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Gaming Hype: “90s Arcade Racer” Instantly Takes Me Back To High School (Video)

Posted on 01.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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While the game “Drift Stage” is attempting to bring back memories of racing games from the 80s, the new “90s Arcade Racer” from Nicalis is looking to inspire memories from the…well 90s.  With heavy inspiration from the SEGA arcade racing games from the 90s like Daytona USA, SEGA Super GT, SEGA Rally and others.  With a bright colors and elaborate flourishing backgrounds to expansive tracks, visuals of this game instantly takes me back to my high school days, dumping quarters into the latest SEGA racing game after school before heading home.

To get a taste of what I mean, watch the gameplay footage below which debuted today at PAX South.  I am not sure when this game will be released or for what platforms but I will do some digging and get back to you!  Stay tuned!

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Gaming Hype: What We Want To See In Forza Motorsport 6

Posted on 01.15.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Just a few days ago we learned that Forza Motorsport 6 is coming and that the new Ford GT supercar will grace the cover.  Although, that is about all we know and I suspect the world won’t learn more about Forza Motorsport 6 until E3 this year.  Which is kind of crazy because it feels like just yesterday when Forza Motorsport 5 came out and I still play Forza 5 quite often because its awesome.  However, its not perfect.  It has its flaws and issues here and there so I’d like to list off some things that I would like to see in Forza Motorsport 6.  Some of these things are just improvements over what was done in Forza 5 and other items may be things that have yet to be done in the Forza Motorsport series.  Ready? Here we go!

Revise the menu system

As much as I like Forza Motorsport 5, one point of frustration for me is their menu layout.  Most of the menu isn’t that bad just a bit cumbersome but the part that annoys me the most is the menu for buying cars.  For some reason they went from organizing the cars by OEM in alphabetical order to organizing the cars in alphabetical order.  In case you have yet to play the latest Forza games and don’t know what I am talking about; it means whenever a player goes to the car buying menu and wants to pick out a car they will start at say an Audi A3 and if they want to just buy a Nissan GT-R they have to scroll right through EVERY CAR that each OEM between Audi and Nissan has in the game before they reach the car they actually want.  Its really annoying.  There are filters but in my experience they are only a minor help as “manufacturer” isn’t a filter option that is available.

They have done the same thing in Forza Horizon 2 but I let it slide in my review because the car list is not as extensive.  So while they’re at it I’d like them to fix this for Forza Horizon 3 as well!

Add night racing and weather

This is something Forza fans have been asking for since Forza Motorsport 3.  They eventually got it but in the Horizon series and not in Forza Motorsport.  The rumor is that Turn 10 Studios very much wanted to include night racing and weather in Forza Motorsport 5 but since FM5 was slated to be a launch title for the Xbox One the team just didn’t have the time to include it.  However, the Xbox One is going on two years old now and I imagine that Turn 10 went to work on Forza 6 not too soon after Forza 5 was released so I am hoping and slightly expecting that they have had the time and space they needed to include weather effects in the next Forza game.  Personally I would be fine even if the weather wasn’t “dynamic” but just an option that players can turn on and off before a race.

Add timed/endurance racing

With world famous races like the 24 hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 Hours, 12 hours of Sebring, and the glamorously prestigious 24 hours of LeMons its kind of surprising that there was not any timed endurance racing in Forza Motorsport 5.  I think it would be a really cool option for multiplayer racing.  Imagine getting your Forza club together and organizing a 2, 4, 6, or 8 hour endurance race?  It may be a tricky thing for Turn 10 to  do but if they could include it I think it would be incredibly cool.

More cars from more racing disciplines

Forza Motorsport 5 saw the inclusion of open wheel cars for the first time in the Forza series and that was awesome but I’d like to see that idea go even further in Forza Motorsport 6.  I want to see lots of WRC rally cars, rallycross cars, Grand-Am style Daytona Prototype cars, Japanese Super GT cars, and proper drift cars.  I am aware that there are Formula Drift and D1 cars in the Forza games now but those are mostly custom liveries and tunes made by the community.  I’d very much like to see Turn 10 create some of those cars in studio and include them out of the box or as part of a DLC car pack.  I would also like to see more liveries for the Indy Cars.

