As part of an ongoing strategic partnership with Turn 10 Studios and the Xbox Forza franchise, Meguiar's®, the world's leader in car care, announced the upcoming release of the Meguiar's Car Pack for "Forza Motorsport 5." The pack features 10 unique vehicles that car fans can collect and customize while putting their virtual driving skills to the test.
The new car pack will be available on May 6 for download on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Those who have purchased the "Forza Motorsport 5" Car Pass can download at no additional cost, while others can purchase the Pack standalone for $10. The Meguiar's Car Pack brings a mix of rare concepts, American muscle, racing collectibles and includes the following automobiles:
2013 BMW M Performance M3 Racing Car
The 2013 BMW M Performance M3 Racing Car is powered by a naturally-aspirated four-liter V8 with a six-speed pneumatically-actuated transmission. Braking is breathtakingly effective and the car with driver weighs in at less than 2,500 pounds. The fluid beauty of the body has enough aero to make it stick to the track surface during even the rainiest events, while still managing a top speed of around 186 MPH.
1986 Alfa Romeo GTV-6
With bodywork penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro from Italdesign-Giugiaro, the Alfa Romeo GTV6 was heralded by automotive journalists for excellent handling, outstanding brakes, and the SOHC V6 2.5 liter engine that made for a thoroughly fun driving experience. The fantastic-sounding engine powered the rear wheels through a transaxle, creating a nearly perfect front/rear weight balance. Furthering the race-bred technology was the use of a deDion rear suspension and inboard disk brakes.
1958 Aston Martin DBR1
The DBR1 was not only named after Aston Martin owner David Brown, it also fulfilled his decade-long ambition to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 at the hands of none other than Carroll Shelby and his co-driver Ray Salvadori. The DBR1 also carried Stirling Moss to two of his four victories at the 1000km Nurburgring, run on the notoriously difficult Nurburgring Nordschleife. It did so not with raw power, although the 3-liter motor made 254 horsepower, but a combination of lightweight construction, slippery aerodynamics, and superior driving dynamics.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
As one of the most iconic American cars of all time, the Chevy Bel Air has a huge following in the classic-car community. The restrained yet obvious fins, classic two-tone paint, and the huge chromed front grill and bumper have all contributed to the Bel Air's tremendous rise in value over the years. For 1957, the 265 V8 was punched out to 283 cubic inches and, when equipped with the Ramjet fuel-injection option, it pumped out one horsepower from every cubic inch. The 220hp four-barrel Bel Air featured in Forza Motorsport 5 just begs to be customized.
2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato (Villa d'Este)
The V12 Zagato (Villa d'Este) debuted at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa D'Este in Italy and won the "Best in Class" award for Concept and Prototypes. The next month, the car went on to compete at Germany's Nurburgring, including the 24 Hour race where it performed flawlessly. The V12 produces 510 bhp, the brakes are ventilated carbon ceramic, and it uses a carbon fiber driveshaft. With a top speed north of 185 mph and equipped with a full roll cage and a plastic driver's-side window, this car is ready to race.
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-396
The '67 Chevelle SS-396 introduced a number of improvements to the then-three-year-old Chevelle model line, including improved tires, better steering response, and optional front disc brakes. While the three-speed automatic was standard, the Chevelle offered in Forza 5 features the four-speed option 375-horsepower V8, which was a dealer-installed conversion fitted into just a few hundred of the SS-396 models at the time.
1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe
The Ford Coupe has been an icon since its inception and the flathead V8 alone is a piece of history. The original, begging-to-be-modified flathead V8 puts out a mild 60-85 horsepower. Although weighing in at only 2,970 pounds, the De Luxe Coupe is fairly light and responds well, once upgraded to modern componentry. Just tooling around bone stock, however, is like taking a luxurious trip back in time.
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina
One of the first "race on Sunday, commute on Monday" factory cars, the Lotus Cortina built its reputation on the track and in people's daily lives. The Cortina provides a peppy 0-60 time of just under 10 seconds and adroit cornering, partially in part to its dainty 2,060 pounds of weight. Without doubt, credit needs to also be given to its 115 horsepower, which are generated by a twin-cam 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with thirsty and throaty sounding dual-Weber carbs.
1973 Mazda RX-3
As the nemesis to the Nissan Skyline - the RX-3 battled and defeated the mighty Skyline in the 1972 Japanese Grand Prix, denying Nissan 50 consecutive wins - the RX-3 represents the sportier side of Mazda when compared to the more docile RX-2. Under the hood is the twin-rotor 12A, creating more than 100 high-revving horsepower. Even though not as fuel-efficient as some of the other compacts from Japan, the RX-3 was extremely popular, making up more than fifty percent of Mazda's sales before the release of the RX-7.
1968 Dodge Dart HEMI Super Stock
While the age of factory-produced drag cars is long past, the Dart HEMI Super Stock represents the peak of the short-lived factory drag race wars. There were only 50 of these built by Hurst and a giant 426 HEMI was shoehorned into the engine bay, with a little help - literally - from a few sledgehammer hits to the fender walls. The unique L023 coded Dart's HEMI itself was built by hand-picked technicians from Chrysler's Marine and Industrial division. It was laughably rated at 425 horsepower; in actuality, it easily touted more than 500.
"We always look forward to partnering with Turn 10 Studios and the Xbox Forza Franchise to create a Meguiar's Car Pack that is distinctive, and this year is no different," said RJ De Vera, Meguiar's Leader of the Customer Engagement Group. "By working with these two passionate companies, we've thoughtfully grouped together an interesting array of cars that we hope will feed car fans' appetite to virtually collect, race and customize cars of all types."
"Meguiar's has a long tradition of celebrating car passion, which makes them an ideal partner for us to show our commitment to realism." said Dan Greenawalt, Creative Director at Turn 10 Studios. "The Forza 5 graphics engine recreates thousands of physically-based materials at a level of precision never before possible in gaming, like the play of light on a perfect coat of paint, making the cars appear as if they've just had a full detail."
To see the cars in action and watch the trailer on the Meguiar's YouTube Channel please visit http://youtu.be/LfV_hF94Nfs.