To celebrate the E3 2011 reveal of Forza Motorsport 4 the guys at Turn 10 Studios took over the event deck at LA Live for a massive party. There were top notch cars every where you turn including the first Gumpert Apollo which took a short outing from the CEC West LA show room to come to the party. One of the highlights was the debut of the Top Gear test track in Forza 4. The Turn 10 Crew brought over a hydraulic motion rig, set up a lap time board, and party goers were challenged to post up their best lap time in a Kia Cee’d. Every 30 minutes the fastest lap holder would win a special Stig prize pack that included a messenger bag full of Top Gear DVDs, Stig Alpinestars racing gloves, a “I am The Stig” shirt, and a Meguiars car care kit. Once everyone posted up their lap times the crowd was treated by an impromptu appearance by The Stig himself! After The Stig had a riveting interview with MC Tommy Kendall party goers were treated to a live set by Mix Master Mike and Travis Barker!
While the party was going on I managed to pull John Wendl (content director for Turn 10 Studios) to talk about all the new feature we can expect in Forza Motorsport 4 when it comes out this fall. Just scroll down for a few party pics (more in our Facebook Gallery) and the interview.
Last night the guys at Turn 10 Studios threw a massive party to celebrate Forza Motorsport 4but before that the MC of the party Tommy Kendall stopped by the Xbox booth at E3 2011 to try his hand at the game himself. They say that those who are good at racing games would probably do well racing in real life, but judging by the video below I don’t think that works in reverse! In a display of bravado that could only come from a real race car driver Tommy turned off all the driving assists, however for a bit of insurance he kept his competitors on easy mode. Yet, that still couldn’t save him from finishing in last place!
After E3 came to a close that day Tommy headed over to the Forza 4 party where he played host. During the festivities party goers were joined via television by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson who introduced a very special guest, The Stig!. Master Of Ceremonies Tommy Kendall attempted to get an interview with Top Gears tame racing driver but it did not go so well.
Check out TK’s go at Forza 4 and his attempted interview with The Stig in the videos below!
Some will probably tell you that orange is a no-no when it comes to paint choices for cars. Personally I think its all about the canvas you apply the paint to. I think that this BMW M3 equipped with the Vorsteiner GTRS3 widebody kit looks stunning in this bright orange hue. This car actually made its debut at the Top Gear Live show in South Africa earlier this week and was driven by The Stig!
If you are rocking a PC then I highly suggest you download the Internet Explorer 9 betaand check out the Top Gear Cool Wall powered by HTML5. Just like the show this web app lets you create your own cool wall and even share it on facebook or compare your cool wall to the cool wall that your facebook friends have. If you’re having trouble trying to decide what to put where each car comes with a set of photos and a video to help you come to a coolness conclusion.
The title of the video below is “worst car in the world” but I fail to see how they managed to miss that Jeremy “I’m English so I can get away with mixing ethnic hair styles” Clarkson’s hair-do is possibly the “worst haircut in the world”. Do yourself a favor and watch below!
I just came across the freshest flash app ever! It is a corner by corner break down of the famous Top Gear Test Track. Click on a corner and you’ll learn the best strategy for getting through it in tact and how each corner got its name! I’ve always wondered why the last corner was called “Gambon” and now I know! Click the red text above to check out the app.
The day is finally here! Top Gear season 13starts tonight on BBC America! I already saw the first episode and it’s pretty sweet. So if you have BBC America don’t forget to check it out tonight, check your listings for the local time. If you miss it don’t worry just wait until tomorrow and it will be on iTunes. In the meantime check out this awesome map of all the cool stuff Top Gear has done in America so far.
There are certain times when being an automotive journalist sucks. In fact there are times when it sucks to be a journalist/writer period. However, there are times one is reminded just how much the good outweighs the bad. Like today for instance, when I got a delivery of awesome in the mail. What will I be doing this weekend? Perhaps watching Top Gear season 13 before it airs on Monday!! Don’t worry though, pretty soon I’m going to have a Top Gear themed surprise just for you guys. Stay tuned!
Just a quick reminder that if you want to win a set of Top Gear DVDs (Seasons 11 and 12) the giveaway started today. From today until the 18th BBC America will give away a set of DVDs to two winners each day so get in on it now! Although it might be easier to just buy the set instead! All the info about the giveaway and where to pick up the DVDs can be found at Top Gear’s BBC website here.
Just heard down the pipeline that Season 13 of Top Gear will premiere on BBC America on January 25th. Which is awesome news since there wont be any real motorsports on TV for a while. By the way if you feel SOL because you don’t have cable then you’ll be happy to know that this season the day after each episode first broadcasts it will be available to download on iTunes! Finally no more dealing with that bit torrent crap!
If you’re going through some extreme stig withdrawl and still can’t wait until the 25th then hang tight for a few more days because both seasons 11 and 12 will be released on DVD on January 12th. In fact, if you are feeling lucky you can try to see if you can win both DVD sets at BBCAmerica.com/TopGearon the 12th as well. Or you can just pre-order the DVDs at BBC America’s online store. We’ll drop more info on all of this as we get it. In the meantime check out a short teaser of season 12 below.