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Hype Video: New F1 2015 Trailer Lists New Game Modes And Shows Off Beautiful Capabilities Of New Game Engine

Posted on 07.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Codemasters F1 2015 is coming out soon and we are definitely excited for it.  We had a taste of it at E3 2015 last month and while it was just a short experience we enjoyed it.  Now, it is obviously still possible that once the full game comes out there may be a pile of things we hate about it.  But, that seems unlikely at this point.  Today, just before the British Grand Prix weekend Codemasters has released a new trailer which lists off some of F1 2015’s game modes and features as well as demonstrates the kind of imagery their new game engine can muster.  They also released some in-game Silverstone screen shots as well.  Check out the trailer and the screen shot gallery below!

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E3 2015: We Get Our Hands On The Re-Booted Need For Speed (Gameplay Video)

Posted on 06.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What? More E3 stuff? Yep!  Although admittedly we are reaching the end of our E3 content so if you’re sick of it then take heart because its almost over!  If you’re loving it then unfortunately we’re nearing the end!  Anyhow, lets get down to business.  There was no way we were going to leave E3 this year without playing the new Need For Speed game which is making its re-booted return after a two year “hiatus”.  I use the word “hiatus” lightly because its not like Ghost Games (the development team behind Need For Speed) were taking a break.  Need For Speed’s publisher, Electronic Arts decided to take their marquee racing title off its yearly release schedule to give their dev team more time to work on each title.

The newest Need For Speed is the first game to come from this new dev cycle and it definitely sets itself a part from previous titles.  First, lets address the elephant in the room.  The reason why this Need For Speed is simply Need For Speed with no subtitle is because this is a complete reboot of the series and it contains elements from many other previous Need For Speed games.  You’ll find flavors of Underground, Rivals, Hot Pursuit and more all wrapped up into this new title.  Second, lets get to the important stuff such as gameplay, looks, and experience.  Luckily, I have all that wrapped up in a video below.  I also had a chance to interview one of the producers from Ghost Games and pick her (Yes HER. Girl power mofos) brain about some of the creative and design choices the team made on this new title.  Enjoy it all below!

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E3 2015: Fanatec Club Sport Steering Wheel GT For Xbox One Hands On (Video)

Posted on 06.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If you are into racing games, and I mean like really into them, then you likely know the name Fanatec.  If you know the name Fanatec then you know what they do; which is make high quality racing wheel peripherals for PC and consoles.  If you know all that then you also know that Fanatec wheels aren’t cheap!  Because of their, well let’s just say “premium” pricing, buying a Fanatec wheel can be considered more of an investment than anything else.

Having said that one could imagine how bummed out Fanatec owners were two years ago when they realized their Fanatec wheels would not work on Xbox One.  Fast forward to E3 2015 and a few things have changed.  Fanatec worked closely with Microsoft and worked out a solution.  It is a pricy solution but a solution nonetheless.  The Fanatec Club Sport V2 wheel base is the flag ship product from the brand and is meant for the most serious of sim racers on console or PC.  It has the best of the best components inside it and features a design that allows for using various wheel rims via a quick-release hub.

Fanatec has created a special Xbox One compatible hub that attaches to the Club Sport V2 wheel base!  Yay!  This is great news for those who already own the $600 Club Sport V2 base and $299 Club Sport pedals.  Xbox One compatibility is merely an extra $399 away which the purchase of a Club Sport GT steering wheel which comes with the special Xbox One hub.  However, those who don’t already own the wheel base are looking at a roughly $1,300 total price tag.  Just for reference that is more than three times the price of a current gaming console or about equal the price of a nicely equipped gaming PC.

