Despite “finishing” the main “story” in Forza Horizon 2 I still love playing it because there is so much more to do beyond said story. There are tons of races, events, and online multiplayer modes to keep me occupied for ages and that’s not counting the recently released Storm Island expansion. Today, Microsoft and Universal Pictures announced that another expansion would be coming to Forza Horizon 2 based off the Fast & Furious movies. In this story driven expansion “Tej Parker” (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges’ character from the film) to source cars for the crew’s next mission. Players will obtain the cars by completing several challenges that will take place in Forza Horizon 2’s open world setting. All the cars that are unlocked will be available in free roam gameplay.
Here is a list of some of the cars that will be included in the expansion:
- 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
– 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
– 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
– 2014 Maserati Ghibli Fast & Furious Edition
– 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Fast & Furious Edition
– 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
– 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
– 2013 Jeep Wrangler Fast & Furious Edition
The expansion will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace on March 27th and will be free for two weeks. After that it can be purchased for $10. Even though this is likely all part of the promotion for the upcoming Furious 7 film its not clear if there will be any direct tie-ins between the expansion and the next film’s plot or any of the previous films. Either way it sounds like it could be a good time! I’ll be sure to give you guys my impressions of the expansion once I get a chance to play it. I am holding out hope for a challenge involving the world’s longest runway and exploding planes! For a quick teaser and the official press release scroll below.
Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing Partner to Create
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious
Stand-alone Expansion Includes New Cars from Universal Pictures’ Furious 7,
in theaters April 3, 2015
Today, Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced an unprecedented partnership to bring a unique, stand-alone expansion to millions of Xbox fans worldwide.
For the first time, the thrilling driving and amazing cars of Forza, the highest-rated racing series of the past 10 years, are combining with the blockbuster Fast & Furious film franchise to create an original adventure filled with high-speed automotive action in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.
Launching on March 27, 2015, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is a stand-alone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The all-new expansion will put players behind the wheel of iconic vehicles from the Fast & Furious film series, including exciting new cars appearing in Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, in theaters April 3. Players do not need to have purchased or played Forza Horizon 2 in order to download and enjoy the open-world adventure.
“Forza is synonymous with racing and fun, so it’s only natural for us to work with one of the most celebrated automotive entertainment franchises in the world,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “This is a great way to bring Forza players into the world of Fast & Furious, and in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, every fan will get a chance to go wheels-first into the exciting action of the Fast & Furious franchise.”
To celebrate the launch of Furious 7, this stand-alone expansion will be available at no charge for a limited two-week period. Beginning on March 27 and continuing through April 10, 2015, players can download the expansion on Xbox One or Xbox 360 at no charge. After April 10, the expansion will cost $10, but players who downloaded it for free during the two-week window can continue to play without restriction.
“Furious 7 is the latest installment in our enormously successful franchise, and partnering with the world-class team at Turn 10 Studios offered an exceptional opportunity to thank our fans in an exciting way,” said Bill Kispert, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “In this adventure, fans will experience the thrill of the Fast & Furious series’ most iconic cars through the amazing gameplay of Forza. We can’t think of a better combination for gamers and movie fans alike.”
In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, players will be recruited by Fast & Furious expert mechanic Tej Parker, voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, to source cars for the Fast & Furious crew’s next big mission. Players will take part in a series of thrilling car challenges set in the idyllic south of France, challenges inspired by both the Fast & Furious films and Forza’s legendary gameplay.
As players complete game challenges, they will unlock new cars that can be added to their collection and can be driven throughout the open world in free roam play. Players will also be able to take photos of their favorite cars in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and share them with fellow Forza players via the official Forza Web site and the Forza Hub app on Xbox One.
See below for a list of some of the special edition vehicles that will be featured in the game:
1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition
Also, don’t forget to check out the exciting Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious teaser trailer out today.
For more information on Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and the Forza Motorsport franchise, see www.forzamotorsport.net and download the Forza Hub app, exclusively on Xbox One. For assets related to this announcement, please visit this post on Xbox Wire.
About Furious 7
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan. www.thefastandthefurious.com
About Universal Partnerships & Licensing
Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L) oversees NBCUniversal’s consumer product and digital licensing for Universal Pictures, NBC Television, Focus Features and Sprout Channel. This dedicated division is also responsible for film, home entertainment and television promotions. UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
Tanner Foust is easily one the most popular personalities in motorsports today. Between hosing Top Gear USA and contending in Rally Cross in both America and in Europe the man has a pretty full plate, which is a big part of the reason why he stepped away from drifting a few years ago to focus on those things. Well, it looks like Tanner has missed drifting so much (winning two Formula Drift championships tends to do that) that he is making a return to the sport this season. He will still continue his Rally Cross and Top Gear hosting duties so for now he will only run a partial season with the rumors suggesting he will drive at the Long Beach, Road Atlanta, and Irwindale rounds of Formula Drift this year.
As far as what he is driving, Wrecked Magazine says it will be a 900hp Volkswagen Passat. Yes, a Passat! While it would be expected that Tanner would campaign a VW since they are a major sponsor and platform provider of his Rally Cross program, but a Passat? Well, for those confused I offer a few theories for this choice. First, to those drift purists who may be asking “Isn’t the Passat front wheel drive?” the answer is “yes and no”. In America, the Passat is currently only offered in front wheel drive. However, in Europe the Passat can be had with all wheel drive, making it legal for RWD conversion and competition in Formula Drift. For those asking “Why not the Golf R then? That car is AWD”. Again you would be correct bur the AWD Golf R is a 2016 model car so chances are VW may not be ready to put marketing dollars behind it and lets be honest, marketing dollars are what drive motorsport programs such as these.