Add more wheels and body kits

This is something that has been lacking since Forza Motorsport 4.  The wheel and body kit options in the last two games are lacking and what is included is starting to become out of date.  One of the best things about the early Forza games was the level of exterior customization that could be achieved and the ability to add real body kits to a particular build.  I understand that there are many cars out there that just don’t have any body kits available for that specific application.  Yet, the default body kit of a front splitter and rear bi-plane wing are starting to get a bit tired.  If Turn 10 cannot incorporate more real body kits then I’d like to see more “default” body kit styles from them.  For example, a way to make any car into a widebody.  Their wheel catalog is also in severe need of an update.  More wheel options are always good!

Last but not least: Figure out how to end this silly kerfuffle with EA and Porsche!

RUF is cool but we want Porsche!  Now, it isn’t like Turn 10 has been ignoring this issue.  Hardly.  However, I think its about time to push a little harder to settle this issue with Porsche licensing.  As of now EA has switched their Need For Speed series to an “every other year” schedule with mobile games inbetween.  As such, its likely that the Porsche license isn’t as important to them now as it was back when they pushed Porsche as a main feature of their games.  If there was ever a time when EA may be willing to loosen their grip on the Porsche brand, it is probably now.  Hopefully Turn 10 Studios has a hard charging negotiator at the table with both EA and Porsche right now to work something out.  I would not hold my breath for this one but my fingers remain crossed.

Well, there you have it.  That’s my list for what I’d like to see in Forza Motorsport 6.  Do you disagree with anything on my wishlist.  Is there something you want to see that I may have left out? Let me know in the comments or tweet it to us at @MotorworldHype

If any more Forza Motorsport 6 news comes out we will do our best to keep you updated!

 

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Gaming Hype: Drift Stage Reaches $30,000 Kickstarter Goal In Just 4 Days

Posted on 01.14.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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It was just last week that I told you that the indie game Drift Stage launched a Kickstarter campaign with a $30k goal.  Well, in just 4 days not only did they reach that goal but they have surpassed it by an extra $7,467! As of the writing of this post the campaign has reached $37,467 from 1,601 backers.  All this and the campaign still has 24 days to go!  There is a realistic chance that the team at Super Systems Softworks may double or even triple their original kickstarter goal.  My personal hope is that they end up with enough cash to port Drift Stage to platforms like Xbox One, PS4, and Vita via digital distribution (Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, etc).

Although there has been no specific mention of that or mention of any stretch goals on the Drift Stage kickstarter page.  The lack of stretch goals seems to suggest the 3 man team was definitely not expecting this kind of support.  Hopefully now that they know that there is a definite demand for this game they will make adjustments to their plans so that more people can easily get their hands on it.

I have played the demo and I have to say that I was pretty impressed.  The game’s physics instantly reminded me of games like ridge racer 4 and outrun but with a little more control.  Its not perfect but for an early build demo it was definitely very close to a good sweet spot.

For more info on the game visit DriftStageGame.com or visit the Drift Stage kickstarter page at the source link below.

[Source: Drift Stage Kickstarter]

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Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 6 Announced! New Ford GT To Grace Cover.

Posted on 01.12.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Just moments ago Turn 10 Studios announced that Forza Motorsport 6 is on its way to Xbox One and that the new Ford GT (which just debuted at NAIAS 2015) will be the official cover car!  It seems like just yesterday Forza Motorsport 5 launched with the Xbox One and now Turn 10 Studios is already talking about the next!  Nothing else has been announced other than the fact that the game is in fact coming and that the new Ford GT will be on the cover.  Oh, one more thing Turn 10 Studios mentioned that for the first time in the series players will be able to see/virtually drive cars in the game before they make their real life debuts.  Which half-way states that its likely we will see Forza Motorsport 6 in stores before the Ford GT hits dealerships.

This also means it is very likely that the world will get its first look at Forza Motorsport 6 at E3 this year!  Hopefully, we will get a chance to preview it!  For now you can click the thumbnail below for the official box art and you can read the official press release down there as well.

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Press Release

Microsoft and Ford Unveil Ford GT as the Cover Car for “Forza Motorsport 6” Debuting Exclusively on Xbox One

Ford’s new line of performance vehicles will star in Microsoft’s newest and most advanced racing game

DETROITJan. 12, 2015 – Microsoft, Turn 10 Studios and Ford unveiled their new collaboration today at the North American International Auto Show, announcing the all-new Ford GT ultra-high performance supercar as the featured cover car in the next iteration of the acclaimed racing simulation franchise for Xbox, “Forza Motorsport 6,” launching exclusively on Xbox One.

