 20 of British motoring show Top Gear, would need to compliment it for Forza Motorsport 7 to deliver the true London transport experience.

Ford also makes an appearance on the list with the Ford Escort XR3, the Ford Mustang GT, and the Ford Fiesta GRC – though that last one may be a bit of an issue. If you’ve been keeping up with rallycross news, then you may have noticed multiple automotive outlets reporting the death and collapse of the Red Bull Global Rallycross series due to increasing debts and ugly lawsuits – with the 2018 season officially cancelled.

Microsoft already holds a partnership with the GRC for its Forza franchise – with the 2016 Honda Civic GRC spotted in a Studio Tour video filmed at Turn 10’s headquarters. Tanner Foust’s Volkswagen Beetle GRC is also available in Forza Motorsport 7 – and is being used currently in the ForzaRC Tanner Foust Challenge. What’ll happen with this deal between Microsoft and GRC remains to be seen.

Classic Fan-Favourites Potentially Returning

Up next, we have the cars found in the files which have appeared in past Forza titles. These include the 1931 Bentley 8-Litre, the 1998 TVR Cerbera Speed 12, the 2011 Eagle Speedster, and the 2012 Ascari KZ1R, as well as two cars from Austin-Healey – the 1958 Sprite and the 1965 3000 MkIII. Also discovered was the 1965 MG MGB GT and the 2010 Morgan Aero SuperSports.

These classic cars have appeared in Forza titles on Xbox 360, and might be back in Forza 7.

It’s worth noting the 1931 Bentley 8-Litre appeared exclusively in the Autovista mode in Forza Motorsport 4 – which is now known as Forzavista in Xbox One titles. This was one of the few undriveable cars available to explore in Forza Motorsport 4, alongside the Warthog from the Halo franchise, which as we know became available to own and race in Forza Horizon 3.

Unreleased Forza 7 Tracks Spotted

Finally, there were also a couple of track names located in the files. Both Fujimi and Sunset Peninsula were spotted, but these are most likely leftover from Forza Motorsport 4 due to their inclusion of the old-style track map and directional arrow, as noted by TheAdmiester on the GTPlanet forums. However, there were placeholders for Bristol Speedway, Willow Park, and another track simply named ‘Zoo.’ It’s worth keeping in mind that these could be test tracks used by the developers, leftover files, or simply unfinished and cancelled projects.

These three tracks also featured placeholder logos – a pink box with the name written over it. Bristol Speedway also supposedly features a placeholder poster not found on the others – which is the Catalunya track already present in Forza Motorsport 7 with the relevant track name pasted over it. Of course, this doesn’t confirm anything, but it’s still interesting to think about nonetheless. It also suggests that this track could be, or was, further in development than the others spotted in the files.

In Conclusion – A Pinch of Salt, For Now

As with any leak, take the above with a grain of salt until we have some sort of official confirmation from Microsoft or the developer. These cars may not appear in Forza Motorsport 7 for a variety of different reasons – from licensing issues to cut-content. As was the case in Forza Horizon 3, in which some of the spotted cars in the PC files never made their way into the game.

The files also included cars already available in Forza Motorsport 7, but with alternative liveries.

With the Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass having wrapped up this month, it does leave us to speculate on what’s next for Turn 10’s racing franchise. With the reveal of Forza Horizon 4 almost a certainty at E3 2018 in Los Angeles this June and DLC Car Packs likely to continue in Forza Motorsport 7 leading up to its release, there’s a lot for fans to be excited about.

We also must wonder if, or when, we’ll see expansions released for Forza Motorsport 7 – with IMSA and Off-road GRC add-ons being our top predictions. Given the current status with the Global Rallycross series, it’s hard to know what could happen in that regard, but either way, we’re excited to see what’s next for Forza Motorsport 7. Each new update has introduced welcomed features to the game – especially for competitive racing and esports events like the Forza Racing Championship, with fixes and tweaks to improve the overall experience.

However, as seen with past Forza titles, the Car Packs released after the Car Pass has concluded tend to feature some of the most exciting post-release vehicles, so it’ll be interesting to see if any of these cars mentioned above are added via paid downloadable content or unlocked through in-game engagement events like Forzathon or Forza Racing Leagues as new ‘exclusive cars’ in the future. Only time will tell of course, but if there are any further developments with these cars and the tracks spotted in the files, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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 keeps the website updated with new and relevant content, including news stories, reviews and opinion pieces for the games he likes writing about the most. He also tweets too much, probably.