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PostHeaderIcon Circle Your Calendars! Gran Turismo Sport Drops October 17

The latest and presumably greatest version of the Gran Turismo video game racing franchise now has an official release date. Barring yet another delay, Gran Turismo Sport will find its way into hands of video gamers in the U.S. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. European gamers will have to wait until the 18th, while Japanese gamers will have to wait another day for the game to arrive in their region on the 19th. In any event, the new release date now appears to be set in stone after numerous delays spanning almost a year, with plenty of Gran Turismo fans turning sour on the franchise.

The October 17 release date appears to be for realsies now. It couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, too, considering the game’s chief rival, Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport 7 will be released two weeks earlier on October 3, 2017. It’s still unclear as to why the game has been mired in development after having an initial release date of November 2016. That said, none of that matters now because, according to Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi, the game is “entering the final stages of polishing” ahead of the October 2017 launch date. All’s well that ends well in this regard. Gran Turismo Sport is finally arriving this October, and to get you excited for its coming release, check out the latest trailer for one of the year’s most highly-anticipated video games.

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PostHeaderIcon The Crew 2 Kicks Things Into Over Drive with the Addition of Planes and Boats

Just a little over a year before we were blessed with the Need for Speed reboot, Ubisoft dropped a little gem known as “The Crew,” an open-world game focused on racing with an interesting story line. Like the NFS reboot The Crew was criticized for its always-online style of gameplay (makes you wonder why NFS did it a year later, huh?) but still received decent reviews despite the technical glitches and problematic user interface. Over the next few years, there were a couple of expansion packs released to keep the game relevant as NFS hit the shelves. Come E3 2017, and Ubisoft has officially announced a sequel, The Crew 2, which will be based in the U.S. again, but brings about a redesigned map of the country to go with the addition of new vehicles: bikes, planes, and boats.

Called “Motornation,” the redesigned map of the U.S. in the Crew 2 should be insanely massive, offer up more cities, and more details than before. Switching between vehicles types is said to happen on the fly, at your beck and call, so you can switch from four wheels to two wheels, to none at all with the press of a button. There will be four motorsports families in the game that will include street races, off-roaders, pro racers, and freestylers, all of which will offer up new rides and the ability to customize them as you see fit. New vehicles and items will also be earned through the various competitions or encounters of chance. And, for those of you who have sunk hours upon hours of your life into the first game, you’ll be greeted with a Crew Rewards Program that will offer you as many as 18 vehicles in The Crew 2. So, ready to check out the reveal and some gameplay of the upcoming game? Let’s get to it.


PostHeaderIcon Xbox One X Is Taking Forza 7 To A Whole New Level

Just when you thought racing video games couldn’t get any more realistic in its current format, out comes Forza Motorsport 7 for the Xbox X. The bar for “realistic gaming” has now been set even higher. Don’t get me wrong; this type of evolution is expected, especially in an industry that’s always at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. But with the upcoming release of Xbox X (scheduled for later in the year) ushering in a new era of console gaming, Turn 10 Studios is stepping up with a game that not only offers more than 700 different cars and over 30 different racing environments, but will also boast in-game footage shot at 60 frames per second in 4K resolution.

Now I know I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to video game tech, but I know that 4K is next-level stuff. I also know that when Forza Motorsport 7 is touted as having features like racing conditions that “change every time you race,” I’m aware that there’s something new and evolutionary that’s being offered to the table. All of that adds up to what promises to be a gaming experience that we’ve never gotten from this kind of platform. How that’s going to change our perception of car racing games will only be determined once the console and the game hit the shelves. Rest assured, though, that with Xbox X packing the kind of technology we haven’t seen used on this scale on a video game console, the possibilities of next-gen gaming will be right in our hands soon enough.

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PostHeaderIcon Next Need for Speed Trailer Released; BMW M5 Face Exposed

Just a couple of weeks ago, we brought you the news about a new installment to the Need for Speed franchise that promised better police chases, an offline mode, and even daytime gameplay. More importantly, we’ll actually be able to pause the game for the first time since its reboot – that in itself is enough to pop champagne bottles and make it rain, right? Well, now we’re getting a look at the first official trailer and, needless to say, there are a few surprises. As promised, it does look like there are daytime gameplay and wicked police chases, but it also looks like it’s leaning a bit toward aFast and Furious-type storyline. The new game is being called “Need for Speed: Payback” and is apparently about building the perfect ride and “playing out an action driving fantasy.”

