With the 2018 ForzaRC
Pre-Season Invitational taking place this past weekend in Seattle,
Washington – the home of Forza Motorsport developer Turn 10 Studios, we were fortunate
enough to take a special guided tour of the building with the competing ForzaRC
drivers and other invited media. This all begun with a look at the studio’s
lobby, which features lifelike shells of the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 919
Hybrid race car, as well as Alan Hartman’s very own 2017 Ford GT.
The tour allowed us to explore Turn 10 Studios, including
their famous awards cabinet and dedicated sim rigs for Forza Motorsport 7.
There was also a roundtable discussion with the team behind the game, as well
as a ForzaRC Pre-Seasonal Invitational cake to enjoy. Once the tour had
concluded and everyone made their way back onto the shuttle, Turn 10 Studio
Head Alan Hartman asked if we’d like see to him start up his 2017 Ford GT.
With that, we all rushed off the shuttle and headed back
into the studio with our phones and cameras ready to hear what the Ford GT
could do – and it sounded incredible. Hartman asked Aurélien ‘Laige’ Mallet of
G2 Esports – the recently-established competitive racing team from McLaren’s F1
driver Fernando Alonso, if he wanted to sit inside the exotic supercar. After
spending a few moments in the car, Laige swapped the driver’s seat with
Alan so he could start up Ford’s latest V6-powered beast with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost
engine and switch it into its dedicated 'track mode,' in which the Ford GT lowers its suspension as the
rear wing prominently adjusts outwards.
Check out the video of the 2017 Ford GT for yourself above
and stay tuned for our upcoming exclusive coverage
from the 2018 ForzaRC Pre-Season Invitational – including a deeper look at our
tour of Turn 10 Studios and the overall experience of attending the event. If
you missed it, the invitational saw F4H Motorsport take
victory in the team events, whilst the individual races were won by G2
Laige, with Alien Motorsport’s RoadRunner and Virtual Drivers by TX3’s
Lightning joining him on the podium as runners-up.