Announced as long ago as last May, Forza Horizon for Xbox moves the well-known Forza franchise away from its racing sim roots and into the realm of open-world gaming. Set in the majestic backdrop of Colorado, players can drive anywhere, from scenic back country and off-road to slicing through traffic on highways and heavily urban areas. The game itself is set for release on October 23, though a demo just went live as of yesterday for Xbox Gold members. Even better, Audi, Lamborghini and even Gumpert are key entries in the initial mix of cars available.
Below we’ve amassed some information you’ll want to know, from an abbreviated car list for Audi enthusiasts, to video previews, designer interviews, links to a few key sites you’ll want to read and a press release covering Forza Horizon’s VIP program – a five car launch pack that includes the R8 GT Spyder. Read below for details.
First up, check out this Behind-the-Scenes video provided by the makers of Forza.
Next, you’ll want to know what cars you’ll be able to drive in Forza Horizon. Of course if you’re reading this here then you’ve already guessed that Audi is featured prominently in the game. Cars like the R8 GT are big news, but there’s also more. Below is a comprehensive list for Audi enthusiasts, but you can also find a full list of all vehicles HERE.
Forza Horizon Vehicle List – Audi Interest
- 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder [VIP] *
- 2011 Audi R8 GT *
- 2010 Audi TT-RS Coupe
- 2006 Audi RS4
- 1983 Audi Sport Quattro
- 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
- 2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento [VIP]
- 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
- 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV
- 2009 Lamborghini Reventón Roadster *
- 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
- 1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV
- 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400
You’ve likely noticed that the Audi R8 GT and the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento are both listed as VIP, so what does that mean? Here’s the press release from Forza explaining that.
Forza Horizon VIP Cars Revealed [source: ForzaMotorsport.net]
Forza fans, get ready for VIP access in Forza Horizon! Like a backstage pass to a concert by your favorite band, the Forza Horizon VIP program is your ticket to new levels of content, excitement, and access in this fall’s biggest racing game, Forza Horizon. Available when you pre-order the Limited Collector’s Edition of Forza Horizon, VIP membership in Forza Horizon includes the following exclusive content:
VIP Car Pack – The five-car VIP pack is only available with the Limited Collector’s Edition of Forza Horizon and includes the following cars:
2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder – Going topless in an all-wheel drive super car might be illegal in some places, but just try and catch this culprit. The R8 GT Spyder has enough power and traction to leave nothing but the brief memory of its taillights in the mind of anyone trying to match its pace. As to its looks, they are exotic, fluid and beg to be touched, but you can’t touch what you can’t catch.
2011 Koenigsegg Agera – The Agera is one of the most interesting of the current breed of hypercar. It certainly has the requisite manic power numbers courtesy of a 940 horsepower twin-turbo 5-liter V8. With a top speed of greater than 260 mph and a sub-three-second 0-60 mph time, no one can deny its performance.
2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento – Faceted like a cut diamond, there’s no mistaking the Sesto Elemento for anything else on the road—even other Lamborghinis. “Sesto element” is Italian for “sixth element;” if you don’t have a periodic table nearby, that’s carbon, a not-so-subtle hint that the body is composed entirely of the woven stuff.
2012 Pagani Huayra – When you think of Pagani cars, it’s natural to think of craftsmanship, performance, and a platonic ideal of automotive beauty. The Huayra has been a long time in the making—as designer Horacio Pagani began work on the car in 2003. But, like all works of art—automotive or otherwise—true beauty takes time.
2011 RUF Rt 12 R – Starting with the traditional body-in-white, RUF completely rebuilds or replaces the rest of the componentry, and the result is stunning—730 horsepower and 693 ft-lbs. of torque, enough to rival all but the most extreme supercars. While the R can do things that few cars can equal, it does so precisely and without drama; a skilled driver can use this car as a finely tuned racing tool.
In addition, VIP members will receive the following benefits:
- Special recognition in the community as a VIP member with VIP icon affixed to their Gamertag in Forza Horizon
- VIP Rivals Mode Events: VIP members have access to exclusive Rivals Mode events in Forza Horizon
- Exclusive in-game gifts from the Forza Motorsport community team
- Expanded Storefront: VIP members receive extra slots for things like photos, liveries, videos, etc.
- Expanded MyForza Gallery Space: VIP’s can store additional videos and/or Big Shot images in their MyForza Gallery on www.forzamotorsport.net
You can get your VIP membership by purchasing the Limited Collector’s Edition of Forza Horizon, available starting on Oct. 23. Forza Horizon Limited Collector’s Edition owners will also receive these benefits:
- Custom-designed Steelbook™ packaging
- Horizon Festival ticket to access exclusive Xbox LIVE content
- Day 1 Add-on Pack with five cars (more details soon)
- Horizon Accelerator Token Pack
- Five exclusive LCE Car Pack liveries (more details soon)
Pre-order your copy of Forza Horizon now to get in on the action of this fall’s hottest racing game!
Forza Horizon Car Roster Reveal: Forza fans should be on the lookout this week for the beginning of the “Forza Horizon” car roster reveal. Beginning on Thursday, Aug. 23, we will be revealing “Forza Horizon” cars on a daily basis, showcasing all of the incredible vehicles players will be able to collect, customize, and drive in the game. By following the official “Forza Motorsport” Twitter and Facebook feeds, fans will get daily updates on new car announcements, along with new screenshots of the cars and the chance to win “Forza Horizon” prizes. See the official rules page for more information on how to win.
Video: Designer Insight
Last, we’ve dug up this Q&A video shot with Forza creator Dan Greenwalt. In this video Dan also describes the game, as well as some of the leading questions fans eagerly anticipating the game have been asking.
Want to know more? Make sure to check out ForzaMotorsport.net for all the latest Forza news.