You gotta love the freedom of Forza Horizon 2. Going from winding tarmac to a tree-lined rally course is as easy as spotting an easily destroyable wooden fence. It’s wholesome, manic fun for anyone feeling a bit confined by the norms of real life.

But at the end of the day, taking a ground-sucking European exotic on an agricultural expedition across a rutted field can get a bit old. Never mind how unnatural a Lamborghini Veneno looks crashing through a forest – you inevitably get a sense that there has to be something better for such exploits.

FH2 is beefing up its off-road offerings with the Rockstar Energy Car Pack. For five bucks, this slice of DLC is packed with soil-munching automobiles ready to obliterate any and all destructible doodads in your path. 

First on the list is Tanner Foust’s GRC Beetle, a purpose-built machine that’s no stranger to getting dirty. There’s also the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, which needs little introduction when it comes to its rough-stuff prowess. Finally, there’s the 1970 VW Desert Dingo Racing Bug, a plucky competitor hailing from the Baja 1000.

Of course, Rockstar didn’t forget about those who might prefer blacktop, including the 1996 BMW 850CSi, the 2015 Jaguar XFR-S, and, as the free car for March, the 2001 Acura Integra Type-R. 

This DLC pairs three off-road animals with two RWD Euro sports cars and a Japanese tuner legend, which means no matter your racing surface of choice, it looks like Rockstar has you covered. 

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Why it matters

While the two Beetles and the STI obviously hold common threads for making dust clouds, the inclusion of the Bimmer, Jag, and Type-R make this DLC nicely rounded. For those of you who might be a bit unfamiliar with any of the six cars included, here’s a little background on each:

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

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Piloted by Tanner Foust in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series, this wicked little veedub was designed from the ground up to be not only fast, but extremely tough. The GRC has plenty of jumps, juking, and contact, and is decidedly not for the timid. As such, this Beetle has a 540-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and AWD grip, yielding a 0-to-60 just over two seconds on practically any surface.

2015 Subaru WRX STI

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Built on a history of competition and success in the international rally scene, the STI combines Subaru’s rugged dependability and tenacious AWD system with a powerful, flat-four turbo engine, thus creating a street-legal racer for the masses. Easily modifiable for just about any go-faster purpose, the STI is the perfect platform to tackle the wilds of FH2, no matter where you happen to be racing.

1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert Dingo Racing Stock Bug

The Baja 1000 is known worldwide as one of the most grueling off-road races in existence. Challenging this merciless event in a stock, 40-year-old car with an air-cooled engine in back is by no means easy, but that hasn’t stopped the Dingos from trying. This thing is undeniably audacious, which makes it a good fit in the zany, open world of FH2. 

1996 BMW 850CSi

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Although its two decades old, this Bimmer still has a few technological gizmos up its sleeve to keep it running with the latest and greatest. Under the hood is a 5.6-liter V-12 powerplant with 372 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque, which hits the ground with electronic aides like stability control and an upgraded suspension for good tractability. It’s a good-looking, high-speed highway cruiser, which should make things interesting for those impromptu speed competitions from a roll.

2015 Jaguar XFR-S

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It’s tire shredding in an elegant, British sort of way. A 550-horsepower supercharged V-8 make this thing go like stink, while the four doors and luxury-laden interior keep it civilized. Keeping that rear end in check is just part of the fun.

2001 Acura Integra Type-R

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When it comes to FWD tunability, few vehicles can match the old Type-R. This thing set the standard when it came to Japanese coupe performance, with a 1.8-liter inline-four VTEC engine that screamed to a 8,600 rpm redline, and a suspension set-up that demolished any preconceptions of FWD being an inferior platform for a sports car. Throw on a mod or two from the nearly infinite aftermarket support, and it gets even better.

Forza Horizon 2

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Press Release

Where can you drive Tanner Foust’s Global Rallycross Beetle? In Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One with today’s release of the Rockstar Energy Car Pack! Built for the dirt-filled circuits of the Red Bull Global Rallycross series, this 2014 Volkswagen GRC is an ideal mixture of pure power and serious grip.

Tanner’s Beetle is just the start with the Rockstar Energy Pack, which also includes an array of cars that are just waiting for their chance to kick up a cloud of dust. In the woods or on the road the newest Subaru WRX STi is ready for action; for luxury cruising there is no match for the ultimate “Ultimate Driving Machine,” the BMW 850CSI. The latest super saloon from Jaguar is waiting for you to sink into its lap of luxury and, lo and behold, we have another Forza first: the Desert Dingo #1107 Baja Bug.

Your free car for March is the Acura Integra Type-R, a high-revving, front-wheel-drive masterpiece that will have many JDM fanboys jumping for joy.

