Forza Motorsport Ideas: Cars
A conversation including a lot of my own opinions about the car list in the next game.
As the last article had some brilliant feedback I’m back again for a Part 2 on the Forza Motorsport Ideas Series, as always let me know your thoughts in the comments!
A good car list is one of the main reasons that makes a racing game better from the others. In recent years, the Forza Motorsport car lists haven’t exactly been the greatest, most of the games have featured mainly road cars over racecars which shouldn’t be what the Forza Motorsport franchise is about. Having a good range of different cars would be what will make the next Forza Motorsport game a complete win.
The new Forza Motorsport reboot will definitely make a big change for the Motorsport Series where the game should be focused more on race cars over road cars, as well as quality over quantity too. This is hopefully the case as I really would not like to see a Pontiac Aztec as a DLC vehicle...
What has been done wrong
In recent Forza Motorsport games as said, there have been too many road cars. If there was something about that car that would make it a racing spec car (another article coming soon) then there should be a decent amount of road cars.
What Horizon nails is the amount of road cars mixed in with a few racing cars here and there such as the Porsche 917LH, Pink Pig 917 and Ferrari 512S to make a range of classic 70’s racecar. What Motorsport should nail is a good amount of racecars mixed in with some road cars that should be able to be modified to a racing spec. (Will be explained better soon).
Another issue in past Forza Motorsport games has been the divisions/class systems. Some cars were placed in relatively bad divisions where the class didn’t make too much sense when comparing it to what it’s performance should actually be like. GTLM cars should not be in the same category as GT3 cars as in theory they are slower, I can see why they combined the GT3 and GTLM cars together but if so, they should include more GT3 and GTLM cars and make them into separate classes in the next game.
The biggest issue about the divisions system was because of the non GT3 or GTLM cars in the classes. Having GT3 and GTLM in one class I wouldn’t class as a bad thing, but GT4 and GT1 was combined into the GT3 and GTLM division. GT4 should have its own class for sure as Porsche 718 Cayman GT4’s and KTM X-Bow GT4’s shouldn’t be able to compete and dominate over the higher GT cars, which is exactly what they were able to do in the Endurance GT lobbies in Forza Motorsport 7. As well as this, cars such as the dominating Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 shouldn‘t be put in the same class as it just doesn’t make sense, if anything in the next game it should be put in a class with cars such as the Maserati MC12 Corse which was in Horizon 4.
By making better divisions it’ll make sure that the cars are racing in the same sort of calibre that they would be racing in, in real life. And if this next game is based more on quality over quantity, it is definitely something that Turn 10 will be able to nail.
The Car List
Now the big one, as said at the start the car list in recent Forza Motorsport games hasn’t been exactly the greatest. It would make sense to do more quality over quantity, and car classes should be simplistic. GTP, Group C, LMP1/2/3, GTO etc... There should be a more varied amount of cars in each class.
IMSA Licensing and GTP
Turn 10 have the liscensing to IndyCar and IMSA so i’d love to see IndyCars from previous Forza games return, including classics such as the Dominoes one from Forza Motorsport 6 and more of the sort from each period (70’s, 80’s, 90’s). As well as this, to add to the GTP cars such as the already existing Toyota Eagle MKIII. The Jaguar XJR-10/12’s, Nissan NPT-90 and the Chevrolet Corvette GTP’s would be great additions to this category.
The IMSA GTO category was starting to grow in Forza Motorsport 6/7 from DLC and Free updates with cars such as the Merkur XR4Ti, Mercury Cougar XR-7, Nissan 300ZX and the Mazda RX-7. These were all great additions and hopefully we could maybe see more added in the future such as the Toyota Celica GTO and Roush Mustangs.
The F1 category in Forza has always been quite boring. Even though you have cars from all periods imaginable from the 60’s to the present. There has never been a decent amount from each period. Having only and maybe not even 2 per decade is relatively boring and seeing how Niki Lauda and James Hunts F1 cars from the 70’s have been in the Forza Motorsport series for a while, it’s time to have some new cars from the period, and others.
Some championship winners maybe, or some legendary race winners such as Gilles Villeneuve and the Ferrari 312 T4 or maybe even Michael Schumacher’s stunning Jordan 191. Anything new would be brilliant and anything from older games such as the Renault RS17 shouldn‘t be removed but instead added instead of left, and maybe while they are at it... make it less overpowered.
Something that Forza Motorsport 4 nailed, and newer games haven’t. Even though cars such as the Porsche 919, Nissan GTR-LM and a great amount of Audi cars have been good additions to the category. It is disappointing to see how many LMP1 cars have been removed from newer games. The Rebellion Racing R-One along with the Toyota TS040 were 2 cars not in Forza Motorsport 7. Toyota didn’t feature in Forza Motorsport 7 for the excuse of ‘Street Racing’ while hiding a private license with Gran Turismo. But removing the Rebellion was a loss after it was only added in a DLC in the previous game, it may not have been used much but it was a cool car to have included.
But that’s not all, the Panoz LMP1, Aston Martin Lola LMP1 and even Acura were in Forza Motorsport 4! In the new game, Turn 10 should definitely consider adding these back as well as some newer LMP1 prototypes and DPI. The Cadillac, Mazda and Acura DPI cars should make their own division in the next game and definitely deserve a space in the series under the IMSA licensing. Toyota, Rebellion and even Ginetta should be considered as newer LMP1 prototypes for the next game.
DTM and Touring Cars
This is something else Forza Motorsport 4 nailed and a missed opportunity in recent games. The last DTM car was in Forza Motorsport 5 being the 2013 BMW M3 E92 DTM which only featured in Forza Motorsport 5 in the Meguiars Car Pack before not featuring in the next game. Before this, Forza Motorsport 4 featured a few DTM cars including the Audi A4 and Opel Astra. Two incredible cars which should deserve to return. As well as this they should consider adding some newer and even older DTM machines. Older ones such as the Audi TT and newer such as the Audi RS5.
As well as just DTM, maybe include some SUPER GT cars including the older Honda NSX GT500’s aswell as the newer NSX’s too. The BTCC has featured in the last few Forza Motorsport games too, so maybe instead of removing them. Add them onto some newer updated ones?
Some old legends
A car that I have been wanting to see in a Forza Motorsport game for a long time is the Porsche 917K. It is definitely something that could feature in the next game as Horizon 4 has added some of the old competitors that raced around the time of the original 917K such as the 917LH.
Of course when you think about these cars, what and what not to be added, you’ve got to think about the licensing behind these cars. I’m sure the licensing and deals behind some of the cars are quite hard to get and is something I completely understand. This is only a conversation and me expressing my ideas on what should be included in the next game. There is definitely cars and Series’ that I have missed but let me know your thoughts in the comments!