2020 Fordzilla P1 Virtual Race Car
The coronavirus pandemic has jogged a lot of our memories of 2020, but if you can clear your head long enough to remember what the world was like in March, you might remember a certain project that Ford was developing for the world of video games. It was called the Fordzilla P1, a virtual race car that gamers would have a huge hand in developing. It’s been nine months since Ford announced the Fordzilla P1, and while the world has completely turned upside down since that time, it’s nice to be reminded of much simpler times. The Fordzilla P1 has arrived in real-life form, and while it’s really nothing more than a mock-up of the digital race car, it’s still nice to see it in its physical form. At the very least, all that effort that was put into creating this insane racer bore a seriously forbidden fruit.
One of Cyberpunk 2077’s Most Exotic Rides Is Now Available in Forza Horizon 4
Cyberpunk 2077 is barely a week old, and it’s already crossing over to a different game. One of the game’s most exotic vehicles is jumping over to the world of Forza Horizon 4 as a playable car. The custom Quadra Turbo-R V-Tech is the latest in a long line of collaborations that Playground Games, the developers of FH4, have signed off on with other video game titles.
Forza Horizon 4 gamers will have to complete a challenge to gain access to the Quadra Turbo-R V-Tech, but the cost that comes with completing it should be worth it once you can get behind the wheel of the racy supercar. If you already have the Halo Warthog and the custom Regalia from Final Fantasy 15, the Quadra Turbo-R V-Tech car would make a nice addition to your collection.
Gamers Set Record For Longest Video Game Marathon On A Racing Game
If you thought a 12-hour video game marathon was intense, five gamers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. blew past that time on their way to setting a new Guinness World Record for longest video game marathon on a racing game. Unbelievably, these five individuals played Forza Motorsport 6 in a staggering 48 hours, 29 minutes, and 21 seconds.
Surviving solely on sweets, soft drinks, energy drinks, and power naps, the quintet of gamers did their best Le Mans 24 Hours impersonation by racing the Ford GT at the Le Sarthe circuit for double the time it takes for the actual race to be completed. In doing so, they managed to cover an incredible 41,004 kilometers (25,476 miles), completing 3,015 laps in the process with each gamer clocking in an average of 603 laps. For comparison’s sake, the earth’s circumference is 40,075 kilometers (24,901) miles, so basically these gamers covered more ground with the virtual Ford GT in Forza 6 than the circumference of the planet. In the process of setting the world record, the gamers consumed over three kilos of candy (6.6 pounds), 32 energy drinks, 47 soft drinks, and 146 bottles of water.
All the hard work – yes, these gamers put in some serious work to achieve this record – ultimately paid off as no less than Lena Kehlmann, the official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records, recognized the startling feat as a “superlative effort” on the part of the new record holders. It’s hard not to argue against Kuhlmann’s assessment, especially when you consider that in setting the new record, the gamers had to go all-out on beating the old one, which they did by only 28 minutes.
It’s unclear if these five individuals won anything other than the distinction of being a Guinness World Record holder. If I were in their place, prizes would be have been the last thing on my mind after going through that gruelling marathon. I would’ve asked for a bed and some comfortable pillows too.
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Ford Focus RS Up For Grabs At The Inaugural Forza Racing Championship
This time last year, Ford introduced the Focus RS Forza Motorsport Edition, a special edition version of the popular hot hatch that came with a flashy exterior body wrap that was designed by players of Forza Motorsport. Fast forward one year later and the Focus RS and Forza are once again headlining a news item together after it was announced that the Focus RS would be the top prize for the inaugural ESL Forza Racing Championship.
That’s right. If the $35,900 price for the actual car is a little too steep, gamers can try their luck at competing against a stiff field of top caliber video game racers. That’s what the Forza Racing Championship is offering.
The mechanics are relatively straight-forward, even for those who are not avid Forza racers. As long as the game is available to play, gamers will get the chance to compete in three Forza RC Elite Series Rivals Qualifiers event that will be held over the next three weeks. The top 128 players from any of the three qualifying weeks will move on that week’s series cup where the field will be cut down to the top 16 racers. Those who made the cut will move on to the weekly Elite Series Cup and the winners will make up the top four that will compete in the Grand Finals on September 4. That’s when the battle royal for the Focus RS ensues and whoever wins that race will be handed the keys to a brand spankin’ new 2017 Ford Focus RS.
