Drive Free: We continue to drive Forza Horizon 5 in our heads

The Gamescom computer games trade show kicks off today - again virtually. Software giant Microsoft kicks things up a notch with the presentation of its open-world racing game Forza Horizon 5 and shows off the game's cover heroes. We took a closer look at the automotive protagonists - and, in keeping with the spirit of the game, thought about where in the world we would go with them.
Text Alfred Rzyski
Photo Forza Motorsport

A Corvette Stingray, winding coastal roads and lots of sunshine - all best enjoyed on an extended drive to Baja California. Sounds good? That's exactly what the open-world racing game "Forza Horizon, which was presented in time for Gamescom starting today, will allow us to do from 9 November. Including action-packed drops from a cargo plane and some four-wheeled title heroes. Among them: In addition to the new Corvette Stingray, also the new Ford Bronco, the Mercedes Project One and a Safari 911. While both scenarios described above can actually take place like this thanks to the game's location in Mexico, there are a few he-drives we'll have to come up with ourselves. This is exactly why we have also considered where we would move the already presented cars.

Ford Bronco

Thunderstorms like in the game? No thanks. We'd rather have some real summer vibes - and the new Ford Bronco with retro design and real off-road capability. It would enable a beach excursion to the really secret bays. Impassable terrain on the way to the secret (bathing) paradise is a thing of the past. Just like the hassle of transporting surfboards. So: off to the secret beach, somewhere on the Portuguese Atlantic coast. And if we can wish for something else: preferably the surf-oriented Bronco study with the additional name »Riptide«.

Mercedes Project ONE

The Mercedes Project 1 brings real Formula 1 technology to the (virtual) streets in Forza Horizon 5. We would immediately head to the race track in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, with the hypercar powered by the world champion engine. Partly, of course, because the Ardennes roller coaster is one of the most exciting, most challenging and longest circuits in the world. We'll just say Eau Rouge, Radillon and Blanchimont. But also because the second half of the Formula 1 season starts there this weekend. Right: Time to pay a visit to relatives of the hyper-fast kind.

Porsche 911 Desert Flyer

We quote Walter Röhrl quite, quite freely: »A racing game without a Porsche 911 is a dull, meaningless game!« Fortunately for Walter and us, Forza Horizon 5 will not only feature the familiar street 911s, but also an off-road offshoot. With the »Desert Flyer« you could, no, you have to take the East African Safari Rally under your wheels - or the old routes of the Paris-Dakar, where Zuffenhausen also left a lasting impression with two victories. Because an off-road 911 belongs off-road. That may sound banal at first, but it has to be said in view of some trends.

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