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.

Looking at the previous announcements, I’m particularly interested in trying out a few of the cars from Formula E. Did somebody say internal combustion vs. electric power?

Forza Motorsport 6

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Press Release

For our third week of Forza Motorsport 6 car announcements, we are revealing more of the cars that will be available to race, collect and customize when the game launches on Sept. 15. If you missed our huge 100+ car announcement at E3 or last week’s list of 39 cars, you can check out the full list of cars announced so far at the bottom of this page.

This week, we throw the spotlight on a couple of vintage race cars that you’ve never seen in a Forza game before. The McLaren M8B Can-Am car represented the best of the best in an incredible era of racing that was dominated by the cars of Bruce McLaren. The M2B Formula One car, which got McLaren started in Formula One, features one of the most raucous sounds coming from the classic open-wheel F1 cars of the era.

Let’s take a closer look at these legendary rides:

1969 McLaren #4 McLaren Cars M8B
The Can-Am series expanded in the late sixties, intending to open up the podium to more competition. However, Bruce McLaren in the # 4 and Denny Hulme in the #5 McLaren M8B had other plans, winning all eleven Can-Am races in 1969. The series became known as “The Bruce and Denny Show” that year, with the McLaren duo winning every race over legendary drivers like Chris Amon, Mario Andretti and Jo Siffert. The #4 M8B was driven by Bruce McLaren himself, grounded by a high-mounted airfoil and powered by a bulletproof seven-liter V8. Bruce McLaren earned six of the eleven wins that year and the M8B’s finished both first and second in eight of the races. The now-legendary M8B’s became known as the “Orange Elephants,” a fitting name for their dayglow paint and hard-charging nature. The M8B made a mark that racing history will never forget – and now you can experience the pavement-pounding performance of the Orange Elephant for yourself.

1966 McLaren M2B
In the hard and unforgiving world of Formula One, no quarter is given and none taken without monumental will, bolstered by a little luck. The McLaren M2B represents the legendary racer’s first efforts in the highest level of racing. The Robin Herd-designed “Mallite” monocoque car debuted at Monaco in 1966 with an Indy Ford four-cam V8 (reduced from 4.2 to 3.0 liters) in the back. With its Hillborn fuel injection intake trumpets sticking out like gun turrets and “snake-pit” exhausts trailing out the rear, it had the look and sound of a winner. However, after nine laps, McLaren realized the motor was ill-suited for F1 racing, despite its ability to rattle the windows of Monte Carlo’s residents. Later versions of the car were powered by a Serenissima V8 designed by Count Volpi, taking McLaren to race finishes that earned the team their first F1 Constructors’ points.

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