Here we are at week three of our Forza Horizon 2 car reveals. In case you haven’t heard, Forza Horizon 2 will include more than 200 cars at launch. This week we are announcing another 15 radical rides, all specifically built for Xbox One, that are ready to tear up the countryside of southern Europe on Sept. 30.
Nearly every production car from this week’s list has evolved from notable racing history. In 1992, Lancia took its sixth consecutive manufacturer’s title in World Rally competition. The homologated version of the 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale EVO found in the game absolutely screams to dust up the back roads. Mercedes needed to keep pace with the BMW M3 in the Group A Touring Car Championship and its efforts resulted in the 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II; after one look, all you need to say is, “That wing.” The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and the Hennessey Venom GT have all your speed records covered. Looking to manage your throttle control? Either of these rides will challenge you to reel them in.
Here’s this week’s list of newly announced cars in Forza Horizon 2:
1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale EVO
If you’ve ever been a fan of World Rally Championship racing, then the Delta Integrale EVO is probably a familiar shape. The racing version won a record six manufacturer championships and a total of 46 individual victories over its career. The Integrale EVO version was the penultimate road-going homologation version, benefiting from years of rally competition experience and advancing technology. The biggest change from previous versions is a wider track, necessitating much wider fender flares and several body tweaks for greater ventilation and lower drag. Carried over was the 16-valve Integrale turbo motor, which made great power but even more torque, essential to overcome the additional drag of the permanent all-wheel drive system. Paired with suspension and brakes grown larger to deal with the EVO’s increased performance, this is one of the sweetest-driving Lancia models ever.
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
Racing homologation is a wonderful thing, since it brings race-inspired design and technology to the market. In this case, the 190E 2.5-16 got upwards of 35 more horsepower, a three-way adjustable suspension, bigger brakes and a radical rear-wing and matched body kit. This was biggest wing ever put on a Mercedes four-door. The car is, of course, all business on the inside, offering the luxury and finish you expect from Daimler. Only a little more than 500 of these were produced, so once again Forza is very likely the only chance most of us will get to experience its beauty and grace on the track.
2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
There is no substitute for the Veyron Super Sport; even among hypercars it stands alone. The Veyron alone is the fastest car in the world but, for some, that is not enough. If the Super Sport cannot quench your thirst for over-the-top speed and horsepower the only alternative is start racing airplanes, because very few machines match the SS for pure ground speed.
2012 Hennessey Venom GT
Born with the goal of being a 1,000-plus horsepower car that weighs less than 3,000 pounds, the Hennessey Venom GT is based on the Lotus Elise—complete with the Venom 1,000 horsepower, twin-turbo motor, then lightened. Certainly these are reasonable goals, so long as destroying a Bugatti Veyron’s 0-200 mph time is your primary focus. As a result, the Hennessey Venom GT does 0-200 mph faster than many average cars car do 0-60 mph: 15.3 seconds to be exact. That’s almost 10 seconds faster than the Bugatti. The G-forces felt under full acceleration nearly equal that of a fighter jet doing an inverted loop. The all-aluminum 6.2-liter, twin-turbo, V8 delivers an astonishing 1,200 horsepower, put to the pavement via a six-speed transmission connected to the rear wheels. The car is almost entirely carbon fiber composite and weighs in at a mere 2,685 pounds. The Venom GT has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any car on the market and only five will be built this year.
The rest of this week’s cars include:
- 2013 Ariel Atom 500 V8
- 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
- 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
- 1971 Plymouth Cuda 426 HEMI
- 1977 Ford Escort RS1800
- 2013 Mazda MX-5
- 1970 Nissan Datsun 510
- 1980 Renault 5 Turbo
- 1974 Toyota Celica GT
- 2003 Volkswagen Golf R32
- 1983 Audi Sport quattro
For the full list of Forza Horizon 2 cars announced to date, check out ForzaMotorsport.net.