Forza Motorsport 6 Will Add Two Legendary Rides
Forza Motorsport 6 will be hitting consoles worldwide this September, and in anticipation of the big release, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have been feeding us vast lists of cars slated to stuff our virtual garages. This week is no different, with another 40 sports and racing vehicles on deck to complement the already sizable lineup. Most notable is the addition of two vintage McLarens never before seen in a Forza game.
The first is the 1969 No.4 McLaren M8B. Driven by Bruce McLaren himself, this open-cockpit speed-wedge was paired with the No.5 M8B driven by Denny Hulme to simply dominate the 1969 Can-Am season, splitting each of the 11 possible first-place finishes between them and besting such legendary drivers as Chris Amon, Mario Andretti and Jo Siffert. In fact, the two were so dominant, the 1969 season was eventually dubbed the “The Bruce and Denny Show.” Bruce McLaren ended up taking the driver’s championship with 165 points over Hulme’s 160, followed by Chuck Parsons in a distant third with 85 points.
The M8Bs, also known as the “Orange Elephants,” are characterized by their bright colorization and prominent rear aerodynamics. The chassis is an aluminum monocoque, while a mid-mounted, 7.0-liter V-8 from Chevy makes the go through a four-speed manual gearbox.
Up next is the 1966 McLaren M2B Formula 1 car. It’s the make’s first foray into that highest form of open-wheel racing, with a debut performance at Monaco using a monocoque chassis designed by Robin Herd and made from Mallite (a material originally used for internal paneling on aircraft). The original engine was a 3.0-liter Indy Ford four-cam V-8, with individual Hillborn fuel injection intakes sticking out the sides and a “snake-pit” exhaust in the back. Eventually, a more suitable Serenissima V-8 designed by Count Volpi replaced the Ford V-8, thus earning McLaren its first F1 constructor’s points.
Forza Motorsport 6 arrives exclusively for the Xbox One on September 15th in the U.S.
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Why it matters
Race cars were usually my go-to favorites in the Forza series. I always enjoyed turning the street cars into scary-fast beasts with three times the power and enough rubber to roll over a small city, but my tuning skills could never quite match the pre-tweaked and perfectly prepped racers on offer.
Race cars were usually my go-to favorites in the Forza series.
Plus, it’s always great to see these machines conjured out of motorsport history. They let you play old-school racer and recreate epic battles from the past, not to mention make crazy comparisons to modern equivalents.
Other racers announced this week for FM6 include the 1976 McLaren No.11 Marlboro Team M23, 1976 Ferrari No.1 Scuderia 312T2 and 1966 Chaparral No.66 2E. Of course, there’s also plenty of additional streetcars as well, such as the 1997 Volvo 850 R, 1995-1997 Ferrari F50, 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, 2005 Lotus Elise 111S, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe, 1998 Toyota Supra RZ, 1992 Nissan Slivia CLUB K, 2004 Saleen S7, and many, many more.
You can check out more details about Forza Motorsport 6 here.