Either way I am glad to see Tanner return to drifting and now we all have one more big reason to look forward to Formula Drift this year! For the official video announcement of Tanner Foust’s return scroll below.
Nissan has taken the GT-R AKA Godzilla racing all over the world via customer car programs and OEM-backed programs. However, the GT-R hasn’t seen much racing action stateside despite its decades of racing pedigree. It looks like that is finally going to change. Today Nissan announced that they will partner with the “Always Evolving” racing team to campaign a two car effort in the Pirelli Challenge series this year. The weapon of choice will be the new Nissan GT-R GT3 built by the mad men from Nissan’s NISMO motorsport arm.
If the name “Always Evolving” sounds familiar that is because this is the same racing team that was co-founded by Roger Rodas who unfortunately passed away in a car accident along with friend and team supporter Paul Walker. The team prides themselves on enjoying motorsport life while also giving back by contributing to several charitable organizations.
The team has tapped Bryan Heitkotter and James Davison as their drivers. Bryan was the first winner of the North American GT Academy program which was a nationwide competition among the best Gran Turismo players to graduate to a real life racing career. Since winning GT Academy Bryan raced for two years in a 370Z NISMO for Doran Racing in the Continental Tire series and raced in the Altima Program in 2014 in the Pirelli Challenge. James has a strong background in open wheel racing running Formula BMW, Star Mazda, and the Indy Lights championship. James also drove for the TRG-Aston Martin team in the IMSA series.
Sponsored by Replay XD and backed by NISMO Motorsport the team will begin their run for the Pirelli Challenge championship next month in a trail by fire at the Circuit Of The Americas. Personally, I can’t wait to see these cars in action. I especially can’t wait to see them up close at the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April! For a better picture of the GT-R GT3 just click the thumbnail below. For more info the official press release is below as well.
2011 Nissan GT Academy Champion Bryan Heitkotter to pilot #05 GT-R GT3
IndyCar, Prototype and GT racer James Davison to Campaign #33 GT-R GT3
First U.S. Appearance of Nissan GT-R Built to FIA GT3 Specifications
Debuts in Pirelli World Challenge at Circuit of the Americas March 6-8
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan Motorsports announced today a partnership with Always Evolving (AE) to campaign two GT Academy-NISMO Nissan GT-R GT3 racing cars for the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge season.
Nissan GT Academy North America 2011 winner Bryan Heitkotter will drive one of the team cars, while Australian open wheel and GT star James Davison will pilot the second car. Featuring logos from the GT Academy program, the two cars will be co-sponsored by Replay XD and NISMO.
AE will utilize AIM Autosport for much of the car preparation and on-track support during the season. ased in Los Angeles, the team was founded in March 2013 by friends Roger Rodas and Erik Davis as a platform combine their passion for cars and their desire to support their favorite charitable organizations. Following Rodas’ tragic passing in November 2013, the team has established “Racing in Honor” as their internal mission for the 2014 season in his memory. ased in Los Angeles, the team was founded in March 2013 by friends Roger Rodas and Erik Davis as a platform combine their passion for cars and their desire to support their favorite charitable organizations. Following Rodas’ tragic passing in November 2013, the team has established “Racing in Honor” as their internal mission for the 2014 season in his memory. AIM won the 2012 IMSA GTD team, driver and manufacturer championships, as well as the 2013 manufacturer title while campaigning a Ferrari.
“Nissan couldn’t be happier to have Always Evolving and AIM as Nissan’s partners to campaign the first GT3 spec GT-Rs in the U.S. in Pirelli World Challenge,” said Rick Kulach, Nissan North America Motorsports Manager. “This partnership is a great opportunity to showcase Bryan’s talents alongside James, who is a rising star in motorsports. It’s exciting to have a GT Academy champion in a great car racing at this level.”
Based in Los Angeles, Always Evolving Racing was founded in 2013 by Erik Davis and Roger Rodas to combine the friends’ passion for cars with their desire to support their favorite charities. Following a tragic automobile accident late in 2013 that took Rodas’ life, Davis elected to continue with Always Evolving in his friend’s honor.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Nissan in Pirelli World Challenge,” said Erik Davis, Chairman of AE. “Our two brands have had a distant relationship for many years, and to be able to now officially launch an effort together bringing the Nissan NISMO GT3 GT-R to North America is humbling to say the least. We look forward to showcasing the team, our drivers, the GT Academy and our sponsors in a very competitive platform.”
Heitkotter, 34, won North America’s first gamer-to-racer GT Academy competition in 2011. In 2012 and 2013 while driving a Nissan 370Z NISMO for Doran Racing, Heitkotter earned three pole positions, two second qualifying spots, four top 10 finishes and a podium. In 2014, Bryan switched to a Nissan Altima for the CA Sports team. There, he earned three podiums and four top five finishes in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car (TC) category in six events. Most recently, behind the wheel of the Doran #41 370Z NISMO, Heitkotter and GT Academy teammate Nick McMillen finished sixth overall in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Series (CTSCC) race at Daytona International Speedway in January 2015.
