With the racing season set to kick into full gear, Forza fans now have a chance to get their own taste of endurance racing glory with the Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 6. Leading off the pack of seven cars is last year’s 24 Hours of Daytona winner, the 2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype.
The Alpinestars Car Pack features six additional cars, each with a unique pedigree all its own. From the 1990 Mercury #15 Whistler Radar Cougar XR-7 – also a competitor in Daytona 24 Hour events of years past – to the inimitable 2005 Pontiac Aztek (famous more for its fictional owner than its performance), this pack has something for every kind of car fan.
2005 Pontiac Aztek
The Pontiac Aztek’s futuristic styling (targeted at “Generation X” car buyers) was well received upon its reveal in 1999 and enjoyed a short production run as a “sport recreational vehicle.” The Aztek boasted flexibility and cool features like an attachable tent and a cooler in the rear center console. It is a four-wheel drive, but not an SUV.
1974 Toyota Corolla SR5
The Corolla E20 generation sold from 1970 to 1974 in the U.S. and loyally served millions of drivers. The Corolla’s simple 1.6-liter overhead-cam engine made a lively 102 hp and handling was nimble thanks to a front sway bar. By 1970, the E20 was the second best-selling car in the world. In its time, “Car & Driver” magazine entered a 1974 Corolla SR5 into SCCA competition where the rear-wheel drive “coke bottle” coupe matched up nicely with the Datsun 510s that dominated the track.
1990 Mercury #15 Whistler Radar Cougar XR-7
The seventh-generation Mercury Cougar XR-7 battled with its palindromic nemesis – the Mazda RX-7 – in the IMSA GTO class. The Cougar had won the series in 1989 with driver Pete Halsmer, who switched over to import rival Mazda in 1990. Halsmer was replaced by a young Robby Gordon. Gordon won his debut race in the GTO class at Daytona at the wheel of the Whistler-sponsored Cougar. With teammates Calvin Fish and Lyn St. James, Gordon and the team placed fifth overall. The Cougar and its drivers would also win at Sebring that year. By the end of the 1990 season, Mercury added another championship to its long-running string of victories. Gordon would go on to win in nearly every racing series with four wheels. This V8-powered version of the #15 (there was also a turbo-V6 for tighter courses) is more than a handful. Tame the Cougar and you will have a strong ally in your fight for victory.
2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype
A look at the drivers for Ford’s #02 Daytona Prototype might cause you to do a double-take. At the very least, it will make the team’s victory at the 2015 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona simple to understand. IndyCar champions Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan joined NASCAR stars Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray to form a super team with all the right skills. The Riley Mk XXVI chassis is a proven winner with eight consecutive Rolex 24 Hour race wins and team championships. The icing on the cake is in the heart of this beast – a 3.5-liter Ford Ecoboost V6.
1967 Sunbeam Tiger
How do you make a snazzy roadster more appealing to the world market? Easy, drop in a V8 engine. Such was the problem British manufacturer Rootes Motors had with its underpowered Sunbeam Alpine, and such was the solution proposed by Formula 1 champion Jack Brabham. Rootes had discussed a Ferrari-powered partnership, but talks broke down. Brabham suggested a Ford V8 powerplant that led Rootes’ west coast sales manager to look up the local authority on Ford V8-powered roadsters, Carroll Shelby. Shelby developed a lively prototype using a Ford 260 V8. The final 633 models of 1967 (more than 7,000 total were built since 1964) has the even more powerful Ford 289 V8. British heritage meets American muscle: it’s a melting pot with all the right ingredients.
1992 Alfa Romeo Milano Quadrifoglio Verde
Born during an age where the four-door sports car was in its infancy, the Alfa Romeo Milano Quadrifoglio Verde is still the red hot Italian you expect it to be. Alfa Romeo has always been synonymous with styling that stands the test of time and performance. In Europe, the Milano is known as the 75, marking Alfa Romeo’s 75 years of production. Technologically, the Milano is a full of marvels such as inboard disc brakes and a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, due in part to a rear-mounted gearbox. It’s one sedan that will have you ogling its looks while you hunt apexes at the track.
1996 Subaru SVX
The Giugiaro-designed SVX, short for “Subaru Vehicle X,” replaced the aging and angular XT Coupe and gave Subaru buyers a chance to own a true concept car. Introduced at the 1989 Tokyo Auto Show, the SVX’s slippery lines and “aircraft-inspired glass-to-glass canopy” were striking, mirroring designs kept mostly to Italian exotics. At the time, the EG33 3.3-liter boxer V6 was the largest Subaru motor to date, bringing with it a potent 231hp. Being a Subaru, the SVX was of course all-wheel-drive.