A mix of Top Gear and Forza? Yes please!
The cars included in the Top Gear May Forza 4 car pack are, much like the Top Gear presenters themselves, an eclectic bunch. It’s nice to see that Turn 10 are committed to satisfying a range of racers with their packs, and it means that the packs are pretty good value.
What is especially nice about the May pack is that it’s easily the best one yet. I know we’ve said it before, but when you have a Subaru Legacy thrown in with a Ford Transit van and a Smart ForTwo, it has to be a recipe for awesome...
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The 2012 Smart ForTwo is really a great car - it’s fuel efficient, the king of finding a downtown parking space, and - oddly - is extremely safe, with an almost impenetrable safety cell keeping you protected. But why is it here?
Jeremy Clarkson once said “We all know that small cars are good for us. But so is cod liver oil. And jogging.” While it may be true that it isn’t your conventional racer, it’s extremely nimble, and the absurd did always make for a good laugh when having a bash around the track (did we mention it’s got three cylinders?)
Some more sporty, and definitely a keen racer, the 1990 Subaru Legacy RS is - strangely, perhaps - easily the best car in the pack. This car is a true classic, marking the beginning of an amazing series of racing cars, which became infamous for their ability to rule the rally roost with little real competition.
It’s an absolute ball to race; the back-end is nimble and likes to be thrown into corners, but it's stable and quick, and the engine sounds brilliant.
Again with the somewhat ridiculous, the 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan is an odd vehicle in a racing game, and I love it; it’s fast (for a van) and a nice challenge to get around the track.
If you want something hard to do, why not try the Top Gear 10 minute challenge that Sabine Schmitz took around the Nurburgring on the real life Top gear? I did, and failed, but every second was a nail biting competition.
Powered by a 3.2-liter, 198-horsepower Duratorq TDCi engine, and with an enormous canvas for budding Forza artists to take to - there’s not much to complain about.
In terms of performance muscle cars, the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is an absolute beast, with more than 450hp and a 0 - 100 time of under five seconds. The enormous Chrysler grill makes you feel rather dwarfed in the driver's seat, but it too is just a thrill to drive. Easy on the throttle, it will bite, but it really is a lot of power from a stock Chrysler.
A must mention is the 2012 Hennessey Venom GT, which has the fastest 0-320kph of any car in the world - around 15 seconds. Based on the Lotus Elise but with a 1,200hp twin turbo engine, it has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any car on the market.
This is a difficult car to drive, but the challenge is in mastering it (if that’s even possible) and the confines of Forza 4 Motorsport limit the chance of you ending your days in a flaming wreck.
The Forza Motorsport 4 car packs are going from strength to strength, with each subsequent bundle still able to add interest and variety to the game many months after its release. What this does highlight, though, is that what’s missing are some more diverse tracks, and it’s a shame when revving the Subaru Legacy off the line, that you can’t throw in a bit of mud to mix things up.
That may be something we can hope for in the future, but for now Turn 10 are making sure we all have plenty of new toys in our virtual garage to play with.