“I have been watching the Pirelli World Challenge gain momentum over the past couple years, and I’m absolutely thrilled to help represent Nissan in this highly competitive series,” said Heitkotter. “The GT-R has proven to be a spectacular racing car, and I can’t wait to see what we can all accomplish together.”
Davison, 28, was born in Melbourne, Australia and moved to the United States when he was 18 years of age to develop his skills in open wheel racing. His career highlights include a 2005 victory in Formula BMW at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a runner-up finish in the 2007 Star Mazda Championship, and second spot in the 2009 Indy Lights Championship. Davison ran up front during the 2014 Indianapolis 500 driving for Always Evolving KV Racing Technology, finishing the race in 16th position. In his limited time in sports cars he has always been at the front, driving for the TRG-Aston Martin team in IMSA competition. Davison has recorded five consecutive poles in IMSA including pole position at the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
“We have great confidence in Erik (Davis)’s vision and ability to campaign a competitive car at a high level every race,” added Kulach. “James Davison is not only a talented young race driver, but he’s also a great sportsman and will be an outstanding representative for the Nissan brand.”
The first Pirelli World Challenge Race for 2015 will be at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas March 6-8. Television broadcast times have not yet been announced and the series will be webcast via www.world-challengetv.com.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Always Evolving
Always Evolving is an integrated media and technology company with a diversified portfolio of software and hardware assets. The company recently acquired the Replay XD action camera system and is hard at work making sure more consumers, athletes and video producers love its cameras and video-based experiences. Based in San Francisco, California, Always Evolving’s products and services are quickly becoming the only choice for action camera, drone and POV camera buyers and video producers everywhere.
About AIM Autosport
Established in 1995, AIM Autosport is a Canadian sports team operating multi-car teams in professional sportscar racing. AIM’s success has been achieved through the dedication of its employees and the continuous support of the team’s commercial and technical partners. Away from the track, AIM Autosport serves the needs of the racing community with a purpose-built preparation shop situated in the Toronto suburb of Woodbridge, Ontario.
About Nissan GT Academy
GT Academy is a competition created by Nissan and PlayStation® that unites the worlds of virtual and real-life racing to make the dreams of aspiring race drivers become a reality. The competition, which originally launched in Europe in 2008, finds the best Gran Turismo® players from across the participating countries by testing their skills in an online gaming qualification process. They will then compete against each other in live National Finals before the winners from each final switch to driving real Nissan cars at the now-famous Silverstone “Race Camp.”
The overall winner of GT Academy is then trained in the multiple areas required to become a professional racing driver, if the winner makes the grade they will compete in the Dubai 24 Hour race for Nissan and have the chance to be considered for a future career with Nissan as a “NISMO Athlete.”
Street racing has been a part of American car culture since the invention of the automobile. Over the decades many steps have been taken to try and put a stop or at least reduce street racing as it grew in popularity. Law enforcement tried a heavy handed approach but that just seemed to make rebellious young drivers want to do it more. It seemed over time that the solution that the drivers wanted were more tracks and places to race in a legit fashion since over the last 20 years or so many local tracks and drag strips where racers used to go were shut down. To their credit official sanctioning bodies such as the NHRA worked with local tracks all over the country to organize weekly events that provide a safe place for people to race. However, even that isn’t enough to lure everyone away from racing on the streets. This fact inspired a new show on the Discovery Channel called “Street Outlaws.”
Street Outlaws focuses on the illegal street racing scene in Oaklahoma City and features the drivers, cars, and shops who regularly participate in races, sometimes for money but mostly bragging rights. Many of the shows racers aspire to get on “the list” as in an unofficial list of the top 10 fastest street racers in the area. In just four seasons the show has gained a sizable audience and the Street Outlaws official Facebook page has reached over a million likes. Some of the show regulars even make celebrity appearances at events like car shows and conventions.
Now, the NHRA is threatening to take away official racing privileges from any officially licensed driver who is on the show and participates in a street race.
One of the regulars on the show Justin Shearer AKA “Murder Nova” posted a warning letter he got from the NHRA on his Facebook page stating that his participation on the show violates the sanctioning body’s rules of conduct and if he continues his competition license will be “suspended indefinitely”. One would think that Mr. “Murder Nova” would be none too pleased over this action but it seems that he is actually happy about it as this issue is helping gain even more attention for the already popular show in which he is a part of.
So far, we haven’t heard about anyone officially losing their NHRA competition license yet but we plan to reach out to both the NHRA, the Discovery Channel, and Pilgrim Studios (the production team behind the show) for any further comment and we will update this story as it develops. In the meantime let us know what you think. Is the NHRA right to make a stand against their licensees participating in illegal street racing? Do you think the NHRA is over stepping their bounds and making a mountain out of a mole hill? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
To see the picture of the NHRA letter that Justin posted just click the thumbnail below. You can also watch a short clip below to get a taste of what the show is like.
Ever since I played Project CARS at E3 last year I have been looking forward to playing the final version. Its visually impressive and played like a high quality sim racer that could easily hold its own against the Gran Turismos and Forza Motorsports of the world. In fact, I even mentioned that Project CARS on PS4 might be Sony’s best answer for games like Forza Motorsport 5 and the upcoming Forza Motorsport 6 as right now there is no information on when the next Gran Turismo is coming.