The game will be released on November 10, 2017, and those who preorder will receive the platinum car pack that includes a 2008 Nissan 350Z, 1967 Chevy Camaro SS, 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, 2016 Ford F-150 Raptor, and a 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport. But, this isn’t the only surprise that comes along with the announcement of the latest NFS game. The trailer gives us a quick but definite glimpse at the upcoming BMW M5. We only get to see the face for just a second, but it’s enough to tease us that much more.

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PostHeaderIcon “African Racer” Web Series Looks Slick On Your iPhone

It’s always nice to find a little kernel of automotive video on your phone to keep you occupied during downtime. The latest offering we’ve come across is dubbed “African Racer,” and you can stream it directly to your iPhone via a new app called Edition_ctreamer, all for the low price of completely free.

“African Racer” follows the exploits of Gavin Rooke, a South African art dealer hell bent on racing vintage Porsche 911/912’s in a variety of hill climbs and desert rallies. The series documents Rooke’s efforts in short segments ranging from just a few seconds to no more than a few minutes in length, making it perfect for anyone looking for something quick and easy to digest. The videos are beautifully shot and edited, with lovely background music to set the mood and background narration to tell the story.

Anyone interested in checking it out can download the Edition_ctreamer app from iTunes here. The app also offers a variety of video topics to explore beyond the automotive sphere.

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PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo

Like most supercar brands that are starting off from scratch, Emerson Fittipaldi’s Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo suffers from not having the foundation that other supercar models from more established brands have. The car looks good on paper, but a model’s success isn’t determined on the parcel from which it’s drawn on or even on a full-bodied prototype that debuts at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The good news is that Fittipaldi Motors – the company started by the former F1 world champion – actually has plans to bring the EF7 to life.

The road to seeing the EF7 is going to be a long and difficult one to navigate. That’s usually what awaits start-ups who try to bring their works to the forefront. But Fittipaldi does have a few things on its side too, not the least of which is the drive and dedication to see the EF7 evolve into the production supercar he’s always envisioned it to be. He also has partners in the fold to help him get his project off the ground, including Pininfarina, whose work on the car’s design is immediately recognizable, and HWA AG, an AMG spinoff that prepares German touring cars.

The objective is clear, even if the execution is far from. Ultimately, Fittipaldi plans to build 39 units of the EF7, a number that’s tied into the number of races the 70-year old driver won during his long and illustrious career in both Formula One and Indycar.

Easier said than done, right? Well, we’re definitely rooting for the company to prove its skeptics wrong. It’d be nice to see a project car like the EF7 realize its full potential.

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PostHeaderIcon The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

Suppose you’re a young Brazilian boy with dreams of becoming famous. There are at least two ways to do that. One is through soccer, and the other is through motor racing. Emerson Fittipaldi followed the latter route when he became a racer and won the 1972 Formula One Driver’s Championship, the youngest driver to do so at that time. But unbeknownst to a lot of people, the now-70-year-old Brazilian also had another dream. He wanted to build his own GT sports car. And now, 45 years after winning the F1 title, he’s crossing off his second dream at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo track car.

It might be easy to scoff at Fittipaldi’s hopes and ambitions if you’re an automaker that routinely produces performance cars, but for someone who literally started from scratch and relied on the help of so many partners to get his project off the ground, the sight of seeing the car on display in Geneva is nothing short of a crowning achievement. Fittipaldi himself was overcome with emotion when he helped unveil the car, calling the occasion “the happiest day of my life,” before adding that his dream of building a GT car actually preceded his goal of becoming a race car driver.

That tells you a unique backstory of the EF7, the kind that people will be talking about for years, provided of course that the track car carves out a legacy as rich as the one its creator etched during his exploits in Formula One. More importantly, the car is also a reminder that as long and accomplished a life as Emerson Fittipaldi has lived, he is proving at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show that no matter his age, no dreams are worth giving up on, even if it takes you a while to accomplish it.

