Car video games are more realistic than ever. With famous franchise like Gran Turismo and Forza motorports leading the way in mass market racing simulaion. Car video games are available in all genre, from destruction derby to drag racing. This page covers them all and on every platform: console, pc, mac, mobile, tablets.
BMW stopped taking orders for the 1-Series M Coupe at the beginning of April, so if someone wasn’t lucky enough to be among the 2700 people to grab a unit of this limited model, they won’t get the chance to drive one. At least that is the case in a real life scenario. In the gaming world, anything is possible.
For example, the latest ACR game created by Auto Club Revolution in cooperation with BMW gives gamers the ability to log in and take a spin in the 1-Series M Coupe. All you have to do is go to bmw.autoclubrevolution.com to get a free BMW 1 Series M Coupe test-drive on the coolest racetracks and at the highest speeds. Auto Club Revolution takes online-racing to the next level, or at least this is the case they are making. Let us know if there is truth in their advertising by hitting us up in the comments section below!
Hit the jump for the video presenting the European premiere held in the BMW M Studio.
Forza Motorsport’s latest Top Gear Pack comes with some of the most amazing supercars in the world, including the 1200 HP Hennessey Venom GT. It was only released on May 1st, but an avid gamer has already posted a video on YouTube showing off a pretty impressive "test drive" of the Venom GT.
With 1200 HP under the hood, the Venom GT was taken to an impressive 260 mph in a straight line. By comparison, Hennessey announced a top speed of 275 mph, so the stats from the game came pretty close! The Venom GT is powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V8 engine, the same one used in the Corvette ZR1. The supercar features lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels, a programmable traction control system, CFD (computational fluid dynamic) tested bodywork, an active aero system with adjustable rear wing, and an adjustable suspension system, all in a 2,685 lb package.
The Hennessey Venom GT is limited to only 6 units in the world, so Forza 4 may be the only place where we actually have the opportunity to drive one. Let us know your results in the game! Can you beat this amazing top speed?
Atari’s Test Drive Unlimited was and still is a hit among many racing game addicts and now Atari is hitting us up with another does of racing awesomeness with a new chapter of the Test Drive racing franchise - "Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends". As the name suggests, the new game will be all about putting together some of the most impressive sports cars Ferrari has ever offered.
"Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends’ detailed physics underpin a huge variety of entertaining drives spread throughout automotive history. Vehicle handling uses a convincing physics model, tuned for exciting pick-up-and-play racing. High speed racing with visual damage effects are the major game play keys. Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends’ offers 50 of the Italian manufacturer’s racecars and production models, and includes rally, Formula One and GT racing modes. The playable world will track-based, compressed to 36 circuits from around the world of motorsports."
The new Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends was developed by Slightly Mad Studios and will be available starting May 31st for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
By our count, the Need for Speed gaming franchise has produced 18 video game titles, making it the most successful racing game franchise in history. With their success in video games firmly entrenched, recent rumors are suggesting that Need for Speed might be interested in crossing over to Hollywood.
Word has it that Electronic Arts, the publisher of the NFS gaming franchise, has tapped a pair of writers, George and Joel Gatins, to develop a script based on the Need for Speed games. The Gatins boys recently penned the script for the Hugh Jackman movie, "Real Steel," so these guys have some serious credibility.
Adding more credence to this report is word that a number of big-time studios are already in the hunt to acquire the rights to the prospective movie, including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and Paramount with the last one considered the favorite to land the rights to the movie.
While the thought of a Need for Speed movie has us salivating, it’s important to keep a level head and not get too caught up in all the talks, especially considering that the whole project is still in the script-developing stage.
It will take a little bit of time before any of us will be able to get behind the wheel of the new SRT Viper, but there is a way that we can test drive the new generation Viper from the comforts of our home. It’s in Forza Motorsport 4.
Along with its official debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the new Viper also made its gaming debut in Forza 4. The vehicle will more than likely be added via a bonus pack due out this Summer, well ahead of the car’s market launch date set for 2013.
As a reminder, the new Viper is powered by a new 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine that delivers a total of 640 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque. The new engine will be mated to an improved Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission. However, performance numbers haven’t been revealed just yet. Not that it will matter all that much in the game.
The Mazda 787B already holds esteem as one of the most iconic race cars in history, highlighted by its successful win at the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours race. That win make it the first and only Japanese race car to win the prestigious endurance race.
For a race car that holds so much esteem, the folks over at Turn 10 Studios decided to bring the 787B into their game as part of their February ALMS Car Pack.
In this video, we catch up with some of the people responsible for bringing the 787B into the virtual world. More than just the sheer sight of the green-and-orange racer romping Forza 4, the 787B’s defining quality will always be its four-rotor Wankel engine, the source of what Turn 10 Studios says is the loudest engine they’ve ever recorded.
For something that often falls in the realm of hyperbole, the 787B has a legitimate claim to that title. It’s so loud that it actually beat the TVR Cerbera Speed 12, a car that packed a sizzling 960 horsepower and 650 lb/ft of torque.
Check out the video and find out the lengths Turn 10 Studios had to go through to fully capture the banshee-like screams of the Mazda 787B. Better yet, turn up the volume and listen to it yourselves!
If you’re into some of the earlier models, the pack also has a variety of those, including a 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE, a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible, and a 1972 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL, which was, at one point in time, one of the fastest cars on the planet.
To mark the occasion of the impending release of the Alpinestars Car Pack, Turn 10 Studios has dropped a video preview of the pack, complete with footage of the cars included in it.
Before Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport established themselves as the pre-eminent auto racing games in the world, that title belonged to Namco Bandai’s Ridge Racer.
The upcoming Ridge Racer title, Unbounded, hopes to re-establish the franchise as a significant player in the racing game market. And judging by the trailers Namco Bandai has released, it looks like they’re about to give, not just Gran Turismo and Forza a run for its money, but they’ve set their sights on Need For Speed too.
The trailer video features hardcore racing at its finest combined with heaps of destruction derby added to it. Let’s see...high-octane racing...explosives...track customizations; sounds like a recipe for a great video game to us.
Even better for interested gamers is that if anybody pre-orders the game, they will receive the limited ’Day One Edition’ for free, which now includes bonus cars and paint jobs for customization.
Check out the video trailer of Ridge Racer Unbounded after and we’re for certain that you’ll be dying to get a copy of the game too.
Turn 10 Studios has announced the launch of the new Forza 4 March Pirelli Pack on March 6th. The new pack will add ten more cars to your Foza 4 garage, including the new Aston Martin V12 Zagato.
As the V12 Zagato will be limited to only 150 units this might be your only chance to actually drive it. The car is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission for a total output of 510 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque.
Next to it the pack will also include: 1971 Ferrari #2 Ferrari Automobili 312 P, 2012 Ultima GTR, 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 396, 2010 Renault Clio RS, 1966 Ford Country Squire, 1995 BMW 850C Si, 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV-6, 2011 Wiesmann GT MF5, 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza.