ForzaRC Week One ESL Tournament Moved to Nürburgring GP Amidst Corner-Cutting at Monza Qualifier

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The Forza Racing Championship kicked off earlier this week with the 2015 Mustang GT as the first featured car. In the Elite Series, players were challenged to take their pony car around the turns of Monza in a dedicated Rivals event.

A recent game update coinciding with the event launch had made changes to various tracks to limit corner cutting and track extending. With a 2016 Ford Focus RS set as the grand prize however, it didn’t take long for the quicker players in the game to find (and exploit) a glitch at the Italian circuit.

Normally, when a player goes off-track in the game, a warning symbol appears beside their lap-time, signifying it as dirty. At Monza, the first and second chicane, as well as the Variante Ascari complex, can be cut significantly without dirtying the lap.

Through some testing of our own, it appears that the key is in how the player negotiates the speedbumps that line the inner edges of these curves. Utilizing this exploit is good for well over 1.5 seconds per lap.

Turn 10 is aware of the situation, and while not much can be done for the current event, community manager Brian Ekberg announced the ESL-run events this weekend will move to another track:

“While our goal was to bring this track back into competitive use with our recent content update, clearly there is more work to be done. With that in mind, I’d like to apologize for any frustration this has caused.

To be clear, we will be using the track limits as defined in Forza Motorsport 6 for our qualifying Rivals events. However, for this weekend’s Week 1 Cup and Showdown events with ESL, we will be running a different track – the Nürburgring GP.”

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The ForzaRC Mustang of GTPlanet member VXR (as found here).

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a situation like this happen. Way back in 2011, GT Academy was hit with a similar controversy when Sony had to cancel Round 2 after what it deemed ‘inappropriate behaviour’. When big prizes are on the line, like a new hot hatch or a seat with a racing team, any advantage will be explored.

You can read more on the first season of the ForzaRC here, including the schedule. If you haven’t set a time in the first Elite Series event (to secure yourself a 1973 Ford Escort RS1600), you’ll want to hurry: it closes at the end of today.

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Comments (7)

  1. Fredzy

    Nice to see it happens in Forza as well! Here I thought allowing blatant cheating was a GT thing. In Forza, when somebody brake checks you, rear-ends you off the track or dives deep to the inside and rams you off the road, do you get a severe penalty and they get away unscathed?

  2. GTP_CargoRatt

    Can’t say I didn’t see this corner cutting coming, especially at Monza. Seen it many times in various Gran Turismo TT events.

  3. BrunetPaquet

    Now all the game is missing is an optional penalty system that goes for players and A.I. along with having them being forced to ON for online play.

    I know some people are going to flak me for saying this.

    Think about the following: I can’t even play online without having everyone cut the corners and me ending up dead last because I do my best to stay within the boundaries!

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