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PostHeaderIcon The Fittipaldi EF7 Is Proof That Dreams Do Come True

Suppose you’re a young Brazilian boy with dreams of becoming famous. There are at least two ways to do that. One is through soccer, and the other is through motor racing. Emerson Fittipaldi followed the latter route when he became a racer and won the 1972 Formula One Driver’s Championship, the youngest driver to do so at that time. But unbeknownst to a lot of people, the now-70-year-old Brazilian also had another dream. He wanted to build his own GT sports car. And now, 45 years after winning the F1 title, he’s crossing off his second dream at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo track car.

It might be easy to scoff at Fittipaldi’s hopes and ambitions if you’re an automaker that routinely produces performance cars, but for someone who literally started from scratch and relied on the help of so many partners to get his project off the ground, the sight of seeing the car on display in Geneva is nothing short of a crowning achievement. Fittipaldi himself was overcome with emotion when he helped unveil the car, calling the occasion “the happiest day of my life,” before adding that his dream of building a GT car actually preceded his goal of becoming a race car driver.

That tells you a unique backstory of the EF7, the kind that people will be talking about for years, provided of course that the track car carves out a legacy as rich as the one its creator etched during his exploits in Formula One. More importantly, the car is also a reminder that as long and accomplished a life as Emerson Fittipaldi has lived, he is proving at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show that no matter his age, no dreams are worth giving up on, even if it takes you a while to accomplish it.

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PostHeaderIcon Forza Horizon 3's New DLC Unleashes This Mercedes-AMG Supercar

One of the best things about owning a Mercedes-AMG GT R is the fact that you can enjoy all 577 horses sitting underneath that long, sloping hood. But like most cars, enjoying a car like the AMG GT R is also subject to weather conditions. It’s perfect to drive on a sunny day with clear skies, but not so much during the frigid winter season. Fortunately, we can now tuck our actual GT R’s inside their garages and still enjoy driving one during the cold season, thanks in large part to Forza Horizon 3’s new Blizzard Mountain downloadable content expansion.

You’ll probably remember Turn 10 Studios & Playground Games introduce the Blizzard Mountain downloadable content expansion for $19.99 last month. Turns out, the developers had a surprise up its sleeve because the new DLC actually has more things in store for gamers on top of racing on a “frozen lake.” The pack also includes a number of races and winter weather challenges, all of which are set in the vicinity of the fictitious Blizzard Mountain. Gamers can also use the AMG GT R in the new Snow Drift bucket list challenge where Mercedes-AMG’s range-topping GT model needs to complete a smattering total of 50 drift skills on ice and snow in under four minutes. Seems like a good challenge for the Mercedes-AMG GT R, right?

The AMG GT R may not be an ideal car to use in real-life winter conditions. But in the video game world that is Forza Horizon 3 where the name of the game is going full tilt racing on cars like the GT R, there’s no amount of snow or ice that’s going to stop gamers like myself from pushing that pedal to the floor. And if you’re not down with that, well, this new video of the AMG GT R going through the paces in the game to Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers should be enough to get your juices going.

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PostHeaderIcon Forza Horizon 3's New Expansion Pack Will Let You Race On An Ice-Covered Lake

Just when you thought Forza Horizon 3 couldn’t get any more action-packed, a new expansion pack has just been released, and it’s promising a snowball’s worth of excitement. The pack is officially called “Blizzard Mountain,” and as the name so obviously suggests, it’s centered around experiencing the very best (and worst) of what winter racing is all about. New race cars racing in snow-covered environments? Sounds like a blast to us.

At the heart of this new pack is the change of scenery it provides from the base game’s Australian outback setting. There’s even a frozen lake in the game that players can race on, which should amplify the excitement of also having over 50 new events and challenges, including Hill Climb, Descent, and Blizzard race events, all of which are included in the Blizzard Mountain expansion pack.