The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available from the Xbox Live Store for $5. Here’s a closer look at the cars in the pack:

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

Volkswagen says it’s way hotter than “Herbie,” and we would be hard-pressed to argue. Tanner Foust’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Beetle has been built from the ground up as a thoroughbred racecar. Foust, who was sponsored by Xbox and Forza during the 2014 GRC season, debuted the Beetle GRC at the Los Angeles leg of the 2014 Global Rallycross season and drove it the rest of the year to develop it to compete in 2015. With 540 turbocharged horsepower coming from the 1.6-liter motor and all-wheel-drive to get things moving, this is a Beetle like no other. In a straight line, this Beetle will see 0-60 in just over two seconds. In the corners, it drifts and cuts a turn with precision on any surface. It’s a Forza first, and Forza Horizon 2 is the perfect environment to give it a good thrashing.

2015 Subaru WRX STI

The WRX is a car for all occasions. You can drive it daily, you can take it road racing and it launches like a rocketship at the dragstrip. And rallying? It’s what it the WRX was designed for. Out of the box, the STi is fast and has intuitive, incredible handling. It also takes to modification wonderfully and can quickly become a go-to car for just about any event. The heart of the 2015 WRX STi is still the faithful EJ motor. The sound it makes, the way it the turbo spools up and sets you back in your seat, and the steady stream of power are proof enough there is no reason to fix what isn’t broken. Sure, the WRX STi is all boy-racer, but if you are going to talk the talk, it’s cool to walk the walk.

1996 BMW 850CSi

The closest thing to an M8 BMW ever developed will not only drop your jaw at almost any speed, it will do so with the style and refinement that only a BMW provides. In its day, this was BMW’s ultimate driving machine. It came with a 5.6-liter V12, included sleek reshaped bumpers and an improved suspension with newly-developed technological electronic enhancements such as stability control. The car’s V12 doled out more than 400 foot-pounds of torque and 372 hp. While some may argue the car was too luxurious and carried to much weight as a result, the pillarless hardtop design is stunning. And, really, is there really any such thing as “too luxurious?” We think not.

2015 Jaguar XFR-S

The notion of the four-door sports sedan just got a shot in the arm in the form of the Jaguar XFR-S. No matter what company you keep, this feline is dressed to impress and courtesy of a 550-horsepower V8, ready to pounce on command. Those are supercharged horses under the hood, so there is the added benefit of the lovely whine of the machinery. If you don’t feel like smoking the tires all day, which this Jag can surely do, there is an active differential system that modulates power to the wheels to maximize grip. Jaguar is the originator of the super saloon, and in the modern era of supercar luxury models, they continue to show the automotive world who the top dog… or cat… is.

1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert Dingo Racing Stock Bug

Desert Dingo Racing is one of the few teams crazy enough to try and take on the legendary Baja 1000 off-road race in a class eleven Volkswagen Beetle. Class eleven means stock so, plainly put, the Dingos race a stock air-cooled VW bug in the longest continuous off-road race in the world. No, it’s not easy; in fact, it is near impossible, despite the VW Bug’s legendary durability, adaptability, and gumption. We are talking about silt beds that will swallow a Beetle whole, rocks that are bigger than the wheels, and hidden jumps placed on the course by locals who watch in excitement as unwary racers catch huge air. The terrain of the Baja 1000 is well suited to 1,000 horsepower trophy trucks with two-feet of suspension travel. For a stock Beetle, that is already more than 40 years old, it’s sheer torture on both man and machine. The Dingo’s have yet to win the race, in fact they have yet to finish, but the #1107 is ready to show you what it’s got and win your heart.

This month’s free car for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is a JDM gem that is anxiously awaiting to be tuned and cruised.

2001 Acura Integra Type-R

The Type-R name has become legendary for a good reason: there have been few front-wheel drive cars so rewarding to drive as the Acura Integra Type-R. Then there’s the sound of the highly-developed 1.8-liter four — when the VTEC kicks in on the motor’s way up to a stratospheric 8,600 RPM redline, it’s clear this coupe means business. A whole generation of car enthusiasts grew up with the Integra Type-R being their ideal sports coupe — a blank slate for modification already pretty hot right out of the box. Hot, but subtle — you might miss the taller rear wing and model-specific lightweight wheels if you’re not looking for them. Of course, there’s nothing subtle about its performance, and there are few brand-new front-drivers that can keep up when the going gets twisty.

The Rockstar Energy Car Pack is included in the Forza Horizon 2 Car Pass. Car Pass owners may download all the cars of the pack for free. The Rockstar Energy Car Pack is the sixth and final car pack included with the Forza Horizon 2 Car Pass. Any future car packs for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One will be available for purchase individually for $5 each.

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