The GT serves as a technology showcase for Ford with its ultra-efficient EcoBoost engine performance, advanced aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction. It begins arriving in dealerships in select markets globally late next year.

In addition, the companies revealed that Ford’s performance vehicle line-up will appear in “Forza Motorsport 6”. This includes the GT, Shelby® GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor debuted by Ford earlier today at the auto show. As “First in Forza” vehicles, global fans will have the opportunity to virtually experience the cars when they debut in “Forza Motorsport 6,” available exclusively for Xbox One.

“It is an honor to share this historic moment with Ford and celebrate the legacy of the GT by making it the featured cover car of ‘Forza Motorsport 6,’” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. “We’re thrilled to have the unique opportunity to announce ‘Forza Motorsport 6’ the day the car debuts – on one of the biggest stages in the automotive industry, and we can’t wait to share more details on the game later this year.”

“Forza Motorsport,” developed exclusively for Xbox, is the highest-rated racing series of the past decade, according to Metacritic. Developed by Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios, the series combines the industry’s leading next-gen graphics and simulation engines and has become the most played next generation racing simulation on Xbox One.

“The Ford GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar, delivering ultra-efficient EcoBoost performance, driver-centric technology and lightweight carbon fiber construction,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Working with Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios allows us to share our all-new GT supercar with an unprecedented global audience, giving fans an opportunity to virtually experience the beauty, thrill and innovation of Ford’s performance line-up.”

A pioneer of the global automotive industry, Ford is a leader in innovation. GT showcases material and technology innovations to help better serve drivers, such as active aerodynamics, lightweighting with a carbon-fiber passenger cell and carbon-ceramic brake discs and a next-generation EcoBoost engine that produces more than 600 horsepower.

“Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, ‘Forza Motorsport 6’ will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date, offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios. “We’re excited to unveil gameplay at E3 in June.”

More details on “Forza Motorsport 6” and Ford GT news can be found at news.xbox.com and media.ford.com, respectively. Media assets for “Forza Motorsport 6” can be found at news.xbox.com/media.

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Gaming Hype: 80s Themed “Drift Stage” Game Launches Kickstarter For Its Home Stretch (Video)

Posted on 01.09.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Remember that awesome 80s pastel colored game Drift Stage I showed you a while back?  Well they are one step closer to finishing it but they are turning to crowd-funding via Kickstarter to get them across the finish line (pun activate!).  Along with the Kickstarter the team behind Drift Stage, Super Systems Softworks has released a bunch of new information about their game including its real inspiration, game modes, car types, and more.

For them, Drift Stage was inspired by old school racing games that used the drift mechanic such as Outrun 2, Ridge Racer, and Daytona USA.  This explains their choice to blend pixel art with 3D models for their art style.  As far as what you can do in the game, Super Systems Softworks announced that they plan to include the following game modes: Single Race, Time Trial, Infinite Drift, Daily Challenges, Career Mode, Workshop, and Local/Online Multiplayer.  While most of those modes are self-explanatory, the two that are really grabbing my interest are the Infinite Drift, and Workshop modes.

Infinite Drift is a checkpoint style racing mode that continues on forever on a randomly generated track which sounds awesome.  Workshop mode goes beyond just modifying cars but actually includes a track editor as well.  That’s right, players can create their own drift courses!  How cool is that?!

In addition to the game modes the team also announced 6 of the cars that will be playable (although they say there are more unannounced cars).  Though the cars are technically fictional, a close look at them shows that they are inspired by 80s cars like the Toyota Corolla, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 308, etc.

Their Kickstarter goal to finish the game is $30,000.  Even though the campaign just launched today, the team as already received 239 backers to the tune of $8,565 as of the writing of this post.  That’s almost a third of the way there and there is still 29 days left to back the game.  For a pledge of $10 backers will receive a DRM free digital copy of the game, access to backer forums, and their name in the credits.  Pledge more and rewards include extras such as early access, digital download of the game sound track, vinyl stickers, and shirts.  There was a special reward of getting a customized billboard in the game for anyone who pledged $500 or more but those are all gone!

