• Jun 16, 2009
Circuit De La Sarthe in Forza Motorsport 3 - Click above for high-res image gallery

The real 24 Hours of Le Mans just ended, but thanks to the upcoming release of Forza Motorsport 3, you'll be able to recreate the battle between Audi and Peugeot any time you want. Turn 10, the developers of FM3, have confirmed the game's inclusion of Circuit De La Sarthe, including every famous turn and that most monster of straights, the Mulsanne. We're told that the entire 8.5-mile course and its 21 famously named turns have been painstakingly recreated - even the shorter Bugatti circuit will be playable.

La Sarthe is no stranger to being virtually recreated in video games. Most recently, the extremely addicting racer GRiD offered up Le Mans in between seasons while playing in career mode. The third installment of Forza, however, will be the most detailed recreation yet.

Turn 10 has also announced a partial list of race cars with which you'll be able to tackle the 24 Hours of Le Mans in your living room. In addition to this year's Le Mans-winning Peugeot 908, Audi's R8 and diesel-powered R10 will be available. There's no mention of the newer R15, but we expect Turn 10 to complete the roster of Audi LMP1 cars with some downloadable content later on.

Check out the gallery below to view the rest of the recently announced Le Mans racers and see how well Turn 10 recreated La Sarthe.



[Source: ForzaMotorsport.net via Jalopnik]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The limit of 8 car grid in Forza 3 is definitely going to take some of the excitement out of the racing especially on a long track like La Sarthe. It would've still be quite acceptable although I much prefer at least 12 or better still 16 which is the grid for GT5 Prologue on most tracks. Unfortunately, there will be no day/night cycle and to run a proper 24 hour race you definitely need that. Besides, witnessing the sunset and sunrise while careening 300 km/h is one of the benefit for enduring such an ardous race and to not have that is a chance amiss.
      • 5 Years Ago
      awesome pics, one question, do the audi's and bentley's not have the indicator lights near their numbers to show what place they are running in the class? i noticed them on peugeot's renderings, not the others...

      otherwise, it looks fantastic. hope that r15 is in the works, and
      hopefully it'll run better than it did over the weekend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe you can reenact last year's race with that R10. Where is the R15?
      • 5 Years Ago
      considering that it doesn't have the R15, and GT4 had this track in two variations (w/ or w/o chicanes on the Mulsanne straight) years ago, this is nothing to call home about.

      I love how Forza starts going on and on about having tracks that GT4 had for ages...the 'Ring?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like i`ll be spending some cash in October. A new wheel is in order.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's no wheel worth having for 360 unless the Fanatec is it. I ordered a Fanatec, they took my money two weeks ago but won't be delivering until October. They didn't even acknowledge my order until I sent them an email last Friday.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Xbox wheel isn't THAT great (and yes, I own it). It certainly doesn't hold a candle to the great wheels you can get on PS3 and PC. The Logitech G25 + GT5 Prolog is just about the most fun I've ever hand playing a racing game.

        Also, why all the hate for GRID? It was a great arcade-style racer! I don't think they ever claimed it was supposed to be a sim. For what it was, it was a fun game.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Disappointing though is that there are no real-time weather effects, or day/night cycle changes, or (possibly) real pit stops... can't imitate the 24 hours of Le Mans then.

      Those screens look a lot better than earlier ones though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice to read this :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the forza2 better than GT4, it's much more fun to drive the cars in forza2 than GT4!?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can .. Forza's physics engine was actually co developed by real race car drivers. People say it's annoying because it's actually HARD!!!!

        Aaannddd .. You are seriously the ONLY person in the world to think that GT4 has better physics than Forza 2. Do some research, check out some reviews .. you are obviously a pussy when it comes to games. You must be one of those little pansies that likes their video games to be easy, which GT4 certainly is.

        I've always been a GT fan, I have them all. But the fact is Forza has outdone them. Lets just hope they bring the heat with GT5, because as it stands right now, Forza 3 is really making the GT series look like a failure because there is no GT5 yet ..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Forza is probably the most annoying game in history for handling, how can you justify this opinion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        its more fun because you suck
        • 5 Years Ago
        GT4 had an aversion to power-oversteer. Happily Forza 2 lets you play with the tail-out or drive with the correct balance.

        I haven't played GT5 so I cannae pass comment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, GT4 had very little forgiving oversteer. It was either neutral, tight, or snap. I found most cars in Forza2 to be more forgiving than I thought they should be - my own car snaps around a bit faster than it's counterpart in Forza, but at least getting in the throttle too early doesn't result in an instant spin.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It it well known that manufacturers set up their cars from the get go with an understeer bias, because it is easier to control than oversteer. So as far as the stock performance of cars, GT4 got it spot on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Ryan McGrory: It's a sim game. Don't hate just because you don't appreciate the need to brake before corners.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope the Panoz LMP1 is still in the game!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those are shots from a video game? Wow, that's pretty amazing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        http://generationdreamteam.free.fr/Quizz.html

        Try figuring out which is GT5 and which is real. I dare ya.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've said it time and time again... Yeah, great graphics are awesome... To look at... When it comes down to it, I'll be playing the game that has substance over graphics anyday... Makes me feel like Im actually getting my money's worth when it comes to replay value...

        Btw... Gamestop has already started preorders for Forza 3... Definitely reserved my copy of the Limited Edition version already... Its gonna be awesome!.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont think this year 908 is in the game. The peugeot in the screenshots is the last year 908.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Geeze, gamer fanboys are even worse than car fanboys.

      Look, I like Forza 2, it was the first game that I bought when I got my XBOX360. I played the hell out of it and lost a lot of sleep because I couldn't put it down. Even my wife likes playing it and she doesn't give a crap about cars.

      You aren't going to convince me that I don't enjoy Forza or my XBOX360. That is just stupid. You're going to tell me what I shouldn't like and should like??? I am the world's foremost opinion on what I enjoy and you are the worlds' foremost opinion on what you enjoy and I can't tell someone who enjoys their PS3 and GT4 what they like.

      I'd love to get a PS3 and play GT4 and eventually GT5 which is always gonna be coming soon. But, I chose an XBOX360 instead and I don't regret it. I really don't want two or three gaming systems taking up my entertainment console.

      This fanboy crap is ridiculous. Like what you like, talk about what you like, but trying to convince others that they are wrong or stupid for liking something else is just stupid and immature.
      • 5 Years Ago
      god, if only pc could get a port of this so we could see the engine in its true, not upscaled 1080p glory. Its soo sad we have to be held hostage by content lacking arcaders and wooden sims, none of which look half as good as the original forza.
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