Today Xbox announced a partnership with V8 Supercars Australia that will bring 10 cars from all five manufacturers in the current V8 Supercar series into Forza Motorsport 6 with 2015 liveries – a first for the franchise. In addition, the world renowned Australian Mount Panorama race track will also be included in game when Forza Motorsport 6 launches on 15 September 2015, exclusively on Xbox One.
Today’s announcement is a continuation of the existing partnership between Xbox and V8 Supercars which began in 2002, bringing the real world of V8 racing to fans at home in the latest entry to the Forza Motorsport franchise. The debut of the Xbox wildcard in 2013 proved to be the fastest car and most successful wildcard in V8 history, and Xbox is hoping to continue that success in 2015.
Rounding out the partnership, legendary V8 Supercar champion and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, Mark Skaife, will be included as a voiceover in the game for the Mount Panorama circuit for the first time in gaming history. With 90 race wins, 88 podiums, six Bathurst 1000 titles and five V8 Supercar Championships to his name, Skaife is the perfect addition to the award winning Forza franchise.
Forza’s unique livery creation gives fans the ability to recreate every car in the field in-game from all manufacturers, this year’s Forza entry appeals to Australian racing fans like never before. Featuring current season championship leader Mark Winterbottom, 2014 Australian V8 champion Jamie Wincup, the iconic Holden Racing Team plus all other teams including Nissan, Volvo and Erebus Mercedes, Forza Motorsport 6 has all the V8 Supercars action, plus much more.
James Warburton, CEO of V8 Supercars Australia, said, “We are very proud that our home-grown Australian V8 Championship including drivers and teams from the 2015 season representing each of the five constructors will be featured for the first time in Forza Motorsport 6 and be played by millions of racing fans around the world.
Roger Penske, co-owner of the DJR Team Penske team, believes the partnership with Forza Motorsport 6 and Xbox will enable not just racing fans to enjoy the world of V8 Supercars, but also provide vital skills to one of the world’s most intimidating tracks.
“Partnering with Xbox will help us access some great data on how millions of Xbox gamers around the world have tackled the infamous Bathurst track. The game’s authenticity and representation of Bathurst is world class and I know this data will help our engineers on race day, as much as it will be enjoyed by gamers,” he said.
A list of the cars from the V8 Supercar series we’re announcing today:
2015 Mercedes-Benz #4 Erebus Motorsports E63 AMG V8 Supercar
2015 Holden #22 Holden Racing Team VF Commodore
2015 Mercedes-Benz #9 Erebus Motorsport E63 AMG V8 Supercar
2015 Volvo #33 Wilson Security Racing GRM S60
2015 Holden #97 Tekno Autosports VF Commodore
2015 Holden #1 Red Bull Racing Australia VF Commodore
2015 Holden #14 Freightliner Racing VF Commodore
2015 Ford #5 Pepsi Max Crew PRA Falcon FG X
2015 Nissan #23 Nissan Motorsport Altima
2015 Ford #17 Xbox Racing Ford Falcon FG X
Forza Motorsport 6 will be available September 15th September 2015, exclusively for Xbox One. The game will feature a range of great new features, such as night and physically based wet weather racing alongside 450 ForzaVista cars, more interactive cars than ever before.