Forzacentral at the Core of Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon

Forza fans on Windows 10 PC can now experience new content in Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, with the launch of the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Premium Edition. Released today, the Premium Edition includes the base game of Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, along with three newly-released content packs for the game; two car collections and a new track pack, bringing the legendary Nürburgring to the game. The Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Premium Edition is available either as a paid upgrade for current Apex players or as a standalone bundle purchase for players who haven’t yet downloaded Apex.

Take a closer look at all three packs that are included as part of the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Premium Edition.

Power to Weight Car Pack
The Power to Weight Car Pack features seven new cars for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, including the 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R, the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the 2013 SRT Viper GTS, the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500, the 2013 KTM X-Bow R and the 2014 BAC Mono. These cars are available for use in Free Play, as well as in several new Spotlight events purpose built to showcase each cars’ capabilities.

Hyper Endurance Car Pack
In the Hyper Endurance Car Pack you’ll find seven new cars, including the 2016 #66 Ford Racing GT LeMans, the 2013 #91 SRT Motorsport GTS-R Viper, the 2016 Nissan #1 NISMO MOTUL AUTECH GT-R, the 2014 Mazda #70 SpeedSource Lola B12/80, the 2015 Koenigsegg One:1, the 2012 Hennessey Venom GT and the 2013 Lamborghini Veneno. These cars are available for use in Free Play, as well as in several new Spotlight events purpose built to showcase each cars’ capabilities.

Nürburgring Track Pack
The Nürburgring Track Pack features the legendary Nürburgring, including the Nordschleife and the technical GP Circuit, as well as the massive combined Full Circuit, all featuring day, night and wet conditions. These tracks can be raced in Free Play, as well as in several new Spotlight events.

We are proud to announce that Forza Horizon 3 is the year’s best-selling, highest-rated racing game, further strengthening Forza as the most successful racing franchise on any platform this generation. Thanks to the biggest Forza launch to date, we had more than five million fans playing Forza games in September on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

We are so grateful for our fans and will continue working hard to deliver great content that will add to the Forza Horizon 3 experience.

Arriving today, the Alpinestars Car Pack brings seven new cars to Forza Horizon 3. Leading off the pack are a pair of beloved drifting legends, the 1998 Nissan Silvia K’s and the 1990 Mazda Savanna RX-7; two of the most requested cars in the Forza community. The Alpinestars Car Pack also features a chunk of Australian racing history in the Ford Falcon XR GT, a street-legal racer in Dodge Viper ACR, and more. The Alpinestars Car Pack is included as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Car Pass, which is available for purchase in the Microsoft Store. Players can also get the pack as a standalone purchase for $6.99.

Our partner Alpinestars produces the highest level of performance and protective footwear and apparel for nearly all forms of motorsport as well as lifestyle clothing and accessories. To learn more about this month’s car pack partner visit:

Here’s a closer look at each of the car’s in this month’s pack:

2017 Acura NSX
The new Acura NSX may be a hybrid, but it’s a hybrid supercar. A mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, twin-turbo, hybrid slice of pure performance. With 650 hp from its combined 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors driving all four wheels, what you have is a balanced and capable car that can compete with other supercars nearly ten times its price. There are nine gears to work your...
A new month is approaching, which means new events, content and more is awaiting us in November in Forza Horizon 3.

After yesterdays announcement of Season 2 of the Forza Racing Championship, which is going to reward you again with some exclusive rides for just participating, November will also bring a new batch of #FORZATHON events.

