Forza Motorsport 6 Gets New "Ralph Lauren Polo Red" Pack
What does American fashion icon Ralph Lauren have in common with Forza Motorsport 6? Trust me, I asked the same question when it was presented to me. But, the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. See, Ralph Lauren may be recognized more for being behind the Polo brand, but people in the auto industry also know that Mr. Lauren is one of the most distinguished auto collectors in the world. His collection of prized automobiles includes classics like a 1938 Bugatti coupe, a 1930 Mercedes SSK “Count Trossi”, and a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia roadster. So yeah, if there was someone who deserves to have a Forza car pack named after him, it’s Ralph Lauren.
This brings us to the Polo Red Car Pack, a collection of six vehicles that includes two classic cars, three race cars, and Arabia’s first supercar. You might remember that last car for its incredible scene in Fast 7 when it jumped from one building to another.
Before I dive into the specifics of the cars that are included in the Polo Red Car Pack, now’s the best time to remind everyone that the pack is already available for download. Owners of the Forza Motorsport 6 Car Pass can download the pack at no additional cost while those who don’t own the pass can either purchase the pack and get all six cars for $6.99, or buy each car individually.
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Why it matters
The list of cars that are included in the Polo Red Car Pack are as diverse as they are awesome. Let’s start with the aforementioned Arbian supercar that Vin Diesel and Paul Walker used to jump from one building to another in Fast 7. Yes, I’m talking about the $3.4-million W Motors Lykan HyperSport.
It’s without question one of the most expensive cars in the world and features a bespoke chassis and a Porsche-sourced, Ruf-tuned, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat six engine that packs 783 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. With these numbers, the Lykan Hypersport can propel to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 245 mph. Needless to say, this is arguably one of the fastest and most powerful cars to appear in Forza Motorsport 6. Is that enough to avail of the Polo Red Car Pack?
I would say it is, but for those who aren’t as convinced as I am, the car pack also includes a pair of old-school road warriors: the 1973 Holden HQ Monaco GTS 350 and the 1973 Nissan Skyline GT-R.
Some people may not be familiar with the HQ Monaco and there’s even a chance to mistake it for a Pontiac GTO. But, if anybody has ever lived in Australia where Holden is from, the Monaco remains one of the company’s most desirable performance classics. It didn’t last as long as some people would’ve liked, but to this day, the Monaco and its 350-cubic-inch Chevrolet V8 engine was once considered one of the finest Australian muscle cars to come out of from down under. As rare as the Monaco GTS 350 was, the “Kenmeri” GT-R is much rarer. Nissan only built 197 models of the special edition Skyline GT-R that was given the unique name after the characters Ken and Mary from a famous Nissan marketing campaign. Today, only around 40 models still exist and you’d be hard-pressed to find one here in the US as most of them can be found in Japan. That could change for anybody who purchases the Polo Red Car Pack.
Rounding out the list of cars included in the car pack are three race cars from three different racing disciplines.
First up is the 2015 Nissan #1 NISMO Motul Autech GT-R, the car that secured a second straight Super GT Championship for the NISMO team. I actually watched the championship-deciding race at Twin Ring Motegi on TV and saw drivers Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli push this very race car from 12th place on the starting grid all the way up to second to ensure the successful title defense for the NISMO team.
The second race car also has some championship pedigree. It’s the 2014 #8 Toyota Racing TS040 HYBRID that Toyota Racing competed in to dominate the 2014 World Endurance Championship. With almost 1,000 horsepower at its disposal, the TS040 HYBRID slowed through the competition at the WEC, winning five races, including three 1-2 finishes on its way to the championship.
Last but not least is the 2015 Mazda Formula Mazda. Unlike the other two race cars, the Mazda Formula Mazda is a spec open-wheel race car class that young and up-and-coming drivers use as a proving ground on their way to ascending up the Indy ladder. Since the Formula Mazda is a spec racing car, the only components in the car that can be adjusted are its aerodynamics, suspension, and gear ratios. This ensures a level playing field for all competitors, ensuring that only the best of the best drivers make it to the top.