Each and every week Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft are revealing new cars that we’ll be playing in Forza Motorsport 5. With now just 44 days until release, meet the 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO and 2011 Koenigsegg Agera.
2011 Ferrari 599 GTO
Gran turismo omologata–it means “certified for grand touring racing” in Italian, and Ferrari doesn’t use that designation lightly. When the 599 GTB went in for the GTO treatment, they had only to look to the decidedly not-street-legal 599XX version for inspiration. The result is a lighter, more powerful 599 that carries on Ferrari’s long tradition of using racing to pioneer technology for road cars.
Following the formula of the legendary 250 GTO of the 1960s, this hotter version of Ferrari’s halo car puts a 6-liter V12 out front that delivers a tarmac-blistering 670 horsepower, making the 599 GTO not only the most powerful Ferrari road car ever, but also the fastest. That’s not just the fastest to 60 miles per hour; it also means that by cutting more than 200 pounds from the GTB and optimizing every system—from the instantly adjustable magnetic suspension system to the lightweight carbon ceramic brakes—it will fly around Ferrari’s private Fiorano test track a full second quicker than the wickedly fast Enzo.
With lessons learned from Ferrari’s F1 program, the 599 GTO’s optimized aerodynamics ensure that the 599 GTO can achieve a top speed of 208 miles per hour, and yet the intelligent suspension and the stability and traction control systems mean that the GTO won’t bite the hand that shifts. With only 599 examples ever produced, the flagship Ferrari is as rare as it is fast.
2011 Koenigsegg Agera
The Veyron may be (slightly) faster, but the Agera has to be the most interesting of the current breed of hypercar. It certainly has the requisite manic power numbers courtesy of a 940 horsepower twin-turbo 5-liter V8. With a top speed of greater than 260 mph and a sub-three-second 0-60 mph time, no one can deny its performance. But Christian von Koenigsegg’s genius is in making his cars boldly distinctive, and while the CCX and its derivatives are definitely that, the Agera is a further evolution of the theme.
From every angle the new composite body (draped over a variant of the CCX’s incredibly stiff chassis) is fascinating, and it also provides improved downforce. For example, those halo-shaped taillights surround heat-extracting vents to help cool the engine. And the wheels are specially designed as vortex generators, cooling the brakes and increasing downforce. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Koenigsegg without some special details like the wraparound windshield, distinctive cockpit, and the ghost on the engine cover. Ghost? Yes, it’s a tribute to a Swedish air force squadron that previously occupied Koenigsegg’s Ängelholm facility and used the ghost as their emblem.