'Forza Motorsport' launching with 500 cars, amazing graphics

'Forza Motorsport' launching with 500 cars, amazing graphics

With “Forza Motorsport” having been announced last year for spring 2023, it’s about time we heard more about the game. And we finally have details on the racing simulator following the Xbox and Bethesda video announcement. While more details have yet to be fleshed out, we finally have some idea of how many cars and locations to look for, plus some information about the upgrades developer Turn10 Studios have made.

The game will launch with a total of 500 cars, 100 of which have not been featured in a Forza Motorsport title yet. That probably includes some cars never featured in any Forza title before, but it could also include some cars that were added to the Horizon series that never crossed over. The developers emphasize that more modern race cars will be included, and customization will be a big feature, too. Apparently there are “800 unique upgrades” across the cars on offer. And Turn10 didn’t give the whole car list, but it did provide the cars shown so far, and they’re listed below.

1971 AMC Javelin AMX
1989 Aston Martin #18 Aston Martin AMR1
2016 Aston Martin Vulcan
2014 Audi #2 Audi Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro
2016 Audi #17 Rotek Racing TT RS
2016 Audi R8 V10 plus
2018 Audi #44 R8 LMS GT3
2018 Audi TT RS
1991 BMW M3
2017 BMW #24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM
2018 BMW #1 BMW M Motorsport M8 GTE
2019 Brabham BT62
2018 Bugatti Chiron
1970 Buick GSX
2021 Cadillac #31 Whelen Racing DPi-V.R
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport Coupe
1969 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport 396
1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport 454
2015 Chevrolet #10 Konica Minolta Corvette Daytona Prototype
2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
2020 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing C8.R
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
1972 Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49
1969 Dodge Charger R/T
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
2005 Ford GT
2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype
2016 Ford #66 Ford Racing GT Le Mans
2017 Ford GT
2019 Ginetta #6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1
2020 Hyundai #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster N
1983 Jaguar #44 Group 44 XJR-5
1988 Jaguar #1 Jaguar Racing XJR-9
1993 Jaguar XJ220
2015 Jaguar XKR-S GT
1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV
1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
2016 Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4
2020 Lamborghini Huracán EVO
1969 Lola #10 Simoniz Special T163
1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
1991 Mazda #55 Mazda 787B
2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86
2014 Mazda #70 SpeedSource Lola B12/80
1969 McLaren #4 McLaren Cars M8B
2013 McLaren P1
2018 McLaren Senna
1989 Mercedes-Benz #63 Sauber-Mercedes C 9
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
1985 Nissan #83 GTP ZX-Turbo
1991 Nissan #23 Nissan R91CP
2015 Nissan #23 GT-R LM NISMO
2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO (R35)
1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442
2017 Oreca #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07
1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
1993 Peugeot #3 Peugeot Talbot Sport 905 EVO 1C
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455
1970 Porsche #3 917 LH
1983 Porsche #11 John Fitzpatrick Racing 956
1987 Porsche #17 Porsche AG 962C
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
2017 Porsche #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid
2017 Porsche #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
2019 Porsche #70 Porsche Motorsport 935
2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2021 Porsche 911 GT3
2021 Porsche Mission R
2015 Radical RXC Turbo
2004 Saleen S7
2014 Toyota #8 Toyota Racing TS040 HYBRID

As for courses, the number of track layouts wasn’t given, but there will be 20 locations, some of which will certainly have multiple course configurations. Five of the locations are new to the series, including the Kyalami race track in South Africa.

Turn10 noted that just about every aspect of the game has been upgraded including the physics system, sound effects, graphics and even the dirt and damage systems. In the words of Turn10: “We’re simulating paint thickness, chipping and directionality of damage, while layering dirt so it accumulates in a realistic manner in low-pressure areas like recesses and alcoves”

Real-time weather and time of day are featured, and each track is affected by different temperatures, moisture and rubber build-up. The clouds are procedurally generated, too. All of which is impressive, though also featured in “Gran Turismo 7.”

Forza will have a leg up over Gran Turismo with real-time graphics. It will be able to run at 4K resolution with ray-tracing enabled during races, all at 60 frames per second. In “Gran Turismo 7” ray tracing is restricted to replays, photo modes and menus, and the frame rate only reaches 30 frames per second. It all looks pretty spectacular in the video at top, though some of the car models still look like old ones from a few games back, which hurts the look.

“Forza Motorsport” was originally slated for spring of 2023. Turn10 didn’t give a more specific date, and the trailer conspicuously omits “spring” from the estimated release date. So it’s possible it will come out a little later. It will launch on the Xbox Series line of consoles and for PCs running Windows 10 or 11.

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