Those who owned up on the losing end aren’t going home empty-handed either. Sure, they don’t get the Focus RS, but they do get some interesting prizes, including Xbox One S consoles, video game steering wheels from Logitech, and Elite controllers, among others. As an added bonus, everyone who participates in the series will also receive a liveried-out 1973 Ford Escort 1600 to play within the game.
Gamers who don’t think they’re up to stuff to win the Elite Series, they can take their talents to the ForzaRC Open Series League where they can match wits with players of different skill levels for a chance to win in-game content bonuses. It’s not exactly on the same level as a Ford Focus RS, but it’s something that’s still worth a humble brag or two.
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Ford GT Le Mans Racer Now Available On Forza 6
The Ford GT race car will make its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a little over a week, but before the actual racer returns to the scene of its famous 1-2-3 victory in 1966, gamers of Forza Motorsports 6 will be able to get their hands on the GT’s virtual counterpart. Beginning today, June 7, codes will be sent to gamers who play Forza 6. The codes are free of any charge and can be retrieved on the Xbox Live message inboxes.
The free addition of the GT race car into Forza 6 is the latest in what has been a processional line of hype-generating ideas Ford has concocted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic race car’s historic win at Le Mans. The magnitude of Ford’s dominant showing in Le Mans back in 1966 was felt far and wide in the motor racing world. It also kicked off a dominant run for Ford as it proceeded to win the next three installments of the race, rounding out the late ’60s with four-straight victories in Le Mans. Ford has yet to win the endurance race since its dominant stretch back then, but with the new Ford GT making it’s comeback, there are a lot of expectations on the teams racing with the new Ford GT to at least make a good showing in next weekend’s race. A total of four Ford GTs will compete in the GTE Pro class, all being run by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team.
As for the virtual GTs, well, anybody who plays Forza 6 can get their hands on the race car once they get the codes to download them. Again, the codes come free of charge, although it’s unclear how long the codes will be eligible. Don’t wait for that time to come so when you receive the codes, input them immediately so you can immediately play with the new GT race car.
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s historic victories at Le Mans, Microsoft’s Xbox hardware team has built a trio of one-off Xbox One controllers sporting iconic livery taken from the blue oval’s triumphant race cars. The controllers were unveiled by Forza Motorsport 6 developer Turn 10 Studios and put on display at this year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which preceded a visit to Los Angeles for E3.
The controllers come bearing the same colors and number designations found on the famous racing Fords. Included is a blue and white No.26 design that gives homage to the 1964-1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe that took Bob Bondurant and Dan Gurney to a first place finish in the GT class (fourth overall), a first for American drivers. Next is the black and gold No.2, which is inspired by the 1964-1969 Ford GT40 driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon that (barely) took overall victory in 1966, alongside two other Fords for a clean 1-2-3 sweep. Finally, there’s the red and white No.1 controller that gives a nod to the Mk.IV GT40 driven by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt that managed to fend off the Ferraris for overall victory in 1967.
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While only a few lucky individuals out there will have the opportunity to climb behind the wheel of the new 2017 Ford GT in real life, Xbox One owners will get to try their hand with a faithful virtual recreation in the upcoming Forza Motorsports 6 gaming environment. The blue oval’s flagship recently made its official gameplay premiere as the exclusive cover car for FM6 at E3, descending from the ceiling of the Galen Center in Los Angeles amidst the collective nergasms of gamers and auto aficionados alike.
FM6 is a particularly important game for Ford, with additional vehicles including the iconic 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang muscle car and 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor uber-truck. The game will give controller jockeys the opportunity to compare these high-end dream machines against similarly out-of-reach cars on a slew of famous tracks around the world.
The debut coincides with Ford’s announcement that it’ll return to Le Mans next year with the new 2016 Ford GT Le Mans to compete in the LM GTE-Pro class, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1964-1969 Ford GT40’s famous 1-2-3 finish in 1966.
Forza Motorsports 6 arrives for the Xbox One console on September 15th and features over 450 cars, 26 locales, more than 100 different track configurations, wet-weather conditions, night racing, and more.
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The Detroit Auto Show brought us both the announcement new 2017 Ford GT and Forza Motorsports 6, and it was glorious. The announcements came together as the Ford GT is going to be the hero car of the new Xbox One racing game, and it will appear on the box art. The Ford GT is more than a simple model for the front of the game as Ford and Turn 10 studios are working together to make sure the Ford GT in the game is as accurate as possible to real life.
