Forza Motorsport 5 gets a mix of old and new in the Bondurant Car Pack
As a part of the regular release of new content for “Forza Motorsport 5”, Turn 10 Studios released the Bondurant Car Pack, which is available for download today. The Bondurant Car Pack is available for download in the Xbox Live Marketplace, free to Car Pass owners or $9.99 for the standalone pack. In addition, if you own the pack (or individual cars in the pack) you can add them to your “Forza Motorsport 5” garage without needing to spend additional in-game credits or tokens.
The Bondurant Car Pack includes a brilliant mix of luxurious beauties, refined classics and functional speedsters. Between the highly requested 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (featuring a Bondurant-branded livery), the lavish 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed, the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Cup, or the quirky 1980 Abarth Fiat 131, the Bondurant Car Pack’s well-rounded selection will make you want to practice your skills, just as if you were actually at the legendary Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.
On that note, Turn 10 Studios is also excited to announce The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona will be unveiling a new “Forza-inspired” driving class. The “Forza Motorsport Grand Prix Road Racing Class” will debut later this year and give interested drivers a chance to hone their racing skills at one of the world’s most established racing schools. Stay tuned for more information at www.forzamotorsport.net.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The Stingray moniker has been lying in wait for a new model worthy of it for some time now, and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is very worthy. What began as a fine example of classic American Muscle has evolved into something closer to a supercar. The C7 Corvette is superbly refined and, when combined with its American V8 thunder, the end product is stunning; so much so that it may draw some serious looks from those who otherwise wouldn’t consider anything outside of Stuttgart of interest. The performance-per-dollar value of the Corvette has always been a huge appeal, but this time GM has left nothing amiss. The body recalls the classic Corvette form, but has a bit of Maranello thrown into the mix. Mechanically, the C7 has the most horsepower to ever arrive from GM, electronically-controlled steering, and a perfectly balanced 50/50 weight distribution. Sometimes change can be difficult, but when it comes to the new Stingray, it is a very good thing indeed.
2013 Infiniti #77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara IPS Indy Lights
Yet another open-wheel thriller has come to “Forza Motorsport 5” in the 2013 Indy Lights competitor from the winningest Indy Lights team since the series’ inception. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has won every Indy Lights championship since 2010. The team’s drivers like Josef Newgarden, Tristan Vautier, and Jack Hawksworth have gone on to compete in the big league IndyCar series. The Indy Lights Dallara chassis is powered by a 420-horsepower Infiniti V8 engine, as are all of the Indy Lights in this spec racing category. The car weighs in at less than 1,500 pounds and is lightning fast, only a slight step down from an actual IndyCar. In 2013 American driver Sage Karam took the #77 to three first place finishes, six additional podiums, and won the Indy Lights title in his rookie year.
1990 Alfa Romeo SZ Sprint Zagato
Dubbed “Il Mostro” (The Monster) by the motoring press at the time of its release due to its extreme appearance, the SZ represents a unique and beautiful creation borne from master coach builders Zagato. The SZ’s body panels are thermoplastic injection-molded composite. Underneath the radical form that makes up the body is the heart and soul of an Alfa Romeo 75, a car that competed in group A/IMSA racing. The suspension was modified by Giorgio Pianta, an engineer for the Lancia and Fiat factory rally teams. In cornering tests, the SZ is capable of achieving 1.4 G’s on the skid pad, a number that is still astounding today. From any angle the SZ will have you staring, if not in appreciation of its one-off styling, then in wonder at its unmistakable design. Through its form and function, the SZ looks like a concept car that made it to the production lines, and so it is – just over 1,000 models were ever produced.
2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed
This might be the most beautiful 5,000-plus pounds of metal and awesome you will ever see. Here’s a luxury car dripping in opulence that can take a down a supercar on the drag strip. The Continental GT is a car that bathes you in ultimate comfort while hurtling you to triple digit speeds in isolation chamber-like silence. The GT features double-pane windows and nothing less than the finest materials and workmanship throughout. Sadly, most real-world Bentley owners will never unleash the gut-wrenching power of the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 under the hood but, rest assured, when the accelerator is depressed, face-warping speed isn’t far behind. As with most luxury coupes, the Continental GT is most at home on a long stretch of highway. The Continental GT is not meant to corner like a sports car, but its AWD will pull it through an apex with style and flair.
