It started with a partnership between Turn10 and Jalopnik.com that was announced on January 25, 2010 with this post. The post states, "Starting today, fans will have the opportunity to visit Jalopnik.com to vote from a list of 120 of the world's most sought after icons and classic cars to come up with the ultimate shortlist of cars that will be featured in a downloadable car pack available later this year." It then goes on to say that the DLC will be released, "... this summer."
The voting then happens and is concluded with this post on January 29, 2010 that announces the cars that won the contest, along with the "wildcard" that was chosen by Jalopnik.
The winning cars are:
- 1970 Chevrolet El Camino 454 Super Sport
- 1983 Volvo 242 Group A Homologated
- 1982 DeLorean DMC-12
- 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
- 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale
- 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo
- 1971 De Tomaso Pantera
- 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
- 1977 Saab 99 Turbo
- 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II
- 1984 BMW M635CSi
- 1971 AMC Javelin AMX
- 1992 GMC Syclone
- 1988 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R
- 1986 Dodge Shelby Omni GLHS
Now some of these cars might look familiar to those who have kept up on news with Forza 3. The Tofu R leak mentioned some cars that were going to be in future DLC packs. If you look at the list, you can see that a lot of those cars did come as DLC. And some of the cars in the leak are the exact same ones that were voted on in the Forzalopnik pack. This has caused a bit of controversy on FM.net, as some people wonder if the votes were rigged due to the similarities.
Some time passes and then Jalopnik posts a three part series about their visit to the Turn10 studio with some information about the BMW 2002 being created for the Jalopnik DLC. Shortly after that post, Turn 10 posts an update on ForzaMotorsport.net that mentions, "The second pack (due out later this year) was fan voted DLC which gave fans the chance to vote on which cars would make the cut on an upcoming car pack." After that, Turn10 basically forgets about the pack completely. There are zero updates and no information about this pack.
On March 1, SwedeSpeed posted an article about Turn 10 looking for a Volvo 242 in good condition. It mentions, "...Turn 10 needs a 1983 Volvo 242 Group A Homologated, a.k.a. U.S.-market "flathood," a.k.a. U.S. Group A Special Edition. Location isn't important, but the car needs to be in good running condition, be capable of being run on a dynamometer for sound recording, and be cosmetically stock."
Kurt from Saab99Turbo.com has left some interesting comments regarding another car that Turn 10 was looking for. He says, "I was contacted earlier this year by people with this project looking for a Saab 99 Turbo to photograph for digitizing into this game. They met with one of our website's members in the Washington area and did take extensive photos of his Saab 99 Turbo. I was impressed with their attention to getting every detail correct." The car in question can be seen here. As of now, they have heard nothing from Turn 10 about whether or not the car will even make it into the game.
The next bit of information that seems to come is this post from BADNED on August 2nd that shows a Starion ready to be scanned into Forza 3. The info on the photo shows that it was taken on April 6th, 2010. Then around the end of September, BADNED changed his signature to read "10/12/10." He is known for hiding hints in his signature about upcoming cars, DLC, etc. A lot of people are thinking this might be the date for the Forzalopnik DLC.
Turn 10 then posts two updates about their new partnership with Top Gear and the upcoming Forza Ultimate Collection. What makes this interesting is that the "... Ultimate Collection will also include seven new car models, including: Lancia 037 Stradale ...." Now you should recognize that car as one that was chosen for the Forzalopnik pack. Again, Turn10 has given no clarifications regarding why this car has been split from the original DLC it was in.
I am becoming very skeptical about this pack and I am curious how Jalopnik is handling this. Every delay with no information from Turn10 makes Jalopnik look bad. They put their time and effort into getting their community hyped about this pack coming to Forza. Since then, outside of a few updates, there has been absolutely no information about this pack. People are getting upset with the lack of information, and rightfully so. Turn 10 has ignored everyone who just wants some information about what is going on with this pack. Summer has come and gone and there is still no information forthcoming.
You have to wonder what Turn 10 is thinking at this point.