Part of that collaboration means exclusive access to the car and its design team. This was shown today with a new video from Turn 10 and Microsoft that goes in depth into the design and creation of Dearborn’s newest supercar. The video features interview footage of several of the key people involved in bringing this carbon-fiber supercar to life, and it gives you an idea of just how passionate and dedicated they are to their craft. It’s a great watch.
Plus it gives you a really nice and really close look at all the interesting and subtle details that make this car special and unique. I think I need to go watch it again, actually.
In the wild and crazy hecticness that was the Detroit Auto Show, one announcement seemed to slip by a lot of us unnoticed. Along with the introduction of the new 2017 Ford GT Supercar, Microsoft announced that Forza Motorsport 6 is coming to an Xbox One near you later this year. They announced it along with the Ford GT, because the new carbon-fiber machine is the cover car for the new game. It should represent the first chance players have to explore this two-door in a digital space.
Now there is very little known about the game aside from its name, this is just an announcement of its existence. Dan Greenawalt, the creative director at Turn 10 did say that there will be gameplay footage at this year’s E3 expo in June. One thing we know is that it will be a BIG game for Ford. Not only do we have the new GT joining the ranks of driveable cars, but the newly announced 2016 Mustang GT350 and new 2017 F-150 Raptor will also be in the game.
As an extra-special bonus to TopSpeed readers, I am going to get a chance to ask some of the dev team a bunch of questions about this game in a special interview. If you have a question to ask Turn 10, drop them in the comments and I will include the best ones for my interview. You only have until Monday to get those questions in though, so don’t delay.
If you want to see how great the new game could look, take a peek at the video after the break to see the new Forza 6 version of the Ford GT along with a quick snippet of footage from the live unveiling. Enjoy.
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Gran Turismo’s Vision Gran Turismo Concepts allow engineers from a lot of these participating automakers to have free reign of their designs.
Ford really took that to heart with its design with an open-wheel race car. Now that’s what’s up, Ford.
Of course, this is still just a teaser of the actual concept that we’re going to see in the future. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later, but from the looks of things, the mere fact that the teaser is showing full-on racing tires with an uncovered chassis and suspension suggests that this concept won’t have a whole lot of body panels covering its overall construction.
It also appears to have a Mustang-like sweptback look, which if accurate, offers a nice mix of Ford’s intent to blend its current muscle car’s identity into the concept. We don’t have any performance details yet, although something about this concept makes us think that it’s going to be really lightweight with a V-6 tucked inside it.
Maybe an open-wheel Mustang racer? Nobody knows until Ford reveals it but we can’t tell you how excited we are to see the rest of this beauty.
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Gran Turismo 6 may have scored a nice coup when BMW agreed to debut the M4 Coupe in the game,, but one competing video game franchise saw it as an opportunity to call GT6’s marketing score with one of its own.
In an announcement that was as pleasant as it was surprising, Need for Speed Rivals made its own recently-launched-car debut when the 2015 Ford Mustang became available in the game.
For what it’s worth, the 2015 Mustang is car tailor-made for a game like NFS Rivals, which possibly explains why the developers wasted little time putting installing it in the game. You can drive the Mustang as either a cop or a racer, two things the all-new pony car is well-versed at. And unlike GT6, or Forza 5, for that matter, driving skills sometimes takes a backseat to all-out mayhem in Need for Speed.
So if you’re running roughshod, steering clear of law enforcement authorities, or doing the actual pursuing of racers, the addition of the 2015 Ford Mustang in Need for Speed Rivals will make playing the game that much more enjoyable.
The preview video of the muscle car already makes it look at home in the Need for Speed franchise. Imagine what you can do with it once you get your hands on the game.
Need for Speed Rivals is already on shelves for the PS4 and XBox One with the 2015 Mustang likewise available to download.
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Turn 10 Studios, the makers of the Forza Motorsport gaming franchise, have released an early holiday present for rabid Forza 4 gamers out there. The December IGN Pack for Forza 4 was made available last week and comes with a grocery list of some of the finest digital rides you can have in the game.
Among the highlight vehicles included in the December IGN Pack are the Suzuki Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special, the very same car that Monster Tajima used to break the ten-minute barrier at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb earlier this year.
In addition to the specially-prepped Suzuki, the pack also includes a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, a 1977 Escort RS1800, a 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT, and a 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S, to name a few.
