No this is not an HD screen capture from a recent episode of Top Gear. This Forza Motorsport 4 and it has the Top Gear test track in it. You can be the Stig. Sounds good? Well, it also has one of the coolest features in racing game history… a rewind button. If you make a mistake, don’t sweat it. You don’t need to restart a thirty minute race, you can just REWIND back a corner or two before you went way too hot and missed a corner (wish I could add that feature to my real race car). Click the link below to check out more on the game and see how we built a trick little driving simulator out of random garage parts.
The graphics and the racing in Forza 4 are absolutely second to none. The Xbox 360 platform runs the game fantastically and Xbox live allows you to race anyone in the world (even at 3 a.m. when you are a crazy person who won’t stop playing the game and go to sleep). But for us car guys here at Speed:Sport:Life we like the realism that the game has to offer. I’ve driven (in real life) on a few of the tracks and the detail and accuracy is unbelievable. There are visual cues I use while racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (one is a telephone pole near turn 1, the other is a tree at the Corkscrew) both of these environmental objects are located perfect in the game. Amazing.
Once I had Forza 4, I knew I couldn’t test it out with a lame ole joystick remote. I would need a proper driving seat and steering wheel. In my garage I had an unused seat out of one of our $500 ChumpCar race cars. I picked up a MadCatz steering wheel and pedal set for $99. With some random lumber sitting in the side yard I figured I could whip something together.
All I used to build this DIY simulator was a table saw, some 2X4s, a few deck screws, an electric screwdriver and a little duct tape (of course).
Once the construction was done (took me about three hours) I was happy that the table saw didn’t cut off any of my fingers and now I had my own very inexpensive driving simulator.
My wooden creation would soon transform me into the interior of this McLaren.
Crank the television up all the way. Throw on your gear and voila! You are racing!
All I need now is my spotter on our Sampson Racing Radios and that will keep me out of trouble in the
bedroom race track.
The best thing about the new Forza 4 game is that it has the local California tracks that we love to race on out here, Infineon Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Having Laguna Seca is great because I need to practice for the upcoming ChumpCar race on November 21st.
My only real complaint about the game (selfishly, or course) is that even though it has a great selection of Nissans…
Including the mighty GT-R, where is the 1991 SE-R!? Oh, well. I guess I’ll have to leave the simulator to drive one of those…
If I had it to do all over again I would probably spend a little more on the steering wheel and pedal set up. The MadCatz steering wheel creaks and moans the entire time you turn the wheel. No amount of WD-40 will seem to quiet the thing down. It’s pretty annoying and my wife tells me to turn the game off at three a.m. because I am keeping her up. Other than that the el cheapo simulator is an awesome way to enjoy Forza 4.
If you are racing super late night (West Coast Time) on Xbox live, and some idiot runs into the back of you in turn 4… sorry, my bad!