Sunday, May 4, 2014

Forza Motorsport 5: The Caterham R500

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Yes, if you are wondering what is this machine doing in the world of Forza Motorsport 5, that curiosity, or should I say conspiracy, is the Caterham Superlight R500. Part of the IGN Car Pack DLC, this is the first time Caterham made it to the world of Forza even though Forza 5 has the technology to feature open-wheelers.

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Generally, I really don't want Caterhams to appear in the world of Forza because...well, you know why, but there's a good reason why this Caterham makes a great addition to the lineup because of its amazing recognition by the Top Gear committee as well as its weapons-grade performance that stands out the rest. The great thing about driving a road-legal open wheeler is that you get unlimited amount of headroom because there's literally no roof and the best way to enjoy a good open-wheeler is on the track because it's lightweight body makes it agile and nimble at the corners. The only downside is that being road-legal, it can be somewhat problematic as a daily driver. With no roof, you can get chilly if you're not dressed in warm clothes as what the Top Gear blokes demonstrated...



I can hardly imagined if I was in that situation because the Caterham doesn't have a windscreen, it seems that the chilly gets chillier when used for commuting but never mind about that. The Caterham R500 is most likely a proper track toy you can toy around in the track if you have the skills to master it.

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While it may not be an ideal car to drive on the straight line, the Caterham R500 shines well in the handling department thanks to its incredible lightweight body and its power-to-weight ratio that is more powerful than a normal Bugatti Veyron. No wonder The Stig lapped this quicker than the Veyron and earned the accolade as Top Gear's Car of the Year 2008. Free to do whatever it wants, the R500 really turns hunters into the hunted when used in the right way. The biggest downside is that because it's very dynamic thanks to its lightweight body, mistakes are bound if you're not super focused. I got spun by this car numerous times but all it takes is some practice and with enough practice, this car is a force to be reckoned with.

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This lightweight Caterham R500 is worth a blast and I love it. It makes me want to come back for more if it has the urge to swing through the corners like a lit match in the firework factory. It really feels good to have a Caterham joining the ranks in the world of Forza Motorsport for now.

 

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