The fourth and final scheduled race weekend of the month featuring the F1 circus is upon us, and Codemasters are once again taking the opportunity to pair it with an in-game look at their upcoming title. With F1 2016 set to release in three weeks’ time, this will be the final onboard hot lap before the sport’s summer break and the game’s release.
The last time we were given an in-game look at this year’s title saw the defending three-time champion and Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton pace us around the Hungaroring circuit, the location of the first Formula One Grand Prix behind the Iron Curtain. Now the ever-talented Sahara Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg takes the virtual wheel to guide us through the twists and turns of the high-speed Hockenheimring circuit, host to this week’s German Grand Prix.
Redesigned in 2002, the track was shortened, doing away with the long forested straights in favor of tighter turns. The redesign was of course met with varying degrees of criticism, with some drivers and team principals preferring the older layout. Since 2007 the German Grand Prix has alternated between the Hockenheimring and the Nürburgring GP Circuit, whereas previously there were two GP events held in Germany every year since 1995 up until 2006.
F1 2016 will be releasing onto the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms on August 19th, one week before the Belgian Grand Prix. The title will return its focus to an in-depth career mode, and will simulate the feeling of the sport both on and off the track.
Remember to swing by our F1 games forum for more in-depth discussion.
Well now this is an odd pairing. Kunos Simulazioni has continued to tease the contents of its upcoming Porsche expansion packs for Assetto Corsa, hot on the heels of previous hints (first the 935/78, then the Carerra RSR 3.0). The latest two additions certainly cover a broad spectrum: the 2017 Porsche Panamera and the 1973 Porsche 917/30.
Other than the badge on their noses, what could these two possibly share? Well, as hinted in the title, they’re record-holders. They’re also both turbocharged.
The 917/30 is widely regarded as the car that killed Can-Am racing due to its dominance. The final official variation on the successful 917 formula, the car was the most powerful sports racing car in history, running up to 1580hp in qualifying trim. With Mark Donohue behind the wheel, the 917/30 won all but two races in the 1973 season. The other two races were still won by a Porsche, but with the older 917/10.
The 2017 Panamera is also a record setter. With a new, turbocharged, 550hp V8 engine, it recently set the fastest lap for a four-door machine around the Nurburgring, clocking in at 7:38. It may be a big luxury vehicle, but that lap time puts it in the company of dedicated sports cars like the Camaro Z/28, Lexus LFA, and Gallardo LP570-4.
In addition, Kunos has released another image showcasing the Carrera RSR we showed you yesterday. This time, we get a view of those wide rear arches, and period-appropriate high-profile Avon tires.
The Porsche packs are scheduled to release this autumn, for all platforms.
Last week, we showed you hot laps of the Mercedes Race Truck and BMW Isetta, both part of the latest “Turn 10 Select” car pack for Forza Motorsport 6. Now we’re back with two of the other cars included in the pack: the 1980 Fiat 124 Sport Spider, and the 2014 #14 Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar XK.
First up is the big Jag, as shown above. We’ve set the AI to the toughest setting, and it shows: the more powerful Ford GT and Aston DBR9 racers left us in their dust, while the BMW M3 and Ferrari 458 constantly harried us from behind. The Emil Frey car is heavier than most of the other GT3 entrants, and takes a little while to get comfortable in as a result. Copse is a tricky turn to nail in the big cat!
After such a frenetic race, the Fiat is a much more relaxed steer. Heading around the rolling hills of Road Atlanta, it tackles turns with aplomb. It’s not exactly quick — it just barely enters the triple digits on the back straight — but its rorty exhaust and predictable handling make it a willing partner in the lower classes.
That leaves the Chevy Cruze touring car, Ford Brawner Hawk III, and McLaren 570S. Where would you like to see us take those cars? We’ll be back with them next week.
The Porsche-fettled RS2 Avant should take nicely to the Outback. FM6 image courtesy of VXR.
Yesterday, we saw the latest batch of car reveals for Forza Horizon 3. The Australian media got an exclusive early look before the official site was updated today. However, it looks like someone accidentally released next week’s list early.
First spotted by GTPlanet member eminem09494, the “Full List of Forza Horizon 3 Cars Revealed To Date” includes quite a lot of cars not yet shown in either of the unveilings so far. While the majority are vehicles already seen in previous Forza installments, there are some intriguing new additions, each from a different decade in history (highlighted in bold):
- 1992 Alfa Romeo Milano Quadrifoglio Verde
- 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
- 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
- 2015 Audi S1
- 1995 Audi RS2 Avant
- 1988 BMW M5
- 2015 BMW X6 M
- 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
- 2013 Caterham Superlight R500
- 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 427
- 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
- 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Sport
- 1960 Datsun 2000 Roadster
- 1948 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta
- 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4
- 2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia
- 1980 Fiat 124 Sport Spider
- 1997 Honda Civic Type R
- 1967 Jaguar Mk II 3.8
- 1961 Jaguar E-Type S1
- 1990 Jaguar XJ-S
- 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
- 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale EVO
- 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport
- 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Pininfarina Berlinetta
- 2005 Mazda MazdaSpeed MX-5
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
- 1949 Mercury Coupe
- 1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4
- 2010 Nissan 370Z
- 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
- 1980 Renault 5 Turbo
- 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
- 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
- 1979 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
- 1994 Toyota Celica GT- FOUR ST205
- 1992 Toyota Celica GT- FOUR RC ST185
- 1974 Toyota Celica GT
- 2013 Toyota GT86
- 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar
The C5 Vette Z06 joins the Viper ACR and Evora S in FH3. FM6 image courtesy of RandomCarGuy17.
Each of the new additions signify an important part of their respective marque’s history. Ferrari’s 166MM is the model responsible for many of the company’s first competitive victories. When Ian Callum — Jaguar’s current head of design — wanted a car for everyday use, he put down his own money to create his dream version of the classic Mk II. The Maserati A6GCS/53 is one of the rarest cars to carry the Trident badge, with only four Berlinettas ever being produced. The FJ40 is a much different sort of vehicle: a tough, mud-plugging off-roader that was produced for over four decades, and is still renowned for its abilities.
Other noteworthy additions are the BMW X6 M, Fiat 124 Sport Spider, and Jaguar XJ-S, all cars that were recently added to FM6 via DLC. The 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, on the other hand, was a hard-to-win ‘Unicorn‘ car a few months ago.
Keen readers will notice a distinct lack of a certain German automaker throughout the reveals so far. No, not Porsche: Volkswagen vehicles have yet to be spotted. Out of all the manufacturers found in the Forza series that are still absent in Horizon 3, The People’s Car maker is the largest. By our count, there’s over 100 cars left to be revealed, so perhaps T10 and Playground Games are simply saving them for a later date.
Don’t forget to swing by our Forza Horizon 3 forum section to discuss the game in greater detail.