If these new features and events aren’t enough, let’s not forget about the new cars that are also included in the pack. There are eight of them, and man, these eight cars are the stuff of winter racing dreams. Start with the oldest of the eight and you have a 1966 Ford F-100 Flareside Trophy Truck from Abatti Racing, the same truck driven by former NASCAR and off-road racer Robby Gordon. Other classic pieces featured in the Blizzard Mountain pack include two classic Lancia racers, namely the 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Group 4 and fire-spitting 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Group B. I know none of these cars are suited for winter racing, but I don’t care. The thought of driving the Stratos on a frozen lake is already getting me excited.

A trio of modern-day race cars from various racing disciplines are also part of the pack, including its crown jewel: Ken Block’s 2016 Ford GYMKHANA 9 Focus RS RX. This is the same car that served as the star of Block’s action-packed Gymkhana 9 short film. Block’s Focus RS RX is also joined by some notable names in the racing scene, particularly off road racer RJ Anderson’s 2016 #37 Polaris RZR-Rockstar Energy Pro 2 truck and Travis Pastrana’s 2016 Subaru #199 WRX STI VT15r rally racer.

Completing the eight cars included in the game is the 2016 Nissan Titan Warrior Concept and a hidden barn find vehicle that gamers are invited to look for within the wintry landscape of the Blizzard Mountain expansion pack.

It goes without saying that the Blizzard Mountain expansion pack is a ball of fun. The whole pack is already available for $19.99, although players who already have the Expansion Pass can get it at no added cost.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Is Now A Video Game Free Agent

It’s not exactly the equivalent of LeBron James’ “The Decision” announcement back in 2010, but it is significant for video game players all over the world. Porsche, a long-time exclusive partner of Electronic Arts and the Need for Speed franchise, is now a free agent. That means that the German automaker is free to appear in any video game that isn’t Need for Speed, where it has resided since NFS: Porsche Unleashed all the way back in 2000.

For those who play the Gran Turismo and/or Forza car racing video game franchises, the absence of Porsche has been significant, although Forza has managed to take advantage of some loopholes, either through expansion packs or RUF-badged models.

But according to German website SpeedManiacs, Porsche is no longer exclusively tied to EA, as confirmed by no less than Porsche Branded Entertainment Manager Sebastian Horning. The end of the partnership between the two companies now gives other car racing video game franchises the opportunity to include Porsche’s long and storied list of performance and race cars to their games.

And just as quickly as the contract between Porsche and EA expired, other platforms are already hard at work in bringing in the brand to their games. Forza Horizon 3, for example, already has a number of Porsche models ready to be driven. There are also rumors that for the first time in its franchise history, Gran Turismo will be able to offer a roster of Porsche vehicles sometime in 2017.

Other games like Slightly Mad Studios’ sequel to Project Cars will also see the introduction of Porsche. Same thing with racing simulators like Assetto Corsa, which are actually now available to visitors at Porsche Experience Centers all over the world.

Anybody who has ever played a racing game that isn’t Need for Speed in the past 16 years will understand the frustration of not being able to drive cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo or Porsche Cayenne. But now that the German automaker is free to appear in any game, all that waiting is going to finally have its long overdue payoff.

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PostHeaderIcon Filmmaker Recreates The Original Gran Turismo Using RC Cars: Video

It’s hard to imagine where all the years have gone, but the truth is, we’re approaching 19 years since the first Gran Turismo video game burst into the scene back in December 1997. I don’t know about you, but nostalgia kicks in every time I remember what it was like playing the original Gran Turismo on the first Sony PlayStation. Considering how big the franchise has become, it’s no surprise that others share in my sentiment, including French filmmaker Alexandre Synger, who went over and above what you’d expect from an OG Gran Turismo fan by actually recreating specific scenes from the game, including the opening sequence, using radio-controlled cars.

The video you’ll see is an incredible depiction of the original Gran Turismo, right down to the cars – it’s the Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak! – and the open-world environment. Synger went all-out with this video, going so far as to recreate the menu screens and the car selection process using the same RC cars. Best of all, they’re all incredibly accurate!

It’s a worthwhile watch for old school fans of the original Gran Turismo video game. And once you’re done, take some time and look for some of Synger’s other works. He’s also recreated numerous chase scenes from the Fast and Furious movie franchise he even has one for the Pod Racer sequence from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. It may be the worst of all the Star Wars movies, but watching Synger’s recreation of the scene is actually pretty awesome too.


