Posted March 7, 2018 by David Latham in Feature

Forza Motorsport 7 March Car Pack & Update Out Now

The March update for Forza Motorsport 7 has arrived and with it comes the Forza Motorsport 7 March Car Pack which contains seven new cars ranging from 2017 all the way back to an Alfa Romeo from 1932.

The Forza Racing Championship 2018 Season is about to get underway, and Turn 10 has been working hard to provide the game with a host of updates. Two key features include Spectate Ticker and Spectate Telemetry which will enhance a viewer’s experience with up-to-date race details for any races they are spectating, particularly needed for some of the bigger esports races expected this year.

The Livery Editor is also getting a big update including a big focus on how layers work, allowing artists to easily create the perfect decal for their ride. You can read more about these new features in the official Turn 10 blog post.

As the trailer below shows, the vehicles offer something for everyone with both classic and modern vehicles of all class types. Our pick is the 2017 Lincoln Continental.

The full list includes the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider, 1983 Jaguar #44 Group 44 XJR-5, 1988 Nissan #33 Bob Sharp Racing 300ZX, 1977 Brabham #8 Motor Racing Developments BT45B, 2017 Lincoln Continental, 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, and the 2017 Volvo XC90 R-Design. Find out more about the Forza Motorsport 7 March Car Pack after the drop.

You can check out the official Forza Motorsport 7 March Car Pack trailer below:


1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider

It’s hard to even conceive how courageous the drivers who raced these early open cars were. Their bravery inspired the race cars and super cars of today. Enzo Ferrari himself raced an 8C 2300 at the Circuito delle Tre Provence, taking second place in 1931. Built between 1931 and 1934 the model was bodied by top coach builders (carrozzeria) Zagato and Touring. Underneath the hood are two four-cylinder motors facing back-to-back and mated in the middle at the flywheel. The cams and supercharger are driven by gears in the middle of that marriage. These cars were expensive in their day and are priceless now. Driving the 8C, the great Tazio Nuvolari saw victory at the Grand Prix of Italy and Monaco. Lord Howe won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and a pair of Italians won the 1932 Mille Miglia in one. You won’t have to get used to the center gas pedal to drive it in Forza, but you will appreciate the unforgettable experience of getting behind the giant wheel of this racing legend.

1983 Jaguar #44 Group 44 XJR-5

In the 1950s Jaguar made an indelible mark in racing history winning the provincial 24 Hours of Le Mans five times between 1951 and 1957. With the intent of bringing Jaguar back to the podium, American racer Bob Tullius got the funding to build this IMSA GTP racer designed by Lee Dykstra. Group 44 racing was founded by Tullius and when the XJR-5 was finished he had drivers Brian Redman, Hurley Haywood, and others with him to campaign it. At its IMSA debut at Road America the team earned third place and collected four wins overall that year. At a period when the Porsche 956 was all-powerful, the #44 and #40 XJRs finally gave Jaguar fans at Le Mans something to fawn about in 1984, although both cars failed to finish. This marked a new era of Jaguar racing after a 25-year absence and put the British manufacturer on a path to future racing glory when they later won at Le Mans in 1990.

1988 Nissan #33 Bob Sharp Racing 300ZX

Most people think of Paul Newman as one of film’s most iconic actors, but did you know his true passion was racing? Newman campaigned numerous cars with significant success; many were Nissans built by Bob Sharp. Sharp built one of the first American factory-backed race teams with Nissan in Bob Sharp Racing. When Newman and Sharp met, their mutual passion for motorsport led to a unique partnership that lasted many years. The 300ZX 2+2 represents the last Nissan Newman raced. If you look closely you can even see the initials PLN (Paul Leonard Newman) on the headrest. Restored for vintage racing and now owned by CarCast’s Adam Carolla, this beast has 680 turbo-driven horsepower. It is bespoke in every way, with only the roof and windshield being stock. While never reaching its expectations while it was campaigned in the SCCA Trans-Am series, it provides an amazing driving experience and is a rare and awesome piece of racing history.

1977 Brabham #8 Motor Racing Developments BT45B

Previous to his forty years running Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone ran the Brabham Formula One team for many years. In a search of power to run against the competitive Cosworth-powered teams, Ecclestone struck a deal with Alfa-Romeo to power his new race car. The 3-liter, four-valve per cylinder, twin overhead cam flat-12 was similar to the Ferrari engine that had just won the two previous years and Alfa Romeo offered to supply them free of charge. It was mated to a Hewland gearbox and the pairing was slung low in a chassis designed by Gordon Murray dubbed the BT45. The later revised 45B featured an improved rear suspension and lost some weight. The car reached a high point when driver John Watson placed second behind Mario Andretti in the French Grand Prix in 1977. As Alfa Romeo makes a return to Formula One in 2018, the BT45B revisits their past endeavors that have given them such an illustrious role in to highest tier of motorsport.

2017 Lincoln Continental

European royalty always lavished themselves in posh luxury, and you will find this continental characteristic throughout the 2017 Lincoln. Tons of supple leather, comfy seats (that adjust 30 different ways) and style that is fit for a king. You won’t find the classic suicide doors of the original model, but you will find all-wheel-drive, around 400 horsepower, and loads of torque from an Ecoboost twin-turbo V6. Is this Lincoln a match for its continental competition? That’s for you to find out.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

When you see the letters “Z” and “R” on a Chevy, one may begin musing about the Corvettes with the same designation. Give the new Colorado ZR2 a drive and you may begin to make new associations. Ever since the Ford Raptor hit the truck market, everyone has been trying to match that high bar. Of course, this takes more than just a lift kit and big tires, which the ZR2 does have. It takes real suspension modifications, like taller springs and longer shocks and control arms, the ZR2 has those too. Going further, the ZR2 has spool-valve dampers made by Multimatic, the company that assembles the Ford GT. On the outside the body gives you bulging lines that excite and enhanced clearance enabling a 30-degree approach angle. This is a real off-road truck capable of pre-running, that gives new found meaning to the prolific ZR moniker.

2017 Volvo XC90 R-Design

Here is a recipe for making the SUV something much more than a practical ride to pick up the kids or get groceries. First, start with Volvo, the Swedish carmaker known for safety-focused designs. Then, add not only a super charger and a turbo charger, but also an electric motor. With both types of forced induction mixed properly and the instant torque of the hybrid motor, the result is resounding power all the way through the powerband with no turbo lag. All that from a 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder that lets you feel good about being green. For decades Volvo has been making vehicles that may appear sedate but have always had performance at the forefront of their design. After all performance translates into safety, and when you can have both, that is having your cake and eating it too.

David Latham

David has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from a Group of Eight university, but only uses his very unique set of skills writing about video games. By day he's a stay-at-home dad, by night he's literally Batman. Where does he find the time?