Buy Once, Hoon Twice: Xbox Partners with Hoonigan and Ken Block to Bring New Forza Content

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    Xbox and the Forza franchise have teamed up with motorsport-lifestyle brand Hoonigan to bring some of the most iconic Hoonigan cars to Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3.



    Fans who pre-order Forza Motorsport 7 digitally will receive Hoonigan Car Packs for both games at no additional cost. The Forza Horizon 3 Hoonigan Car Pack will become available on Aug. 15 for free in the Xbox Store for Forza Motorsport 7 pre-order customers, with the Forza Motorsport 7 Hoonigan Car Pack available to play on Sept. 29 for Ultimate Edition owners through early access, and Oct. 3 for Deluxe and Standard Edition owners.
    • The Forza Horizon 3 Hoonigan Car Pack includes the 1965 Hoonigan Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, 1979 Hoonigan Baldwin Motorsports “Loki” K5 Blazer, 1955 Hoonigan Chevrolet Bel Air, 1972 Hoonigan Chevrolet “Napalm Nova”, 1978 Hoonigan Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800, 1992 Hoonigan Mazda RX-7 Twerkstallion and 1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo. The pack is also available for standalone purchase for $6.99.
    • The Forza Motorsport 7 Hoonigan Car Pack includes the 1965 Hoonigan Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2, 1955 Hoonigan Chevrolet Bel Air, 1972 Hoonigan Chevrolet “Napalm Nova”, 1978 Hoonigan Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800, 1992 Hoonigan Mazda RX-7 Twerkstallion, 2003 Hoonigan Holden Commodore Ute, 1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo and a set of in-game Hoonigan Driver Gear.
    This is the latest of the collaborations between Forza and Hoonigan including last year’s debut of Gymkhana NINE, inspired by the in-game stunts of Forza Horizon 3, and the videogame debut of Ken Block’s 2016 Ford Focus RS RX #43 rally car in the Forza Horizon 3 Blizzard Mountain expansion. Today, Ken joins the family as an official Forza ambassador, and we’ll have more to share about additional joint events and film projects in the future.

    “I’m really excited about the fact that we’re releasing a Hoonigan car pack with Forza,” said Block. “The fact that fans are going to be able to drive not just my twin-turbo, 1400 hp Hoonicorn RTR V2 that I’m running in Climbkhana, but also my Gymkhana Escort, is awesome. Plus being able to drive BJ’s Loki, [Brian] Scotto’s 911 and all of the other cars? None of us actually let anyone else drive our cars really, so this is definitely the best chance anyone’s going to have to get behind the wheels.”

    Here’s a sneak peek at some additional Forza and Hoonigan content coming your way soon:
    • Hoonigan Co-hosted Livestream – Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. on Mixer for a livestream event direct from Hoonigan’s Donut Garage in Long Beach, CA. Cohosted by the Hoonigan and Forza teams, the stream will feature new gameplay with the Hoonigan cars and showcase a collection of the actual Hoonigan cars.
    • Daily Transmission – Ahead of the livestream, the Forza Horizon 3 Hoonigan Car Pack will be featured in upcoming episodes of Hoonigan’s Daily Transmission show. Tune in on August 15th and 16th to see Hert & Kado explore the outback in their signature style.
    • Climbkhana at Petersen Automotive Museum – Forza is proud to co-sponsor the premiere event of Ken Block’s highly anticipated “Toyo Tires presents Climbkhana: Pikes Peak,” at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles this September 24th. Climbkhana features Ken Block’s twin-turbo, 1400 horsepower 1965 Ford Mustang “Hoonicorn RTR V2,” which will tackle the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak in Colorado with Ken himself at the wheel. More information can be found on the Petersen Museum website.
    Here’s a look at the cars available in the Hoonigan Car Packs:

    1965 Hoonigan Ford "Hoonicorn" Mustang
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    You may have thought the 845-horsepower AWD Hoonicorn from Gymkhana 7 would be impossible to top, but this is Ken Block and Hoonigan we are talking about. In the realm of Hoonigan, there are no limits, so when Block got an idea for a new tire-destroying video concept, he decided he needed more power. To get there Vaughn Gitten Jr.’s RTR tuning shop employed two monster turbos, one red, one blue to go with the new patriotic livery, and started feeding the 6.7-liter V8 methanol. With a conservatively rated 1,400 horsepower, perhaps the Hoonicorn will breathe enough fire to quell the horsepower hungry Hoonigan? For now, at least, the upgrades seem to have earned praise and respect from Block, who called it, “the absolute most frightening thing I’ve ever driven!”

    1979 Hoonigan Baldwin Motorsports "Loki" K5 Blazer
    (Available only in the FH3 Hoonigan Car Pack)
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    The phrase “we spared no expense” comes to mind as you explore this Blazer that is somewhere between an awesome pre-runner and a full-on race truck. This perfected and properly balanced machine was designed as a pre-runner for some of the most difficult terrain in the world. From the full race truck interior to the tube-frame enhanced chassis, it is nearly as capable as a trophy truck. Originally built over the course of five-years with the intent of being a well-funded dream truck, only the very best fabrication shops were utilized. The result is a reliable, durable, functional, and comfortable ride that can suck up anything you throw at it.

