To be honest, my Forza life needed a little change. It was getting a bit repetitive, and i could see there was more in it than the leagues and hanging out in the hoppers or the occasional but small friendly races with people i know.
So i have been looking around, getting to know people and checking out some series that sound interesting!
I stumbled upon Online Racing League. It is a small league, that currently organizes three series, but there are more to come. At the moment, they have a Porsche Supercup, that runs the #45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, a Touring Car championship and a FormulaE series.
These guys are pretty serious about what they do. Races include warm up laps, safety, qualification etc. Even though this might sound tedious, it adds an extra aspect to the racing and it seems to be very interesting!
I joined a test session for the Touring cars, running a BWM i125 and it was good fun! I am apparently a lot slower than the other guys, but not hopeless i think. I did had to focus on my gear changes though, because i was getting engine damage by shifting down too early
The cars handle well though, and even though there are limitations to what you’re allowed to upgrade (in my case only the brakes) you can still tune and tweak the car as you wish. ORL has regulations for the paint jobs of the car, but they are not too strick, and pretty easy to live up to. It was really no hassle to bring a legal car to the track.
For the Touring car series, they allow BTCC NGTC Cars, WTCC Cars and STCC Volvo. This made little sense to me, but they do have a thorough list of cars and the allowed updates on their forum.
The Porche Supercup, i did not feel too comfortable joining. The cars a a bit faster, and i am not used to the handling. Furthermore, the race was in Long Beach, and even though it is a track i love, i did not think it would be wise to jump right in to this. I did spectate the race though, with a friend and must say that the racing was intense, close and action filled! Further more, the new feature that Turn10 has brought with the latest update, makes spectating a race a lot more interesting! There is now ia ticker at the top of the screen, that will shop positions, time and distance between each racer, as well as positions lost or gained. Very similar to real racing coverage!
This one i was a bit surprised by. I am not really sure what happened here, but it was through the new Groups feature on Xbox. I ot an invite and accepted. Suddenly i was part of a pretty elaborate and active group of racers who have very interesting and (to me) new angles. The series starts off in a lower class car, and you earn PI points depending on your finish position from the previous race.
This not only awards the winners with a better car, but also forces you to choose wisely and tune your car. Even though you have earned a bunch of PI points, a lower car can still perform better if it i tuned and upgraded right. This is an interesting take on racing, and adds some interesting dynamics in the races. The new series they are building, is team based, where two drivers join each other in the same car, and share the PI points earned. Any new drivers are welcome but will compete as privateers but this ads even more fun to the group!
You can check out the group through Xbox or the Xbox app. Search for Forza 6 Endurance Championship.
The groups interface needs some getting used to, but once you get used to, it is ok (not great, but ok).