$1,300 bucks is a lot money.  Is it worth it?  Well that all just depends on how much one cares about sim racing and quality of sim racing products.  I had a chance to use the new Xbox One GT steering wheel at E3 and did a quick video on my thoughts on the brief user experience I had with Fanatec’s latest.  Check it out below.  If you want to drop the cash for this set up just visit Fanatec.com to order the Club Sport V2 wheel base and Pedals.  However, the Xbox One wheel/hub will not be available until August 31st, 2015 so you’ll have to wait on that part.  While a two month wait sucks, that is still plenty of time before Forza Motorsport 6’s release date (September 15th, 2015).

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E3 2015: We Play Codemasters F1 2015! We Suck At It But It Was Still Pretty Sweet!

Posted on 06.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I got to play plenty of racing games at E3 this year but the game I was really looking forward to getting my hands on was the new F1 game from Codemasters.  F1 2015 is the first Codemasters F1 game on the new crop of gaming consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One).  Not to say that the previous F1 games haven’t been awesome but I always knew that if they had a more powerful console at their disposal the team could really create something cool.  So, how is it looking so far?  Check out my gameplay impression as well as a quick interview with Mr. Lee Mather who is the Principal Game designer for F1 2015.  You can also click the thumbnails for HD screen shots!

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E3 2015: We Play Sebastian Loeb Rally Evo And Speak With The Devs. (Video)

Posted on 06.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Sebastian Loeb Rally Evo was one of the first racing games I played once I arrived at E3. I was lucky enough to get an appointment to test out an early build of the game and even speak with the devs. Since I didn’t know much about this game I took the opportunity to get some questions answered and dig up some more info about the game in the form of an interview below. If you also want to know what my first impressions are based on my short gameplay time you can check that out below as well. If you can’t be bothered to watch either video here are the cliff notes:

-8 different environments

-Cars from several eras of rally racing; from vintage to modern.

-Tracks were painstainkingly re-created from real counter parts using camera cars

-Rallycross will be featured in the game including the Staples Center Los Angeles course from the X Games

Ok that’s enough notes. If you want more then you have to watch the videos!

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E3 2015: We Go Hands On With Logitech’s New G920 Xbox One Steering Wheel And Check Out LeMans Edition Controllers (Video)

Posted on 06.16.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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When we showed up to the Forza Motorsport 6 preview we knew there would be news but we weren’t prepared for just how much news was waiting for us.  See, besides the reveal of the game and all its delicious tidbits of information, we also learned that there would be not one but two new steering wheels for Xbox One and one of them was in the building just waiting for us to get our hands on it!

We also caught a close up look at three very special Xbox One controllers with designs based on historic LeMans winning Ford racers like the Shelby Daytona Coupe and GT40.  Below you will find videos of my impression of the new Logitech G920 Driving Force Wheel as well as a “gloves on no glass” look at the extremely limited (and extremely expensive) LeMans edition Xbox One controllers!  After you watch the video let us know which one of the three controllers is your favorite!  Tell us in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

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E3 2015: We Interview Dan Greenawalt For All The Forza Motorsport 6 Info! Also First Gameplay Impressions. (Video)

Posted on 06.15.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

 

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A few days ago we were lucky enough to be invited to a special preview of Forza Motorsport 6 before it will be revealed at E3.  While we were there we ran into our friend and Creative Director of Turn 10 Studios, Dan Greenawalt.  We thought that would be a good time to corner him and force him to answer not just our questions about Forza Motorsport 6 but also the questions of fans from Forza Motorsport’s official forums.

We managed to get him talking to us for almost 20 minutes before he creative a diversion and then ninja flipped away.  Afterward, I jumped into a Playseat rig and tried out the game myself.  For my interview with Dan and my first gameplay impression with gameplay footage, check out the videos below!

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Official Hype: Porsche Expansion Now Available For Forza Horizon 2 (With Video)

Posted on 06.09.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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It looks like its all been made official today as Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games have announced that the Porsche expansion pack for Forza Horizon 2 is real and is available now!  For 10 bucks some of the best Porsches from three different decades can be made available for hoonage within the open world of Forza Horizon 2.  Also since this is not merely just a DLC pack, there is more beyond the cars.  The expansion pack also grants buyers 10 new Porsche themed “bucket list” events, 10 Porsche themed Rivals events, and 15 new achievements that are worth a total of 500 “Gamerscore” points on Xbox Live.

