The ultimate Porsche experience arrives today on Xbox One with the release of the Porsche Expansion for Forza Motorsport 6. Players can now explore a collection of the most thrilling cars in Porsche’s history in ways that are only possible in Forza Motorsport 6.
At the heart of the Porsche Expansion is the all-new Campaign, the Porsche Anthology, where players experience 60 years of innovation and performance from the famed manufacturer. Designed and curated to bring more than 20 legendary Porsche models and moments to life, including nine new to Xbox One, the Porsche Anthology lets players dive deep into an amazing lineup. As the voices of the Porsche Anthology Campaign, world-renowned Porsche drivers like Hurley Haywood, Derek Bell and Patrick Long offer their unique insights and expertise on what makes each of the cars in the Porsche Expansion so special.
With Forzavista-enabled Porsche models to collect, customize and race, the Porsche Expansion features a selection of the most fascinating and exciting cars in Porsche history. From groundbreaking early pioneers like the 1957 356A Speedster to bleeding-edge engineering marvels like the 2015 #19 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid, Porsche’s storied past as well as its innovation-driven present is on full display. The Porsche Expansion also introduces a brand new destination for players to master – Virginia International Raceway, which includes seven distinct ribbons, as well as night and wet configurations.
The Porsche Expansion is available now for $19.99. All cars in the Porsche Expansion will be automatically delivered to each player’s garage upon purchase and download. Now let’s take a closer look at the Porsche models making their debut on Xbox One.
2015 Porsche #19 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid
After a 16-year absence from prototype-class racing, Porsche made a grand return to the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2014. While the 2014 car saw some success (finishing third behind the dominant Audis), Porsche came back with a new car sporting nearly 90 percent new parts for 2015. The #19 919 Hybrid won the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by Earl Bamber, Nico Hulkenberg, and Nick Tandy. This squad of talented drivers perfectly complemented the 2.0-liter V4 turbocharged motor that makes 500 hp, coupled with a hybrid system that adds 400 more horses. The 919 comes in at the class minimum weight giving it a further advantage. As the winningest brand in racing history, Porsche has brought nothing but the best to ensure it keeps that title.
1960 Porsche 718 RS 60
The 718 RS 60 represents the evolution of the “Giant Killer” 550A Spyder. This open-cockpit racing car brought a 160hp 1.6-liter quad-cam mid-engine layout to bear and an improved front frame that resembled the letter K (hence the model became known as the “RSK”). Rearward, the new double-wishbone suspension gave this already nimble machine even more apex-hunting ability. In 1960, the RS 60 won the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Targa Florio, and defended its European Hill Climb Championship for the third time. In an era where the RSK competed against Ferraris with nearly double the displacement, the mighty 718 tied the cars from Maranello for the manufacturers championship in the 1960 World Sportscar Championship. Put the 718 on a pedestal and admire its form or its accomplishments in racing; either will leave an impression like few others.
1957 Porsche 356A Speedster
On the outside, the 356A looks very similar to its forefather, the 356, which was created by Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche. The Speedster is of course the convertible version of the 356 with a beautiful (and removable) curved windshield. Underneath the rear hood sits a four-cam 1600cc “Carrera” engine with higher compression, which gave the 356A more go. The suspension was entirely revised with softer springs and stiffer dampeners to optimize the latest tire technology. The end result is a stepwise evolution in classic Porsche fashion. Take the Speedster for a spin and throw it into a corner, or just take it to a picturesque spot and hone your “Forzatography” skills. This is a Porsche for all occasions.
1998 Porsche #26 Porsche AG 911 GT1 98
It may have been known as a 911 but, in truth, the #26 AG 911 shared very little with that iconic model. It wasn’t even rear engine. The GT1 actually shares more in common with the 962, borrowing its water-cooled, twin-turbo flat-six and most of its rear end. It was also the first carbon-fiber chassis Porsche. These elements merged into a package that delivered a 0-60 time of 3.3 secs and 0-100 in six seconds flat. A top speed of 194 mph didn’t set any records but ranked it among the fastest of the era. Regardless, it was a blazing success from its inception, winning the GT1 class at its debut at Le Mans and delivering Porsche its record-breaking 16th overall triumph at Le Mans.
