Friday, September 18, 2015

Forza Motorsport 6: Know your Bond Car - Aston Martin DB5

MI6 Tanner to Forza 6 players,

As you may know, some of the Bond Cars recorded from the MI6's Q-Branch have been featured in Forza Motorsport 6, the latest installment in the highly-successful Forza franchise available exclusively on the XBOX One. I'll be briefing you with some of the most iconic Bond Cars featured in FM6.


This is the Aston Martin DB5, undoubtedly one of the most iconic Bond cars ever made since its appearance in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger, where Bond must prevent an economic meltdown by taking on the nefarious Auric Goldfinger. In the movie, Q-Branch given the DB5 some modifications include a smokescreen, oil slicks, machine guns, mechanical tire shredders, and an ejector seat. 007 makes use of all of the DB5's gadgets until he crashed the DB5 somewhere at Auric Headquarters in Switzerland.

When Goldfinger was shown in theaters in the Autumn of 1964, it became a box office hit and production of the DB5 have doubled to keep up the demand, sparking a wonderful collaboration between Aston Martin and James Bond. The DB5's recent appearance was 2012's Skyfall, featuring Daniel Craig as James Bond.

There is a known trivia that when the Bond makers wanted this car to be in that film, Aston Martin rejected the idea. They will lend their car for a full price of 4,500 Pounds back in 1960's but the Bond creators decided not to because it's too expensive. They tried various cars fit for Bond but because of their desire of putting the Aston Martin in the Bond movie, the folks lend them a second-hand development car and the Bond people cost them five times more than the car itself to rig it with the Bond modifications.

The DB5 is powered by a 4.0L six-cylinder engine generating 282 bhp (210 kW) of power and a top speed of 145 mph (233 km/h). It was mated with a ZF five-speed transmission (except for some of the very first DB5s).

A total of 1,023 DB5 units produced, with most of the units are hardtop coupes.

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We asked someone if they can do a lap round the Top Gear Test Track just to prove how good the DB5 was but because it was raining outside, we weren't so sure what to do with it. However, our client insists that because this is Forza Motorsport 6, he's very obliged to do his first ever wet lap on the Top Gear Track. Here's the clip that sums everything up...

Our client set a lap time of 1:39.524 on a wet track and by our amazement, even in wet conditions, our client handled better than what Top Gear's The Stig done in the TV show.

MI6, end of transmission...

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