Unfortunately, Project CARS has suffered a few hiccups along its path to release. Originally slated to release in November of last year the game was pushed back to March 2015. Today, in an interview with Games Industry (and reflected on the official Project CARS website) Slightly Mad Studios head Ian Bell announced that Project CARS will be pushed back another 30 days or so to April 2015. Now the game is set to release April 2nd, 2015 on PC and April 7th 2015 on PS4 and Xbox One.
As for the reason for the delay, Bell stated that their team wanted the “greatest chance for success and visibility”. Perhaps there are a few other high profile games being released in March and they felt they might have gotten lost in the crowd? It is an understandable move but no doubt frustrating for fans who have pre-ordered or planned on purchasing the game on release. Although, while another month to wait seems like a long time keep in mind that this delay is significantly shorter than the first. This extra time may also allow for the developers to add in a few more cool things that they perhaps weren’t able to get to previously.
Either way, I am still very much looking forward to playing (hopefully reviewing) this game when it does release! Stay tuned to MotorworldHype.com for any further Project CARS updates. In the meantime let us know what you think. Were you anticipating the release of Project CARS? Did you already put in your pre-order? Are you upset that the game has been delayed again? Or, are you ok with them taking the time to further polish the game and give it the best chance for higher sales and visibility? Sound off in the comments or tweet us at @MotorworldHype
The Geneva Motor Show is fast approaching and the pre-show official-unofficial teasers keep on coming. Today’s teaser comes from Lexus in the form of a silhouette of their LF-SA concept. As per usual, besides the name and short press release laced with adjectives such as “driver focused” and “emotional” we don’t know anything about the concept. Usually I am pretty good at figuring these things out based on vague information but even this one has me scratching my head. At first I was excited at the “LF” in the concepts name as so far the only other Lexus vehicle with “LF” in the title is the powerful LF-A supercar. Yet, based on this teaser image, this vehicle’s large gaping maw does not cast the shadow of a super car. It looks more like an SUV than a sports car. Although camera angles can be deceiving. I guess we’ll see what the LF-SA is about once it makes its actual debut next month in Geneva. In the meantime I invite you to click the thumbnail below for a larger image and read the press release so you can play the speculation game with the rest of us. What do you think the LF-SA is going to be?
GENEVA (Feb. 17, 2015) – Lexus will reveal its all-new concept, the LF-SA, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
An illustration of Lexus’ passion for upcoming design trends, the LF-SA concept explores unexpected territories for the brand in a bold and emotional execution.
In a future world which many people see as increasingly influenced by technology and virtual
experiences, the LF-SA concept is also a driver-focused vehicle, reflecting Lexus’ vision that real experience will remain ultimate luxury.
The LF-SA concept will be revealed at the Lexus Press Conference taking place on March 3, 2015 at 12:30 P.M. at the Lexus stand (number 4211) in Palexpo, Hall 4.
The future has arrived people! Gone are the days when we use silly things like light bulbs to help man kind see in the dark. Soon, we’ll use lasers! Yes, lasers. Powerful beams of light often associated with the “pew pew” sound will now help light our way in the darkness. Audi is looking to be the first OEM to equip a car, namely the R8 with laser powered headlights. Well, technically the high beams will be lasers. LEDs will be used for the regular lights. The laser high beams will be available as an option in the new R8. Although how much the option will cost is still unknown at this point but it likely won’t be cheap. It also likely won’t be available everywhere. As with most new technologies, different countries and states have to figure out how or if they want to regulate it.
The new laser high beams haven’t been cleared for sale in the U.S. yet and I can’t say I blame our government for taking some time on this. Many people get blinded today by the reflection of current high beams in their rear view mirrors. Imagine what could happen if someone gets a laser beam reflected directly into their peepers? However, this is progress and over time this tech will become the norm and we will be one more step closer to the awesome future that we were promised back in the 80s. I can’t wait to pre-order my hoverboard…
February 16, 2015 | Ingolstadt, Germany
New mid-engine sports car features high-tech headlights
Laser high-beam offers high light intensity and excellent range
Editor’s note: Euro-spec availability
International release from AUDI AG
Currently not available on U.S. models
Audi is revealing the headlights of its new R8 as the first of a number of technology highlights of the top sports car. The R8 uses LED headlights which can be supplemented by a laser high‑beam lighting module as an option.
The new R8 will set new standards among high‑performance sports cars – including in its lighting technology. As an option, the latest car development by Audi can be equipped with a laser spot as the high‑beam headlight. The special appeal of laser lighting is that it uses high‑intensity laser diodes, which generate a lot of light energy from a very small component. Compared to LED high‑beam headlights, laser high‑beams attain nearly twice the lighting range.
Each headlight contains one laser module that operates with four high‑intensity laser diodes. This module bundles the four intense blue‑light laser beams. Then a phosphor converter transforms the blue light into pure white light. An identifying characteristic of the laser headlights is their blue light signature. Standard equipment in the new R8 includes an LED headlight system. All lighting functions are produced with 37 LEDs per headlight.