PostHeaderIcon Gamers Set Record For Longest Video Game Marathon On A Racing Game

If you thought a 12-hour video game marathon was intense, five gamers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. blew past that time on their way to setting a new Guinness World Record for longest video game marathon on a racing game. Unbelievably, these five individuals played Forza Motorsport 6 in a staggering 48 hours, 29 minutes, and 21 seconds.

Surviving solely on sweets, soft drinks, energy drinks, and power naps, the quintet of gamers did their best Le Mans 24 Hours impersonation by racing the Ford GT at the Le Sarthe circuit for double the time it takes for the actual race to be completed. In doing so, they managed to cover an incredible 41,004 kilometers (25,476 miles), completing 3,015 laps in the process with each gamer clocking in an average of 603 laps. For comparison’s sake, the earth’s circumference is 40,075 kilometers (24,901) miles, so basically these gamers covered more ground with the virtual Ford GT in Forza 6 than the circumference of the planet. In the process of setting the world record, the gamers consumed over three kilos of candy (6.6 pounds), 32 energy drinks, 47 soft drinks, and 146 bottles of water.

All the hard work – yes, these gamers put in some serious work to achieve this record – ultimately paid off as no less than Lena Kehlmann, the official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records, recognized the startling feat as a “superlative effort” on the part of the new record holders. It’s hard not to argue against Kuhlmann’s assessment, especially when you consider that in setting the new record, the gamers had to go all-out on beating the old one, which they did by only 28 minutes.

It’s unclear if these five individuals won anything other than the distinction of being a Guinness World Record holder. If I were in their place, prizes would be have been the last thing on my mind after going through that gruelling marathon. I would’ve asked for a bed and some comfortable pillows too.

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PostHeaderIcon Turn 10 Studios Drops New List Of Cars To Add To Growing Car Lineup Of Forza Horizon 3

At the rate it’s going, Forza Horizon 3 could very well have every car in the history of cars. Ok, that’s exaggerating it, but Turn 10 Studios, the brilliant minds behind the brilliant Forza franchise, has added a new list of cars into the game, bringing the total of cars included in the game to north of 300.

Even more impressive, three additions included in the list are being touted as the “spotlight cars of the week.” These aren’t your typical Winnebagos or Reliant Robins; these three cars all of the high-performance variety, the type of cars you’d want to own in real life.

First up is the Cadillac CTS-V, the 640-horsepower performance sedan that’s capable of hitting a top speed of 200 mph. Yep, it’s a 200-mph Cadillac. Not to be outdone, the 2017 Nissan GT-R also joins the fray, proving that it wouldn’t be a Forza game without the presence of the latest and meanest version of Godzilla. For the last performance machine, we have the new Aston Martin Vantage GT12, probably the closest thing all of us can get to driving the 592-horsepower street-spec racer.

The three cars may be the headliners, but they’re far from the only ones that are included in the new list. There are a total of five Ferraris, including the 2012 F12berlinetta and the 1984 288 GTO. The list also includes a few classic machines like the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona HEMI and a 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R. And let’s not forget since this particular exotic is also a Hollywood star, the 2016 W Motors Lykan Hypersport is also in this list. It remains to be seen though if the virtual version will also have the jewel-embedded headlights.

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PostHeaderIcon Grand Theft Auto V is a Test Bed for Autonomous System Coding

Grand Theft Auto V is a great game. In fact, some of my favorite past times involve playing this game. You know, things like pissing off the cops and seeing how long I can survive, beating little old ladies, running people over – the usual. In the past, people have shunned the game claiming that it provokes violence in young people and all that, but obviously it didn’t phase Rockstar games or the franchise in any way. Now, however, it isn’t all about fun and games or completing insane missions. A program known as Deep Drive is said to be using the game to develop source code for autonomous driving technology.

The program itself has brought together tech giants like Google with manufacturers like Ford and Toyota. According to CarBuzz and a video you’ll see later in this article, the program is using GTA as an actual test bed and has already developed a self-driving car that operates within the confines of the digital but wildly open world of GTA. For the record, that car is a knock off Audi and in the video, it appears to be driving quite well on its own.

