Forza Motorsport 6 Takes Stock in NASCAR Racing

Today marks the release of a new set of downloadable content for Forza Motorsport 6 as the new NASCAR Expansion pack can be yours for $20.

More than ten hours of new “what if” scenario racing is featured as 24 NASCAR models from the 2016 season will be able to compete with the likes of WEC prototypes at Le Mans or Australian V8s at Bathurst. Included among that two dozen are teams like Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, and Team Penske, including the cars driven by Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Jimmie Johnson, who also star in the “Voices of Motorsport” for the expansion, bringing the history and technology of NASCAR to Forza Motorsport 6.

Joining these new additions is a new career mode and a new destination, the Homestead-Miami Speedway, which is available in all modes of play. New NASCAR-themed Rivals, Leagues, and multiplayer hoppers are also part of the package, with additional new features such as rolling starts, a Quick Stop mode, and a more complex drafting model included as well.

“The NASCAR Expansion highlights the power and passion of both Forza Motorsport and NASCAR,” said Turn 10 Studios creative director Dan Greenawalt. “With the addition of the NASCAR Expansion, Forza 6 now offers more than 600 Forzavista™ cars to collect, customize, and race. Players will be able to compete on tracks from around the world and across a huge variety of international motorsport disciplines. Bringing these kinds of automotive fantasies to life is what Forza Motorsport is all about.”

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Before I was into action figures, much less video games, I was all about Hot Wheels. I had tons of the cars, as well as a number of playsets, only a portion of which I still have today.

Incidentally, I’m still known to grab the odd die-cast vehicle here or there. I actually got one with Mario on it not too long ago (though I’m still trying to find the Super Mario Bros. 2 car), and while it’s cool to see one of my newer loves influence an older one, it’s also cool to see it go the other way, as is the case with Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios’ latest downloadable content offering for Forza Motorsport 6. Check it out:

The new pack is led by the 2005 Ford Hot Wheels Mustang, a 50-year celebration of the classic car with tons of drifting potential, and the 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker, one of the finer examples of what happens when the folks at Mattel give realism a day off.

Others featured in their Xbox One debut are the 2017 Ford Focus RS (coming in June to an actual car dealer near you), the 2015 McLaren P1 GTR, 1990 Ferrari #1 Scuderia Ferrari 641, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport, and the 2015 BMW X6M. If I have to be honest, the last time I had an intense interest in cars that weren’t my own was when I was playing with Hot Wheels, so I’m deferring you to ForzaMotorsport.net for the specifics on what all those letters and numbers amount to.

The seven-car pack is priced at $7 (that’s a dollar per car, for those who don’t math good), though you can also buy them a la carte (a la car-te?), and it should be noted that they are not included in the Forza Motorsport 6 Car Pass. As a bonus, however, you can make any car a Hot Wheels car thanks to the new availability of the official Hot Wheels logo in the game’s livery editor.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s more Hot Wheels to come as die cast versions of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport and 2017 Ford Focus RS will hit store shelves on May 23rd and June 20th, respectively. Then November will bring the launch of the “Forza Motorsport Hot Wheels Entertainment Series” of die-cast vehicles, consisting of five models from the video game series.

More information on that line is still to come, but in the meantime, enjoy some screens from the downloadable content for the game, which is all available right now.

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Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a pretty nifty deal for those who couldn’t find the Xbox One bundle that was just right for them: a “Name Your Game” bundle which included one of four titles from “the greatest game lineup in Xbox history.” In addition to a 500GB Xbox One and controller, you had your choice between Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay, all for $399.99.

Today, however, Microsoft revealed a new option. You get the same basic package, but with a 1TB hard drive instead of the 500GB offered previously.

Artist's interpretation.

Artist’s interpretation.

The game selection remains the same, and it’s available in Canada (and will be in Australia and New Zealand, too) beginning April 12th at an estimated retail price of $449.00.

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Microsoft Studios has announced that in advance of the return of BBC’s Top Gear for a new season in May, they have released a new Car Pack featuring seven of the show’s favorite rides to Forza Motorsport 6 players for just $7 (or $6.99, if you want to be technical), though you can also pick and choose to purchase them individually as you please.

