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PostHeaderIcon Zagato’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept Looks All Sorts Of Sexy

Ever since the Vision Gran Turismo exercise sprung to life in 2013, automakers from all over the world have taken full advantage of the opportunity to showcase their imaginations on designing revolutionary cars for Sony’s Gran Turismo video racing game franchise. We’ve seen, quite literally, 30 or more cars with the Vision Gran Turismo label, each one seemingly more audacious than the one before it. Suffice it to say; it’s been an overwhelmingly successful exercise for all parties concerned, including the latest automaker to join in on the fun: Zagato. The Italian design house will be in debuting its first stab at a VGT concept, and as far as teasers go, it’s already showing off quite a handful of jaw-dropping bits.

The concept is officially called the Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo Concept and, as the name implies, it’s essentially a homage to the Iso Rivolta, a sports car that was in production in the 60’s. It’s still unclear how Zagato managed to pay tribute to the old Rivolta with the concept seeing as the car is only showing a glimpse of its body. But, as far as teasing goes, this slight pulling up of the skirt reveals way more than we could have hoped. Those bulging wheel arches, in particular, not only look daunting, but they extend seamlessly straight into the front bumper on one side and into the body on the other. Harder to see from this angle is the front section of the car, though we do get to see a sharp nose, thin headlights, and a small canard just in front of wheels. The full reveal of the Zagato IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo Concept takes place on October 18, giving us five weeks to speculate on what kind of sexy piece of machinery is hiding underneath that cover.

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PostHeaderIcon Forza Motorsport 7 Is Literally Next-Generation Gaming: Video

We already know what to expect from Forza Motorsport 7. Or do we? That question may not be answered until we all get our hands on the game later this year, but Forza creative director Bill Giese isn’t waiting until October 3 (or November 7 for those who have the Xbox One X) to get the game’s hype train rolling. Speaking with IGN at Gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany, Giese touched on several important items about the game that’s already making us giddy for Forza 7 to hit shelves.

Among the most important announcements that caught our attention is Giese’s admission that experiencing Forza 7 at its best requires the all-new Xbox One X, thanks to its much faster processing power over the Xbox One, as well as true 4K resolution. Basically, you’re going to need an Xbox One X and a 4K TV to really immerse yourselves into the world of Forza 7. Giese even says that playing Forza 7 on the Xbox One X at native 4K at 60 FPS really opens up the richness of the racing environment that Turn 10 Studios created. Think it can’t get any more real than what the Xbox One provides? Well, according to Giese, playing the game on the One X allows you see even the tiniest of details in crystal clear resolution. Imagine the people in the stands having actual faces and moving like real people. Better yet, imagine the bits and pieces of rock on the asphalt or the patches of grass as your cars drive by. They can all be seen in 4K resolution.

Add all of this to the fact that Forza 7 has over 700 cars at its disposal, including the largest collection of Ferrari cars in the history of video game racing franchises and the addition of Porsche into the fold, and you have a game that’s already living up to the hype, even if it’s still two months away from releasing.

PostHeaderIcon Christmas Comes Early As Sony Releases Gran Turismo Sport-Themed Playstation 4 Console

As if getting excited over the upcoming release of Gran Turismo Sport isn’t enough for gamers, Sony and Polyphony Digital just upped the ante after announcing a new limited edition Gran Turismo Sport Playstation 4 console. Turns out, this new console is even more reason for gamers to start counting the days to October 18, the date Sony stamped as the official release of both the special edition console and the game itself.

Befitting its special edition status, the Gran Turismo Sport PS4 Console is going to be offered with some pretty impressive specs. For starters, it’s going to be based on the latest Slim 1TB version of the PS4. It’ll also feature unique cosmetic features, none more prominent than the silver faceplate that bears the Gran Turismo logo. Even the matching Dualshock 4 wireless controller will be finished in silver, making it the only limited edition PS4 console that will proudly carry these colors. Those who end up buying the console will also receive a special Day-1 edition of the game, which itself comes with in-game credits amounting to $250,000 on top of some livery sticker packs, a chrome racing helmet, and 60 PS4 avatars. Those who aren’t sold on buying the console itself do have the option of only buying the limited edition controller, which is expected to be bundled with a standard edition of the game and a Grand Turismo-branded touch pad.

About the only downside to the special edition console is availability, at least as far as U.S. customers are concerned. Though pricing details have not been announced, Sony has announced that the console will be available in the U.K., Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. There’s no word yet from Sony on whether the console will hit our shores, but until it says it does, work on the assumption that we’ll be on the outside looking in as far as this special edition GTS-themed PS4 console is concerned.

