Forza Motorsport trailers, gameplay, and everything we know so far

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Forza Motorsport is set to be a reboot of sorts for the long-running racing-sim series. It's set to arrive later this year, and will hopefully bring new and old fans back to the franchise.

The developers over at Turn 10 appear to be heavily focusing one polish at this point in the game's production cycle. At present, we know a portion of the cars and tracks that will be available at launch, and that the game will launch on Xbox Game Pass, at no extra cost for subscribers.

It certainly looks like Forza Motorsport will be a technical showcase of what the latest Xbox hardware can really do and we can't wait to see how it compares to Gran Turismo 7 on PS5. Want to know more? Read on for everything we know about Forza Motorsport so far.

Forza Motorsport: cut to the chase

  • What is it? The eighth entry in the Forza Motorsport racing series
  • When can I play it? TBC 2023
  • What can I play it on? Xbox Series X|S and PC

Forza Motorsport: release date and platforms

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Forza Motorsport is set to release in 2023, and will be available on Xbox Series X|S and PC. It'll also be available on Xbox Game Pass from day one.

During the Xbox and Bethesda Developer Direct showcase on January 25, it was stated that Forza Motorsport is "coming 2023" rather than "Spring 2023", meaning that we're in for a longer wait than previously expected.

As Forza Motorsport is being built to take advantage of the latest Xbox hardware, the racing sim will not be available on Xbox One consoles.

Forza Motorsport trailers

Latest trailer

The latest Forza Motorsport trailer premiered at the Xbox and Bethesda Developer Direct showcase and gave us a closer look at how Turn 10 is building the next entry in its racing sim series to take advantage of the Xbox Series X|S. Check it out below:

More trailers

We've included some key Forza Motorsport trailers throughout this article but you can find all the Forza Motorsport trailers that have been released to date on the official Forza YouTube channel.

Forza Motorsport: gameplay

Forza Motorsport looks like a racing sim as pure as they come, providing a big update on what Forza Motorsport 7 offered. For starters, it'll be a "huge generational leap" over previous games. Chris Esaki, the game's creative director, shared details on how Forza Motorsport’s physics have evolved from Forza Motorsport 7 during a Forza Monthly stream in May 2021. 

“To put the physics work into perspective… the changes we made from Forza Motorsport 7 till now, is more than the changes we made from [Forza Motorsport] 4 through [Forza Motorsport] 7," Esaki said during the stream. "It’s basically a huge generational leap coming to the game.” 

According to Esaki, the tire collision model has also been overhauled.  From the first game to Forza Motorsport 7, tires have always had a single point of contact with the track surface, and have refreshed at 60 cycles per second (60Hz). 

In Forza Motorsport, there are now eight points of contact with the track surface, and the engine will refresh at 360 cycles per second (360Hz). That’s a 48x fidelity jump for a single-tire collision. Multiple tire compounds have been confirmed too, a series first. Tire compounds such as hard, medium, and soft will deepen the gameplay and racing strategy, and Esaki said it will lead to “exciting new gameplay decisions during a race".

In addition, Forza Motorsport is set to feature the most realistic and immersive sound of any series entry to date as the game's audio has been mixed natively for Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic. There will also be new features, such as regional track announcers and installed upgrades creating different sound profiles for your car, reflecting the parts you’ve fitted.

For more details on improvements to Forza Motorsport's cars and environments, read below.

Forza Motorsport: car list

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What kind of cars can we expect to see in Forza Motorsport, and more importantly, which vehicle will grace the game's cover? While it's hard for us to guess the whole roster currently, we do know that Forza Motorsport will feature 500 real-world cars at launch alongside over 800 upgrades. Turn 10 has said this roster will feature the most modern cars the series has seen to date.

What's more, these cars will look and sound more realistic than ever. Turn 10 has used a spectrophotometer, which "captures multiple data points of light behavior on a surface", to make the paint on Forza Motorsport's cars look more realistic. Cars will also accumulate dirt more realistically and damage will be more authentic – with both affecting each vehicle uniquely.

In addition, the advances made to Forza Motorsport's physics simulation are "greater than Forza Motorsport 5, 6, and 7 combined", according to Turn 10.

