The fact that Forza Horizon 2 doesn’t neatly fit into one of racing games’ increasingly narrow and predictable genre moulds is its greatest strength.
Free from these confines, developer Playground Games has created something that is, figuratively and literally, expansive in its celebration of all things driving.
Everything continues to revolve around the Horizon festival, a Generation Y mash-up of racing, vehicular appreciation and music. The region provides a wealth of charismatic and diverse routes to discover and race, from gently meandering coastal roads teetering on the edge of cliffs to impromptu bursts through vineyards and small forests.
Tearing through a field in a Mitsubishi Lancer, dodging barns, hay bales and ditches, is another. Also impressive is the flexibility of handling model options, from the heavily assisted to the distinctly more taxing. Each session is made up of four events, consisting of races and party modes such as ‘king’ (a game of tag) and ‘infected’ (a game of trying not to be tagged).
With the prevalence of sequels coming under ever-increasing attack, Horizon 2 makes a powerful case for their continuation. A contender for the title of 2014’s best racer, Forza Horizon 2 builds on foundations laid by its predecessor to make a diverse, entertaining experience.
A very slim and sleek band contains an NFC chip which works just like the MasterCard or Visa Card you use today when you tap and go. The beauty of a wristband like this is that if you like to go exercising without your wallet or phone then this lightweight wristband will allow you to make payments where-ever tap n go is enabled. You may have seen Geoff on YouTube where his tech videos saw millions of views or heard him while he co-hosts the Gadget Grill on Radio 2RDJ. Up until Henry Ford created the Model T, the only choice for personal transportation was a horse. A cheap car is better than no car, and to prove this point, we take 2 cheap cars and one Ford Model T across 819 miles of dusty, rocky, steep, ruthless Utah desert. The American midsize sedan field is one of the most competitive segments in the auto industry. The 200C, pitched as the luxury trim, is completely loaded, both in the powertrain department and the options sheet.
The 200 offers a full suite of active and passive safety features, including blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control (very good), forward-collision warning, backup camera, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Pentastar is one of my favorite mass-market V6s, and it does not disappoint in the 200. Ergonomically, the seats are well sculpted with decent bolstering, but I have trouble staying comfortable on a long drive, finding them a little too “deep” with not enough support for my lower back. Like the loaded Toyota Camry V6 XSE I drove in the spring, the 200C checks in with an as-tested price of $37,095. The 200 is not the sportiest drive in its class—that title arguably goes to the Mazda6, Ford Fusion, or Honda Accord, depending what you prioritize. Our man in Cleveland, Ben Aghajanian, recently visited one of the top automotive design programs in the country at the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) and met with Haishan Deng for an overview of the program.
Haishan Deng: The transportation design program covers so much more than just car drawings. When they enter the program, students learn about basic performance and ergonomic factors that make different types of cars and how they influence design. In their junior year, students start to participate in sponsored projects from which they learn about defining users, finding problems and solutions, and developing design language. For senior year, students apply all of the knowledge and skills they have learned on multiple sponsored projects. BA: How many students are enrolled in the transportation design program, and where do your students come from? HD: CIA’s transportation design program is a track within our Industrial Design Department. HD: Students at CIA have opportunities to receive scholarships from both the school and many other resources. Kirk Bennion, exterior design manager of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, and Jose Gonzales, lead designer of the 2015 Corvette Z06. Phillip Zak, executive director of design, GM Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai. Though I had the windows down for almost the entire week I drove the Renegade, it was quiet with the windows up, even on the highway. The Renegade comes in some pretty wild colors, and our Sierra Blue tester was no exception. Full Disclosure: Jeep provided the vehicle, insurance, and one tank of gas for this review. Like the Hyundai Genesis we tested a few weeks ago, the K900’s 8-speed automatic offers 3 drive modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport.
Good to know, and it does serve to be said that the ATS-V Sedan Matt drove in the One Take was also pre-production and did not have any of those issues, despite the California summer heat.
And while the M3 (and now, M4) has gotten faster, these hyperactive Bimmers seem to have lost something in the process. Cadillac’s engineers beefed up the already stout ATS chassis, increasing stiffness by 25% and mating it to GM’s third-generation Magnetic Ride Control. In Race Mode, I saw consistent top speeds nudging 150 mph on Monticello’s long Hangar Straight . During the day I was able to drive manual and auto variants in both 2-door and 4-door body styles.
Unless you are a total BMW fanboy, you should drive this car before purchasing your next performance vehicle.
Last year at a ShiftS3ctor Runway event, I met the nice gentlemen at ZZPerformance who were there with a very quick Cobalt SS. A Tozzo Frios conta com uma vasta gama de produtos como: frios, laticA­nios, embutidos, enlatados, congelados e produtos a granel.
