McLaren Celebrates Launch of Forza Horizon 4 with Senna vs. Motocross Bikes Race
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.
2017 McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo Concept
In all the years that the Vision Gran Turismo concepts have been around, McLaren has been one of the few automakers that have yet to unveil a concept for the Gran Turismo video game franchise. It was only a matter of time before it did, and that time has finally come. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo, and it is positively spectacular.
It is a bit ironic, though, that the most extreme McLaren I’ve ever seen isn’t actually a real thing. This coming from an automaker that’s known for releasing some mind-bending machinery over the years. That’s just the catch of all these Vision Gran Turismo concepts. They are created exclusively for the Gran Turismo game franchise and without any real-world rules and regulations to hinder them, these automakers go to great lengths to make their concepts as unforgettable as possible. That’s evidently the case here with McLaren’s Ultimate VGT concept. It’s prepared to be a showcase of the kind of cars the company envisions it’s going to produce by 2030. Not that I’m getting excited, but the LMP1-style treatment to the concept does make me wonder if this is the kind of future we can expect. Seeing as it’s already capable of zany creations like the MSO-designed X1 Concept, I wouldn’t put it past these guys to turn this concept into reality 13 years from now. For now, all we can do is enjoy it once Gran Turismo Sport hits shelves in October.
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Here’s Your Chance To Put Those Gaming Skills To Good Use
If you’ve already spent countless hours honing your skills in Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport and you feel that the competition is getting stale, now’s your chance to finally compete against the elite of the elite in your field. Mind you, this isn’t your typical racing game competition that awards winners with cash prizes and trips to God-knows-where. This is the real deal because this competition is hosted by no less than McLaren and the prize at stake is, quite literally, a real job with the company’s Formula One team.
The competition is called the “World’s Fastest Gamer” and the objective of it is pretty self-explanatory. If you feel that you’re up to task of being the best in simulation driving across multiple racing platforms, then feel free to join the contest. Should you end up winning the whole thing, you stand to receive a one-year contract with McLaren to be a simulator driver for its Formula One team. On top of that, you’ll get to work alongside McLaren engineers, who are regarded as some of the best in the business, at the team’s official technology center in the U.K. You’ll also get to join the team travel to all the Grand Prix races on the F1 calendar. There you’ll help develop and improve the F1 race cars of Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso, should the latter return to the team. All you need to do to land the gig is to be the fastest gamer in the world. Think you’re up to it?
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British software developer NaturalMotion has just released a teaser for CSR2, its upcoming sequel to the hit CSR Racing, and man does it look good. Featuring a 45-second walk-around of an extremely orange 2014 McLaren P1, you’d easily forget you were watching a trailer for a mobile game, as the graphics quality is undoubtedly on par with older-generation console titles.
The original CSR, released in 2012, was a free-to-play drag-racing game for iOS, OS X, and Android platforms. It did quite well, quickly earning $12 million in monthly revenues soon after its release. It was downloaded some 130 million times, which prompted social games publisher Zynga to pony up $527 million to acquire NaturalMotion.
Now, we get a peak at the hotly anticipated follow-up. The game will fall in line with its predecessor, with a free-to-play model and drag racing-oriented gameplay. Instead of steering and braking, the focus is on executing optimal gear changes on a quarter- or half-mile track. The controls are simple to understand and perform, and designed for quick games without extensive commitment.
Gamers will be able to accumulate and manage a stable of high-end sports cars, each rendered in highly accurate detail. For the developers, authenticity was paramount. To help support the graphical precision, NaturalMotion reportedly acquired CAD data from manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Pagani. Further specifics, such as factory paint options, model trim options, and even the brake caliper colors are all correct.
CSR2 will also come with new controls and mechanics, the details of which currently remain under wraps, while social gameplay will take on new importance. Continuity between CSR 1 and 2 is also a possibility.
CSR2 will see a soft-launch in the next few weeks, with wider release on iOS and Android devices expected later this year.
Video game tie-ins are as popular as ever these days, with major brands reaching out to virtual platforms in order to offer up their latest and greatest speed hardware for general simulated consumption. One of the latest automakers to get in on the trend is McLaren, which will make its 570S available on PS4’s DriveClub.
DriveClub is the first game to offer the 2016 McLaren 570S. The car is part of the extended RPM Car Pack DLC, which will also include the 2016 Nissan GT-R, 2015-2016 Nissan 370Z Nismo, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7, and 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.
The RPM Car Pack is part of a larger update for the game slated for parallel release. Expect several new events, a variety of new trophies and new earnable bonus liveries, as well as a free download of the 2011 Peugeot EX1 Concept. You can get all this at the end of the month on June 30th.
Watching the above-featured trailer, the 570S is looking quite good on the PS4. We start out on a lonely desert road, where the McLaren blasts its way along a snaking two-lane, its high-strung exhaust note reverberating off the high rock walls. This is followed by a series of close-ups of the engine, carbon-fiber bodywork, and carbon-ceramic brakes, demonstrating the high level of detail that DriveClub offers. Next is the obligatory ass-out drift, complete with tire smoke and rev-limiter shriek. Finally, the rain begins to fall, giving us a slow-mo view of the moisture-streaked panels.
