Turn 10 Studios are kicking off the New Year in Forza
Motorsport 7 in-style with a new update arriving today for all players on Xbox
One and Windows 10 PC, introducing cars across two separate and unique packs. Furthermore,
today’s content update for the game also includes a number of improvements to
Forza Motorsport 7, which have been detailed on the Forza forums.
Not only can fans drive the newly-revealed 2019
Hyundai Veloster Turbo and its high-performance counterpart, the Veloster N
Motorsport 7 today, but they can also look forward to seven additional cars
from the Totino’s Car Pack – including one new race car in the form of the 2017
BMW #24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM. The remaining cars include classics spanning the
1960s to the 1990s inclusive.
The Totino’s Car Pack features seven cars with a mix of
historic and modern racing legends, as well as cars that have defined the
automotive industry with their technical innovation. Race car fans can look
forward to the 2017 BMW #24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM, which competed its way to
success in the IMSA Weathertech Series in the highly competitive GTLM class. Preceding
the BMW on the track is the 1997 Lotus Elise GT1, as well as a historic
mid-engine wonder from Nissan, the 1967 R380 II.
The other cars featured in this pack, which is a huge step
above December’s Doritos Car Pack, include the 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Leichtbau – a car which only 86 of which made, the 1970 Citroen 2CV and the
1968 Subaru 360 – cars which provided mobility to the millions with their dependency,
impressive performance for the time, and of course, their affordable price
tags. Finally, the Volkswagen Type 3 1600 L “Notchback” is a model which showcases
the innovation and style of the German legend that is Volkswagen.
Below, you can learn more about the cars featured in the Totino’s
Car Pack with the official developer descriptions from Microsoft and Turn 10
Forza fans can rejoice as another race car joins the roster in Forza Motorsport 7. BMW Team RLL debuted the M6 GTLM at the 2016 Rolex 24 Hours
of Daytona and saw success right out of the box. In 2017, the pair of M6 GTLMs
won the IMSA WeatherTech series season-ending Petit Le Mans, along with
victories at Watkins Glen, Mosport, and Laguna Seca, and combined with four
other podium finishes, resulting in a second-place finish in manufacturer
With two teams of drivers in the #24 and #25, the latter
captained by veteran driver Bill Auberlin, Team RLL gave the two-year run of
the twin-turbo V8-powered M6 GTLM a run for the record books.
Following the evolution of the BPR Global GT Series into the
much more prominent FIA GT Championship, Lotus followed Porsche and Mercedes in
developing a new GT1 car for competition. Against the likes of the McLaren F1
GTR, the Porsche 911 GT1, and the Mercedes CLK-GTR, the Elise-based GT1 faced a
hearty and deep-pocketed grid. Lotus shelved the aging Esprit-based race car
and built just one production model Elise GT1 to meet homologation
requirements. While the Elise GT1 utilized the production aluminum chassis, the
body was highly modified for improved aerodynamics.
On the outside, a full carbon fiber body gave the GT1 a
flowing form. The Elise’s inline-four was swapped out for a Type 918 Lotus
3.5-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to a Hewland six-speed sequential gearbox,
although some teams opted for a 6.0-liter LT5 Chevrolet V8 and various other
transmission options. Sadly, reliability proved to be a problem for all seven
chassis that were built, with the best success being a fifth place at Helsinki.
Nonetheless, experiencing the power and glory of this GT race car in Forza will
deliver smiles that outshine its racing record.
Before it merged with Nissan in 1966, Prince Motor Company
developed the R380 to compete in the Japanese Grand Prix against the
then-dominant Porsche 904s. Upon the merger with Nissan, the R380 II was the
result of redevelopment by Nissan, still utilizing the Skyline G inline
six-cylinder engine that was also developed by Prince. The chassis is a
modified Brabham BT-8 covered in alloy body panels and a rear clamshell
covering the motor that resembles the 904’s flowing lines.
The G engine was adapted for racing to output close to 220
hp, featuring high compression and three Weber carburetors. Prince saw success
against the redeveloped Porsche 906 in 1966, winning the Japanese Grand Prix,
but in 1967 even with the newly redeveloped lines and engine of the R380 II,
the 906s took back their position of dominance. Nissan wasn’t done with the
R380 II yet, though, and eventually took it to the Yatabe Test Track where it
set seven new land speed records.