Turn 10 has said it will reveal its full launch day car list closer to release but, for now, the developer has confirmed the following cars: 

  1. 1971 AMC Javelin AMX
  2. 1989 Aston Martin #18 Aston Martin AMR1
  3. 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan
  4. 2014 Audi #2 Audi Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro
  5. 2016 Audi #17 Rotek Racing TT RS
  6. 2016 Audi R8 V10 plus
  7. 2018 Audi #44 R8 LMS GT3
  8. 2018 Audi TT RS
  9. 1991 BMW M3
  10. 2017 BMW #24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM
  11. 2018 BMW #1 BMW M Motorsport M8 GTE
  12. 2019 Brabham BT62
  13. 2018 Bugatti Chiron
  14. 1970 Buick GSX
  15. 2021 Cadillac #31 Whelen Racing DPi-V.R
  16. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport Coupe
  17. 1969 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport 396
  18. 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
  19. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport 454
  20. 2015 Chevrolet #10 Konica Minolta Corvette Daytona Prototype
  21. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
  22. 2020 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing C8.R
  23. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
  24. 1972 Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49
  25. 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
  26. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
  27. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
  28. 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
  29. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
  30. 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
  31. 2005 Ford GT
  32. 2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype
  33. 2016 Ford #66 Ford Racing GT Le Mans
  34. 2017 Ford GT
  35. 2019 Ginetta #6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1
  36. 2020 Hyundai #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster N
  37. 1983 Jaguar #44 Group 44 XJR-5
  38. 1988 Jaguar #1 Jaguar Racing XJR-9
  39. 1993 Jaguar XJ220
  40. 2015 Jaguar XKR-S GT
  41. 1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV
  42. 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
  43. 2016 Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4
  44. 2020 Lamborghini Huracán EVO
  45. 1969 Lola #10 Simoniz Special T163
  46. 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  47. 1991 Mazda #55 Mazda 787B
  48. 2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86
  49. 2014 Mazda #70 SpeedSource Lola B12/80
  50. 1969 McLaren #4 McLaren Cars M8B
  51. 2013 McLaren P1
  52. 2018 McLaren Senna
  53. 1989 Mercedes-Benz #63 Sauber-Mercedes C 9
  54. 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
  55. 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  56. 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
  57. 1985 Nissan #83 GTP ZX-Turbo
  58. 1991 Nissan #23 Nissan R91CP
  59. 2015 Nissan #23 GT-R LM NISMO
  60. 2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo
  61. 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO (R35)
  62. 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442
  63. 2017 Oreca #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07
  64. 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
  65. 1993 Peugeot #3 Peugeot Talbot Sport 905 EVO 1C
  66. 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
  67. 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455
  68. 1970 Porsche #3 917 LH
  69. 1983 Porsche #11 John Fitzpatrick Racing 956
  70. 1987 Porsche #17 Porsche AG 962C
  71. 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
  72. 2017 Porsche #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid
  73. 2017 Porsche #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR
  74. 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
  75. 2019 Porsche #70 Porsche Motorsport 935
  76. 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  77. 2021 Porsche 911 GT3
  78. 2021 Porsche Mission R
  79. 2015 Radical RXC Turbo
  80. 2004 Saleen S7
  81. 2014 Toyota #8 Toyota Racing TS040 HYBRID

As more cars are confirmed, they'll be added to this section.

Forza Motorsport track list

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Forza Motorsport will launch with 20 environments, each featuring multiple track layouts. In addition to returning fan favorites, the next entry in the series will feature five new locations, including one in South Africa for the first time.

These environments will have 10 times more detail than previous Forza Motorsport games, according to Turn 10, and will feature fully animated 3D spectators and detailed vegetation. What's more, Forza Motorsport will feature ray-traced environments, which aims to make environments look even more realistic.

These environments will also boast dynamic time of day, weather, and track temperature mechanics, which will affect your racing experience.

So far, Turn 10 has confirmed the following track locations for Forza Motorsport:

  • Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
  • Hakone
  • Kyalami
  • Laguna Seca
  • Maple Valley
  • Silverstone Circuit
  • Suzuka Circuit

Forza Motorsport: news

Forza Motorsport red car racing

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Forza Motorsport shown off at Xbox conference
New footage was shown off for Forza Motorsport during the Xbox Developer Direct event that aired January 25. A release date was still not announced.

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