Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 6 Goes Behind The Scenes Of The New Ford GT’s Development

Posted on 01.26.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) just ended and by now I think it is safe to say that the new Ford GT easily stole the show with its striking looks and the debut of its new “Ecoboost” V6 engine.  Further increasing its momentum was the announcement that Forza Motorsport 6 was coming and that the new Ford GT would be the cover car.  Today, thanks to Forza, we get to see a behind the scenes look at how the new Ford GT was created and some insight into the design choices made by the Ford team.  Its a pretty awesome way to spend five and a half minutes!  Check it out below.

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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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Hype Video: Fredric Aasbo Takes A Kid On His Dream Ride Through The Streets Of LA In His Formula Drift Scion tC

Posted on 01.06.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Ever want to know what its like to suddenly come across a drift car in the middle of the city and then have the owner of said drift car take you on the ride of your life through public streets?  Papadakis Racing just dropped a new flick that illustrates just such a daydream.  In “Dream Ride LA” Fredric Aasbo takes a young kid drifting through the streets of LA in many iconic locations.  Is it a bit of a rip off of what Ken Block did? Sure.  But, its still pretty entertaining to watch!  Scroll down and check out the five minute film below as well as the official press release.

Press Release:

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (January 6, 2015) — Papadakis Racing and driver Fredric Aasbo today launch #DreamrideLA, a short video showcasing the precision driving of top drift competitor Aasbo and presented by Scion Racing, Motegi Racing and Hankook Tire.

The five-minute video, available on the Papadakis Racing YouTube channel, features Dillon Bryant Akers as a boy who makes an astonishing discovery on the bank of the LA River and is rewarded with the experience of a lifetime in the 800-plus horsepower Papadakis Racing Scion tC Formula Drift competition car.

“A lot of kids grow up dreaming about being in a real racecar,” said Aasbo. “In Dreamride LA I had the chance to make one of those dreams come true.”

Team boss Stephan Papadakis said that once he and Aasbo decided to make a video, it was important to innovate and push the genre forward. The narrative approach offered by director Michael Tiddes was a perfect fit.

“So many of the drifting videos out there focus on the technique of the stunts and the technical aspects of the car,” said Papadakis. “In Dreamride LA the driving is amazing and the Scion tC is definitely front-and-center, but we also wanted to spotlight the experience. This video is personal and we hope that resonates with the fans.”

Tiddes, a feature film director whose big screen credits include box office hits A Haunted House and A Haunted House 2, merged Hollywood techniques with a fast-paced videogame aesthetic to create a short film that captures the emotional intensity of the drifting experience.

Aasbo is one of the world’s leading drift competitors. He won the 2014 Formula Drift Asia title and finished runner-up in the 2014 Formula Drift championship. Originally from Ski, Norway, Aasbo splits his time between his native country and Redondo Beach, California. This is his first feature project.

Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S. A respected innovator, Papadakis moved to drifting in 2005 and has led his team to two Formula Drift championship titles (2007, 2008) and runner-up in the 2014 and 2010 championship seasons.

New Jersey native Tiddes is a comedy specialist who has worked with legends Keenen Ivory Wayans and brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans for over a decade. His viral videos featuring talents including Damon Wayans Jr., Affion Crockett, Omar Epps and FRED have become internet phenomena reaching more than 50 million views.

Young star Dillon Bryant Akers is the son of Veronica Valdes and actor Howard Alonzo (Akers) and the godson of Damon Wayans Jr. He made his acting debut in the Wayans family pilot Growing Up Wayans, and works with the Wayans family and Producer Will.i.Am on various projects. Outside of acting, Dillon is an AAU-ranked basketball player and an honor roll student.

#DreamrideLA is available on the Papadakis Racing YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/papadakisracing). Follow #DreamrideLA on social media for more.

THANKS TO OUR VIDEO PARTNERS:

Hankook Tire (www.hankooktireusa.com); Scion Racing (www.scion.com); Motegi Racing (www.motegiracing.com)

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12 Days Of Hype: Hit The Open Road And Enjoy!

Posted on 12.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its Christmas eve! For those who celebrate we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and we hope you enjoy this time with your friends and family.  Today is also the last “12 Days Of Hype” post.  By now its probably too late to get any kind of physical gift for the holidays.  The good news is this post isn’t simply a product that can be bought off a shelf.  See, if you love cars or know someone who loves cars one of the biggest joys is driving.  Car lovers need little reason nor excuse to jump behind the wheel of their project or even their daily driver to go for a drive.  So, we would suggest that as a gift for that car lover in your life (or yourself if you’re that car lover) you plan a road trip.  Preferably to somewhere you’ve never been and make sure you take the scenic route.  Stop a long the way to take pictures.  Enjoy the ride and the road.  Its a great experience, especially if its with friends or loved ones.  Memories can be made that will be far more valuable than any amount of money you may spend or have already spent on other gifts.  Besides gas is kind of cheap right now!

