• McLaren Celebrates Launch of Forza Horizon 4 with Senna vs. Motocross Bikes Race

It’s not really a real race, but it still makes for a good watch

Forza Horizon 4 is ready to drop in a week’s time, and to celebrate the game’s coming release date, McLaren brought a Senna to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to race with not one, not two, but three 450cc Motocross bikes. The race itself was a sham — the three bikes took shortcuts on the grass wherever they could — but the purpose to build excitement surrounding Forza Horizon 4’s arrival is real. The game this stores on October 2 and will be available to play on the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

You know the release of Forza Horizon 4 is fast approaching when the hype train surrounding its arrival goes into overdrive. We see teases of new content. We see promos tied into the game’s purchase. Best of all, we see ad materials like this one.

For the record, there’s no way one 450cc Motocross bike is capable of beating the McLaren Senna at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, at least unless the race is rigged, which is what it seems in this case.

This is not so much about finding a real winner as it is showcasing the Senna in an environment like Goodwood and having Motorcross bikes acting as worthy foils while they’re in the middle of performing their own stunts. I don’t personally know how that translates to the world of Forza Horizon 4, but it does make for a compelling 100-second ad that culminates with the Senna’s transitioning from the real car racing up to claim the coveted Goodwood parking spot to a virtual version of the same supercar in the world of Forza Horizon 4.

McLaren Celebrates Launch of Forza Horizon 4 with Senna vs. Motocross Bikes Race
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The commercial also offers a brief glimpse into the partnership between McLaren and the video game franchise. The Senna is the cover car of the game, but it’s not the first McLaren to grace the cover of a Forza game. The P1, if you remember, was the cover car of Forza Motorsport 5.

The Senna takes its place in what initial reviews already claim as the best installment of the hit car racing game franchise.

As I mentioned, the game launches on October 2, though those who were able to order the Ultimate Edition version of the game will get theirs a few days early, specifically tomorrow, September 28. Whatever version of the game you get, there’s a good chance that, by this time next week, there’s going to be a lot of sore thumbs all over the world.

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To celebrate the launch of the Microsoft Studios’ Forza Horizon 4 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs , an unprecedented race was organised at the Goodwood Hill Climb between cover car, the McLaren Senna and three motocross bikes. Inspired by the car itself and the spectacular showcase of events in Forza Horizon 4, the McLaren Senna took on the three 450cc Motocross bikes on a straight fight to the top of the iconic Goodwood Hill.

Driven by one of McLaren Automotive’s pro drivers and with a top speed of 208mph, the McLaren Senna proved more than a match for the three Motocross bikes. Despite the bikes’ unconventionally direct route up the hill, including a few jaw-dropping jumps and tricks, the Senna’s incredible speed and power won out.

This latest partnership between the British creator of luxury sportscars and supercars and Microsoft follows a rich history of collaboration where McLaren cars have been featured extensively throughout the Forza catalogue, including the McLaren P1TM which debuted on stage at E3 2013 and was the cover star of Forza Motorsport 5. It’s latest star, the McLaren Senna, is the most extreme road car McLaren has ever built and the latest model in the Ultimate Series. The McLaren Senna has been designed, engineered and developed with single-minded purpose: to be the ultimate McLaren track-concentrated car for the road. It bears the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, befitting its status as the ultimate McLaren road-legal track car. With production of the car well underway at the brands home in Woking, over 50 customers have now taken delivery of their McLaren Senna.

Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition is available from this Friday, September 28, four days ahead of the global launch on Tuesday, October 2. Forza Horizon 4 is the highly anticipated sequel to 2016’s massive is a racing genre-first where players experience dynamic seasons and explore gorgeous scenery in a shared open-world. Collect, modify, and drive over 450 cars, and play solo or team up with friends to race, stunt, and explore your way through beautiful and historic Great Britain.

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