Forza Motorsport 4
Man vs. Machine: We Talk Forza 4 & Top Gear With Turn 10 & Take a Hot Lap With The Stig
Written Friday, August 05, 2011 By Dan Webb
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There are a couple of things you might not realise about the Top Gear test track: one, it's rather large; and two, it's a figure of eight. Having seen numerous hot laps from The Stig in the world's greatest supercars and laps from various celebrities in the 'Reasonably Priced Car,' these two facts never dawned on me. It was only when we were stood at the side of this behemoth of a track in the middle of nowhere last week that all this became apparent.

So why were we stood inside the confines of this heavily fortified settlement where no-one can hear you scream… except maybe the guy next to you? Simple, we were on hand to check out the new Top Gear test track in Forza 4 as well as getting a hot lap with The Stig himself… or herself… or itself… we just don't know!

That’s right, the upcoming Forza 4 title faithfully recreates the infamous Top Gear test track, all the way down from the Hammerhead to the newly renamed Gambon corner; everything is as you'll have seen it on the TV. Chancing our hand in both the Reasonably Priced Car (the Kia Cee’d) and a Ferrari Spider 458 in-game, we attempted to learn the nuances of this iconic British TV racing circuit before we were thrown to the wolves.

The experience on offer is very much Forza-fuelled, with that competitive must-beat-that-lap-time mentality coming to the forefront once again. After more than a handful of turns in each motor – as well as an Impreza – we managed to respectfully post a 1:25.416 and a 1:47.757 in the Ferrari and the Kia respectively… but that couldn't prepare us for what was next.

After hammering down a crash helmet onto my irregularly shaped head and crouching into a Lamborghini Gallardo, it was time for the real thing. The standoffish, strong and silent Stig was motionless, offering just a nod as I greeted him on my way into the car. Me? I was bricking it. Here we were in a 512 brake horsepower motor worth more than my ass could ever be insured for – remember, I ain't no J-Lo! – and a driver who had an imaginary “no fear” motto tattooed across his forehead.

In speeds approaching 100mph and often taking acute 90 degree turns at over 70mph, we were whizzed around the test track at breakneck speeds. The difference between real-life and the game is vastly apparent. For one, you don't get whiplash when you brake late in-game - like The Stig seemingly does around every corner – and the Gallardo handles a bit better than that piece of shit Spider – sorry Ferrari, it's a heavy beast that oozes understeer and controls like the chuffin' Titanic.

Before we knew it and while we're still attempting to take stock of where we were and who we were with, we were done. A lap of 1 minute and 35 seconds (from standing start to stationary) and it's over in the blink of an eye. Terrifying? Not once you get going, no, in fact, it's probably as exhilarating as streaking through your local church's Sunday morning mass.

Of course, don't take my word for it though, check out the in-car camera footage in the video below and join together and mock my almost awkward and bewildered look - it's a cross between the grin of a Cheshire Cat and the nervous anticipation of a constipated monkey! One thing is for certain though, after you've had a hot lap with The Stig, everything runs in slow-motion. It's like going from 60 frames-per-second to playing 8-bit retro games again!

Before you mock the look of sheer terror on my face though, hear what Turn 10’s Brian Ekberg, Community Manager, has to say on Forza 4’s Top Gear offering, talking us through the early stages of how it came to fruition, all the way through to Mr Clarkson’s off-the-cuff comments and natural witticism.

It's a Top Gear fiesta and you're all invited. Well, except you… and maybe you.


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Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 09:20:19 PM
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Graphics are phenomenal

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Comment #3 by A 0 E monkey
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 09:24:38 PM
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Wow you guys are so lucky :o

As much as I enjoyed the last 2 Forzas this top gear stuff makes this game virtually goty to me

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Comment #4 by Murn
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 09:25:46 PM
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Not really a fan of simulation style racers, but bloody hell this looks amazing. And having Top Gear involved makes it that much better. I'll have to buy this one.

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Comment #5 by French_Kid
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 09:27:51 PM
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Comment #7 by Minty
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 09:54:29 PM
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@1/6. I don't need to hate, I just wave the ban hammer. Enjoy your time out.

Not a huge fan of driving games, but this is looking to good to miss.

And Webb, I hate you.

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Comment #8 by Smurfy1O1
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 09:59:46 PM
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I was paying more attention to the hot chick at 1:17 haha

Anyways, This looks like it's going to be great, I can't wait for the Top Gear integration in it, especially since it's UK Top Gear. US Top Gear is just boring.

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Comment #9 by Freeman
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 10:25:13 PM
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i was listening until i saw that fine ass girl in the background

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Comment #10 by A 7thProduction
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 10:28:51 PM
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I like The Stig... I have no idea why im telling you lot but oh wells

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Comment #11 by StillTIPPIN187
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 10:38:12 PM
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Nice. can't wait till this drops.

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Comment #12 by Daniel55645
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 10:48:10 PM
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man i cant wait for this. i got the special edition on preorder. i cant wait to hear what jeremy has to say about some of the cars

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Comment #13 by Corbyite
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 11:55:21 PM
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"we managed to respectfully post a 1:25.416 and a 1:47.757 in the Kia and Ferrari respectively"

??? you did better in the kia ???

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Comment #14 by israelbeta
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 12:04:17 AM
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Webb, that must have been an amazing experience. I am very jealous.

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Comment #15 by The Defence
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 02:53:08 AM
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The lap would've been much faster if The Stig was carrying all that extra weight :)

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Comment #16 by The Defence
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 02:54:54 AM
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Obviously, that should be wasN'T carrying all that extra weight. Damn you lack of edit facility!

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Comment #17 by blackbriar83
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 03:00:27 AM
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They say he jumps of high kerbs...