The laser spot for the high‑beam light made its debut in the summer of 2014 in the Audi R8 LMX, a limited edition model of the previous R8 model series. Shortly before that, it was used in the Audi R18 e‑tron quattro race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The laser spot is the latest production technology in a long line of lighting innovations. Audi introduced LED technology to the market for the first time in 2004 – in the daytime running lights of the Audi A8 L W12. Lighting technologies such as LED daytime running lights, Matrix LED headlights and laser spot high‑beam lights are prime examples of technology that visualize the core values of the Audi brand: progressiveness, sportiness and sophistication.
Just when the internet thought it couldn’t take any more surprise reveals after Ferrari dropped their new turbocharged 488 GTB and Ford announced the America-bound AWD Ford Focus RS; Porsche decided to chime in and let us know that a Cayman GT4 is on the way! Say whhhaaaatt? We were already drunk in love with the Cayman GTS and now Porsche spins our heads right around (yes two music references in one sentence, high five!) with this new variant.
So, what exactly is the Cayman GT4? Well imagine a Cayman with the 385 horsepower 3.8 liter flat six engine from the 911 Carrera S, then throw in some of the more important bits from the 911 GT3, throw on some bigger brakes and wham! You’re in GT4 country! And if you think the car just looks the part, guess again. Porsche has already taken the Cayman GT4 to the Nurburgring and it ticked off a 7:40 lap time. Not too shabby! Further fanning the enthusiast flames is the fact that the Cayman GT4 will only come with a six speed manual transmission. This is great news for H pattern fans who thought the last Porsche manuals would be found in the latest crop of GTS cars.
For those who really want to get racy, the Cayman GT4 will have a carbon ceramic brake package and carbon fiber bucket seats as options. Those who don’t opt for the carbon fiber bucket seats can expect leather and alcantara adorning the interior. But no matter what all owners will get that big honkin’ fixed wing in the back that screams “I mean business”.
Above all though, one of the best things about this news is that unlike the Ferrari 488 and Ford Focus RS announcements, Porsche has provided pricing and release information. Expect the Cayman GT4 to have a starting MSRP of $84,600 (not counting a $995 destination charge) and look to see it hit dealerships in the U.S. around July of this year. For big beautiful pictures of the Cayman GT4 just click any of the thumbnails. For the official press release scroll below.
UPDATE: Porsche has released the first official commercial for the Cayman GT4! Watch below
News Release February 3, 2015
A new member of Porsche’s GT family
The benchmark in its class: the Porsche Cayman GT4
Atlanta. Porsche’s GT family is proud to announce the addition of an exciting new member: the
Cayman GT4. This is the first Porsche GT sports car based on the Cayman and features
components of the 911 GT3.
Clocking a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North
Loop of the Nürburgring, the Cayman GT4 earns the same lap time as the 2011 911 GT3 and
positions itself as the new benchmark atop its market segment. The Cayman GT4 clearly
demonstrates Porsche’s dedication and passion to continue to promote truly industry-leading
two-door sports cars in the future – sports cars that are developed at the Motorsport department
The engine, chassis, brakes, and aerodynamic design of the Cayman GT4 are configured for
maximum driving dynamics while retaining the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of
the two-seater Porsche coupe. Powered by a 385 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine derived from the
911 Carrera S engine, the Cayman GT4 transmits its power solely through a six-speed manual
transmission with dynamic gearbox mounts. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 4.2 seconds; its
top track speed is 183 mph. The chassis – which features a 30 mm lower ride height and a
generously sized brake system – consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3.
Ready for the race track: The first Porsche Cayman with added downforce at both axles.
The exterior of the Cayman GT4 highlights it as a member of the Porsche GT family and
provides a clear distinction to related mid-engine coupes. Three pronounced inlet openings at
the front and a large fixed rear wing are part of an aerodynamic package which is systematically
designed for downforce. Upon request, the performance capabilities of Cayman GT4 can be
taken even further. Available options include the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB)
system, full bucket seats made of carbon fiber composite, and a custom Sport Chrono Package
featuring a Track Precision app.
The interior of the Cayman GT4 focuses on maximizing the experience of unfiltered driving
enjoyment for both driver and passenger. Standard sport seats, which are upholstered in a
combination of leather and Alcantara®, offer excellent lateral support. The new Cayman GT4
sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback due to its compact
Technical aspects of this new GT sports car are based on the 911 GT3. As a mid-engine sports
car and a prime example of driving dynamics in its class, it follows the conceptual tradition of
such cars as the 904 GTS, 911 GT1, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder.
GT sports cars engineered by Porsche embody the most passionate connection possible
between everyday driving and Porsche’s competition heritage and highlight the sporty core of
the brand: Intelligent Performance.
The Porsche Cayman GT4 celebrates its world premiere in early March at the Geneva
International Motor Show. This vehicle will arrive at U.S. dealers in July 2015. The starting
MSRP for the Cayman GT4 is $84,600. MSRP does not include a destination charge of $995.
The Ford Focus RS has been something of a mythical creature among enthusiasts for the last several years. Aimed squarely at the Rally crowd, for some reason Ford thought that American consumers wouldn’t much be interested in their turbo-charged hot hatch. They were completely wrong! We wanted it and we wanted it bad. Sure, we critiqued the Focus RS for not being AWD but review after review still proved that even in FWD trim the Focus RS was one of the best hatchbacks ever made. This just made the American audience want it even more. Yet, ironically an American company didn’t want to release one of their best cars in their home country.