    1992 Hoonigan Mazda RX-7 Twerkstallion
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    Hert’s Twerkstallion is powered by a Chevrolet LS V8, although the Hoonigan Garage member later swapped it back to a turbo-charged rotary, and so can you in Forza. What the LS power means is massive torque from idle to screaming redline, which will come in handy as you put the power down and get sideways in a car that was quite literally built to drift. The Mazda RX-7 FC has always been a go-to drift car and it’s no wonder, given it’s incredible weight distribution and light weight. Kitted up from the ground up with ulging lines, massive wheels, and the gorgeous lines from its original form, you will be hard pressed to find a better car to drift, hoon, or simply burn tires than the Twerkstallion.

    1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo
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    How do you get the respect of those who consider everything Porsche sacred and those who love the most extreme looks on the road? Possibly the only person who knows is Akira Nakai of RWB. For years, Nakia-san has been creating unique “rough-world concepts” that the average car-lover sees as extreme wide-body street designs. When Brian Scotto, Ken Block and Hoonigan’s PR point man, wanted to build his dream Porsche, he went to Naikai and this was the result. The turbo-charged flat six has been left mostly alone but the suspension has been highly-modded to not only accept the massive set of custom Fifteen52 wheels but also to provide a smooth ride without sacrificing grip. The car debuted at SEMA in Las Vegas after being driven 850 miles shortly after being finished, proof that it was done right.

    1978 Hoonigan Ford Escort RS1800
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    What started as one of the most beloved cars ever built by Ford, became – true to its rally roots – a tarmac focused stage rally car for Ken Block. That destiny was taken to yet another degree over the course of two years while Hoonigan transformed it yet again. Visually the TRA Kyoto Rocket Bunny kit sets the tone for the Gymkhana-destined Escort. Under the hood is the ultimate Escort engine, a Millington Diamond Series II. The alloy block and head weigh less than 200 pounds and make a naturally aspirated 333 horsepower on its way to a sky-high 9,000 rpm redline. Sure, there is tons of grip available, but the rear end can be kicked out with a simple squirt of the gas pedal or tug on the handbrake. From the inside out, this is a quality over quantity build that is so exquisite you might call it art. That is, if you could see it through the smoke pouring from the wheel wells.

    1972 Hoonigan Chevrolet "Napalm Nova"
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    Sometimes, rough around the edges is better than smoothed over perfection, as is the case of the “Napalm Nova” of Hoonigans’ Brian Scotto. Start in the belly of the beast with an AME GT Sport sub-frame that alters the steering geometry to make this Nova just as comfortable on the twisty bits as the drag strip. As the deck lid states, this big block Chevy powered beast’s intents are to “Kill All Tires.” Don’t come around looking for glitter and glam in this build though, it’s all about function first; letting the car’s well-loved heritage shine through in all the right places.

    1955 Hoonigan Chevrolet Bel Air
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    The Gasser era began in the 1950s, as hot-rodders searched for speed. Simply put, a Gasser uses gasoline instead of racing fuels like alcohol or nitromethane and their look is deliberate and purposeful. Removing weight via parts removal or replacement with lighter parts is standard fare, along with the jacked-up front end that contributes to weight transfer, allowing the car to hook up at the line and go. Jon Chase of the Hoonigan Garage found this well-loved basket case Bel Air and immediately went about making it a roller. “Tri-Five By Fire” is what Chase named his ever-evolving creation. In the automotive world Tri-Five refers to the 1955-56 or 57 Chevy Bel Airs, while the By Fire portion of the title speaks to the challenges of jumping into a project with both feet and making it happen.

    2003 Hoonigan Holden Commodore Ute
    (Available only in FM7 Hoonigan Car Pack)
    If the goal of the Ute was to be practical, then Australian Formula Drift star Josh Robinson doesn’t get it. What he does understand quite clearly is how to destroy all tires and disappear in a cloud of rubber smoke in this 1,000-plus-horsepower Holden Commodore Ute. The Ute required special approval to compete in several choice rounds of Formula Drift in 2017 in the Pro 2 class, due to it technically being a truck. However, since it is a unibody similar to the cars that compete, it was allowed. The Ute features a supercharged and heavily massaged LS3 that makes breaking the rear end loose at any speed as simple as can be. The Ute sports a HSV V8 Supercar front bumper to compliment the full carbon fiber wide body kit. So put it to good use and smoke a few tires for yer mates in ‘Straya. They’ll appreciate the notion.

    Forza Horizon 3 Hoonigan Car Pack Achievements
    In addition to great new cars, the Hoonigan Car Pack for Forza Horizon 3 will also include 10 new achievements worth a total of 500 Gamerscore points. Take a look:

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    Forza Motorsport 7 is available in Standard, Deluxe and Ultimate Editions, and launches worldwide on Oct. 3, 2017. Pre-order to start hooning!
     

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