As one of the most iconic shapes to ever see four wheels,
the 2CV stands alone as the French model that brought many French farmers into
the motorcar age. Originally offered with 2CV, or deux chevaux-vapeur (two
steam horses), the air-cooled two-cylinder (horizontally opposed) motor
delivered anywhere from nine to 33 horsepower over its long production life
from 1948 to 1988. Despite its simplicity that included only one gauge (a
speedometer) – which also powered the windshield wipers –the 2CV was
comfortable to ride in.
This was in part due to the original design requirement of
being able to haul fresh eggs across a bumpy field without breaking them. With
inboard brakes and one of the earliest successful front-wheel drive systems,
the car was also capable, albeit never fast. The 2CV has been called many
things over the years, (the ugly duckling, the goat, the tortoise, and the
rocking horse to name a few) but it remains to be one of the simplest and most
functional vehicles to ever hit the road.
The 360, otherwise known as the “Ladybug”, marked Subaru’s
entry in to the Japanese car market. Its creation was motivated by the Japanese
Kei car initiative which mandated vehicles with engines smaller than 360cc in
an effort to produce affordable transportation for Japan’s population. Mounted
in the rear is an inline (356 cc) two-cylinder two-stroke motor which utilized
the innovative Subarumatic system that mixed the fuel and oil automatically.
More than 392,000 models were sold in Japan over its 13-year
production run but only 10,000 made it to the U.S. Those few models were
imported by Malcolm Bricklin, who later built the Bricklin SV-1. Bricklin’s
shrewd marketing included the marketing phrase “Cheap and Ugly.” Despite that
characterization and poor adoption of the model in the States, the 360 stands
proudly as the microcar that developed Subaru’s automotive business and
eventually led to unforgettable models like the Brat, the WRX STi, and more.
Porsche’s 964 platform represented the last of the
rear-wheel-drive 911 Turbos, as the coming 993 models adopted all-wheel-drive.
That meant, among other things, less weight, along with the thrill of the rear
end constantly trying to push its way around. The “Leichtbau” was shown at the
1992 Geneva Auto Show as a design study, and the resulting 86 cars that were
built represent some of the rarest of rare 911s produced by Zuffenhausen’s
“Leichtbau” translates to “lightweight build.” By utilizing
Kevlar for the hood material, aluminum doors, thin gauge glass, and the removal
of most comfort amenities, these cars were able to shed nearly 400 pounds over
the standard Turbo S. Extensive tuning brought nearly 20 percent more
horsepower, making it both “leicht” and “schnell” by comparison. One listen to
that turbo-charged flat-six will inspire fast laps that you might never have
thought were possible before.
In its early days, Volkswagen naming conventions were nearly
as elementary as its vehicle designs. The Type 1 was, of course, the phenomenal
Beetle; the Type 2 the famed VW Bus. The Type 3 actually represented three
models: the Fastback, the Squareback, and this classic three-box design, the
Notchback. All were largely based on the body on chassis, rear-engine design of
the famed Type 1 with some key differences.
The flat-four cylinder in the Type 3 is known as the
“pancake” engine due to its low profile that allowed for more luggage space.
The front suspension incorporated transverse torsion bars and the motor and
transaxle had their own subframe as well which delivered less interior
vibration. Type 3s are getting harder and harder to find these days with the
“Notch” being the rarest of all. Take a trip back in time in this capsule of
The Totino’s Car Pack is included as part of the Forza
Motorsport 7 Car Pass, which is available for separate purchase or as part
of the Forza
Motorsport 7 Ultimate Edition. It is also available to purchase from the
Xbox and Windows Store for $7, or you can buy the cars standalone for $3
each. You can check out the official trailer for it below.
Overall, the Totino’s Car Pack is the best Car Pack yet that’s
featured in the Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass, offering a little something for
everyone. For those who like their race cars and vintage classics, as well as quirky and unique little cars, this one has you covered, and in my book, is worth it for the 2017
BMW #24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM and the 1997 Lotus Elise GT1 alone.
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