How strange is it to say that “I wish Ford would release that car in America”. Odd is it not? Well, those days of wanting and wishing are finally over as Ford just revealed the new Ford Focus RS and announced it will be sold worldwide (that includes ‘Merica) and that the Focus RS will finally be offered in AWD! Rumor has it that reason why Ford finally decided to go AWD with the Focus RS is because Ken Block himself continuously suggested it (AKA annoyed them on our behalf) until they finally conceded. If that’s true then good work Mr. Block!
So, what kind of meat and potatoes will the new Ford Focus RS serve up? Try a 315 horsepower 2.3 liter ecoboost engine which will likely also bring a healthy amount of torque to the party. While the torque numbers weren’t given I think its safe to expect the amount to be significant. Speaking of torque, the Focus RS’ all wheel drive system will be capable of sending up to 70% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. Once there, 100% of the available power can be split evenly between the two rear wheels. The all wheel drive system will be equipped with a torque vectoring system as well as a separate torque vectoring system based on brake sensors. Expect the Focus RS to also include electronic stability control (also expect many owners to turn that off right away) and a power-assisted steering system. To match its aggressive looks the Focus RS will come standard with 19 inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. As an option, Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires will be available.
There are a ton of other cool features here and there but it would take a lot of words to go over them all. Thankfully Ford has provided a lengthy press release that does the job nicely; so if you really want to nerd out over all the new features I invite you to check out the official press release below and for pictures click the thumbnails. Expect price and release date for the new Focus RS to be released at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
Third-generation Ford Focus RS will be available in major markets around the world and for the first time in the United States; Focus RS follows the reveal last month of the new Ford GT supercar – a new era of Ford performance that will deliver 12 new vehicles by 2020
All-new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control paired with a powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine will provide impressive performance
Aggressive, functional design inside and out makes Focus RS the most powerful production Focus ever, with highly capable performance on both road and track
Professional rally driver and star of Gymkhana films Ken Block teamed with Ford as a consultant on development of Focus RS
Feb 3, 2015 | Cologne, Germany – Ford today revealed the all-new Focus RS, a high-performance road car that debuts Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control, which contributes to performance never before seen in a Focus RS. The all-new Focus RS is equipped with a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine producing well in excess of 315 horsepower.
Focus RS is the latest unveiling in a new era of Ford performance that will bring more than 12 performance vehicles to global customers by 2020.
In addition to pleasing enthusiasts, these vehicles help deliver the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth, product excellence and innovation in every part of its business.
“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Ford vehicles to benefit all of our customers, and the new Focus RS is no exception. It’s a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”
Developed by a small team of global Ford Performance engineers, the new Focus RS is the third generation in the line, following models launched in 2002 and 2009. It will be the 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, following such technology trendsetters as the 1970 Escort RS1600 with 16 valves, 1985 Sierra RS Cosworth with turbocharging and radical aerodynamics and 1992 Escort RS Cosworth with four-wheel drive.
Sporting a dramatic exterior design that delivers enhanced aerodynamics and cooling, the new Focus RS offers technologies new to the RS line including Ford SYNC® connectivity system.
The all-new Focus RS is the first-ever RS model that will be sold around the world, including the United States, and produced for all markets at Ford’s Saarlouis, Germany, manufacturing plant beginning late this year.
“We are acutely aware of the benchmarks we have set ourselves with RS performance models through the years, and rest assured this new car raises the game to a new level,” said Jim Farley, president, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“Just as important is the fact that with technologies such as EcoBoost, we are able to demonstrate how an innovation that powers almost every car in our range can also be the heartbeat of our finest performance cars,” added Farley.
Gymkhana and World Rallycross star Ken Block was brought on as a consultant on the all-new Focus RS, and joined the Ford Performance team at the preview event in Cologne, Germany –where the RS legend was born with the Ford 15M RS in 1968.
Innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive offers a new level of handling
The all-new Focus RS exploits innovative new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with exciting agility and cornering speed.
The Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system is based on twin electronically controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit. These manage the car’s front/rear torque split, and can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the “torque vectoring” capability that has a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability.
The control unit in the rear drive unit continuously varies the front/rear and side-to-side torque distribution to suit the current driving situation, monitoring inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second. A maximum of 70 percent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle. Up to 100 percent of available torque at the rear axle can be sent to each rear wheel.
During cornering, the rear drive unit pre-emptively diverts torque to the outer rear wheel immediately based on inputs such as steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration, yaw and speed. This torque transfer has the effect of “driving” the car into the bend, achieving improved turn-in and stability, and virtually eliminating understeer.
The AWD system has been tuned to deliver exceptional grip – with lateral acceleration exceeding 1 g – and great cornering speed and acceleration out of a bend. With neutral and adjustable limit handling, and the ability to achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track, Focus RS delivers an exceptional fun-to-drive experience.
To deliver optimum driving dynamics, the Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system was calibrated alongside the car’s advanced Electronic Stability Control, in particular the brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system that works in parallel with the torque-vectoring AWD. Other exclusive chassis features include sports suspension with spring rates, bushings and antiroll bars – all of which are stiffer than those found in Focus ST, and two-mode switchable dampers, which offer a firmer setting for track driving. A carefully tuned electric power-assisted steering system working in combination with a more rigid front suspension knuckle design and shorter-link arms delivers connected and responsive steering with outstanding feel.