Without much talk let's take a look at the November #FORZATHON Events and what you can win:


FULL METAL HORIZON – 11/04/16 - 11/07/16
“Get full contact with this Horizon Event”

FLAG BEARER – Play 4 Flag Rush matches to earn 12,000 XP
FIELD GOAL – Finish in the top 3 of 3 Flag Rush games in an Extreme Offroad vehicle to win 100,000 CR
HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION – Come in 1st place in 1 game of Flag Rush in an Extreme Offroad vehicle to unlock the Roar Horn
NOT A SCRATCH – Survive 1 game of Infected in a Extreme Offroad vehicle to win the Ford F-150 Raptor Horizon Edition

AERIAL ACROBATICS - 11/11/16 – 11/14/16
“Show off your aerial expertise”

DO A BARREL ROLL! – Perform 3 Barrel Roll skills to earn 20,000 XP
FLYING HIGH – Earn 3 Stars on 3 Danger Signs to receive 100,000 CR
EYES TURNED SKYWARD – Rack up 50,000 Ultimate Air skill points to win 3 wheelspins
DEADSTICK SPECIAL - 30% off AUDI #45 Flying Lizard R8 GTD, FORD Falcon XR8 and NISSAN Skyline GT-R V-Spec II

HORIZON HARVEST HANGOUT - 11/18/16 – 11/25/16
“Gather together your Horizon friends and family”

A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST – Rack up 100,000 Landscaping Skill points while in a convoy to earn 10,000 XP
GATHER FOR THE FEAST - Join and complete an online adventure in a Holden Sandman to earn 20,000 XP
GOBBLE, GOBBLE! – Join online freeroam to unlock Turkey horn
The Forza Racing Championship has returned! Following a thrilling first season of competition, registration is now open on the ESL website for Season 2 of the official ForzaRC esports series. Sponsored by Michelin, Logitech G and Playseat, and starting November 7, Season 2 players worldwide will compete for cash and prizes worth more than $150,000.

For the first time in the ForzaRC series history, the events will take place across two Forza games - Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 6. Building on the success of the inaugural season of Forza Racing Championship, Season 2 will bring players of all skill levels together to experience state-of-the-art racing and fun competition through two unique race series.

In the Elite Series, the fastest drivers in the world compete in Forza Motorsport 6 to claim both the title as the Season 2 champion and a $10,000 cash prize for the top overall winner. Building on Season 1, the Elite Series in Season 2 will offer more ways to win over 100 cash prizes.

The Elite Series is comprised of three weeks of racing competition, culminating in weekly Elite Series Showdown races that will be broadcast on Sunday of each competitive week beginning November 13. Players can watch the Semi-Finals races hosted by ESL and streaming live on the official Forza Motorsport Twitch and Beam channels.

Four winners from Season 1 will be invited directly into the Season 2 Grand Finals Roster, having qualified by winning their weekly Elite Series Showdown or the Grand Finals: Laige, Shadest, BAM ASIX 13, JSR Razer JDM.

Each week, four Semi-Finals winners will move on to the Season 2 Elite Series Grand Finals, which will be broadcast live from ESL’s studios in Burbank, CA on Sunday, December 11.

The ForzaRC Recreation Series will be held entirely in Forza...
A new update is hitting Forza Horizon 3 tonight at around 7 PM pacific (2 AM UTC), bringing a lot of fixes and improvements as well as adding the next batch of HE cars to the wheelspin. Full notes below:

  • Fixed an issue where having a microphone enabled in the game but no speech pack installed would cause the title to crash on Windows 10
  • Fixed an issue that would cause a game crash for some Windows 10 players when entering Maroondah Road Bucket List event
  • Fixed an issue that would cause a game crash for some Windows 10 and Xbox One players when joining online Bucket List Blueprint challenges with mismatched DLC
  • Fixed an issue that would cause a game crash for some Xbox One players when pausing the game
  • Fixed an issue that would cause a game crash for some players when collecting Loyalty Rewards while in a Convoy
  • Fixed an issue that would cause a game crash for some players when using the AMD R9 Fury X graphics card on Windows 10
  • Fixed a TDR for Windows 10 players

  • Players running four-core setups on Windows 10 should see CPU improvements
  • Improved thread layout changes for eight-core setups on Windows 10, resulting in improved performance
  • Improvement to performance in upgrades and tuning screens on Windows 10
  • Fixed a stall when driving in Byron Bay on Windows 10
  • Stall fixed when applying Drivatar liveries while driving on Windows 10
  • Stall fixed when driving in free roam on Xbox One