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Comment #18 by Nozza XBA
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 03:34:22 AM
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@8 Same, lol

I'm not really a car game person. I prefer the ones with twists like Burnout or Split/Second though the Top Gear aspect of it all seems quite fun. Hopefully a friend gets this so I can look into more, as I've never played any of the previous Forza games!

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Comment #19 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 04:00:35 AM
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@13 - Good spot! Fixed! Cheers.

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Comment #20 by Wabbit
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 05:10:07 AM
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Huge fan of the forza games, massive fan of Top Gear. To hear top gear will be involved in Forza is absolutely fantastic news! Can't wait do do a lap of the top gear test track.

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Comment #21 by THE TERMIN8TOR
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 06:44:19 AM
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Bought the first three games and I will be buying this one as well.

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Comment #22 by Caramel Cardinal
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 06:52:29 AM
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only a bit jealous atm, honest :D
still makes me wonder how races will work on the circuit when it is a figure of 8 though, kind of adds all whole new dimension when you can hit someone coming the other way, i assume they'll be some clever game mechanics involved if you can indeed race on it rather than just post hot laps

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Comment #23 by aseddon130
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 06:52:54 AM
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woo Brian Ekberg ... used to be at Gamespot, glad he got out of that place finally!

This could be the first forza game i buy on release, the inclusion of Top Gear is making me want this game.

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Comment #24 by Spanish Assault
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 06:54:35 AM
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@7 You gotta let us see what the village idiots guys need to use the ban hammer more often.

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Comment #25 by Desmondo2000
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 07:11:32 AM
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i havent heard much about the editor mode hopefully its even better then in forza2 i spent more time in that then actually racing

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Comment #26 by neo consumer
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 07:34:06 AM
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As long as the career isn't as long and drawn out as Forza 3 this should be great. Abit more variety this time please.

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Comment #27 by pined5551
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 08:09:03 AM
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Obviously I don't know what post 1 said. But it sounds like you just gave someone a temporary ban from the site for hating on a game. That, to me, is not fair at all. Either ban everyone who hates on a game in these news articles, or nobody. All you have to to is look down the commnents for a Battlefield 3, Halo or MW3 news article to see a hate stream of unbanned users. Please be consistent with banning, otheriwise what is the point.

OT: I can't wait to hear what Clarkson says about all these cars lol. And I hope there is a leaderborad for the reasonably priced car that disallows and upgrades or tunning. One car, one time. I'd love that :)

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Comment #28 by EDDS
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 08:13:28 AM
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hot girl in the background at 1:24 = thumbs up.

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Comment #29 by Coruba
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 08:18:08 AM
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Turn 10's enthusiasm always rubs off on me, I'll have to dust off Forza 3 for a few races before this lands.

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Comment #30 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 08:30:30 AM
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@27 - You've definitely got the wrong end of the stick... you should know we don't work like that around here ;)

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Comment #31 by xboxshadowfox
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 08:46:47 AM
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Nice imovie editing lol. Awesome looking game cant wait for it!

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Comment #32 by Death shrimp X
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 11:45:05 AM
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If the Lamborghini Aventador is in the game ill pick this up i love top gear watching it right now on dave. wonder if they will have any top gear races?

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Comment #33 by Rickmassacre
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 12:20:47 PM
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i've always loved graphics in forza even though i have to play them on my 480p :(

So proud when i 1000G forza 3

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Comment #34 by Jedi sy
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 12:30:37 PM
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Looking very good. It's a must buy for me.

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Comment #35 by elsnoggler
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 12:33:57 PM
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What is the deal with the woman in the background? She's just sort of... standing around. It's a press only event, so... odd. That's not a lot of clothing to just be hanging out in.

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Comment #36 by MightyPeter
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 01:59:07 PM
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Hmmmm, I'm VERY jealous...
Can't wait until my Mercedes 190 Evolution 2 replica is finished, full track setup, slicks and 500bhp :)
I'll probably won't have any money left for gas(etanol) but hey, at least I can look at it :D

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Comment #37 by Akatsuki Sw1tch
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 02:15:58 PM
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Can't wait for this one, Forza 3 was an improvement over 2 & this looks like it's going to keep up the trend, Plus all these top gear additions are a great added bonus.

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Comment #38 by UnitedKingdom
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 04:58:09 PM
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This game looks rubbish tbh. Ill stick with modern warfare

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Comment #39 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 05:41:03 PM
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@#35 - She actually came with a 'Nuts' journalist (UK mens mag).
@#38 - Your logic is flawless. Durp.

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Comment #40 by outlaw2448
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 09:06:32 PM
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Yay for the Cee apostrophe D. One question, did you ask The Stig if he knew more any facts about ducks that may or may not be wrong?

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Comment #41 by Len lfc
Sunday, August 07, 2011 @ 01:07:19 AM
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@41 I thought I was the only one who says that! Other than JC of course. :)

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Comment #42 by MakoBallistic
Sunday, August 07, 2011 @ 01:00:16 PM
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I cant believe Foza is already on its 4th installment. My how time flies!

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Comment #43 by OzzieDeath
Sunday, August 07, 2011 @ 02:33:08 PM
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Actually this makes me want to get this game. Before I was like Mehh... another forza but now I really want to see where they're going to go with those challenges. Oh the Stig, "They say he's paid by the BBC in strong pornography and only eats processed cheese, he called the Stig!" loving the Top Gear humor.

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Comment #44 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 @ 12:36:02 PM
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Lambo's are the shit. Best cars int the world ever. Period. Lucky bastards - I rented Murciellago once for a day, but obivously could not even go that fast on crowded streets and less crowder highways.... bummer

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