How was all this awesomeness possible?  Well just as we hoped they would, the guys from Turn 10 Studios went to the bargaining table with EA Games (who holds the rights to Porsche in video games), and Porsche directly to work out a deal so that Forza can bring the iconic brand back to their series.  Which brings me to the next bit of news.  This agreement isn’t just for Forza Horizon 2; it expands to Forza Motorsport 6 as well!  Yes, Porsche will definitely have a part in the next Forza Motorsport game!  We will likely learn more about that during the E3 event next week so stay tuned!

In the meantime check out the official car list of the Porsche Expansion, video trailer, and press release below!

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Porsche Expansion car list:

-2003 Porsche Carrera GT
-1989 Porsche 944 Turbo
-1987 Porsche 959
-1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3
-1970 Porsche 914/6
-2015 Porsche Cayman GTS
-2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (997)
-2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S
-2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
-2015 Porsche Macan Turbo

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Porsche Returns to Forza with “Forza Horizon 2” Porsche Expansion

Racing fans rejoice – Porsche is coming to “Forza Horizon 2!” Arriving on June 9 for Xbox One, the “Forza Horizon 2” Porsche Expansion will bring ten amazing Porsche models for the first time to an Xbox One Forza game. With Porsche models like the 1989 944 Turbo, the 2003 Carrera GT, and, perhaps the most exciting Porsche in recent memory, the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, the Porsche Expansion Pack will give fans the chance to explore southern Europe in some of the legendary German manufacturer’s most beloved cars.

In addition to an amazing lineup of cars, the “Forza Horizon 2” Porsche Expansion will include 10 new Porsche-themed Bucket List events in “Forza Horizon 2,” 10 exclusive Porsche Rivals events, and 15 achievements worth a total of 500 Gamerscore points on Xbox Live.

Bringing Porsche to “Forza Horizon 2” is fantastic news for Xbox fans and, even better, it’s just the start! We’re excited to share that we are working together with Porsche and EA to deliver the Porsche experience to Forza Motorsport 6 players in 2016. We’ll have more details to share in the future on the integration.

The “Forza Horizon 2” Porsche Expansion now available on Xbox One for $10 in the Xbox Store or through the Forza Hub app for Xbox One. Check out the trailer and here’s the list of cars included in the expansion:

2003 Porsche Carrera GT

Unveiled at the 2003 Geneva Auto Show, the 2003 Carrera GT was Porsche’s first concept car since the last 959 rolled off the line in 1988. With the Carrera GT, Porsche has taken the use of lightweight materials to a new level with its carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, magnesium wheels and titanium pushrods. The result is a motor with almost zero rotational inertia, and a chassis that has nearly zero flex. And yes, it’s light. The 5.7-liter V10 creates 605 horsepower and throttle response likened to an F1 racing car. The Carrera GT will hit 124 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph. This is a driver’s supercar that is superbly engineered and puts the responsibility of reaching its performance potential firmly with the pilot. Unlike faster cars in its class, handling in corners was not compromised for top speed potential. These factors spell one thing – Porsche!

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo

The 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo represents the highest level of performance the 944 model line ever reached. For 1989, the 944 Turbo retained all the features of the 944 Turbo S, except the “S.” This includes 30 more horsepower, larger brakes, larger sway bars, a limited-slip differential and ABS. Many will attest to the 944 Turbo’s performance being that of a supercar, but at a sports car’s price. Delivering almost 250 horsepower from its four-cylinder 8-valve 2.5-liter engine, it will do a quarter mile in about 14 seconds, 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 162 mph. Even though quite affordable today and readily available, the experience you get in “Forza Horizon 2” will give you a taste, without having to sign any paperwork.

