Building anticipation towards a 2023 release date, we’ve now seen the new Forza Motorsport cover cars revealed as the 2023 No.01 Cadillac Racing V-Series.R, and the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray.
The cover stars were revealed to promote an Xbox Games Showcase on June 11th, which will give an ‘up-close look at the cars’, and a full walkthrough of the Forza Motorsport career mode in a special Forza Monthly on June 13th. While an exact release date hasn’t been announced, it seems that Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios are ramping up towards launching their latest game in the Forza series.
The eighth title in the Motorsport games is frustratingly titled Forza Motorsport, just like the original 2005 title. That Xbox title featured an Acura NSX and Nissan 350Z on the cover, and subsequent releases have highlighted a mix of road and GT racing cars.
This year will feature two brands owned by General Motors. The Cadillac V-Series.R, previously known as the Cadillac V-LMDh debuted in the 2023 IMSA SportsCar championship. It features a 5.5 litre normally aspirated V8, which is the largest displacement for any new GTP car in 2023, along with a 50kW rear-mounted electric motor. It’s already taken a win at the 2023 Motul Course de Monterey held at Laguna Seca driven by Sebastien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon, following on from a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring for the V-Series.R run by Whelan Engineering with drivers Alexander Sims, Pipo Derani and Jack Aitken.
In an interesting piece of Forza trivia, the older 2021 Cadillac #31 Whelen Racing DPi-V.R was initially included in the car list for Forza Motorsport, but was one of six which were mysteriously removed back in March 2023.
Meanwhile to reflect the changing times, the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is the first electric car from the sportscar brand boasting 655hp combined power an LT2 V8 engine and rear 160hp electric motor. The result is electric all-wheel-drive, a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds, and a quarter mile of 10.5 seconds.
It also sports wider bumpers and quarter panels to offer better aerodynamics, wdier wheels with carbon cermaic brakes, a unique E-Ray badge and a cockpit with all the modern technology you might expect, from a Heads-Up Display as standard, a Performance Data Recorder and information screens and lots of other gadgets you won’t have time to look at when you’re racing.