All in all, the December IGN Pack will include 10 new vehicles that you can enjoy over the holidays. The pack is available through XBox Live so if you want to get your hands on a new set of awesome rides to put in your Forza garage, Turn 10 Studios is your hook-up.
Electronic Arts is in a giving mood these days, isn’t it?
Days after we found out that the publisher of Need For Speed: The Run was giving away a brand spankin’ new Porsche 911 Carrera S, it has now been brought to our attention that they’ll be giving away another car, albeit in a slightly different manner.
EA, in collaboration with Shelby America, will be auctioning off a special edition 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake "Need For Speed" Edition. The car is the same one that will be gracing the cover of the highly-anticipated NFS: The Run video game and even better, it’s going to be a playable car in the game.
Just in case you need a brush-up on the car, the 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 that can produce upwards of 800 horsepower. As far as the special edition muscle car is concerned, the word is that it’s going to come with an output that’s in the 750-horsepower area with a special Wimbledon White paint finish and custom gray stripes. The model will be equipped with a Ford Racing handling pack, including dynamic adjustable dampers, lowering springs, tuned stabilizer bars, and front strut tower brace. These features will be combined with a unique fiberglass hood, "Shelby" lettering across the rear deck lid, official "Super Snake" vehicle badges, and a customized two tone Black interior.
As for the auction, the event is still a long ways from today - late 2012 was the date we heard - but nevertheless, expect it to garner a truckload’s worth of attention from Mustang aficionados everywhere. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Carroll Shelby Foundation, an organization that helps kids and young adults with serious illnesses to gain higher education.
Save up your money, folks. You have a year to replenish your ’bidding funds’ and we suggest you start putting in some of those greenbacks in your piggy banks now.
As avid video gamers that have a preference for whatever form of high-octane, four-wheeled racing action, we still have a soft spot for the down-and-smoky world of DiRT 3. The latest installment of the game isn’t scheduled to hit stores until May 24, 2011, but we’re already getting some good preview videos of what to expect when the time comes for us to part ways with our hard-earned money.
You certainly won’t confuse this game for the posh and shiny world of Gran Turismo 5, but what you do get is plenty of smoke, burning tires, and off-the-rails action. To give us an idea of what to expect in the game, resident drifters Ken Block and Tanner Foust - or at least their virtual likeness - slide their drift-ready Ford Fiestas through a make-shift course.
Interested in shredding your tires while performing burnouts for hours? DiRT 3 will give you all that and more when the game drops next week. For now, you can check out the video of Block and Foust doing what they do best.
You’re playing a racing game and you’re beating all challengers that come your way. In the middle of you dominant run, you start thinking to yourself, ‘hey, I can totally do this in real life and make everyone eat my dust’.
Well, for better or for worse, sometimes you get what you ask for.
This is what a couple of Need for Speed gamers found themselves in after being picked by Ford’s Mustang 10 Unleashed to unleash to burn rubber on a real race track. After hosting a tournament that featured the best Need for Speed players in the world, the four gamers who came out on top were treated with a very special prize: racing a real 2010 Ford Mustang.
But before being exposed to the world of real car racing, the four gamers were taught at the Fast lane Racing School about the nuances of real car racing – and not those that they’ve dominated on the video game circuit. After their crash course, the four gamers were then put the test against the 2010 Mustang.
Find out how they fared in the video.
Thanks for the tip Ben!
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What’s better than playing a cool car game like Midnight Club: Los Angles while enjoying a great pizza?! Picking up that pizza in a new Saleen Mustang inspired by the game Midnight Club: Los Angles. Rockstar Games and Pizza Hut are teaming up to give away a Saleen S302 Extreme Ford Mustang, worth an estimated $100,000. All you have to do is enter at Pizza Hut’s website before November 10th.
Ok, that last paragraph was a little too much shameless promotion, but the fact remains that it is a cool giveaway. Just please forgive all the cheesiness – but you’ll never have to forgive Pizza Hut for all the cheesiness on their delicious pizzas (oh crap, there I go again.)
Saleen announced at the New York Autoshow a new partnership with the famous video game maker ’RockStar’. Saleen cars will first appear in the next edition of the franchise Midnight Club. This time Rockstar is offering the apprentice racer to prowl Los Angeles city streets in a dubbed out Mustang Saleen. Check our video preview while we wait for the official release date of the game later this fall of 2008. Note that the Saleen model in the demo is one of many cars and motorcycles that will be playable and fully customizable once the game is released.