Perhaps the best part of this news is that Super Systems Softworks has also released a free demo of the game to everyone who wants to try it out right now!  The downside is it looks like the developers are only targeting PCs (Windows, Mac, Linux, Steam) as their release platform.  It would be really awesome if there was a stretch goal to get this game on consoles via Xbox Live Arcade and/or PlayStation Network but as of now it looks like there are no such plans.  Those who strictly game on their PCs are in luck though provided that Drift Stage meets its goal.  While I can’t see into the future (yet) I would feel pretty safe on betting that Drift Stage will hit its goal and thensome based on its early results.

Oh, they also released a new trailer for the game which you can view below.  If you want to check out the official Kickstarter page hit the source link below the video.

[Source: Drift Stage Kickstarter]

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Hype: New Forza Horizon 2 “G-Shock Car Pack” DLC Lets Players Hoon Nissan IDx Concept (Video)

Posted on 01.07.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The latest DLC pack for Forza Horizon 2 dubbed the “G-Shock Car Pack” includes a pretty eclectic mix of rides.  Most notably the Nissan IDx concept AKA “the Datusn 510 rebirth” is now available to slide and race around Europe!  The car pack also features a few old school rides and a pretty awesome truck!  Its available right now on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 5 bucks and to me it seems like it would be 5 bucks well spent!  Check out the full car list and official trailer below.

G-Shock Car Pack List:

2015 Nissan IDx NISMO
1980 Subaru BRAT GL
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Shelby
1975 Ford Bronco
1953 Ferrari 500 Mondial

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12 Days Of Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Is The Virtual Automotive Theme Park All Car Lovers Need To Visit

Posted on 12.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There are lots of things many of us want to do in our lives that we just can’t.  For example: I have always wanted to plow through giant hay bales in a Lamborghini Huracan on a European countryside.  Sadly, such a thing is out of my reach.  …Or is it?  Forza Horizon 2 is the latest game in the Forza franchise and just as its predecessor did, it encourages ultimate automotive mayhem and mischief!  There are all kinds of events and races that players can participate within the world of Horizon 2 that it is easy to get sucked into the game for hours.  If you want a bit more info as to what’s in store then check out the review we did when Horizon 2 was released.  The cliff notes is that its a great game that any car lover would enjoy.  It is also available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One (although the version we reviewed was Xbox One).  If you want even more info on the game check out the source link below.

[Source: Forza Horizon 2]

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Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 “Storm Island” Expansion Coming Tomorrow & Bringing Off Road Crazyness With It (UPDATED)

Posted on 12.15.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I have been playing Forza Horizon 2 for a few months now and I don’t think I am even half way through everything there is to do in the game; yet Playground Games is ready to drop a whole new metric ton of extra stuff on us in the new “Storm Island” expansion pack.  Storm Island is a “mysterious island somewhere off the coast of Italy” where players can participate in 80 new events in new environments including trails where the sky is darkened by volcanic ash in new off road cars like rally cars and super stadium trucks.  Check out the trailer below to see more.  If you want the Storm Island expansion it comes out tomorrow (Dec. 16th 2014) for $19.99.  If you are a Forza VIP member then you can get the expansion for $9.99.

UPDATE: Scroll below the video for the official press release which lists new events, and the new cars that come with the expansion pack.

[Source: IGN]

Press Release:

The epic road trip continues on Xbox One with the expansion for “Forza Horizon 2.”

Storm clouds are gathering; a fierce tropical storm is about to break. Several of the world’s most iconic off-roaders are lined up, poised to spring with a punch of the gas pedal. Thunder crashes in the distance, an omen of the dangerous terrain and extreme elevation changes that await. Drivers grip their steering wheels, ready to tackle the epic challenges ahead. Welcome to a new land of extremes with the “Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island” expansion!

The Storm Island expansion brings fans more of what they love about the year’s best racing game: more beauty, more fun, more challenge, and more ways to compete with and against friends. The “Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island” expansion is available now exclusively on Xbox One and can be purchased from the Xbox Live Store for $20. “Forza Horizon 2” VIP owners will receive a 50 percent discount on the expansion, making the price just $10 for VIP members.

Here’s a breakdown of the new content coming with the Storm Island expansion.

Dangerous Beauty

This expansion pack for “Forza Horizon 2” features a new location to explore, the mysterious and foreboding Storm Island. This is a land of gorgeous variety and monumental challenge, with sudden and dramatic terrain changes that push players and their cars to the limit. Storm Island also features the most severe weather conditions ever seen in a “Forza” game, including fierce tropical storms and thick fog that will add an entirely new level of challenge. On Storm Island, the weather and the world combine to present players with extreme adventure every time they get behind the wheel.