It’s a creation of sublime design and one whose bonnet is full to bursting with activities and challenges. It’s the exploration and conquering of these terrains that provides a sense of character; the interaction with all of the environment’s elements helps it to feel like a complete place rather than an arena for you to thrash your favourite car around.
There’s a setup for almost everyone here, although you’ll be left wanting if you desire something that is explicitly realistic.
Horizon 2 is about allowing you to live that fantasy of teaming up with like-minded individuals, throwing your concerns out of the window and grasping the potential offered by a wide-open countryside, a set of pedals and a steering wheel.
Anytime you like you can make the jump online from the pause menu, transitioning you to the multiplayer realm but retaining your location and car from your single player game.
Between each event you’re tasked with driving across the map to the next, any style points you earn on the way (for jumps, drifts, near misses etc) going towards your total for the session.
The cockpit camera reveals only half of the windscreen, obscuring your vision to a near-debilitating extent.
Optus held an experience event at Taste of Sydney which enabled us to make purchases with a tap of the wrist.
This is my second round of seat time with it, much more lengthy and extensive than the first, a brief drive in a 4-cylinder Cherokee.
The mocha-brown leather and varying interior colors are a welcome change from the commonplace all black.
The exterior design emphasizes smooth, flowing lines, with LED accents around the headlights, a simple black grille with the Chrysler winged emblem floating in the center, and surprisingly elegantly shaped mirrors for the class. The problem-solving approach of industrial design helps our students to build creative thinking skills. The Subaru Outback brings it all back.” While this is a Subaru ad, this phrase can very easily be applied to the all-new Jeep Renegade, especially when equipped as our tester was.


While Jeep has expanded upmarket in recent years with models such as the Grand Cherokee, one of the only American SUVs frequently cross-shopped with European competitors such as the X5, they really needed a “return to the roots” sort of vehicle. The radio was a standard pushbutton unit with knobs to adjust everything, and the climate controls were the same, a familiar three-dial setup. A surprising number of Wranglers ship with manual transmissions, and I applaud the availability of it here. Other than a little wind noise (not very much), NVH levels were impressive for the car’s size and exterior profile.
Personally, I would go with a different color, such as black, Colorado Red, or Mojave Sand. Drawing inspiration from the Wrangler’s removable roof, this version has two hard panels, one over the front seats and one over the back. The Renegade can satisfy any and all of these requirements, and also managed to be a lot of fun to drive.
I worked as an intern in Product Planning at Jeep during summer 2013 on the Renegade product team.
The company was known in the not-too-distant past for small, economical vehicles like the Spectra, Sephia, and Rio (which is still in production). Jumping in for the first time to run a quick errand, I hastily adjusted the seat (forward, this car is huge), tapped the electronic shift lever into gear, and floated away. Shared with the Hyundai Genesis and Equus, the second generation of Hyundai’s in-house V8 is thoroughly enjoyable to exercise. Our tester featured the VIP package, including a heads-up display, active cruise control, extra adjustments for the driver’s seat, around-view camera, adjustable rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, and much more. Kia’s system will not only slow you to a crawl from 60mph in traffic, but stop the car, remain stopped, and resume accelerating when the car in front of you begins to move again. The Hyundai Genesis undercuts the Kia by over $15,000 base-to-base or nearly $28,000 as tested, yet feels like a more modern and sophisticated car, even without the abundance of options. So far, the market has agreed, as the Genesis is outselling the K900 more than 28:1 year-to-date.
The issue was the cam phasor sealing in the pre-production model you had, which was fixed before vehicles shipped to dealers.
For 30 years, BMW has welcomed every challenge to its crown as the best sports coupe on the planet, adding an equally good 4-door sedan version nine years in. Putting the power down to the pavement is easy with the adjustable Performance Traction Management, giving drivers a choice of five unique settings, including a full-on race level.
These 6-piston front and 4-piston rear binders are so effective, an optional carbon upgrade package is not necessary. The sharp creases and angular shapes work well with these proportions, but the crisp detail and contrast of the carbon package should be standard, as it really ups the car’s performance look over non-V versions. Why is it that Audi is still the only manufacturer consistently getting interior design right? The Brembo brakes are so damn good and fade-free, I was able to keep the throttle down nearly until the four marker before throwing out the anchor.
Like most advanced auto-boxes these days, GM’s eight-speed unit is the quickest way around the track.
Kia’s system will not only slow you to a crawl from highway speed in traffic, but stop the car completely, remain stopped, and resume accelerating when the car in front of you begins to move again. But I was more interested in their Cadillac ATS, which makes 400 horsepower at the wheels from its modified 2.0L Turbocharged engine. Venha conhecer nossa loja pessoalmente ou acesse a pA?gina de produtos e confira alguns dos nossos itens. Largely, Horizon 2 is a sequel in its most obvious definition in that the rulebook has been altered and enhanced as opposed to torn up and rewritten.