Included in this lineup are the 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn, 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7, 2016 Audi R8 V10 plus, 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, 2014 Ferrari FXX K, 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, and the 1990 Jaguar XJ-S.

Whether it’s a limited production car, the latest top-of-the-line series, or simply preposterous horsepower numbers, the cars of the Top Gear Car Pack all offer something special. In addition to the cars themselves, we’re also announcing a new series of Top Gear Rivals events where players will be able to challenge one another and Top Gear editors to see who knows these cars best. For the next three months, look for new Top Gear events each month in the Community Monthly channels of Rivals in Forza Motorsport 6. Stay tuned for the first event beginning next week.

For more information on the cars and the game itself, visit ForzaMotorsport.net.

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It’s a brand new year, and Microsoft is kicking things off with a pair of new bundles for prospective Xbox One owners!

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For fans of the man named Tom Clancy and his colorfully-named Rainbow Six squadron, you’ll be happy to know that you can get a 1TB Xbox One console with not only a copy of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, but also full-game downloads of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2. All this Counter-Terrorism Unit Operator action can be yours for just $449.99.

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Or, if you’re like me, maybe you’ve got something else in mind. Maybe you value the power of choice, and want to make your call on what game you want to get with your new gaming console.

In that case, the 500GB Xbox One Name Your Game bundle might be just what you’re looking for. You get to choose one of four titles from “the greatest game lineup in Xbox history” as you decide between Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay. It’s almost like the blank check of console bundles, catering to a pretty wide variety of tastes — especially with the 30 different titles included in Rare Replay factored in.

The Name Your Game bundle will be $399.99, and both bundles will be available at retail sometime in late January.

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Forza Motorsport 6 is now available on the Xbox One console, and as part of the grand launch of the game, Xbox Canada has a few offers in store for you.

As mentioned previously, those who do not have an Xbox One console — or are interested in trading up — will have the opportunity to purchase a bundle featuring a 1TB console with unique design, a matching controller with rubberized grips, and a digital copy of the game for $449 CAD. Those interested in getting it a la carte can have the game for just $74.99 CAD.

In addition, select Microsoft Stores will be hosting a Forza Motorsport 6 Challenge on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th. There, fans can take the game for a test drive down the Rio Track behind a virtual Ford GT Mustang, enhanced by the Playseat Forza Motorsport Racing Seat and the Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition. If you can log the fastest time, then you’ll be rewarded with a prize pack courtesy of Forza and Thrustmaster.

While you’re there, you can get a 25 percent discount on the Playseat Forza Motorsport Racing Seat and the Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition, as well as some exclusive downloadable content — the aforementioned Ford GT Mustang.

For more about Forza Motorsport 6, including the Forza Rewards program for returning fans of the series, head over to ForzaMotorsport.net.

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xbox-one-1tbconsole-forza6-us-ca-anl-rgbAt the June 23rd “Further with Ford” media event in San Francisco, Xbox announced that as a part of their ongoing collaboration with the motor company, they will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Forza Motorsport series with the release of a limited edition version of their Xbox One console.

Touted as the first custom Xbox console with a racing theme, the Forza Motorsport 6 Xbox One console features a racing-inspired design which “combines iconic sports car styling with custom automotive sound effects.” Furthermore, it comes with a 1TB hard drive, a wireless controller with rubberized diamond grips and a deco matching the design of the console, and a “digital copy of the most beautiful and comprehensive racing game this generation.”

Their words — I haven’t shopped around to compare. I have found a pretty good deal on a go-kart, but this is what they’re bringing to the racetrack:

Combined with more than 450 cars, tracks from 26 world-famous locales, racing in the rain and at night, and epic 24-car multiplayer races in Forza Motorsport 6 this fall, the console rounds out the realistic experience of driving ultra-high-performance cars in the thrilling world of motorsport.

Forza Motorsport 6 will be available September 15th, 2015 for $74.99 CAD. Meanwhile, the Forza Motorsport 6 Xbox One console will be available the same day for $449 CAD, and is available to pre-order now at the Microsoft Store and select (albeit unnamed) retailers.

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