1987 Porsche 959

Porsche’s deep pockets and never-ending desire to explore possibilities drove the near-endless list of innovations that make up the Porsche 959. Some call the 959 Porsche’s supercar. Technologically speaking, the car is worlds away from any car of the era and, with only 230 built, the term “exotic” is fitting. The estimated build cost of each 959 was more than $500,000 but the cars sold for $225,000 at the time. Porsche called it an investment, hoping components could be used in future models. However, the only technology ever used was the four-wheel drive system that was part of the Carrera 4. The 959 derives its power from the 962 Group C racecar and puts out 450 horsepower, the highest on record at the time for a road car. The car uses a sequential twin-turbo which aids responsiveness and efficiency in power delivery. The 959’s race history is both on and off-road; it even won its class in the Paris-Dakar Rally.

1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3

The early 1980s were a challenging time for performance cars in the U.S. due to ever-increasing EPA regulations. Things were so challenging, in fact, that the 911 Turbo – known as the 930 in America – was withheld from U.S. and Japanese markets until 1986. The flared wheel arches and whale-tail are definitive characteristics of the 911 Turbo. Despite its evident turbo-lag, the 296 horsepower, air-cooled, flat-six delivers aggressive performance and strong acceleration. Power was delivered through a four-speed, though a five-speed was available in the non-turbo Carrera. While 911’s have always been blessed with oversteer, when coupled with the turbo-lag, the car can be more than a handful when accelerating through a corner. It’s hard to believe that at the time, some at Porsche considered letting the 928 replace the 911. Thanks to Peter W. Schultz, then CEO of Porsche, the 911’s future was ensured and thus the continued success of the iconic 911 line and the company maintained.

1970 Porsche 914/6

Conceived in collaboration with Volkswagen, the 914 was to be an economical sports car replacing the VW Karman Ghia and giving Porsche something to call entry-level. Most were produced with VW flat-four-cylinder motors and, in Europe, these were VW badged as well. The 2.0-liter flat-six makes significantly more horsepower than the largest VW flat-four available in the other models of its era. All had a five-speed transaxle. Porsche entered a 914/6 GT in the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and it took its class and sixth overall – not too shabby for an entry-level sports car. The 914’s mid-engine, rear-wheel drive and near perfect weight balance make it a confidence-inspiring driver through corners. It’s also an endearing starting point for those wishing to own a Porsche, with a combination of fine performance and elegant aesthetics.

2015 Porsche Cayman GTS

There is nothing entry-level about the Cayman GTS. Performance numbers put the Cayman GTS right alongside a base 911 Carrera. When you look at it from the perspective of what car you are getting for your money, it really just comes down to where you want the engine. The Cayman is, of course, a mid-engine design that eliminates the back seat while providing improved weight balance. In car that is meant to take the twist out of every turn, who needs a back seat anyway?

2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (997)

The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 takes the 997 out with a bang. It was so late in the coming that Porsche had to restart production on the model. The result was something special. All 600 RS 4.0 models sold like hot cakes thanks to the car’s amazing performance. The fact is, most GT3 owners take their rides to the track regularly, and the RS 4.0 is the king of GT3s. The 4.0 in the moniker stands for the displacement, which is 0.2 liters larger than the GT3. That displacement comes from a longer stroke and, coupled with enhanced air-flow, titanium connecting rods, and a single-mass flywheel, the RS 4.0 brings 50 more horsepower to the track. The roar of the flat-six is more than enough to encourage hitting the 8,500 rpm redline, but this race-bred brute just loves to scream throughout the powerband. Sure you can drive the GT3 RS 4.0 on the road, but just make sure that road leads to the nearest race circuit just in case.

