Monday, February 1, 2016

Forza Motorsport 6: A Prized Riley

After most of you car addicts enjoyed the recent Rolex 24 in Daytona, the recently available Forza Motorsport 6 Alpinestars Car Pack provided us an access to last year's champion, the #2 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk.XXVI Daytona Prototype.


The Riley Mk XXVI chassis developed by Riley Technologies is well known for scoring eight consecutive Rolex 24 Hour wins from 2005 to 2012, 8 consecutive drivers championships from 2004 ro 2011, and 8 consecutive team championships from 2004 to 2011. Its latest use was the #02 Chip Ganassi Racing, driven by IndyCar champions Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan alongside NASCAR's Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray, that propelled the team to a win at the 2015 Rolex 24 Hour endurance race in Daytona.

Like any other race-winning Riley Mk XXVI, it comes with numerous standard features such as CFD for optima lift and drag, Riley-developed nose profile for better downforce, shaped greenhouse for better airflow, adjustable rear spoiler, maximum use of nutplates, roller and needle bearings in pushrod and shocks, Kephos Engineered Surface Coating, Rain System, and many others. The engine the race-winning team used in this chassis is a 3.5L V6 Ford EcoBoost engine developing 600HP of power and 540lb-ft of torque.

Because last year's Daytona endurance champion is the star attraction of the Alpinestars Car Pack, the producers even set up a dedicated Rivals track using the same track layout as used in the recent endurance race while driving the championship winning Riley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype round the Daytona International Speedway. Without further ado, here's what I did...

The car's tricky to start in the first place but as I kept driving in this machine, I'm starting to realize that this car fits perfectly to this track because you notice that most of the DPs are born for this place but while I got to think that while this endurance racer is built not just for Daytona racing but also for different racetracks known for hosting endurance racing. The handling's quite accessible, if I'm honest, but it takes some skill into getting use to this Daytona Prototype.

Anyway, I set a lap round Daytona in 1:56.751, which is utter impressive in my mind, but nevertheless, this Daytona Prototype knows that the way it moves feels at home not just in Daytona but at any racetrack it sees fit for its endurance and its reputation.

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