Manufacturers come and manufacturers go – in the automotive industry as in racing. This year we’ll mark the return of both Alfa Romeo to Formula One and of the Brabham name to the industry. And you can celebrate both with the latest additions to Forza Motorsport 7.
The video game’s March Car Pack is headlined by the inclusion of the 1977 Brabham BT45B, which was not only one of Brabham’s last F1 challengers, but Alfa Romeo’s as well.
Designed by the legendary Gordon Murray (of McLaren F1 fame) and fielded by the Martini Racing Team, the car performed respectably – if not remarkably – in the 1977 FIA Formula One World Championship. It scored four podium finishes that season at the hands of John Watson, Carlos Pace, and Hans-Joachim Stuck, ending the season in fifth place.
An evolution of the same finished third the following season, with Niki Lauda winning two races. And that was about as admirably as Alfa Romeo ever fared in the modern history of grand-prix racing.
The Brabham-Alfa isn’t the only new addition to Forza 7, though. Along with it, the programmers at Turn 10 Studios have added the classic 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider, the 1983 Jaguar XJR-5 Group 44 racer, Paul Newman’s 1988 Nissan 300ZX, and the new Lincoln Continental, Chevy Colorado ZR2, and Volvo XC90 R-Design.
They’ve also tweaked the livery editor and added telemetry and ticker functions to the new Spectate mode – all of which promises to make the gameplay just a little more engaging and enjoyable.