PostHeaderIcon Drive the new BMW M5 First in Need for Speed Payback!

So, today is the day that the next-generation BMW M5 breaks cover, and it couldn’t come any sooner now that someone took the liberty of releasing some images over the weekend, just hours prior to its debut. Well, much like Porsche did with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at Xbox E3 during the Forza 7 preview, BMW has decided to do the same by introducing the M5 in the newest and upcoming installation of Need for Speed. The game debuts on November 10th and the M5 will be available in the game at launch, which is well before the M5 will roll into dealers next spring. Of course, you’ll still get to put the pedal to the metal first in the game, and let’s be honest – that’s still better than waiting months for delivery, don’t you think?

With that said, we have a new NFS: Payback trailer to watch and get a good look at the M5 putting in work while we’re at it. Of course, the biggest thing we were waiting on was the official look of the next M-powered beast, as we already knew that it would offer up 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, all of which is channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission to an AWD system, yet another plus for this aggressive little sports sedan. But, what’s more important to note are the major improvements that come along with this generation of the M5, as it Trumps the previous model hands down in just about every way imaginable. It has a fresh suspension system that’s tuned for everyday driving and track use via the drive mode selector, variable damper control, impressive performance credentials, and a top speed of 189 mph if you opt for the M Driver’s Package. Let’s venture into a little comparison below to see how it really stacks up to that old M5 sitting in your driveway!

PostHeaderIcon Ken Block’s Hoonicorn Mustang Highlights New Hoonigan Car Pack For Forza Horizon 3

By now, it’s probably been established that Ken Block has some of the most desirable cars in the world. We’re not talking about exotics though; we’re talking about his custom drift cars, one of which is the beyond awesome “Hoonicorn” Mustang. The real world offers all of us little possibility of owning the Hoonicorn, but there is now a way for us to get to drive it… in the world of Forza Horizon 3.

Oh, yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Hoonicorn Mustang is now available on Forza Horizon 3 as the crown jewel car of the game’s new Hoonigann Car Pack. Judging by its name, it’s of little surprise that the new pack is made up entirely of cars that are affiliated with the Hoonigan brand, of which Block’s Gymkhana exploits was born from. The pack isn’t all about the 1,400-horsepower Hoonicorn, after all. There’s also the 333-horsepower 1978 Ford Escort RS Rally car that’s also owned by Block. There’s also “Loki,” a 1979 Chevy K5 Blazer that was built and developed by Baldwin Motorsports. Since these cars are defined by their nicknames as much as their capabilities, I should add that a car called “Napalm Nova” – a 1972 Chevy Nova – is also part of the pack, as is “Tri-Five by Fire,” a gasser-style Chevrolet Bel Air and “Twerkstallion,” a 1992 Mazda RX-7.

The cost of the pack is $6.99 and it’s already available. If any of you don’t have Forza Horizon 3, fret not because the pack will also be available on Forza Motorsport 7 when the game hits shelves in a few months.

PostHeaderIcon UPDATED: Turn 10 Studios Drops List Of First 167 Cars On Forza 7

One hundred and sixty seven. We can count them all up until the cows come home, but that number isn’t going to change. 167 – that’s how many cars Turn 10 Studios has unveiled as part of the first wave of vehicles that will be included in Forza Motorsport when the game goes on sale on October 3. The number itself is impressive if you think about it, but it’s not even close to the number of cars the developer plans to include on the Xbox One and PC versions of the game. All in all, Turn 10 Studios has indicated that Forza 7 will have over 700 cars.

If these numbers aren’t enough to get you excited for the game, there’s a good chance that seeing the list of 167 cars we already know will do the trick. Want a classic Ferrari to drive around the more than 30 courses included in the game? Well, the game has a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. If a classic Ferrari isn’t your thing, you can opt for something a bit more modern like the Koenigsegg One:1. If you want to get even more exotic than that, you can choose something like the W Motors Lykan HyperSport. There are plenty more cars to go crazy over from this list so be sure to be mindful of your jaws once they slowly start dropping to the floor. Remember, there is also the option of pre-ordering the game, including the Ultimate Edition, which unlocks access to the world of Forza on September 29.

UPDATE 08/10/17: Hot on the heels of releasing the first wave of cars available to Forza 7, Turn 10 Studios has dropped another massive list of automotive heaven, this time detailing the Japanese- and American-made cars that will feature in the next-generation game of the hit franchise. It is worth noting though that one Japanese automaker – and a big one at that – is unlikely to appear in the game.

