The Budget Supercar Challenge is back once again on Forza
Motorsport 7! In the third episode of the series, Tom Matthews
is putting the 1994 Mazda MX-5 – a car requested
by a viewer, to the test on the legendary Top Gear Test Track in Dunsfold,
England to see if it’s faster than the 2011 McLaren 12C.
The first episode of the Budget Supercar
Challenge saw the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR beat the McLaren
by almost a second, but last week’s 2011 Peugeot 308 GTi failed the
reach the target and fell short of it by achieving a measly 1:16.660. Whether
that’s due to the car upgrades chosen or Tom’s driving skill is a decision we’ll
leave to you. The time set by the McLaren 12C
is 1:13.750 – that’s the overall benchmark for this series, and it remains
intact for this week’s episode as the Mazda MX-5
is put to the test.
Tom’s RWD Mazda MX-5 set a
stock time of 1:32.418 on the Top Gear Test Track after 6 laps without any
upgrades. This is also where Tom takes the opportunity to discuss the benefits
of driving a slow car and how you can appreciate and learn the track more. The
MX-5 set a respectable time that was just about quicker than the 1:33.141 achieved
in the stock variant of the FWD Peugeot. This also means Tom needs to
shave off around 20 seconds from his final time once the upgrades have been fitted
With a budget of 100,000 credits and 25,000 credits already
spent on the car, Tom has 75,000 credits to spend on whatever upgrades he
desires from the Forza Motorsport 7 Upgrade Shop that he thinks will make his Mazda MX-5 faster than a 2011 McLaren 12C on the Top
Gear Test Track. However, will these upgrades make the budget supercar faster
than the McLaren, or will the Mazda MX-5 follow in the footsteps of the Peugeot?
We won’t spoil that for you, so you’ll need to watch the video for yourself to
Like before, the video integrates both the cockpit camera
view and the replay angles in Forza Motorsport 7 – adding to both the
difficulty and immersion of the challenge, whilst offering viewers a cinematic
look at the action on-track as the upgraded 1994 Mazda MX-5 attempts to beat the time of a McLaren 12C within 6 laps
on the Top Gear Test Track.
You’ll also notice his first efforts on the track showcase
the Top Gear Test Track in its sunny conditions, whilst the upgraded Mazda run
shows the circuit with cloudier conditions due to the ever-changing dynamic
skies featured in Forza Motorsport 7. Curious to know more? Be sure to check
out our Forza
Motorsport 7 Review that details everything you need to know about Turn 10’s
latest installment in its award-winning and critically-acclaimed racing franchise.