Now, I know this isn’t in-game footage, but you can’t deny how good this looks. It almost makes me forget the new Forza Motorsport 6 trailer shown at E3…
The upcoming Forza Motorsport 5 driving game is set to feature the legendary TopGear driver himself.
Some say, he is even faster in the dark...
That’s right, Forza Motorsport 5 will offer you the chance to race against The Stig.
The Stig’s Digital Cousin will only be available for those players planning to get both the new Xbox One and Forza 5 next month. So, if you are really good on racing games, the virtual Stig is waiting for you.
You will be able to race against him on the famous Top Gear test track that was rendered in meticulous detail, including the follow-through and Gambon sections. The game will also offer lots of in-game commentary from Jeremy, Richard and James on the career modes, and races inspired by Top Gear events, amongst other things.
The new Forza Motorsport 5 will be released on November 22nd, 2013.
Be warned, though, The Stig’s Digital Cousin doesn’t take defeat lightly.
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In this high-tech world, pretty much everything you see on the screen is computer generated. However, the new "Filmspeed" — the latest ad spot for Forza Motorsport 5 — is a little bit different. It was filmed one frame at a time using a high-speed video camera bolted into the engine block of a McLaren 12C supercar.
The 12C supercar runs on a racetrack and it blasts past 680 frames printed on aluminum panels at a maximum filming speed of 120 mph. Now this is the right way of filming a great video, don’t you agree? Of course a professional driver and a close track were used, so you shouldn’t try this at home.
So, even though this may look like it was computed generated, what you’re watching was shot via camera. Check out the video to see for yourself how the filming was made.
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McLaren, in cooperation with Xbox, will offer one lucky gamer the possibility to be a passenger in the McLaren P1 supercar at the famous Goodwood Hill course. Along with this, the winner will be part of McLaren’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The contest follows the recent announcement of the McLaren P1 as the cover star for the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 5 game.
Talking about the new contest, Greg Levine, Sales and Marketing Director, McLaren Automotive said: "This is an exciting time for both McLaren and Microsoft, with both brands launching true game-changers on to the market in the shape of the McLaren P1 and Forza Motorsport 5 on the Xbox One. We share key values, employ cutting-edge technologies and both strive to innovate through groundbreaking methods."
To enter the competition, all you have to do is visit www.ForzaMcLarenRide.com, like the page and you will be automatically entered in the competition.
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Noted auto journalist Chris Harris recently got an invitation from Codemasters — the fine folks behind the racing game series, GRID — to give the game a virtual test. This isn’t any old test either, as it pits Harris against McLaren test driver Mat Jackson in a race at Brands Hatch in the virtual UK.
In the virtual race, Harris struggles to keep up with the more experienced Jackson and voices his displeasure to one of the game’s developers. After a few tips and pointers on how to get more out of his MP4-12C, Harris proceeds to catch up to Jackson, overtake him and then beat him to the checkered flag by the slimmest of margins.
Apparently, the whole point of the series of teasers is for Codemasters to display the kind of real-life instructions you can put to use in the virtual racing game. Quite frankly, we don’t get the idea of the whole thing, given the fact that the GRID series has always been a game that put hardcore racing as its main selling point. In any case, the video’s pretty interesting if you’re a fan of the GRID franchise.
Harris’ involvement in these teasers also appear to be of the multi-part variety, which means that we can expect to see more of these teasers in the coming weeks as Codemasters prepares for the release of “GRID 2 Effect” this summer.
It’s hard to top the last video of Need For Speed: The Run, especially when it featured steaming Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. For their part, though, the people over at NFS have just released the latest promo video for their soon-to-be-released racing game.
No, it doesn’t come with any scantily-clad foxes, but what it does feature are two supercars considered two of the most desirable exotics on the market today: the McLaren MP4-12C and the Pagani Huayra.
As always, the video offers plenty of breathtaking racing between the two supercars with a short and ultimately crash-tastic cameo of an out-of-its-element police car.
But the real highlight of the video is the race between the MP4-12C and the Huayra. Here’s a spoiler, though: if you’re a fan of either one of these cars, then prepare to weep as one of them gets thrown off a cliff.
We’re not kidding.Check out the video and find out which one goes flying off the mountain}.}}
Although we may never see a McLaren MP4-12C police car in real life, we can at least be chased by one in the streets of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit! Oh yeah, McLaren may not want to shell out the dough to build one and police officers may not have the cash to purchase one, but we can live vicariously through our television or computer screens to experience the rush of a McLaren MP4-12C police car.
NFS: Hot Pursuit is a cops versus racers-type race case that features both solo and online play. "Our goal has been to create cops vs. racers pursuits that are so fun, fast and exciting it really brings to life the adrenaline and intensity of the high speed cop pursuit experience with your friends."
While we expect to see and hear more about Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit in the coming months, it does put us a little more at ease knowing that EA has already given a release date for their new NFS video game -November 16 on the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Nintendo Wii. It’s much better than the crazy roller coaster ride we were put through waiting for the release date of Gran Turismo. Among the vehicles being featured in NFS: Hot Pursuit will be models by Brabus, TechArt, Ford, and Lamborghini.