It’s called the Blizzard Mountain expansion pack and it offers plenty of interior racing

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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Racing in the snow while driving Ken Block’s newest Focus Gymkhana? Yes, please

The holidays are just around the corner, so please excuse me for being a little too excited about getting this pack and adding it to my own Forza Horizon 3. It’s not just the setting that I’m excited about, although who am I kidding, really? The winter wonderland landscape is a great break from all that reddish brown environment that we get from the Australian outback.

The sheer aesthetics of racing in snow is already worth the price of admission in my mind. Add that to the number of events and challenges that are included in the game and there’s a good reason why the Blizzard Mountain expansion pack is going to be a hit among gamers who play Forza Horizon 3.

And of course, the cars. I never realized that I wanted to drive off-road racing trucks until this pack gave me three to choose from. I don’t know which of the three I’m going race with first, but rest assured, all of them will get some well-deserved driving time.

Last but certainly not least is Ken Block’s Ford GYMKHANA 9 Focus RS RX. A lot of us have seen Gymkhana 9 so we all know what this custom-built racer of a Focus is fully capable of. Now we get to drive it ourselves in the snow? The thought alone is making me wish for the holidays to arrive as fast it can.

Once again, the Blizzard Mountain expansion pack for Forza Horizon 3 is already available. If you haven’t gotten it yet, I honestly don’t know what you’re waiting for.

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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