Big day for Forza fans, new PC and console update, two free cars and the latest DLC drop have all arrived!
In a busy week for Forza fans Turn 10 Studios have yet more news, updating both the base Xbox One and Windows 10 versions of Forza Motorsport 7 as well as releasing a brand new car pack DLC, adding no less than seven new paid cars alongside the previously announced free Hyundai machines that come with the update download.
Released simultaneously for both PC and Xbox One, the new update today is a of fairly decent pedigree, focusing on several areas of the game that still require attention, including some PC specific fixes for random game crashes amongst other areas.
So before we have a look at the new cars, check out the January 16th update notes below:
- Fixed an issue where, in a game of Tag, a player would see the notification “You are it!” despite not actually being “It.”
- Fixed an issue where some players would lose audio in the Main Menu after disconnecting from a public multiplayer race.
- Fixed a bug where the Ferrari 599 GTO would not change engine sounds after installing the Twin Turbo aspiration upgrade.
- Fixed an issue where setting Dynamic Optimization to “on” after having manually adjusted Advanced settings does not override Advanced settings.
- Fixed an issue where some players’ games were crashing when browsing cars in various screens.
- Fixed an issue where audio was not heard when navigating up and down in the Current, Past & Future Leagues series tabs.
- Fixed an issue where, if a player entered a Text to Speech message using only symbols, the game would crash.
- Rewards sequence now players for both Player 1 and Player 2 in Splitscreen.
- Fixed an issue whether neither player in Splitscreen could access the #Forzathon menu.
- When setting up “Number of Laps” or “Time”-based End Condition, players will now automatically default to intuitive “Scoring Type” and “Bigger is Better” settings.
- Fixed an issue where the 1962 Porsche 804 would not race against any other 804 models in Free Play.
- Fixed an issue where players could use rewind to quickly to gain multiple completed laps on certain #Forzathon events.
- Players can now cancel matchmaking after moving into a new band by pressing the B button.
- Fixed an issue where some players would see hitching in Leagues over multiple consecutive races.
- Fixed an issue in Bowling and Autocross events, where the objective would not update in the pre-race menu if the player changed the difficulty via the “suggested difficulty change pop-up”.
- Fixed an issue where “Engine Specification” pop-up would appear in Forzavista in some cases.
- When selecting the number of laps for a race, lap count will accelerate as player scrolls to larger numbers.
- Fixed an issue where only hood or bumper cameras were used for replay sequence on Maple Valley Reverse.
- Fixed an issue where only English keyboard is shown whenever a user had their game or console language set to something other than English.
2017 BMW #24 Team RLL M6 GTLM
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 points. 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.
1997 Lotus Elise GT1
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.
1967 Nissan R380 II
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.
1970 Citroen 2CV
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.
1968 Subaru 360
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.
1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau
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 exclusive department. “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.
1967 VW Type 3 1600 L
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 Volkswagen innovation.
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