For now, it’s hard to say what will come from this, but it makes perfect sense to use the game as a simulator for autonomous test code. Plus, I’m sure it was probably a pretty easy thing to integrate since the game already has a similar type of coding for the random drivers in the games and, more obviously, the taxi cabs players can ride in instead of driving.

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PostHeaderIcon Forza Goes Off-Road with its Week 4 Car Announcement for Horizon 3

Forza Garage has now posted its fourth installment announcing cars that we’ll see when Horizon 3 finally hits store shelves or your digital download queue. As it has in the past, Forza has decided to put the spotlight on certain models, and this week it’s focused on those like to go off road. It’s only fitting, of course, since Australia is known to be a pretty tough place – I know you’ve seen the pictures of those massive spiders they have there, haven’t you? If not, you can fill your subconscious with nightmares here.

Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand, tough places also have awesome off-road trails and places to go, and the digital Horizon 3 world will have plenty of that. The most well-known model we’ll talk about today is the Toyota FJ40, which is just out of place if it isn’t dirty or being beat on down some dirty trail. Of course, not all of the cars announced this week are meant for off-road adventures. Other highlights include the 1967 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL, the 1971 Plymouth Cuda 426 Hemi, and there is even a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and a 2012 Mini John Cooper Works GP in the mix. Talk about diversity, right?

With that said, let’s take a look at the big highlights of this week’s announcement and talk a little about them. We better hurry before the boss catches me writing about video games again, though, so let’s get to it.


PostHeaderIcon Need for Speed No Limits Launches Devil's Run Challenge

Hot on the heels of Real Racing’s Evolution of Jaguar update, another auto racing mobile game is offering an iconic supercar as a prize on its own update. This one comes by way of Need for Speed No Limits and its new Devil’s Run expansion update that includes several challenges that not only allows gamers to win in-game cash, but more importantly, a 1995 Lamborghini Diablo SuperVeloce, among other prized exotic beauties.

The Devil’s Run expansion will feature several different challenges that will be rolled out in the next six weeks. The first of these challenges will drop tomorrow, August 12 and will run until next Tuesday, August 16, giving gamers a total of five days to race their way from 100th place to 1st in an underground road rally. Those who accomplish this task will win the 1995 Diablo SV and in-game cash.

Those who miss out on scoring the Diablo SV will still have two more opportunities to take home a virtual supercar. It’s not going to be the Lamborghini anymore, but those who win the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Fastlane Series that will take place from August 23 to 28 will get a chance to win a Jaguar F-Type and those who win the Ford GT Fastlane Series from September 6 to 11 will obviously be treated to a Ford GT.

In addition to the challenges, the new NFS No Limits update will also include new features tacked on into the game. For instance, police cars in the game will now carry an Electro Static Field that can stop racers dead in their tracks. Likewise, in-game achievements by players will also come with rewards from the missions feature.

The Devil’s Run expansion is already live and can be downloaded on the Apple App Store and Google Play. In case there are still players there in need of convincing, a teaser trailer of the update is also available for public consumption.

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PostHeaderIcon New Study Reveals Action Gamers Make For Better Real-Life Drivers

The next time somebody tells you that you’re wasting your time playing so many hours of Call of Duty or Forza 6, offer them this simple response: “I’m improving my hand-eye coordination.” They’ll probably roll their eyes at you, or worse, laugh hysterically at such a ridiculous statement. Only the statement is not as ridiculous as they think, at least not according to a research that was published in the Psychological Science journal that says that playing action games helps improve “abilities in coordinating incoming visual information with motor control,” or in layman’s terms, hand-eye coordination.

A sharpened version of such a skill goes a long way in improving driving skills and according to a research team lead by University of Hong Kong psychologist Li Li, playing video games allows gamers to hone those skills, thus improving their reaction times and ability to quickly process information with their eyes. The research specifically singled out how exposure to action gaming creates these skills that are necessary for driving.