Wheel Support
  • Improvements to force feedback dead zone and FFB performance when driving on tarmac on both Xbox One and Windows 10
  • Fixed a bug so that wheel button prompts now match the in-game bindings on Windows 10
  • Actions that must be mapped are now identified in the UI and number of actions that must be mapped has been reduced on Windows 10

General Improvements
  • Fix for photo...
From the shores of Surfers Paradise to the wide-open spaces of The Outback, the roads of Australia are now open for adventure in Forza Horizon 3. We’re proud to bring you our first monthly DLC pack for the game – The Smoking Tire Car Pack – featuring seven new-to-Forza vehicles that are bound to inspire new adventures Down Under.

First up is the amazing Vulcan hypercar from Aston Martin; a car whose outer beauty is unmistakable, but can best be appreciated behind the wheel. In the wings are supercars from around the world, including the ultimate expression of Pagani’s famed Huayra hypercar and BMW’s latest M-class masterpiece. Then we have the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, a true cop-car that is ready to give chase or power you to victory in a circuit race. If that isn’t enough, the classic Jeep CJ5 has arrived ready for all that Australia’s back country can dish out.

The Smoking Tire Car Pack is the first monthly car pack to arrive in the Forza Horizon 3 Car Pass, which is available as a separate purchase or as part of the Ultimate Edition of Forza Horizon 3. For one low price, you can get access to all six of the DLC packs that will be arriving in the game from this October through March 2017. That’s 42 vehicles total, representing the kind of automotive variety and fun you expect from a Forza game. The Smoking Tire Car Pack is also available as a standalone purchase for $7 in the Xbox Store.

Now let’s take a closer look at the cars in the pack.

2016 Aston Martin Vulcan
For the record, the “Vulcan” name here is more closely related to Britain’s loud Cold War-era bombers than to the notoriously logical aliens in “Star Trek”. Nonetheless, the Vulcan is Aston Martin’s entry into the hypercar market, and there will only be 24 of these track-only vehicles built. Those lucky enough to accept the offer of purchase will find 800 hp ready to thrill from the race-inspired V12. The asking...
Paris, September 29th 2016 –Today at the Paris Motor Show, Toyota announced it has reached an agreement with Microsoft to collaborate in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) series. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will serve as a “technology partner” for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC rally team.


Motorsports offer an important way to convey the excitement of driving, and are at the heart of Toyota’s efforts to foster a greater following of car fans and enthusiasts. Conducting these activities under the umbrella of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing allows Toyota to develop its people and improve its products, thereby contributing to the creation of “ever-better cars”. Under the leadership of Team Principal Tommi Mäkinen, Toyota is developing a rally vehicle scheduled to begin competing in 2017.

Using Microsoft technology, Toyota wants to maximize its competitiveness in WRC, whilst ensuring that learnings from the race course can be used to achieve the company’s vision of designing and manufacturing “ever-better cars”.

Microsoft will support TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in three key areas:
  • Development of a data analysis platform to gather, visualize and analyse various data related to driving which will be utilised in race activities.
  • Creation of a team information-sharing system to allow team members to collaborate and share various materials such as images and videos efficiently and effectively using a cloud service.
  • Enhancement of communication with fans through providing services utilizing the cloud and using Microsoft’s display devices to provide them with a front-row motorsports experience.

Today’s announcement builds on the existing partnership between Toyota and Microsoft. Most recently, the two companies collaborated on the establishment of Toyota Connected, a new user experience and product-development company aimed at expanding, collecting and analysing large...
The day racing fans have been waiting for is nearly upon us: Forza Horizon 3 is almost here! If you’ve pre-ordered (or purchased) the Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition, you’ll be able to start your engines on September 23 with early access. If you grabbed the Deluxe or Standard versions of Forza Horizon 3, you can hit the road starting on September 27. To get you pumped for some gorgeous high-speed action, the team at Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios has released the official launch trailer for Forza Horizon 3. Check it out below!