Storm Island has been built with the “Forza Horizon 2” engine and infused with brand new technology that showcases the beauty of the world. New features like swaying trees in extreme windstorms and the rays of the sun cutting through thick fog bring the adventure and splendor of Storm Island to life in ways players have never experienced before.

Action-Packed Fun

Storm Island brings more intense racing action with an emphasis on all-out, off-road fun. The expansion features 90 new events with five new event types players can test their skills in, and all have been designed to bring the most out of both the driver as well as every vehicle in the game. These new events include:

Rampage

Rampage events are point-to-point off-road sprints, where the driver will contend with obstacles and smashables (including the brand new smashable chicanes) before crossing the finish line.

Brawl

Grab your favorite four-wheeled weapon and strap in for these off-road circuit races featuring extreme terrain, lots of obstacles to take advantage of, and new smashables to wreck.

Extreme Cross Country

Fans have played Cross Country events in “Forza Horizon 2” but have never played them quite like this. With more extreme elevation changes, a variety of different terrain types, and strong storms to contend with, Storm Island’s Extreme Cross Country races are not for the faint of heart.

Cross Country Circuit

One sprint in a Cross Country race will get players’ heart rates up. But how about multiple laps? In Cross Country Circuit events, players will be taking on those same unpredictable challenges in multi-lap races that will test both their stamina and skill.

Gauntlet

Gauntlet events have become the stuff of legend on Storm Island. These point-to-point races are held only at night, and take place during the types of storms that normally have proper names attached to them. These epic races are long and dangerous – with minimal signage to guide players during the race. Just completing a Gauntlet event is challenging enough. Victory will take a special combination of skill, bravery, and luck.

The Adventure Never Stops

Storm Island is a massive expansion of “Forza Horizon 2,” with tons of content and replay value. In addition to new event types listed above, Storm Island will include new items and locations to explore – including new roads and bonus boards, a brand new Car Meet, new Bucket List challenges, new speed trap and speed zone leaderboards, and additional Rivals events.

Players can head online to discover awesome new content as well, including four new multilplayer Playground arenas, 20 unique online race routes, six Gauntlet events, three new Showdown events (accessible from the new Storm Island Car Meet location), and five online championship event types including Brawl, Rampage, Extreme Cross Country, Cross Country Circuit, and Mixed events, each of which contain tons of variety in terms of weather, time of day, etc.

The pack will also include five new iconic cars and trucks (see below for full descriptions of the five cars in the pack), plus a new barn find car (which we’re keeping secret for now). For players who enjoy upgrading their vehicles, we’ve also got new off-road suspension, tire, and transmission upgrades that can be applied to any of “Forza Horizon 2’s” 200+ cars. In addition, we’ve also added new rally-inspired body kit upgrades for a select number of legendary cars in game.

All of this amazing content, plus 23 new Xbox Live achievements (adding up to 500 gamerscore points to your total) makes the “Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island” expansion an amazing value for “Forza” fans.

For more on the “Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island” expansion, check out the livestream on the official “Forza Motorsport” Twitch channel, which will be beginning at 11 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

 

“Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island” Car Descriptions

2013 Robby Gordon #7 Speed Energy Drink Stadium Super Truck

With 600 horsepower and enough suspension travel to absorb monstrous airtime, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck was built to conquer practically any terrain. Gordon started the Stadium Super Truck series in 2012 and won its inaugural championship title in 2013. Modeled after the stadium off-road racing made famous by off-road legend Mickey Thompson, Stadium Super Trucks crash, bash, and jump their way around real-life road courses and unique arena courses. The trucks are tube frame, full-race vehicles, similar to a trophy truck. For those looking for something to slide around, catch huge air, or just simply destroy property with, the #7 is ready and waiting to take all they can dish out.

2013 MINI X-Raid All4 Racing Countryman

Since its introduction to the Dakar Rally – the most grueling off-road race in the world – the MINI X-Raid has been the most dominant vehicle in the field. With veteran driver Stephane Peterhansel – aka “Mr. Dakar” – behind the wheel in 2012, the MINI won its first Dakar. Peterhansel came back in 2013 to win again in the MINI. Both years the other three MINIs of the four-car team all placed in the top ten. Built specifically for competition in the Dakar, the MINI X-Raid is all-wheel-drive and is powered by a BMW twin-turbo diesel engine. These rigs are built to withstand the conditions of racing across a multitude of surfaces at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Players won’t find much of the production Countryman here, these ALL4 racing MINIs are bespoke chassis and drive systems. What they will find is a thrilling driving experience that’s somewhere between a world-class rally car and Baja buggy.