To get the answers they need, the researchers conducted a series of experiments which required the involvement of 12 action gamers, or those who spent a minimum of five hours per week in the last six months playing games like Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty and another 12 non-action gamers who preferred slow-evolving games like Sims. All 24 participants were then tasked to steer a virtual vehicle down a straight lane at a speed of 33 miles per hour in the confines of a light proof booth. The experiment revealed that the action games drove more accurately than the non-action gamers.

In a separate experiment, the research team split 16 gamers into two groups, including an action group that was made up of gamers who would play a first-person shooter game (Unreal Tournament 2004) and another group that would play a life simulation game (Sims 2). All players were given 10 hours to play the games and while both groups showed an ability to adapt to the nuances of their respective games and improve their scores, it was only the action group, or those who played Unreal Tournament, that showed marked improvements in hand-eye coordination.

The findings of the experiments were strong enough to convince the authors that action video games have the ability to be “cost-effective training tools to help people improve their essential visuomotor-control skills used for driving.” So again, the next time somebody tells you that you’re spending too much time racing in Forza 6, refer to this published experiment and remind them that you’re simply improving your hand-eye coordination and your real-life driving skills.

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PostHeaderIcon Real Racing 3 Launches Evolution of Jaguar Car Pack

It may not be as powerful or as detailed as the Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsports video game franchises, but mobile racing simulator Real Racing 3 also has its share of fans and gamers alike. Now, those people have been rewarded with a new update package that can unlock three of the most prized Jaguars of all time. There is one catch though. The cars won’t be available as soon as the update is downloaded. If gamers want to get them, they’re going to have to compete for them.

The package is called Evolution of Jaguar, a fitting name for an update that can yield a gamer the 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight, the Jaguar XJ220, and the Jaguar F-Type SVR. Each of the three models will be available as rewards of three Jaguar Legacy events that are also part of the update. The first of these events, Jaguar Legacy: Part 1, kicks off today, August, 9, and will be followed by Parts 2 and 3 in the coming days and weeks. The three events make up the six real-time racing events included in the update, each having a window from anywhere between four to nine days. All the players need to do is to win these events for the chance to take home the classic Jags.

In addition to the Jaguars that are up for grabs, the update also includes events wherein the prizes include the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and the Mercedes SLS GT3, complete with a new livery kit. Capping off this rather eventful update is the eight season of the Gauntlet challenge, which begins on September 10. Players who compete in this event have the chance to win a 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

All told, that’s six cars that players of Real Racing 3 can add to their virtual garages. They’re going to have to work for hard for all of them and if they think they’re up to the task, they can start downloading the Evolution of Jaguar pack as a free download through the Apple App Store, Amazon App Store, and Google Play.

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PostHeaderIcon Real Racing 3 Launches Evolution of Jaguar Car Pack

It may not be as powerful or as detailed as the Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsports video game franchises, but mobile racing simulator Real Racing 3 also has its share of fans and gamers alike. Now, those people have been rewarded with a new update package that can unlock three of the most prized Jaguars of all time. There is one catch though. The cars won’t be available as soon as the update is downloaded. If gamers want to get them, they’re going to have to compete for them.

The package is called Evolution of Jaguar, a fitting name for an update that can yield a gamer the 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight, the Jaguar XJ220, and the Jaguar F-Type SVR. Each of the three models will be available as rewards of three Jaguar Legacy events that are also part of the update. The first of these events, Jaguar Legacy: Part 1, kicks off today, August, 9, and will be followed by Parts 2 and 3 in the coming days and weeks. The three events make up the six real-time racing events included in the update, each having a window from anywhere between four to nine days. All the players need to do is to win these events for the chance to take home the classic Jags.

In addition to the Jaguars that are up for grabs, the update also includes events wherein the prizes include the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and the Mercedes SLS GT3, complete with a new livery kit. Capping off this rather eventful update is the eight season of the Gauntlet challenge, which begins on September 10. Players who compete in this event have the chance to win a 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

All told, that’s six cars that players of Real Racing 3 can add to their virtual garages. They’re going to have to work for hard for all of them and if they think they’re up to the task, they can start downloading the Evolution of Jaguar pack as a free download through the Apple App Store, Amazon App Store, and Google Play.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


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