1975 Fiat X1/9
Under Bertone designer Marcello Gandini, Fiat found its way to the wedge-shape car market that had taken early 1970s sports car designs by storm. Triumph had the TR-7, Lotus had the Esprit, and Maserati, Lamborghini, and Ferrari topped the class with their own wedges. The X1/9 represented an affordable sports car that delivered exciting performance anywhere but the drag strip. X1 was the prototype code for passenger cars, with the X1/9 being the ninth car developed. Mounted just behind the passenger compartment are the engine and transmission from the Fiat 128. That engine produced a whopping 67 horsepower in European form and a few less in America once it was hampered by emissions-reducing equipment. With the only real weight the X1/9 carried mounted mid-ship and the fuel tank and spare tucked in ahead of it, the X1/9 is best experienced on back roads and the twistier, the better. Thankfully, in the world of Forza you won’t have to remove the litany of access panels to perform simple maintenance and, should you want to give the X/19 a shot in the arm, an upgrade is but a click away.
2013 Mazda MX-5 Cup
One of the most affordable ways to get into real-life racing is to prepare a Mazda MX-5 Cup car. Teams such as CJ Wilson Racing have helped drivers with aspirations to hit the track to live their dream of competing on the same courses as the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and other professional series. Many drivers graduate from the MX-5 Spec series to launch racing careers. In the MX-5 you have the perfect lightweight and nimble package that anyone can learn to corner properly. You also have a healthy 190 horsepower up front pushing the rear wheels with top speeds somewhere around 120 mph. In the MX-5 Cup car you have a race-prepared car with adjustable suspension, improved braking, a stiffened chassis, and reliability that lets you focus on reeling in the car ahead of you.
2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP
The MINI John Cooper Works GP completed a lap at the Nordschleife in just eight minutes, twenty-three seconds. That’s equivalent to an E46 M3 or R-32 Skyline, so this little guy is no slouch. There are 218 ponies under the hood, driven by a twin-scroll turbocharger, variable valve timing, and direct injection to get things going. Keeping the contact patch optimal is a coil-over suspension system that inverts the front shocks to increase longitudinal and lateral stiffness. There were only 2,000 of these models built and they were all sold in Europe so, for many, Forza 5 is the only shot they’ll have to experience this one-of-a-kind ride.
1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee
With the Plymouth Road Runner selling well, Dodge requested the creation of a competitor from the Dodge styling office. One of the challenges was to create a separate identity for the car. At the time both Dodge and Plymouth were competing to become the Chrysler performance division, later to become SRT. Designers were tasked with defining the new low-priced muscle car. They held a contest and Harvey J. Winn was deemed the winner for his play on the “B” body designation and accompanying artwork. The Super Bee was born. Upon production, the Super Bee had its own nuanced appearance with larger rear wheel openings, a more dressed-up grill, and unique taillight configuration. Of course it could be ordered with a Hemi, and of course it built a legendary history for every person that owned one.
2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP
Any technical race course showcases the beauty of the Solstice GXP—a driver’s delight that’s built around a willing engine with the highest specific output of any GM vehicle ever, including scores of high-test Corvettes. The 2-liter four-cylinder makes 260 horsepower, reaching the magic 2.1 ponies per cubic inch number with the help of a dual-scroll turbocharger. The powerful motor sits in a brand-new chassis heavily influenced by the Corvette’s corner-loving backbone structure, and is clothed by a graceful coupe body with a removable targa section—one of the most beautiful designs to ever come out of Detroit. It’s also one of the rarest Solstices, as fewer than 900 GXP coupes were produced in its single year of production, making this stunning coupe incredibly rare. Don’t stash it away in a garage, though, as the Solstice GXP is made to be driven hard.
1980 Abarth Fiat 131
Carlo Abarth is rightfully famous for applying the dark art of tuning to some of the most unlikely cars in the world—simple, robust, but decidedly unsporting Fiats—and creating legitimate giant-slaying racers out of them. This Abarth 131 is a homologation version of the standard Fiat 131, a relatively tame family sedan until fitted with a 2-liter, 16-valve fuel-injected motor creating nearly 140 horsepower. Combined with lightweight fiberglass body panels sporting box flares and aggressive air scoops, the boxy coupe can scoot to 60 in less than eight seconds—incredible performance for such a small car developed during the 1970s. With independent rear suspension fitted by Abarth, the 131 is perfectly suited for hanging out its duck-tailed hindquarters on the tight, technical courses. This road version allowed the 230 horsepower rally version to dominate World Rally Championship racing between 1977 and 1980. With only 400 of the street cars ever produced, “Forza Motorsport 5” is probably the best place to experience this diminutive Italian rally car on the road.
Founded by legendary racing driver and instructor Bob Bondurant, the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving features a bespoke 1.6-mile track on a 60-acre facility designed by Bondurant himself just outside Phoenix, Arizona. World-class instructors take students through a variety of award-winning curriculum on a weekly basis, churning out thousands of satisfied (and seriously skilled) drivers per year. To learn more visit: http://www.bondurant.com.