2004 Porsche 911 GT3
Developed for the track and adopted by some of the most successful GT3 race teams, the first year 911 GT3 was a purpose-built track car that tolerates the street. The long list of victories its Cup model cousin has delivered to its owners is a testament to what you can expect from the GT3’s performance. Out of the box, the GT3 produces 380 horsepower and 285 foot-pounds of smooth and precise torque. That’s enough to make 0-60 in less than five seconds and 0-100 in just under ten. In the GT3, Porsche test driver Walter Rohrl lapped the Nürburgring in 7 minutes 56 seconds, setting the fastest lap for a production car in 2004. Some say this model is a return to a less sedate 911, or that it’s capable of more than the average driver can handle. But when a racing class is part of the car’s name, shouldn’t that be notice enough?
1987 Porsche #17 Racing Porsche AG 962c
Achieving the title of “most successful racecar of all time” didn’t come easy. Even for Porsche, overcoming rule changes and remaining competitive was a tall order. The 962 is, in fact, only a slightly longer 956, lengthened to accommodate FISA rules requiring the driver’s feet to be aft of the front-axle centerline. For 1987, Porsche brought in a more reliable and powerful 3.0-liter, six-cylinder, water-cooled, twin- turbo motor which boosted the car to 41 wins in the World Sportscar Championship and six victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s no surprise the 962 achieved as many championships as it did, given its 710bhp and well-behaved drivability. Several carmakers went on to produce a limited number of street legal versions, but more than likely the only seat time you will see is here in Forza.
1955 Porsche 550A Spyder
Known as the “Giant Killer,” the 550 was Porsche’s first foray into building cars specifically designed for racing. Actor James Dean bought and intended to race his 550 at Salinas in the fall of 1955 but died in a car accident shortly after completing filming of the movie “Giant.” The 550 with a Type 547 1.5-liter, flat-four, air-cooled engine produced a little more than 100 horsepower. One of the biggest steps forward was the space-frame tubular chassis, which made it immensely lighter than its racing competition, as well as rigid and stable. This car set in motion Porsche’s racing prominence and helped build a reputation that sparked global sales. The 550 is nimble, agile, well-balanced, and quick even bone stock. It generates a feeling of confidence and glory when being pushed through corners. Even when pitted against heavier, larger displacement cars, you will find that bigger is not always better.
2011 Porsche #45 Flying Lizard 911 GT3 RSR
With its distinctive snake head logo, the look of the #45 Flying Lizard GT3-RSR proves to be just as sharp as its on-track performance. The team has run versions of the 911 GTR-RSR continuously in GT racing since its first competition in 2004. In the 2011 ALMS campaign, the car was driven by Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long, who managed to bring the car to a third place overall finish in the ALMS GT Team Championship. The car’s 4.0 liter six-cylinder boxer engine is capable of 456 horsepower and 332 foot- pounds of torque. In other words, just like its mascot, the Flying Lizard GT3-RSR will take a bite out of you if you aren’t careful.
2008 Porsche #7 Penske Racing RS Spyder Evo
Penske Racing helped bring Porsche back to the top of LMP2 racing with the #7 RS Spyder Evo. Porsche had left the class to others while it pursued development of the Cayenne SUV. With Penske as a U.S. representative, competitors faced the harsh reality of Porsche’s return when it won its class at its debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring. 2008 also saw a return to Europe and the Le Mans series. During the series the bright yellow #7 proved its dominance by soundly beating the class-leading Audi R10 and Peugeot 908. At Le Mans the #7 proved its reliability despite doubts and took top honors. In the three years since its inception the Porsche RS Spyder has won nearly everything. Spend some time behind the wheel of this champion and you will find its track prowess worthy of its racing record.
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