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Forza Horizon: February Jalopnik Car Pack (Xbox360)

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With decades of passionate car culture in mind, combined with petrol heads’ constant obsession with car tinkering, is was no surprise that consumer and industry motoring news website Jalopnik worked together with Turn 10 Studios to create the Jalopnik downloadable content car pack for Forza Horizon, which features a wonderful, crazy mix of cars that you would expect to find in the site’s columns such as ‘Nice Price or Crack Pipe,’ or ‘Hoon of the Day.’

The six cars offered in the latest Horizon car pack include the 1970 Nissan Datsun 510, 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 2013 Subaru BRZ, 1991 Ferrari 512 TR, 1973 Mazda RX-3 and 1966 Ford Country Squire.

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From the outset, these cars may not be of particular interest to most people because, let’s be honest, there is no Pagani Huayra, and the new Mercedes E63 AMG isn’t included, either. Most people are frowning at this release purely by looking at the age of the cars, or because these cars are average in comparison to the super cars of today, but perhaps we are missing the point here.

This is more of a culture pack for Forza Horizon – a pack that makes you immediately feel the urge to customize and pimp out that ride. There is more to a car than just the name and badge, though, and a car can be more than just a bucket of bolts holding some metal together, and this is exactly what this pack wants you to experience.

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The obvious first choice for most people is driving the phenomenally successful collaboration between Subaru and Toyota, the BRZ, which has been met with widespread critical acclaim and manic consumer demand. The Subaru-designed naturally aspirated flat four is powerful and the BRZ has 200 horsepower, but it’s in the turns where the BRZ truly shines, with a well-balanced form designed for chewing up corners while begging for more.

The other iconic car for petrol heads is the 1991 Ferrari 512 TR, which iterated on one of the Prancing Pony’s most celebrated models, the Testarossa. With a lowered engine and transmission and some sculpted enhancements over its predecessors, the 512 TR proves worthy of the Ferrari branding in both form and in function.

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We then come to the cars that I think will get the most attention from those people who like to stand out in a crowd – the individualist, the custom king. The 1970 Nissan Datsun 510 is an iconic car with practicality and appeal, which has made it the most successful in the series. The car proved its race pedigree on both off-road and on-track circuits with wins in the early 1970s. This inspired owners to build up their 510s in the image of the race-winning cars they loved and more than 40 years after its release it is rare to find a stock model these days.

Then there is the 1973 Mazda RX-3, and with its legendary Wankel rotary motor it sounds like nothing else on the road. With timeless lines and race-winning performance, it’s little wonder the RX-3 has stood in high regard among Jalopy fans for decades.

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There is also the 1966 Ford Country Squire which for many in the mid-1960s helped defined middle-class America family life. Nostalgia might play into its appeal today but with an engine capable of 315 horsepower this car made it ideal for customizers, and with upgrades it’s already making waves in YouTube video circles as the drift king of the Colorado roads in Forza Horizon.

Forza Horizon Season Pass owners have special access to new DLC car packs and receive this content at no extra cost, together with the monthly bonus car, which for February is the 2010 Devon GTX. Using a tweaked 8.4 litre V10 straight out of a Dodge Viper, the Devon GTX has turned in impressive testing numbers at tracks throughout the world.

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For non-season pass holders Jalopnik DLC for Forza Horizon will set you back a mere 400MSP. For the price it may not be worth it in most people’s opinions, but I do feel these cars offer so much more. The customization and upgrade variations are endless for these cars, and to me, this rewards the true petrol head even more.


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