“The Focus ST and Fiesta ST showed that we can achieve sporty steering feel with an electric power-assisted steering system, and the RS raises the bar,” said Dave Pericak, director, Global Ford Performance. “We set out to provide drivers with steering that is very direct, precise and well balanced – and the RS delivers.”
Ford engineers worked closely with Michelin to develop a choice of high-performance 235/35 R19 tires to complement the driving dynamics of the Focus RS: a standard Pilot Super Sport tire for every-day use, and – for the first time on an RS – an optional Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire for enhanced vehicle dynamics on the track.
The vehicle’s exterior design has also been developed to support the dynamic objectives. Careful aerodynamic optimization of the front splitter, rear spoiler and underbody features eliminates lift forces, and the final design delivers balanced performance with zero lift front and rear for optimum high-speed handling and stability.
Unique powertrain for increased output
Ford’s EcoBoost technology powers Focus RS and nearly every new Ford vehicle. The specially engineered 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine has levels of power and torque that translate into impressive acceleration when combined with the exceptional all-wheel-drive traction.
Projected to produce well in excess of 315 horsepower, the custom unit shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminum 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine in the all-new Mustang, but has been significantly upgraded through a comprehensive package of design changes.
Increased output is generated by a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers significantly greater airflow, along with a much bigger intercooler to maximize charge density. Engine breathing is enhanced through a less restrictive intake design, and a large-bore high-performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe that helps optimize the balance of back pressure and noise output.
The cylinder head is produced from an upgraded alloy material capable of withstanding higher temperatures, and is mounted on a more robust head gasket with improved thermal capability. The cylinder block employs stronger high-tensile cast iron liners.
Engine cooling also has been given the highest priority, with engineers creating additional space within the front of the vehicle to house a significantly larger radiator pack that provides the level of cooling demanded for hard circuit use.
Meticulous calibration work ensures that the power unit delivers excellent low-end responsiveness with a powerful mid-range pull, climbing to a free-revving top end up to a maximum rev limit of 6,800 rpm.
The six-speed manual transmission has been optimized for the enthusiast driver with a shorter gear lever to deliver faster and more accurate shifts. Both the transmission and the clutch have been upgraded with stronger components to cope with the engine’s increased torque output.
With its high-efficiency EcoBoost design featuring direct fuel injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing, advanced turbocharging and Auto Start-Stop as standard, the engine also delivers significantly improved fuel consumption.
High-performance design for stunning looks with optimum function
Focus RS exterior design is both dramatic and functional, with a more powerful and muscular character. Designers worked closely with Ford Performance to ensure that the necessary functional attributes were achieved, focusing on the aerodynamic downforce and balance delivered by the design, as well as the cooling demands of the powertrain and brakes.
RS features a powerful new front end appearance with a bold upper trapezoidal grille above the deep splitter, incorporating the largest possible apertures for engine cooling. A wide, muscular stance is emphasized by the lower wings and large outboard openings on each side of the car, which feed the brake cooling ducts and house vertically mounted lamps.
At the rear, the fascia panel is dominated by the exceptionally large diffuser, which optimizes airflow from under the vehicle and contains the twin round high-performance exhaust outlets. Focus RS for Europe and Asia markets will also get a clear central fog lamp. The distinctive rear roof spoiler is carefully integrated with the car’s silhouette through body-colored side panels featuring a subtle embossed RS logo.
The dynamic side profile is emphasized by sculptured rocker panels, and the bold wheel lips that house a choice of multi-spoke 19-inch RS alloy wheels – including a high-performance lightweight forged design finished in low-gloss black, which offers enhanced strength and impact resistance.
The high-performance character of Focus RS is reflected inside the car, where heavily bolstered partial-leather Recaro sports seats serve as the centerpiece of the cockpit.
The interior features the reworked Focus control layout with its simpler, more intuitive design. SYNC connectivity provides access to audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones via voice control, and via a high-definition, 8-inch color touch screen. SYNC can be specified with rear view camera with park distance control, as well as a Sony premium sound system with 10-speakers including a subwoofer.
The RS driving experience is reinforced by a new flat-bottomed steering wheel with a soft-feel leather-covered rim, alloy pedals and unique instrument graphics within the main cluster. An additional bank of gauges above the center console displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure.
Four striking exterior colors include Nitrous Blue, a vibrant four-coat metallic finish exclusive to RS, as well as Stealth Gray, Absolute Black and Frozen White. The car revealed in Cologne features the same special Liquid Blue color scheme first seen on the all-new Ford GT revealed last month at the North American International Auto Show.
Rich heritage of innovation and performance
Since the first Ford RS models took to the road, the line has been an essential element of Ford’s DNA, delivering technical innovation and performance on road and track. Dating back to the early days of Ford’s success in Rallye Sport, the first RS models established a reputation for advanced technology and driving exhilaration that continues to this day.
The Ferrari 458 Italia is a beautiful car that many people absolutely loved. It created some new Ferrari fans and won back some fans that were put off by the 360 Modena. Although despite its success, Ferrari felt that the Italia was getting a bit old so they decided to refresh it into twin-turbo’d beast! Yes, today Ferrari revealed the brand new 488 GTB which at first glance just looks like a 458 with re-worked body panels, and superficially that wouldn’t be wrong. However, the real magic comes from the 488’s engine. As I mentioned, with the help of two turbo chargers the 488 GTB’s 3.9 liter V8 makes 660 horsepower and 560 ft-lbs of torque. That is 100 more horses than a standard 458 Italia and 60 more than a 458 Speciale. To handle the increased torque Ferrari created a “Variable Torque Management” system for the transmission to make sure power delivery is not too jarring.