And with that we will take a short break as we enjoy the holiday and bring in the new year.  We will definitely be back in 2015 to keep bringing you news, stories, and hyping all the cool things we think you would like.  We also want to take this time to thank you for taking some time from your day to visit our little corner of the internet this year.  We really appreciate it and are humbled that there are people who actually care enough about what we have to say to read our words!

Next year we have a few new things we want to try and as the time comes we will reveal more details but we are looking forward to it!  Happy Holidays!

 

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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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Hype Video: Watch As The Magic Phenomenon Of Seeing Faces In Cars Is Ruined By Scientific Explaination

Posted on 12.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Have you ever looked at the front end of a car and felt like you could see its “face”.  Eyes in the headlights? A mouth in the grill?  You aren’t alone!  Many people (including myself) tend to see facial shapes when they look at cars, especially if those people are car enthusiasts.  Before today I just chalked up that experience to the connection that enthusiasts like me have with automobiles.  Although, it looks like science has discovered some kind of neurological reason that explains it all and takes the mystery out of it.  A bit depressing but still interesting to know.  To learn how it all works watch the video below.

[Source: DNews YouTube channel]

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12 Days Of Hype: A GoPro Makes A Perfect Accessory For The Track Day Junkie

Posted on 12.22.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What is cooler than punishing tires all day at the local track or autocross event?  Having video documentation of it!  Although back in the day such a thing was tricky.  Recording footage at the track required really expensive mounts and head-scratching trying to find a place to put said mount.  However, in the age of the GoPro those problems are in the past.  A GoPro can be mounted just about anywhere and are relatively inexpensive compared to the options of the past.  If you have a regular track day visitor in your life and he/she does not already have a GoPro camera then I would highly recommend getting them one as a gift!  While the newest HERO4 Black model is pictured, GoPro actually has several models available that range in price from as little as $120 all the way up to $500 (for the aforementioned HERO4 black model).  Just pick the model that best suits your budget and its intended purpose.  Don’t forget to pick up some of the motorsports related accessories as well like the suction cup mount ($39.99) and the roll bar mount ($29.99).

As a bonus GoPros aren’t just for motorsports stuff there are mounts that will allow for filming of just about any kind of sports activity or other things depending on how creative the user is.  Its really hard to go wrong with this as a gift!  I wish I had one!  For more info hit the source link below.

[Source: GoPro.com]

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12 Days Of Hype: “Dream Cars” Book Belongs On Tables All Over The World

Posted on 12.20.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Yes I am doing two “12 days” posts in one day since yesterday some technical issues kept me from posting.  Anyhow, on to the next!  In this post I’d like to recommend the book “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas”.  This book is a showcase of some of the most beautiful concept and production cars ever made featured with high-end photography.  This is a great gift for any car lover and perhaps even artist.  The best part is it can be had for only 30 bucks!  That price is from Barnes and Noble but if you search around it might be found for even less.  Either way its a pretty good deal and a nice gift!

[Source: BarnesAndNoble.com]

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12 Days Of Hype: Dsalni Drawn Automotive Print

Posted on 12.16.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Most automotive enthusiasts consider cars to be art.  So they get really excited when they see an art piece of an art piece.  Lost? Stay with me here… There is a really talented automotive artist who goes by Dsalni.  He has a pretty cool blog in which he shows off all his latest works.  The awesome part is that his renderings can be ordered as prints through his online store!  He also puts some of his designs on shirts and hoodies so there is also that.  Basically anything from Dsalni’s store would make a pretty fresh gift.  If you don’t see anything you like in his store you may be able to contact him to commission a custom, personalized piece.  However, he is a busy man and might not be able to finish it before Christmas but it is worth a shot!  Check out his online store at the source link below!

[Source: Dsalni Drawn Store]

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Gaming Hype: NAPA Chassis Forza Horizon 2 DLC Drops Today. Is An Eclectic Mix Of Classic Muscle And Modern Performance (Video)

Posted on 12.02.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The latest DLC car pack for Forza Horizon 2 is now available and it has a pretty interesting mix of cars.  The NAPA Chassis pack features classic muscle cars like the Buick GSX but also has pretty crazy modern super cars like the McLaren 650S.  Oh, they also threw in a Range Rover for good measure.  Basically, its going to be really easy to hoon around in the cars provided and it will only set you back 5 bucks!  As a bonus the Lotus Esprit V8 is available to everyone for free this month.  Check out the official NAPA Chassis DLC trailer below to see all the cars you’ll get for dropping a Lincoln.

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