Saturday, April 8, 2017

Forza Horizon 3: Pace Yourself

Another barn find is located deep within the depths of the Australian landscape but sadly, no one ever knew where the latest barn find is located at...until now.

Today, I set off to see the next barn find hidden somewhere in the Land Down Under but there's a major catch as demonstrated to the latest Forzathon event this weekend only. The task? Complete a Race in an AMC car to receive a Barn Find Rumor. Now that's the catch I am curious about and for anyone trying to hunt down the next barn find, they have limited amount of time to do so because if they don't act within this weekend, the mysterious barn find rumor will be lost forever...ish.

The AMC I got here is the Javelin AMX, the variant known to be as "the closest thing you can buy to a Trans-Am champion". It's got a 401 cu in (6.6L) V8 engine producing 335HP of power while mated to a four-speed manual, which is not much by modern standards but in the era of muscle cars, it's downright glorious to get tempted at. Anyway, no time for chitchat because I got a mission to complete...

After finishing the race with the AMC of my choice, I got the location of the Barn Find in question...

It is two miles away from the Yarra Valley Festival Site and it's time to get some digging.

Time to unload the barn and find out what that is...

Isn't that the car from Wayne's World?! That's right! It's the AMC Pacer, the first wide small car! Built in response to the global energy crisis of the 70's, the AMC Pacer was meant to be powered by a rotary engine like the ones from Mazda but it turned out to be thirsty and dirty so they hastily re-engineered it and put it a much bulky 3.8L 6-cylinder unit. It returns with 18MPG of fuel economy, which isn't sounds fuel efficient for a compact, a 0-60mph time of 14 seconds and top speed of 105mph.

Despite the poor performance for a car meant to be in tune with the times, the width is the Pacer's turning point compared to its relatively short length. The main idea about this car is to have the handling quality of a compact car while delivering a spacious interior and it works. Once more, the door on the passenger side is wider than the driver side, allowing easy access to the back seats.

Due to its bizarre egg-shaped design, most mocked this car as an "upside-down bathtub" but that doesn't stop garnering supporters such as stuntman Evel Knievel, country singer Conway Twitty, and Brigitte Bardot. In terms of movies, the Pacer got featured as the Murph Mobile from Wayne's World as well as inspired Cars 2 character, Acer, one of the baddies.

The AMC Pacer was discontinued in 1980 and its unique platform couldn't be adapted to other models so it was shelved before it was taken over by Chrysler in 1988.

Anyway, that's enough storytelling because the Pacer's too interesting enough to be told so let's take it out for a spin and live to tell about it.

Although the Pacer is a terrible car in the real world, it remains one of the most iconic cult classics in American car culture as well as movie junkies everywhere and in the world of Forza, it's somewhat legendary if you know what I mean. Anyway, you got to hurry, ladies and gents, you got the whole weekend to get this car while you still can!

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