PICS AND STORY: MATTHEW EVERINGHAM AND DAVE OLIVER.

Following up on the hugely successful Dream Machine Dyno Night in Queensland the party moved to Sydney. It was time to show how those high horsepower figures translated to the real world during the finale of the Forza Horizon 3 – Dream Machines Events.

250 lucky fans got their hands on some super exclusive tickets which got them into some great ‘money can’t buy opportunities’ like drift rides, access to some VIP parties, even more game launches and early access to the EB Games Expo. Tickets were in hot demand, some fans even camped out overnight in downtown Sydney at the Microsoft store to get their hands on the golden tickets!

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The Xbox crew turned Western Sydney International Dragway into party central for Rev heads and Gamers alike. The scrutineers shed was turned into Games HQ with a dozen machines running the new game, passenger rides with some Sydney’s most talented drifters, VERY fast cars on the drag strip and even a DJ mixing it up live on site. Bonus points for going hard on the presentation!

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Over a dozen of the best local drifters were taking passengers for some epic thrill rides, and from the smiles we saw during and after the ride there’s no doubt that it was a big hit! The other side of the drag way had their own show going with around 60 cars attacking the drag strip for a cash money prize. Some serious machinery was on display. Everything you’d expect to see in Forza 3 was hitting the track. Some cars digging down into the 9.0s!

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Massive smiles were where ever you looked. Both drivers and lucky ticket holders were enjoying the positive vibes,  tyre smoke and excitement.

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Our very own Photographer /Jouro Matt Everingham decided to join in on the fun and give his Mitsubshi  EVO IX a good thrashing down the strip. Although he wasn’t ever in contention of any prize money was determined to live the forza dream at least for a few seconds…

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Matt’s Evo makes around 220kW with the help of some fairly conservative modifications and a tune based around the Ralliart 220 package available in the U.K. His times weren’t amazing, but they were super consistent. His best were two runs were  13.300’s. A long way off what the headline Forza builds were expecting.

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Thankfully, he ditched his helmet and picked up his camera to share the experience with us, and you too.
The Forza 3 Dream Machines were an R32 GT-R. Sure it’s not an Aussie car, but it’s nickname Godzilla was penned here on the hallowed grounds of Bathurst during the Japanese assault on our Touring Cars. The Godzilla was an unstoppable force, well unstoppable on the track. At the end of the season rules were changed to kick the invaders out!

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JHH built 2.8L stroker RB26 (RB28), 1650cc injectors, Trust Greddy front mount intercooler, Single turbo conversion with GTX352R turbocharger (“hand-me-down” from Motive DVD’s project R32), Turbosmart wastegate and BOV, 6boost exhaust manifold, Aftermarket Industries SP800 dual pump surge tank, MCA coilover suspension, Hankook Z221 Semi Slick tyres (265/35/18 front and rear), Ferrari F40 brake calipers, 6 point roll cage, Custom Importz HiCas lock bar and 18×10.5 TE37SL.

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And it’s Australian Nemesis the Holden HSV Gen-F.
Powered by an angry Supercharged LSA engine. Not satisfied with the already impressive power figures the car was sent to Tekno Autosports for some additional work. Including a custom camshaft, Tekno Extractors, Tekno Intake, Varex bimodal stainless steel sports exhaust, MCA coilover suspension, Audioexpress twin Xbox system mounted in the rear, Hertz monoblock amplifier & subwoofer, Paddle shift steering wheel conversion, AudioExpress TV headrests with inbuilt DVD and Xbox display, Koya 20×9.5 and 20×11 rims, Solar Style window tint

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Finally it was time for the final showdown. Both cars would attack the track in a best of three races down the quarter mile. After a bit of a lack lustre launch in the GTR, Johnno Webb had no trouble piloting the V8 in the Teknosports built Commodore to victory. Although the cars are completely different builds on very different platforms the times were very, very close. Seperated by less than 0.1s.

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The second race was event closer, Both cars running low 10’s. A better launch from the GTR narrowly take the second victory.

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In the end Andrew Hawkins of Motive DVD mastered the carbon clutch and got an awesome launch on the last run to seal the deal.

Regardless of who won the main race, the crowd was entertained and the global audience streaming got a good taste of real Aussie driving culture and a couple of ways we approach a car build.

Forza 3 is available now on Xbox One, and soon on Windows 10.