At the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) this year, Microsoft revealed the much anticipated Forza Horizon 3 for Xbox One. The game is the follow-up to the successful Xbox-exclusive racing franchise and will feature a virtual rendition of Australia to race through. The developer, Playground Games, promised over 350 cars to drive and this week revealed 165 of those cars.
The list encompasses an impressively wide array of machinery. You’ll find old standbys such as the Ferrari LaFerrari and Lamborghini Centenario, as well as more approachable vehicles including the Mazda Mazdaspeed3 and Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z. The Horizon series also features off-road driving sections, so you’ll find trucks such as the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor and Local Motors Rally Fighter.
2016 Ariel Nomad
The Ariel Nomad has a steel tube chassis to provide protection from everything but the elements. While its suspension is not quite that of a Baja-buggy, the Nomad is plenty adept for everything off-road while still able to keep up on a curvy road or the track. Pushing the rear-end out of shape at the whim of your right foot is a Honda 2.4-liter engine delivering more than enough power for a good time.
2016 Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4
Ferruccio Lamborghini was a Taurus, hence the influence of the symbol of the raging bull on the many cars of his prestigious brand he began in 1963 to compete with rival Ferrari. Lamborghini was born in 1916, and the new Centenario was built to celebrate his 100th birthday. The Centenario is built on the Aventador Super Veloce chassis, complete with a powertrain giving it an advantage in lightness and a formidable 740 hp. With further tuning, the Centenario gains nearly 20 more ponies from the V12 and loses 11 pounds, while gaining significant downforce and cooling from its body design. With only 20 models in the works and a price tag of $1.9 million each, Forza Horizon 3 will likely be the only place most of us will get a chance to experience it.
2015 Baldwin Motorsports #97 Monster Energy Trophy Truck
B.J. Baldwin is one of the winningest off-road drivers in the history of this grueling sport. He was the first to solo the monumentally challenging Baja 1000, and won the race to boot. Baldwin’s skill behind the wheel is backed up by his physical ability to take all the desert can dish out. The #97 Monster Energy Trophy Truck is the perfect complement to its legendary pilot; sucking up bumps and whoop-dee-doos, or landing the biggest jumps you can find in Forza Horizon 3’s Australian outback. There’s more horsepower here than any average driver will ever need and more suspension travel than nearly any vehicle on the planet. With the right driver behind the wheel, this truck can lay waste to anything else in the Outback.
2015 Ford Falcon XR8
The XR8 represents the top of the Ford Falcon line. Powering the XR8 is the Boss supercharged 5.0-liter V8. No matter where you are in the power band, the XR8 is ready to pull away with a gesture from your right foot. Outside, the smooth lines of this four-door sedan are reminiscent of the V8 Supercars that are built from its mold.
2015 Polaris RZR XP 1000 EPS
The first side-by-side buggy playable in a Forza Horizon game is here and it is nothing less than a beast. The Polaris RZR XP 1000 EPS (Electronic Power Steering) is just about the most fun you can in a side-by-side. You will find upwards of 100 hp, a long-travel suspension and a full safety cage in what amounts to a mini-buggy. A single-speed gearbox means you just punch it and hang on. Let the off-road tires find traction and let the shocks suck up the bumps; you just hang on and watch the water spray and dust fly.
2014 Ford FPV Limited Edition Pursuit Ute
When it comes to Utes the FPV Pursuit is the cream of the crop. With only 120 models produced, these are collectors’ items the moment they leave the showroom floor. Unless you’re from Australia the concept of a Ute may seem strange, but all that will fade as soon as you sit in the driver’s seat and fire up that supercharged V8 with its high-flow dual exhaust. Sure, you can still haul the hay for the horses, but getting from the farm to town and back has never been so fun.
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