As I mentioned on the outside the looks are very similar to what the 458 was save with a few styling cues that were inspired by the Ferrari 308. Massive vents in the rear quarter panels look aggressive and likely serve to feed the deep breathing turbo V8 in the back. While the front seems to have a bit less “drama” than the 458, it does look quite angry and functional. There is an obvious splitter that makes no apologies about its purpose. Where the 458 was “elegant” the 488 seems to be just mean. But I mean that in the best way possible.
The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its official world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and that is likely when we will find out more information such as release date, price, and production numbers. For the official press release and specs scroll below. For pictures, just click on any of the thumbnails for an HD resolution counterpart.
Ferrari 488 GTB: extreme power for extreme driving thrills
The new V8 debuts at Geneva: track-level performance and responsiveness for the road
Maranello, 3 February 2015 – Forty years on from the unveiling of its first ever mid-rear-engined V8 model, the 308 GTB, the Prancing Horse opens a new chapter in its 8-cylinder history. The Ferrari 488 GTB provides track-level performance that can be enjoyed to the full even by non-professional drivers in everyday use. Its response times, nimbleness and on-the-limit driving guarantee a unique sense of exhilaration and unparalleled driving pleasure.
The new berlinetta brilliantly encapsulates Ferrari’s experience in both F1 and the WEC, where the 458 GT holds the World Championship title and has won its category in the last two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The new model also exploits to the full the know-how gleaned by Ferrari technicians over the last decade through the XX programme which makes extreme track-only cars available to gentleman test-drivers. The data yielded has made a significant contribution to the refinement of the electronic and vehicle control systems so that drivers can make the most of the incredible performance of this new car.
The Ferrari 488 GTB’s new 3902 cc V8 turbo is at the top of its class for power output, torque and response times, making it the new benchmark for this kind of architecture. The engine unleashes 670 cv at 8,000 rpm along with 760 Nm of maximum torque in seventh gear and a response time to the accelerator of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm. These figures are sufficient to allow the Ferrari 488 GTB to accelerate from 0-200 km/h in an astonishing 8.3 seconds and, when combined with the radical innovations introduced on all aspects of the car’s performance, lap the Fiorano track in just 1’23”.
The gearbox features Variable Torque Management which unleashes the engine’s massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle. As is always the case, Ferrari’s engineers have dedicated great attention to perfecting the 488 GTB’s sound, creating a new soundtrack that is full, clear and totally distinctive, as expected from any Prancing Horse engine.
The car’s aerodynamics also made a pivotal contribution to performance: its 1.67 efficiency figure is a new record for a production Ferrari, and is the fruit of 50 per cent more downforce than the previous model and reduced drag. The greatest challenge was achieving these two goals simultaneously. Several innovative elements were specifically developed to do so, not least a double front spoiler, base bleed side intakes and, at the rear, active aerodynamics coupled with a blown spoiler. The aerodynamic underbody, which incorporates vortex generators, is highly sophisticated, too.
The Ferrari 488 GTB’s subsystems and electronic controls make its power and performance instantly available and controllable. It is, in fact, the most responsive production model there is, with razor-sharp response times comparable to those of a track car.
The evolved version of Ferrari’s side slip angle control system (Side Slip Control 2 – SSC2) is more precise and less invasive, providing greater longitudinal acceleration out of corners. Aside from integrating with the car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, the SSC2 now also controls the active dampers which renders the car’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable.
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new car features very sculptural flanks which are the key to its character. Its large signature air intake scallop is a nod to the original 308 GTB and is divided into two sections by a splitter. The wide front spoiler features a double profile to improve the thermal efficiency of the radiators positioned at the sides. At the centre two pylons are combined with a deflector which channels air towards the flat underbody. The broad, low tail is also dominated by aerodynamic solutions, including an innovative blown spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. This works in conjunction with an aggressive ramp angle for the diffuser which features active flaps. The greater height required for the diffuser was achieved by repositioning the exhaust tailpipes. The circular LED tail lights have also been redesigned.
In the cabin, the seamless integration of the new satellite control clusters, angled air vents and instrument panel heightens the sense that the cockpit is completely tailored around the driver. Usability was the key word in the design, leading to an extremely sporty ambience that in no way compromises on comfort. There are plenty of classic Ferrari styling elements too, such as the clear separation between the dashboard and tunnel, the multifunctional steering wheel, the control switch bridge and wraparound seats. The graphics and interface of the infotainment screen have also been completely redesigned while the design of the car’s new key takes its inspiration from the car’s cylinder banks and allows keyless starts.
The Ferrari 488 GTB will make its world debut at the International Geneva Motor Show in March, but from today can be seen at www.ferrari.com.
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Ferrari 488 GTB
Maximum power *
Maximum torque *
V8 – 90° Turbo
3902 cm3 492 kW (670 CV) at 8000 rpm
760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
46.5% Front – 53.5% Rear
0-100 km/h 3.0 s
0 -200 km/h 8.3 s
Maximum speed > 330 km/h