Long Beach Circuit Included in Free Forza 5 Update

Microsoft's latest Forza 5 update has a special surprise in store: it includes the Long Beach Circuit. We're always up for free DLC. Aren't you?

Forza Motorsport 5

The best-selling racing game in the PS4 vs. Xbox One battle just got even better, and it did so for free. Microsoft has released a Forza 5 update that includes the Long Beach Circuit absolutely free. Free DLC is always a good thing, but an entire circuit rendered as beautifully as this is outstanding.

Available for free as part of the latest “Forza Motorsport 5” content update, delivering tight turns and blindingly quick straights, Long Beach is surrounded by the sun-drenched beauty of southern California. Long Beach in Forza Motorsport 5 is packed with stunning detail, with the entire track and surrounding area recreated with obsessive precision through laser scanning, thousands of photos and hours of video.

From the angles of each unique palm tree along Shoreline Drive to every nuance of the track’s surface, this circuit is a racing experience unlike any other.

The full eleven-turn, 1.97-mile course, home to this weekend’s 40th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, is included, as well as two alternate ribbons: the slightly shorter East Loop and the half-mile West Loop, both of which are perfect for drifting or pushing your technical driving skills to their limits.

Like all track DLC in Forza 5, Long Beach has been fully integrated into every mode of the game. Once you download the content update, the Long Beach circuit becomes part of your Forza 5 world. You’ll find brand new events in Career mode, new Rivals and multiplayer lobbies to challenge your friends.

Now home to the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the circuit hosts series such as the Verizon IndyCar Series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Indy Lights, Pirelli World Challenge, Formula Drift, and more. Over the years, the skyline of Long Beach has transformed from small, nondescript buildings to state-of-the-art high rises and upscale condominiums. Despite these changes, the track has mostly remained the same. Naturally, the street surfaces have improved, but the hairpin just before the high speed run down Shoreline Drive, which leads to the infamous Turn 2 around the fountain, is as challenging as ever. Long Beach is an American racing icon and always provides for exciting racing, no matter what breed of cars are competing.

Need some new rides to go with the new track included in the Forza 5 update? The Long Beach Booster Pack features five cars to add to your collection, including the 1977 Ford Coyote Gilmore77, the 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale, the 1956 Jaguar D-Type, the 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes CLK GTR, and the 1971 Ferrari #2 Ferrari Automobili 312 P.

This five-car pack is also available for free — to Forza 5 Car Pass owners. The Forza Motorsport Car Pass includes the six monthly DLC packs that Car Pass owners will receive through May 2014, as well as the five-car Road America Booster Packs and the five-car Long Beach Booster Pack.

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