This time out, you’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in some amazing cars. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you. Explore the Horizon Festival’s largest and most diverse world ever. Drive through the vast desert and rocky canyons of the Outback to lush, wild rainforests, and the sandy beaches and gleaming skyscrapers of Australia’s Gold Coast.

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The new trailer also shows off just a few of the amazing cars you’ll be driving in Forza Horizon 3. Choose from over 350 of the world’s greatest cars, each of them recreated with ForzaVista detail, including full cockpit views, working lights and wipers, and new vehicle types bringing all-new driving experiences never before seen in Forza.

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If you haven’t already, pre-order Forza Horizon 3 or Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition today!
The wait is finally over for the latest installment in the Gymkhana series, starring race car driver Ken Block! Created by Hoonigan Industries in partnership with Hoonigan Racing Division, Gymkhana NINE Raw Industrial Playground draws inspiration from the Forza Horizon series of videogames, recreating the daring tricks and race events that only existed virtually until now.

“With Forza Horizon, our goal is to create the ultimate celebration of speed, style and freedom behind-the-wheel,” said Ralph Fulton, Creative Director. “What players get to do in the game – such as race an opponent whose vehicle is suspended from a fast-moving helicopter – are so incredible that they could probably never happen.”


Recreating these larger-than-life showcase events became the inspiration and challenge for Ken Block and his team. “Taking those ideas and figuring out how to do them in reality is really quite difficult,” said Block, who faced not only stationary obstacles but large moving objects such as a freight train all while moving at high speed.

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“Since the beginning, Forza’s mission has been to turn gamers into car lovers, and car lovers into gamers,” said Dan Greenawalt, Creative Director at Turn 10. “Right now there are few people out there that are doing more to spread the love of cars and car culture than Ken Block. We’re thrilled to be working together with him on this project.”


The Gymkhana NINE partnership between Forza and Hoonigan means more then just Forza Horizon 3 logos appearing on Ken Block's car. There will be Forza Horizon 3 branded behind-the-scenes content and also Hoonigan designed cars will make their way into the game itself. Stay tuned for more on that soon!


Gymkhana NINE also extends the Forza partnership with Ford Performance. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor which appears in...
We are just a couple of weeks away from the launch of Forza Horizon 3! Forza Horizon 3 launches globally for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on Sept. 27 (Sept. 29 in Japan) and those who pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition will drive early on Sept. 23. However, you won’t need to wait long to begin your Australian adventure, because the free Forza Horizon 3 demo launches today on Xbox One!

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In Forza Horizon 3, you’re the boss of the Horizon Festival – the biggest and best cars and music festival in the world. Your goal is to expand the festival to new locations throughout Australia and you’ll get your first taste of what that experience is like in the demo. Along the way, you’ll be able to explore a portion of Forza Horizon 3’s map, while taking a guided tour through some of the best features that the game has to offer.

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Your tour Down Under begins in classic Horizon fashion – with beautiful scenery, great driving roads, and awesome vehicles. From the moment the action begins, you are unmistakably in Australia, with all of its awe-inspiring beauty and tremendous environmental diversity. You’ll blast along ocean-side roads, and race on the beach alongside the famed Twelve Apostles landmarks. You’ll grab ludicrous air off of danger sign jumps buried deep in the Australian rainforests, and have a chance to get sideways through Drift Zones in Byron Bay. Once you’ve finished all the events in the demo, you’ll be able to hop online and join your fellow Forza friends in an online free-roam session to explore the demo’s map together.

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The drivable vehicles in the Forza Horizon 3 demo are a “who’s who” of automotive hotness. Of course, you’ll be spending time in one of the game’s cover cars, the Lamborghini Centenario. Along the way you’ll also get to drive more than one...