2014 Ford Ranger T6 Rally Raid

Ford continues its endeavors to win in off-road racing with its 2014 Dakar Rally effort in the Ranger T6 Rally Raid. Drawing on the proven expertise of South African Neal Woolridge, who beat out several American constructors for the chance to build this effort, Ford has gone to great lengths to deliver a true contender for the Dakar. Under the hood is a military dust-proofed 32-valve V8 – a la Ford Mustang – connected to a Sadev six-speed sequential transmission. The body shell resembles a Ranger four-door 4X4 but, underneath, the chassis and suspension are completely custom. Suspension travel and durability are paramount since this truck will be travelling at more than 100 mph across surfaces that most trucks would crawl over. This will be Ford’s first factory effort in the Dakar and, by the look of things, they are aiming to finish strong.

1981 Ford Fiesta XR2

The smallest of Fords was a success from the moment it was produced in 1976. While not the first front-wheel drive Ford (give that credit to the Taunus) it was the first widely-selling FWD car for the company. U.S.-bound Fiesta models were built in Germany, offering the appeal of a German-built Ford. With an attractive hot hatch look and plenty of pep, the Fiesta just begged to be tossed around. Other than sporty decals and alloy wheels, the one thing the Fiesta lacked was a performance model. Upon testing the waters with the Fiesta Supersport, Ford built the XR2 which brought a stiffened suspension and a 1.6-liter crossflow Kent engine. Given the already nimble and light base, the nearly 100 horsepower of the XR2 really got the party started. When considering this is where the Fiesta of today got its roots, it’s no wonder the XR2 looks so good against the competition.

1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4

A turbo-charged, four-cylinder, 4WD, four-wheel steering, four-door sedan, sold in limited numbers makes the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 a treasured piece of JDM history. In fact, without it, the later Lancer Evo might not even exist.  The Galant VR-4 was the platform that Mitsubishi developed its impeccable AWD system and, in the process, won no less than six rally championships. It also makes for a barrel of thrills to drive. The VR-4 ignites off the line, cuts into corners, and brakes with precision. The engine develops potent horsepower put to the wheels via a center differential that detects wheel slippage and re-directs power to the axle with the most traction. Four-wheel steering engages at speeds more than 31 mph and turns the rear wheels up to 1.5 degrees to enable optimum turn angle and cornering stability. One look at the VR-4 equipped with the bull bar, the huge halogen fog lamps and roof vents and dressed in its classic Mitsubishi race livery make it obvious this car means business.

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12 Days Of Hype: Playseat Racing Evolution Top Gear Edition Simulator Seat

Posted on 12.13.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Counting today there are only 12 days until Christmas Eve!  So we are going to post at least one awesome thing each of those days that we think would be awesome gifts for the gear head in your life (or for yourself).  We are starting off the first day with the Playseat Racing Evolution Top Gear Edition simulator seat.  We previewed this set up at E3 earlier this year and its finally available for sale in the USA.  The Evolution Seat is a great way for gamers to play their favorite racing games like Forza, Gran Turismo, F1 2014 and PC games like iRacing.  As a bonus this seat is decked out in a Top Gear theme featuring their “test dummy” checkered design, the Top Gear logo, and The Stig him-her-eh-itself!

Its built to handle many types of wheel/pedal set ups like Logitec, Fanatec, Thrustmaster, and Mad Catz.  Its adjustable for people of different heights, and can fold to save space when not in use.  We have the Forza edition rig and we love it!  Its a bit on the pricy side at $499 but its totally worth it!

You can order it by clicking here and you can check out our preview of it from E3 as well as some more pictures (just click the thumbnails) below.

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Hype Review: F1 2014 By Codemasters Is The Best Way To Pass The Offseason (Video)

Posted on 12.09.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There is no more F1 racing until next year.  This really, really sucks if you’re an F1 fan like me.  Luckily, Codemasters has been filling the void for years with their F1 video game franchise.  F1 2014 is the last game for “last gen” consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) before they move on to the new kids on the block Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  So, is it worth it to take one more ride before upgrading?  Well, I have put together a pros and cons review for you to help you form your own opinion.  Check it out below!

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