As I mentioned in the Forza Horizon 2 review, a great car selection is a very important asset to a racing game. With their impressive roster, Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios have not failed to showcase the variety of cars eligible for racing. From classics to modern supercars, Forza Horizon 2 has every dream car… well almost.
As a car fanatic, I have many dream cars and yes Forza Horizon 2 has most of them. I has particularly glad to see the Mclaren F1 and the Lamborghini Diablo. However, there are five cars that I believe should have been featured. Whether its for its unique look, its history or even its exclusivity, these cars have been the dream car of both innocent young car fanatics and collectors.
Ferrari FXX (2005)
Also known as the Ferrari Enzo FXX, the FXX is a very rare Enzo-based model that was developed in Maranello, Italy. It is so exclusive that Ferrari decide to make only 30 of them and, naturally, not everyone could buy it. Regardless of how much money you had, if you don't have the right contacts, you cannot own one. With its carefully crafted 6.3 L V12 engine, it has a recorded top speed of 345km/h (214mph) and a 0-60mph acceleration of 2.44 seconds.
The Ferrari FXX would have been a perfect car for Forza Horizon 2 due to its elegant look and its fearsome power. Yes it's true that you can ride better and faster cars in the game – there are even some more powerful Ferrari cars – but the FXX is a legend that many only heard rumors about. What else could you expect from a cars developed with the help of Michael Shumacher, one of the fastest man alive!
Jaguar XJ220 (1992)
In the 90's, some of the best and fastest supercars where developed and tried to claim the crown. While the Mclaren F1 held the record for the fastest production car during most of the 90's, what some motor-heads might forget about is who owned the title before the F1. Meet one of the fastest retro supercars, the Jaguar XJ220.
Developed for an informal team of Jaguar employees, the XJ220 is a beast cut loose. With its non-formal 3.5 L twin-turbocharged V6 engine, this Jag is capable of hitting 343km/h (213mph) and has a recorded acceleration of 0-60mph in about 3.60 seconds. From 1992 to 2000, it has help the fastest Nürburgring production car lap time with a staggering time of 7:46.36. Today, the record is held by a Radical SR8 LM with a time of 6:48.
In Horizon 2, you get to play around with a few of the retro supercars that have made history. Thanks to them, today's hypercars are on an unbelievable level. That being said, the Jaguar XJ220 should have been able to race along its fellow supercars and prove to them that although it might not be as fast as the Mclaren F1, it can easily hold it own on southern European roads.
Porsche Carrera GT (2004)
Top Speed: 330km/h (205mph), acceleration: 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds, codename: Project Code 980. As far as I'm concerned, this Porsche is an icebreaker in terms of speed, design and stability; all you require are stats, a good connection to Porsche and of course, around half a million US in order to get one. However, a little more than a thousand were made, so don't get your hopes us that fast.
Not only does it deserve to be in Forza Horizon 2, but it should be featured in all the games. However, the issue isn't the car itself, but the manufacture's licensing. Since Electronic Arts has dibs on the Porsche brand, every other developer must use RUF as a substitute. However, RUF doesn't have anything near as cool as the Carrera GT. Cruising between France and Italy would be amazing in this convertible GT. Nothing better than a legitimate Porsche in a racing game!
Suzuki Escudo Pike Peak Version (1995)
Have you heard of this beast? In 1995, Japanese racer Nobuhiro Tajima won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race, also known as The Race to the Clouds, in a modified Suzuki Escudo. Dubbed the Pike Peak Version, his Escudo was capable of reaching 270km/h (168mph) and accelerating from 0-60 in about 2.7 seconds. The AWD system from the Escudo had to support 985 bhp produced from the Twin-Turbo V6 mid-engine. What made is so special?
The Suzuki Escudo Pike Peak Version is the car that made racer Nobuhiro Tajima famous. From this point on, Tajima-san has bested many Hill Climb records, but everything started with the Escudo. It was featured in many Gran Turismo games, but due to the open-world offered in Forza Horizon 2, I believe that it would make many happy. The off-roads of Horizon can get very messy and the Escudo wants nothing more than to get dirty.
BMW Nazca C2 / Italdesign Nazca (1992)
Known for designing many car concepts, Italdesign Giugiaro is a private company that specializes in designing and engineering automobiles. One of their most impressive work is the BMW Nazca C2. Thanks to its modified 8 Series 5 L V12 engine (tuned by Alpina), the Nazca C2 can reach 311km/h (193mph) with only 380 HP. Only 3 of them were ever made!
Since you get to roam the streets of Italy in Horizon 2, the Nazca C2 is the perfect car to match the country’s elegance. Its engine roars with flames, making it a great car to compete in, while its design caresses the air with grace. It might not be as fast as other supercars, but then again, the C2 isn’t a supercar; it is but a concept car created by one of the finest car designers the world has seen.