Category Archives: Car of the Week

A new car will be featured each week with some history and a specific tune where applicable.

Contender #1 – Forza 5

Initial impressions are very good, but more play-time is needed.  So far, it seems as though Turn 10 has made improvements but at the expense of content like tracks/cars.  Final thoughts will come…

Also, next week Gran Turismo 6 ships.  Comparisons will be made!  For now, enjoy these…

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What the Flux?!

Everyone loves Back to the Future, so it stands to reason that everyone loves the Delorean.  It’s a car that bridges the gap between car people and regular people.  It’s a car that is iconic, beautifully wonderful really SLOW.  I have always dreamed of owning one as a collectors car, but I don’t think I would enjoy the driving experience.  That said, I also think it would be a nightmare to modify and maintain simply due to the level of custom made parts that would be required…after all, this is no WRX.  Furthermore, in real life, I’m of two minds when it comes to building a fast, capable Delorean.  On one hand, it needs big ups in power, grip and handling in order to backup it’s legendary status.  On the other hand, there is something unsettling about big mods on such an iconic car…almost as if the parts required would be a molestation to the brand.

Fortunately, in Forza 4 there is no stigma to building a serious Delorean!  This example has nearly 500 horsepower and revs to almost 8000 rpm.  It’s cagtoo and stripped but still uses the factory gear ratios albeit with a limited slip diff.  I thought that the old school Work wheels fit the car pretty well.  They are super 80’s but the deep dish is aggressive and I painted them gray to match the factory bumpers a bit.

Without any suspension or differential tuning, it’s actually a pretty impressive drive.  midrange big midrange punch but its still controllable unlike a ZR1.  Actually, I think this has the makings for a very cool drift car in Forza.

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Car of the Week – Subaru Legacy RS

The FIRST ever car of the week has to be special!  Ok, so I know it doesn’t look all that special, but trust me…the Legacy RS is a gem.  In the US, it was known as the Legacy Turbo and Subaru fans have coveted this model since it’s initial release in the early 90’s.

In Forza 4, the Legacy RS is available as downloadable content in the Top Gear car pack from earlier this year.  It may be underpowered compared to other more popular STI models in the game, but it has every ounce of potential.  The Legacy RS has is classed as a D series car in stock form.  With some mods, it will be lighter, more powerful and have more grip than the various STI’s in the game which start as B series cars.

Ok, so there isn’t a lot of sex appeal here like other early 90’s turbo cars like the 300ZX Twin Turbo, but I can’t help but love the way this car looks.  I used old-school style Speedline multispoke wheels in the game which really give this Legacy a classic Rally look.

In the real world, the US version made only 165hp thanks to a small turbo and no intercooler (despite the trick hood scoop).  However, the 2.2 liter block is actually shared with the famed Impreza 22B which made 280hp.  Since many Subaru components are compatible with one another, you can “upgrade” to a better turbo, an intercooler and a set of injectors from a number of WRX/STI models and make good power.  I’ve driven a few modified Legacy Turbo’s in the real world and it’s really a sleeper unlike any other.  If you could personify Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde as a car, this would be it!

Unfortunately, finding a stock car in good shape will be a challenge these days so your experience with this car may be limited to Forza.  Regardless, you’ll still be impressed.  Build one of your own and find out!