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Forza 5 to feature 1976 F1 cars and 4 IndyCars

Jun 12, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

The IZOD IndyCar Series will be featured in “Forza Motorsport 5,” for play on the new Xbox One console this fall. The partnership was announced Tuesday night in Los Angeles as part of “E3 2013,” where the game was unveiled.

Four teams are included, with defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay’s No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet featured along with cars from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Graham Rahal), Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Scott Dixon) and Team Penske (Will Power). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will also be part of the game.

“INDYCAR fans have been asking to see IZOD IndyCar Series cars in a console game for some time, and partnering with industry leaders such as Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios certainly satisfies that wish,” INDYCAR executive vice president of Corporate Business Development Greg Gruning said. “We couldn’t have better partners to showcase our sport to a young, technology-driven demographic than with the platform provided by the Xbox One and ‘Forza Motorsports 5.’”

Dixon, Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan and emerging series sophomore Josef Newgarden were on hand in LA for the unveil.

The modern chariots aren’t the only open-wheel cars coming to Forza. With the 1976 Formula One season receiving renewed attention this year as the anticipation builds for Ron Howard’s “Rush,” the two cars driven by Niki Lauda and James Hunt will also make their way into the game. The legendary McLaren M23 and Ferrari 312-2 from that 1976 campaign are included as well.

The full release from Forza is linked here and more information on the IndyCar side can be found here.

  1. indycarseries500 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Hopefully they strike a similar deal with Gran Turismo because XBox One is looking like it’s going to be a failure.

    • fisha695 - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      They’re also in GRiD 2, so there is chance that they’ll be in GT6 on the PS3 and/or GT7 a few years from now on the PS4.

      That being said it’s time for the series to have it’s own game again, it’s been far too long. And it could be a great game if it includes the entire “Road to Indy” concept as the basis of Career Mode.

    • midtec2005 - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      I agree. And they should stick with single platform games if possible.

      I bought Grid 2 because it has Indycars, it was released last month. But it’s cross platform (made for xbox and ps3) and I have a ps3. What that bascially means is that they had to program it for the inferior xbox hardware, so the game doesn’t perform nearly as well as it should. Gran Turismo 5 came out years ago, but it is lightyears ahead of Grid 2 in the way it runs (and graphics) because it was programmed for use exclusively on the ps3.

      I think thats why it runs so poorly anyway, otherwise it’s just a case of horrible/lazy programming. But I doubt that because Dirt 3 (made by the same people) on my PC is excellent.

  2. purplesectornet - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    iracing or nothing for me…nothing else compares…

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