Forza Motorsport 7 – Samsung QLED Car Pack
Next week, Microsoft will launch the powerful Xbox One X, which will enable console racers to enjoy some racing in a 4K resolution at a solid 60 fps. So it should not come as a surprise that the first Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pack DLC is themed by Microsoft’s official Xbox One partner Samsung who are promoting the QLED (quantum dot light-emitting diode) TV series which claim to offer better viewing angles, deeper black levels, 4K resolution, and HDR support. If only our pockets were bigger…
The upcoming Samsung QLED Car Pack is the first of the six monthly packs included in the Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass. The QLED Car Pack DLC contains seven new cars including three road-going vehicles and four racecars of which two are trucks.
The Samsung QLED Car Pack will be available for download next Tuesday, November 7. Coincidently also the release date of the new Xbox One X console.
Included Car Models:
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
It’s been 21 years since Alfa Romeo sold cars in the United States, and one drive of the new Giulia might infer they spent the entire time making sure their next entry was perfect. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is all Alfa Romeo, with exotic lines, delicate styling touches, and the performance you expect from an Italian sport sedan.
In Quadrifoglio dress the biggest treat is the 505 horsepower Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. Not only is it four-letter fast, but the sonorous rumble it emits is stunning from idle to redline. The front bumper on Quadrifoglio models is aggressive looking and, in the rear, you will find the gigantic rear diffuser and a gorgeously protruding exhaust. It’s been a long time to wait for the new Giulia, but by any measure, it was worth it.
1984 Nissan #20 Coca-Cola Bluebird Super Silhouette
If the Nissan Bluebird’s iconic angular aero kit and amazing wide body don’t immediately impress you, then the raw gut-wrenching power of its 562 horsepower LZ20B engine will. This was, of course, the 1980s and the silhouette-bodied cars were outlandish experiments, designed to improve grip and destroy the competition.
Underneath the body, whose silhouette resembles the Bluebird production model, is a bare-naked race car. The KY910 was the first from Nissan to show what its racing efforts could produce in this class, and it was monumentally successful. The Coca-Cola liveried #20 won the Fuji Grand Championships in 1980 and 1982, and three of four rounds in 1983. Could it be your next go-to racer? The #20 is ready to ride on rails, but be careful, this is a pure race machine not to be taken lightly.
1978 Porsche #78 MOMO 935/78
Most folks know “Moby Dick” as the famous novel written by Herman Melville. In automotive circles, the nickname “Moby Dick” refers to just one car: Porsche’s beloved 935/78. This race car represented the peak of FIA Group 5 racing before rules changes made it obsolete. The long white tail of its Martini-liveried cousin gave it the nickname, and it remains one of the greatest beasts to ever blast down the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans.
The car was built specifically to compete there, even incorporating right-hand drive for better balance and sighting for the curvy clockwise course. The 935 /78 could reach speeds as high as 227 mph; enough to pass the dominant Renault Alpines and the Porsche 936. The massive turbo (along with massive lag) was known for extraordinary exhaust fireballs, but these 845 hp beasts were sadly short-lived. Now’s your chance to relive those late-70s thrills again.
2017 Abarth 124 Spider
Built on the same chassis and with many of the same components of the Mazda Miata, the Abarth 124 Spider takes that solid base and spices it up with Italian flair. This variant has the most horsepower available and an optimized suspension. The car’s bulging lines beg to cut their way through the wind with the top down.
Under the long hood is the treat that separates the 124 from its Japanese sibling. Whether you actually find the turbo in the engine bay or note the distinguishing sound of it spooling up as you throttle up, the forced induction is what makes this little convertible a real treat. Like the Miata, this is a car you can drive at 100 percent all day and have loads of fun in the process. So, what are you waiting for?
1957 Maserati 250F
Sir Stirling Moss said it was one of the best front-engined Formula One cars he had ever driven. The great Juan Manuel Fangio broke the Nürburgring track record in a 250F nine times in ten laps in one race, overcoming a 48-second gap to win the German Grand Prix on the second-to-last lap. These are just a few of the tales from the cigar-bodied 250F’s storied history as one of the last of the front-engine racers of its era.
There were only 26 examples ever produced and their racing spanned from 1954 to 1960. Piloting the 2.5-liter V12-powered lithe tube frame chassis on ancient tire technology not much wider than the accelerator pedal was not for the faint of heart. The fuel mixture contained methanol, gasoline, acetone, benzol, and castor oil, a potent and poisonous mix. The notion of seat belts seemed absurd as it was preferable to be thrown from the vehicle than be burnt alive in a crash. While you will be safe racing the 250F in Forza, spare a thought for the motorsport heroes that risked their lives every time they climbed in behind the massive steering wheel.
2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Arctic Trucks AT37
Icelandic vehicle re-engineering house Artic Trucks says you don’t have to be a polar explorer to own one of their rigs, but the fact is you could be. Artic Trucks have been driven to both magnetic poles and even set a record for the fastest journey to the South Pole.
In the case of the Land Cruiser AT37, defined by the size of its tires, you have a vehicle that isn’t simply lifted for looks; it has been re-engineered from the ground up to be one of the most versatile rides on the planet. A suspension and body lift, as well as full consideration of all drivetrain components, gives this Land Cruiser not only a unique look but an unforgettable driving experience.
2015 Honda Ridgeline Baja Trophy Truck
The Baja 1000 is one of the most grueling off-road races in the world. The 2015 course was 821 miles of rocks, sand, and incredible obstacles. This specially built Trophy Truck competed and won Class-2 (forced induction engines up to 3.6 liters) that year. Honda Performance Development built the Ridgeline Trophy Truck to showcase the design of the second generation Ridgeline pickup. Design cues including the front facia, hood, roof, and bed are taken directly from the new model.
The engine utilizes the same block, heads, and crankshaft from the 3.5-liter V6 that will power the 2017 production model. Twin-turbos in the race truck helped bump output to 550 horsepower, and the remainder of the vehicle is a custom-built tube frame chassis with the kind of massive suspension needed to take the punishment the Baja desert dishes out every mile. Take this one of kind racer to the track against the other off-roaders and find out for yourself how it matches up.
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