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

If you have a problem accepting progress, or if technology frustrates you, the 2014 911 Turbo S is here to help. The car’s amazing healing powers come in the form of 560 horsepower emanating from the 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six. Those compressors offer further therapeutic benefits from variable vane technology that helps them spin up even faster. To keep the tires from spinning, the Turbo S is all-wheel-drive. Thanks to a new liquid-cooled Haldex hydraulic device, the front wheels can handle even more torque. When you put this kind of uncanny acceleration together with world-class top speeds, the 911 Turbo S could be considered a supercar in touring car clothing. New four-wheel steering technology enables tighter and more stable turns at slow or high speed, ensuring that any questions about the value of progress are completely validated.

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

The 918 Spyder is the starting point of a new era of performance and has raised the bar of what can be expected of a hypercar. With nearly 900 combined horsepower from its 4.6-liter naturally-aspirated flat crank V8 and its hybrid electrical system, and built almost completely of carbon fiber, the 918 is a technological marvel. Consider its accomplishments: the 918 Spyder already set a production car lap record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and shattered the production car record at the Nürburgring by 14 seconds.  It is also visually stunning in all regards and distinctly Porsche, despite looking like nothing else the company has ever produced. In short, with the 918, convention was left by the wayside and innovation can be found at every angle. The result is nothing less than the spark of a new generation of the highest performing vehicles the world has ever seen.

2015 Porsche Macan Turbo

When Porsche entered the SUV market years ago with the Cayenne, some were skeptical. What should have come as no surprise is that Porsche created something amazing. Like the tiger from which it gets its name, the Macan is at once beautiful and powerful. It barrels its way to highway speed, delivers its occupants to their destination in stately comfort, and has looks that draw the eye. With the Macan, Porsche has created one of the most exciting vehicles in a class where excitement isn’t usually the rule of law. But, then again, it’s Porsche – shouldn’t we have expected this?

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Hype Rumor: Porsche Expansion Coming To Forza Horizon 2?

Posted on 06.08.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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We were a bit late on this one but it appears that Microsoft may have accidently spilled the beans on an upcoming Forza Horizon 2 announcement.  Last week the official trailer for the Duracell Car Pack was released, but if a few images are to be believed, the Duracell Car Pack trailer was accidently uploaded with the title and description for a Porsche Expansion.  According to the screenshot allegedly captured by users who noticed the mistake the Porsche Expansion will give players 500 gamer points, new events, and several Porsches including the 918 Spyder.

If this is true it would make Forza Horizon 2 the first current console racing game to include LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder AKA “the trifecta of hypercars”.  According to the rumors this YouTube mistake was quickly fixed and this expansion will be announced in a more official manner at E3 coming up in less than 10 days.

Could this rumor be true?  The evidence does look legit but at the same time amazing things can be done in Photoshop these days.  If this rumor is true are you excited to see Porsche come to Forza Horizon 2?  If you were a hold out on Forza Horizon 2 because of the lack of Porsche, would this change your mind about trying the game out?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype!

[Source: ICXM.net and Forza Motorsport Forums]

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Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Duracell Car Pack Brings Some 90s Flavor And Tops Off With Modern Muscle (Video

Posted on 06.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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A day when new DLC is released for Forza Horizon 2 is always a good day.  In the new Duracell Car Pack, an offering of a few favorites from the 90s, a classic from Mazda, and the newest American Muscle are all offered up for open world hoonage.  What exactly do I mean?  Check out the official car list below then watch the trailer.  The Duracell Car Pack is available now in the Xbox Store for 5 bucks!

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

While the Corvette C7 is an astonishing car, American muscle fans would be foolish to sleep on the brand new Camaro Z-28. Even at nearly 4,000 pounds, this Camaro delivers astonishing numbers on the strip (0-60 in 4.4 secs and less than 13 second quarter mile times) and that’s not even what it is built for. The Z/28 sports its road-racing homologation history proudly by delivering a sticky and well-balanced track experience. With suspension technology straight out of Formula One and a development program that included the Nürburgring, Road Atlanta, and Road America, this is a track-proven weapon just waiting to stomp the competition.