Gracefully racing along a coastal highway in a Ferrari F40, sun setting across gently undulating hills, results in one kind of satisfaction. Aside from the four wheels and the desire to finish first, these possibilities share few commonalities, making Playground’s ability to present them within a cohesive framework all the more impressive. Among the handling options is a ‘simulation’ setting, but it’s in no way as testing as the kind of racing games found on PC that really are attempting to be simulators.
Free Roam allows you to cruise the world and launch race events at your own pace, while Road Trip is more tightly structured and obvious in its desire to have you face-off with others. If you’ve ever sat in the front seat of a car you’ll know you can see the entire road in front of you, not just half of it.
There is likely an argument that this is a good way to introduce money and buying items to your modern child. As hard as it is to believe, the exhaust note at lower RPMs reminds me of the old Buick V6, otherwise known as the 3800. I expected the usual characteristics of many-speed autos, such as hunting gears, stuttering, and stumbling. The backseat is a little less roomy than competitors, mainly due to the sloping roofline cutting into headroom a fair bit.
I rarely comment about mirrors, but these seem “designed” rather than just “there.” From the sides and out back, it cuts an almost hatchback-like profile, bringing to mind a smoothed-out Audi A7. The 200 manages to feel a little bit more special than the Camry, however, and this price includes equipment unavailable on the Camry, like AWD, and more sophisticated active safety features.
He was previously at the School of Industrial Design at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China, where he established their transportation design program. There is an emphasis on drawing, which takes hundreds of hours of practice to understand perspective and proportion. They are not only required to design a concept with good proportion and good drawing skills, but also show innovations that embody new technology, lifestyle and materials, and most importantly, connect them with the design language of the brand itself. Notably, CIA grad Joe Oros (Class of 1939) was credited with leading the design team for the iconic 1964 Ford Mustang.
Recently, there are increasing numbers of international students in our transportation design program. There are many new topics for designers to think about. As for aesthetics, cars probably will not be changed into straight geometric shapes, as is happening with other products. The Renegade I drove had a 1.4L turbocharged inline four, coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The steering wheel was a nice size and had grips at 10 and 2, with redundant stereo controls and cruise on the spokes. You can remove just one of them, or both, via two manual locking mechanisms that are easy to use. Headroom though, in front or back, is very good—aided by the upright profile and lack of rake in the roofline.
The steering was very light, the seat was very soft, and I felt like I was driving a 1999 Lincoln Town Car Bill Blass Edition. Boasting 420hp, the V8 provides effortless acceleration and a throaty exhaust note at both low and high RPMs. Most features one would find on a high-end German luxury sedan can be found here, and everything I tested worked flawlessly. Over those three long decades, worthy competitors have risen from across the globe, only to be vanquished with each new generation of Bavaria’s Ultimate Driving Machine. Like the M3, the CTS-V’s baby brother packs a twin-turbo 6-cylinder, but with more power than its German competitor.
The different settings allow drivers of any ability to dial in the perfect level of track performance to fit their skill and move up as they master the car. Cadillac deserves some serious props for going with 18” versus 19” wheels, reducing unsprung weight and saving buyers money on replacement tires. Plus, the perfectly aligned pattern and flawless finish on the carbon fiber gives the car a more expensive feel.


The one area where the Cadillac nails it: the optional leather and Alcantara Recaro sport seats, 16-way adjustable and perfect for a wide variety of drivers from Matt Farah-sized to midgets like me.
Cadillac invited a few auto-writers – plus Robb Holland, a serious shoe who’s day job includes piloting BTCC and VLN race cars – to NY’s Monticello Motor Club and let us loose on the full 3.6-mile road circuit.
Up and over MMC’s notorious switchback with its new extended curbing, the ATS-V was quick and stable, setting up a nice run to fifth up and over Kryptos (aka turn 18), then downshift to second for the Hairpin. You can adjust the K900’s following distance to several different interval lengths, and in a lengthy traffic jam, genuinely have to never touch a pedal. The Range Rover SVR has all the normal RR off-road equipment, unlike the Cayenne Turbo and X5M, which do without, but then you can drive it straight onto a race track, where it won’t be a total mess! Now, these first-generation cars bring good money on the used market and remain popular among VW fans (not to mention TST viewers). As a result, anyone familiar with the Xbox 360 original will find themselves immediately well versed in the core structure of competition and progression on offer here. Yes, you’ll need to brake more and be careful to retain grip when cornering, but you could hardly reasonably compare it to the act of actually driving.
It’s the simple but varied construction of Road Trip that gives it such immediate and long-term appeal.
