The Community Choice Classics pack of downloadable content for Forza Motorsport 3 has now been released, for 400 points on Xbox Live. And like most people, we rushed online to download it – after all, it’s probably the most interesting car pack released for the game, with the following cars included:
- 1971 AMC Javelin-AMX
- 1973 BMW Motorsport 2002 Turbo
- 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454
- 1971 De Tomaso Pantera
- 1982 DeLorean DMC-12
- 1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth
- 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
- 1978 Saab 99 Turbo
- 1983 Volvo 242 Turbo Evolution
- 1957 Ferrari 250 California
But we want to do more than just start racing in our shiny new cars. So what better time to unveil an OnlineRaceDriver project car. And from a list including the Ferrari 250 California, the Sierra Cosworth and DeLorean, what better car to pick than the 1983 Volvo 242 Turbo Evolution.
You’ll notice that we immediately re-sprayed it in non-original schoolteacher beige, and added the obligatory OnlineRaceDriver logos. But that’s all so far. The plan is that over the next few days and weeks we’ll explore how to tune and improve the Volvo, build on it’s strengths and combat the weaknesses to make it a truly competitive racer.
Luckily, as the self-nominated Volvo pilot, I’ll be able to call on the immense skills of our own GTDon, and at just 7,500 in-game credits, it’s easy to pick up a small fleet of Volvos to compare tweaks and changes. Plus, with the Swedish dedication to safety, I know I won’t get hurt when I inevitably wreck it.
Finally, before you mock the Volvo too much, keep in mind the 1983 Turbo was built for racing homologation in Europe. That means just 500 were built, all sold to Volvo of North America, and 30 went back to Europe to race. All of the special edition had flat bonnets and upgrades including larger radiators and intercoolers, water injection, the rear spoiler, and better suspension.