2001 Audi RS 4 Avant

The RS 4 Avant takes the notion of a wagon being some sort of sedate family transporter and tosses it right out the window. It might be surprising to hear but, in its time, this was the most powerful production car Audi ever built, with a 375-hp twin-turbo V-6. This isn’t just some monster they released to scare grocery-getters; the RS 4 Avant is a true sports car despite its ample room in the rear. Bespoke body panels surround oversize tires, enlarged brake rotors sit behind every wheel, and the suspension is lively and responsive. This speedy wagon is ready for a trip to grandmother’s house; just make sure the road over the hills and through the woods has plenty of twists and turns to enjoy.

1995 BMW M5

The 1995 BMW M5 represents the last year of the E34 series. This was the fastest production saloon car in its second evolution. It embodies both luxury and performance like no other car of its time. The M5 was hand assembled and designed for the BMW owner that wanted to lead the pack in a four-door luxury sedan. While never well suited to the track due to its excessive weight, the M5 is the ultimate touring car. The quick-revving, 3.5-liter, 24-valve, straight-6 engine delivered north of 250 horsepower and the 6-speed transmission was one of the few available in the mid-1990s. Together with its stiffer and lower suspension, the car’s performance will rival many sport coupes in its class. These cars are highly sought after by BMW enthusiasts – find out why in “Forza Horizon 2”.

1991 Honda CR-X SiR

Whether you are a Honda fanboy or just looking for a something simple and fast, the Honda CR-X SiR is a top choice for nearly any kind of racing. Start with the VTEC – the CR-X is the second model after the Integra to receive it; once you hit 6,000 RPM, the camshaft profile changes, the timing advances, and it’s time to hang on. Nimble by its very nature as a tiny two-seat hatch, the CR-X is a perfect car to whip past the competition. Next, consider the form of the CR-X, which lends itself to photographs or to looking fantastic while cruising with friends. It’s a lot of car in a small package, but isn’t that also what they say about dynamite?

1972 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110 Series II

If not for the Cosmo 110S, Mazda may not have gone on to sell nearly two-million rotary-powered vehicles over the next 40 years. The Cosmo was hand built and only sold 1,519 models in total, but it was the halo vehicle from which Mazda’s later success spawned. Seeking a way to capitalize on their investment in the Wankel rotary, Mazda brought this phenomenal and, at the time, futuristic sports car to market. Produced from 1967 to 1972, the 110S initially had 110 horsepower derived from its twin-rotor motor. The series II brought 128 ponies to bear and, with them, a five-speed transmission and an improved ride. Less than ten models were ever brought to the U.S., with car collector Jay Leno owning the only remaining Cosmo stateside. Whether you drive one for its sleek looks or for its screaming 7,000-RPM redline, the Cosmo is a JDM artifact that is worth a spin.

1990 Lotus Carlton – June Free Car

From an automaker best known for its elfin racers and commitment to lightness, the large Carlton seems a bizarre vehicle to emerge wearing a Lotus badge. An executive sedan tweaked within an inch of its life, Lotus’ engineering expertise allowed the Lotus Carlton to be the fastest sedan in the world for a period of time. Born at a time when General Motors owned both Lotus and Vauxhall/Opel, the idea was to build a halo car wearing the Lotus badge to generate some attention to the brand. By boring out and twin-turbocharging the Vauxhall inline six, the 377 horsepower Carlton got a bit too much attention — the 180 mph-capable sedan became so wildly controversial in Britain that law enforcement sometimes spoke of banning it from the road. Perhaps the police were simply jealous, as no cruiser in the UK could catch a Carlton on a clear motorway. Lest you think that it’s merely an unruly straight-line ruffian, Lotus did also tune the suspension. It’s no Elise, but you’d be surprised what the big Carlton is capable of.

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