Question marks also rest over the achievements and the ‘dudebro’ tones of the Horizon Festival’s host, both of which are lazy and uninspired.
Other than perhaps two or three times, when using the adaptive cruise control in traffic, I experienced none of these things, even when accelerating hard. Haishan has received 12 design awards, including one from the German Association of the Automotive Industry and a Michelin Challenge Design Award. They will learn how light creates reflections on different surfaces, and how to show different materials. American and Chinese customers both appreciate designs that integrate with new technologies such as internet capabilities and smart technology. Creating more sculptural form languages will still be a way for designers to express the dynamic inner character of a vehicle, which other products do not have. 1.4L is a pretty small engine, especially for an SUV and I wondered how it would perform in the Renegade. I recently drove the $66,000, 5.0L direct-injection, V8-powered, Kia K900 sedan, for a few days.
It seems that while the Genesis is benchmarked against driver’s cars like the BMW 5-series, the Kia is designed to just set-it-and-forget-it. First, the Kia didn’t have a touchscreen, instead relying on a joystick-esque knob surrounded by several buttons for specific functions, like phone and maps, on the center console. This all makes sense, to a degree, because the Genesis rides on a newer platform, whereas the K900 is built on the older Hyundai Equus platform.
The ATS-V’s V-6 delivers 464 hp and 445 lb-ft to the rear wheels, besting the BMW by 39 in both measurements. To help you document and analyze your track time, (or the shenanigans of your juvenile delinquent kid), GM includes the Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder with the Track Package. I just wish Cadillac would give us some more bold and exciting paint colors like BMW offers. MMC is one of my home tracks, so I felt comfortable pushing the car as soon as the tires got up to temp.
The off-camber turn 1 at the top of the North Straight is a good test of a car’s balance and grip.
You might always choose to race against the same bunch but the context is different each time, ridding Horizon 2 of the soulless menu screens and playlists that typify most games in this genre.
These are ultimately minor blemishes on what is otherwise a racing game of expert execution and exhaustive depth. When sport mode is engaged, or just when you’re driving fast, the engine snarls at higher RPMs and has a hint of a backfire-like sound if you decelerate by engine braking. The optional 19-inch polished alloy wheels fitted to our tester reinforce the class-above style that the 200 invokes.
He has designed products for a variety of companies, including Honeywell, Philips, and DeLonghi, as well as superstructure designs for Mercedes-Benz and Volvo dump trucks. All of these topics are important because the students need to communicate their design ideas efficiently and correctly to others.
Form languages that are now seen in other products are going to bring new aesthetics to cars. At 6’2”, I often have to move the seat around a fair bit in a typical car to find a comfortable driving position. On the Sport trim level, in addition to black, you can get Sandstorm-colored seats, if you want some lighter interior options.
I don’t think there is another vehicle on the market that offers something like this. I quickly became familiar with the system, which was logically designed and quick to respond.
Furthermore, a Lexus LS460 starts within $7,000 of the K900, which means that it will likely have a lower cost-to-own over time, as resale on the Lexus will be higher. To me, the Hyundai Genesis represents the better buy, with the V8 or without it (as tested). The higher output is offset by the Caddy’s additional weight, delivering an identical power-to-weight ratio. The video with data overlay is recorded on an SD card conveniently located in the glove box. When pushed past the limit on medium- and higher-speed corners, the car was incredibly neutral, exhibiting neither understeer nor oversteer.
There’s something here for everyone, but it’s presented in a way that makes every feasible task feel meaningful and engaging. It’s as though the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, with which the 200 shares some chassis bones, took it to finishing school in Italy. Even on the rim of the steering wheel, which is both extra hot to the touch and very reflective on a sunny day. There is a little bit of turbo lag down low in the rev range, but above 2,000rpm or so, the Renegade moves briskly.
The car targets full-size luxury sedans such as BMW’s 7 series and Lexus’ LS, while still admittedly undercutting them in price.
This is largely unnecessary, as the transmission is well-behaved, smooth, and rarely caught in the wrong gear.
Taking market factors into consideration, we have a Kia that has outpriced Lexus’ flagship.
The Tremec-built box is seriously good and if a manual trans is offered on any car, you need to buy it. On a return trip from Detroit to Cleveland, I averaged 33.6 miles per gallon—not bad for a car rated at 29mpg highway.
You can even hear the blow-off valve when letting off of the throttle, which is pretty fun to do repeatedly. On these merits, the 200 is a winner, and worthy of consideration if you’re shopping midsize sedans.
But unlike the larger CTS-V, which now comes only with an 8-speed auto box, you can get a crisp, short-throw 6-speed manual in the ATS-V with Active Rev Match and no-lift upshifts. Furthermore, the metal shift paddles on the steering wheel provide manual control over shifting when desired.



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