Microsoft and Forza Motorsport 5 Developer Turn 10 Studios have announced that the iconic Australia race track Mount Panorama will be among the circuits featured in their upcoming Xbox One exclusive racing sim.
Dan Greenawalt, Creative Director at Turn 10 Studios said, “Few circuits have been requested more by the worldwide Forza fanbase than Bathurst, and for good reason. It holds a special place in motorsports history as one of the most demanding and challenging circuits in the world. In addition, the timing couldn’t be better to finally bring Bathurst to the Forza series; with ‘Forza Motorsport 5’, we’re able to bring the circuit to life in a way that nobody else can.
“Through the use of cutting-edge technology like laser-scanning and our new materials-based graphics engine, we can now precisely reproduce the characteristics of every corner, straight and detail to sub-centimeter accuracy; from the narrow twists and turns of the Esses, to the thrilling rollercoaster sprint down the Conrod Straight. This is the Bathurst that racing fans have been asking for years and we’re proud to bring it to them in ‘Forza Motorsport 5.’”
Promoting its upcoming console and new Forza title, Microsoft is also sponsoring a racing team as a wildcard entrant in this year's Bathurst 1000 event, with a Holden VF Commodore dressed up in Xbox green.
With international champion race car drivers, Andy Priaulx and Mattias Ekström behind the wheel, the Xbox One Racing Team will be boosted by the support of long time Xbox ambassador and Team mentor, Mark Skaife and Triple Eight Race Engineering Team Owner, Roland Dane.
Forza Motorsport 5 is due as a launch title for the Xbox One console, and will be landing in Australia on November 22 2013.
Oddly, there's no in-game video of the track in Forza 5 to accompany the announcement, only a single screenshot, but you can also watch a clip of the Xbox Racing team's sponsored car below.