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PostHeaderIcon Can Nintendo Pose a Threat to Gran Turismo And Forza Motorsports with Gear.Club Unlimited?

For the longest time, Nintendo’s go-to racing game was Mario Kart. It was a decidedly different approach from Sony and Microsoft, which touted the Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport racing video game franchises, respectively. But with the arrival of the Nintendo Switch, the old guard is finally joining the party with its own dedicated racing video game simulator.

The game is called Gear.Club Unlimited, and while the title itself isn’t new – it’s based on the Gear.Club that is being offered on iOS and Android platforms – it is the first racing simulator that will be available for the Nintendo Switch. That distinction alone makes the game something of a must-see, in large part because it’s going to rely on the unique gaming experience that the Switch provides. Specific details about the game have yet to be announced, but we do know that it will be co-developed by publisher Microids in partnership with Eden Games. The latter is a good choice as any in developing Gear.Club Unlimited since it already has racing simulators like Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed, V-Rally Series, and Test Drive under its belt. The game is also expected to feature some of the world’s best exotics, including the McLaren 675LT, Nissan G-TR, Pagani Huayra, and the Mercedes SLS AMG, all of which were presented in the first trailer of the video game.

The game itself is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year, although a specific price has not yet been announced. Rest assured, Gear.Club Unlimited may not have the esteem and status as Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport, but if Microids and Eden Games really work on this title and develop it properly for the Switch, it could fill that massive racing simulator gap that Nintendo has been trying to fill to complement the iconic Mario Kart.

PostHeaderIcon Final Fantasy XV’s Regalia Four-Door Convertible Is Now Playable On Forza Horizon 3

If any of you have gotten the chance to play Final Fantasy XV, you’ve probably driven some miles on the Regalia, the massive, Cadillac Ciel-looking, four-door convertible that Noctis and his friends drive around the massive world of Eos. It’s an incredibly expansive game and the Regalia is likewise impossible to miss. I’m bringing this up because those who haven’t played Final Fantasy XV will now be able to drive the Regalia… in Forza Horizon 3.

Believe it or not, but it’s true. The Regalia has found itself in a completely different video game franchise, the product of a presumed collaboration between Turn 10 Studios and Final Fantasy XV developer Square Enix. The full scope of details behind this collab have yet to be announced – maybe we see a rally racing sub-game added to Final Fantasy XV? – but it is important to know that this isn’t the first time that Turn 10 Studios has brought a fantasy vehicle from another game entirely into the world of Forza Horizon 3. Just last year, the studio ported over the M12 Warthog LRV from the Halo video game franchise to Forza Horizon 3. Now it’s the Regalia from Final Fantasy XV and this growing trend is raising questions on what the next fantasy car will make its way into the world of Forza. For what it’s worth, I hope it’s Elena’s Jeep from the Uncharted video game franchise. For now though, I’m more than happy taking the Regalia out for a spin. At least now I can find out how it stacks up against its real-world equivalent: the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

PostHeaderIcon Final Fantasy XV’s Regalia Four-Door Convertible Is Now Playable On Forza Horizon 3

If any of you have gotten the chance to play Final Fantasy XV, you’ve probably driven some miles on the Regalia, the massive, Cadillac Ciel-looking, four-door convertible that Noctis and his friends drive around the massive world of Eos. It’s an incredibly expansive game and the Regalia is likewise impossible to miss. I’m bringing this up because those who haven’t played Final Fantasy XV will now be able to drive the Regalia… in Forza Horizon 3.

Believe it or not, but it’s true. The Regalia has found itself in a completely different video game franchise, the product of a presumed collaboration between Turn 10 Studios and Final Fantasy XV developer Square Enix. The full scope of details behind this collab have yet to be announced – maybe we see a rally racing sub-game added to Final Fantasy XV? – but it is important to know that this isn’t the first time that Turn 10 Studios has brought a fantasy vehicle from another game entirely into the world of Forza Horizon 3. Just last year, the studio ported over the M12 Warthog LRV from the Halo video game franchise to Forza Horizon 3. Now it’s the Regalia from Final Fantasy XV and this growing trend is raising questions on what the next fantasy car will make its way into the world of Forza. For what it’s worth, I hope it’s Elena’s Jeep from the Uncharted video game franchise. For now though, I’m more than happy taking the Regalia out for a spin. At least now I can find out how it stacks up against its real-world equivalent: the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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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