Anyone who%26rsquo;s hardcore into their hobby tends to pick up a bunch of vocabulary and habits that are totally foreign to people who don%26rsquo;t share the same passion. Fantasy sports fans, art enthusiasts, WoW players, all of them will ramble ad nausea about the really specific thing they love regardless of who%26rsquo;s listening, completely oblivious to the fact that not only does their audience not care, but thatthey're incapable of understanding what you%26rsquo;re saying. As a huge car fan, I'll do my best to perpetuate this stereotype with our look at Forza Motorsport 3%26rsquo;s new %26ldquo;Summer Velocity Car Pack%26rdquo;.
The new %26ldquo;Summer Velocity Car Pack%26rdquo; (400 MS points, available today) continues FM3%26rsquo;s trend of giving players a grab bag of 10 new vehicles that really couldn%26rsquo;t be more different. Let%26rsquo;s have a look at a few of them:
1. 2010 Peugeot 308 RCZ
Above: Note the drastic slope of the C pillar into the boot, I mean trunk
One of the best parts about being a car fan is that you can look at a completely gibberish string of numbers and characters, and instead of imagining a dreary algebra class, picture a slick sports car in your head. The Peugot 308 RCZ is one of those cars. Peugot, for the American readers, is a French car company that makes a quality vehicle everywhere else in the world, but decided toexclusively import atrocious boxy rustbuckets to the states, which explains why you%26rsquo;ve never heard of them.
Above: If you've ever parked your car like this you're an enormous jerk
The 308 RCZ is a 2 door sports coupe powered by a 218bhp, turbo charged 1.6 liter four cylinder, and while still a concept vehicle, is destined for production under a different name. It%26rsquo;s a step away from Peugot%26rsquo;s other cars, which are mostly boring economical grocery getters (read: slow,practical). While it%26rsquo;s not as low slung and sexy as a proper sports car, it does have a neat look about it with its cockpit bubble and dramatically sloped back. The car%26rsquo;s looks are equal parts Nissan 350Z and Audi TT, though they%26rsquo;ve been shortened a bit to match with Peugot%26rsquo;s trademark headlights/grille.
In-game potential: Low horsepower and front wheel drive mean that the car will likely require some tinkering to make it a contender in anything above theC and D ranks.
2010 Bertone Mantide
Above: Required credit level: Oil Sultan
The Bertone Mantide is the epitome of an Italian show car, a gorgeous, dramatic, one off masterpiece designed to ignite the passions and hopefully open the wallets of the world%26rsquo;s kings and sultans. While technically based on the Corvette ZR1%26rsquo;s chassis and engine (don%26rsquo;t scoff, the ZR1 currently holds the production car record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife), the car is in a league of its own style wise. The audacious rear end looks like a Ferrari F430/Audi R8 hybrid, though the sloping front is a little less wild.
In-game potential:A 638 supercharged V8 in a lightweight carbon fiber body means a 217 mph top speed, so expect S rank performance