One of the primary knocks against Forza Motorsport 5 has been its rather weak roster of tracks. Not having the Nürburgring was bad enough, but FM5 was missing out on a lot of real-life tracks that featured in previous installments - Mugello, Infineon, Tsukuba and Suzuka, to name a few. Also missing? Road America.

At least that last one has been remedied, as it's been announced that all Forza 5 players will receive Road America, rebuilt from the ground up for the Xbox One as a free download. One of the most iconic circuits in North America, Road America was a late, but popular, addition to Forza Motorsport 4. According to Turn 10 Studios, it'll be integrated directly into the current career racing series in the game and will also feature heavily in the Rivals and multiplayer modes.

In addition to Road America, players that who purchased the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass will gain access to five extra cars free of charge. Leading the freebies are the 2006 Audi Sport North America R8, a 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, a 1968 Ferrari Daytona, a 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 and a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series.

Why all this generosity? Well, it may have something to do with the enormous success of Forza 5. According to Turn 10, since the Xbox One launched on November 22, over a third of the console's owners have purchased the latest installment of the racing title. Other impressive stats include the 653 million miles and 94 million races gamers have driven on FM5's 14 tracks.

Scroll down for a short video showing off Road America in Forza 5 as well as the official press release from Turn 10 Studios.
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Xbox Fans Make Forza Motorsport 5 the Fastest-Selling Racing Game in Xbox History; Free Road America Track Add-On Now Available

Forza Becomes Fastest-Selling Racing Game in Xbox History
Today, Turn 10 Studios announced "Forza Motorsport 5" is the fastest selling Forza Motorsport game ever. "Forza Motorsport 5" has been embraced by Xbox One fans worldwide, with more than one-third of console owners purchasing the game since its November 22 launch, making it the best-selling racing game by console attach over the past decade1.

Since launch, the Forza Motorsport community has been busy and their lifelike Drivatars have worked tirelessly to populate friend's races and challenges. In total, Drivatars have competed in more than 1 billion races since launch, showcasing that Forza Motorsport and Xbox are home to the most passionate fans of racing video games. In tandem, players have amassed 653 million road miles; which is equivalent to circling the Earth 49,223 times. Players have also participated in more than 94 million races, putting in a combined 8 million hours of total gameplay.

The robust livery editor tools have been embraced by the Forza Motorsport community, from both content creators to fans that simply want to customize the cars in their garage. Community members have created hundreds of thousands of liveried cars, comprised of more than 66 million individual design layers.

Road America Available Today For Free
Turn 10 Studios also announced Road America, one of the world's premier tracks will arrive as the first track add-on update for "Forza Motorsport 5". Available for free, Forza Motorsport fans can take a spin on the legendary high-speed straights and challenging turns on one of the oldest and most distinguished of all the tracks in North America, brought to life in spectacular detail and functionality on Xbox One.

Road America is being offered as a fully-integrated addition into the "Forza Motorsport 5" experience and will be automatically added into the Career events for the racing career. Players will be able to take part in races on the circuit in both the main Career events as well as Career bonus events which are available after a Mini-Career series is complete.

In addition, for the first time in Forza Motorsport, Road America will also feature four alternate ribbons that will test the limits of each player's skill. Players will also now find new Road America-themed events in Rivals Mode and in the multiplayer lobbies.

Also releasing today is the Road America Booster Pack, featuring five cars to collect, drive and customize in "Forza Motorsport 5." This five-car pack is a free bonus to "Forza Motorsport 5" Car Pass owners, and is in addition to the six monthly DLC packs that Car Pass owners will receive through May 2014. The five cars include the 2006 #2 Audi Sport North America R8, 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4, 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, and the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series.


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      Andre Neves
      • 10 Months Ago
      Meh. The only Forza that I haven't known the yet. I'm sick of having to buy games and still having to pay for features via a la carte that were already there for the sake of greedy Microsoft's profit margins. Next to EA, they are quickly becoming the most hated publisher because of this.
      jbserra
      • 10 Months Ago
      Road America is by far my favorite track. I visit it at least once a year. I finally drove on it last year and have plans to get out there again this year. To see this track recreate with such realism, it just blows me away. I have to imagine that they had a limited timeline to get their software out. They were smart to have it out at Xbox One release even if it was short on tracks. And then to come back and add them in for free? Seems like smart business decisions and for anyone that was getting bored, they have reason to go fire the game up again. Early adopters wanted to start playing next gen racing games immediately and Turn 10 gave them as much as they could within the timeframe they had. Now they're adding value to something 1/3 of the xbox owners already own. Unfortunately for them, I'm still enthused with my PS3 GT5 which also features Road America, but I'm glad to see it was included if/when I make the jump in the future.
        jbserra
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jbserra
        Oops, I lied. NFS Shift is the one with Road America. It's well done.
      Malou H
      • 10 Months Ago
      its the only reason i have an xbox the good "stuff" isnt out yet. so im still on ps3 mostly but i have frineds that got this just cause of how it looks they never bought a racing game before maybe nfs but not like this.
      Proghog
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well with it being the only worthwhile exclusive game at launch of course its the fastest selling racing game in Xbox history.
      me
      • 10 Months Ago
      Damn I didn't realize tag many tracks were missing from previous games. Looks like this is the first forza I'll never own....
        Ryan Andrew Martin
        • 10 Months Ago
        @me
        Same here. I've been a diehard since 2 but I'm going to go the GT6 route here shortly.
          XT6Wagon
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Ryan Andrew Martin
          Its a much better game than GT5. Also you get lots of new content for FREE, without having to buy stupid season passes or car packs.
          Lachmund
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Ryan Andrew Martin
          GT6 is much more realistic either. The AI and Sound is where Forza shines in comparison.
      XT6Wagon
      • 10 Months Ago
      "players that who purchased the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass will gain access to five extra cars free of charge" "free" LOL So... how much did microsoft pay for this advertisement? Its yet another article on this game thats pretty clearly a paid for promotion..
      Andrew Ramos
      • 10 Months Ago
      Is there a decent wheel that works with this game?
        Luc K
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andrew Ramos
        Yes see Thrustmaster TX 458 (see review www.youtube.com/watch?v=PolMv5B0IEg). I wish there would be a way to use the Xbox 360 wheels as well (e.g. Fanatec).
          Lachmund
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Luc K
          who would be stupid enough to buy this overpriced wheel for just one game?!
      Ashley Wolf
      • 10 Months Ago
      Of course it's the fastest-selling game, it came bundled with the XBOX ONE, you tools! No matter how much of a good action you think it is to only bring this track, the game is anemic in content and the paid-DLC is ruthless disappointment.
      Shahul
      • 10 Months Ago
      Nice that they did for free... I think they were just rushed to get it out for launch... plus they wanted to do the tracks again from ground up vs using old models. Still a decent amount of tracks... Need the ring though. When is VIR ever going into one of these games (outside iracing)...? Forza 5 is amazing btw
      sampson
      • 10 Months Ago
      I wish they'd make this for xbox360...
      purrpullberra
      • 10 Months Ago
      The title had to be ready for release of the console and they simply couldn't get all the tracks ready in time. They have always planned on making them available for free but I don't know why that info didn't get noted. The new drivatar feature is a great addition too. If you ever liked Forza you will absolutely love FM5. But it is understandable that the costs are prohibitive to a lot of folks. I need the wheel/pedals and added to the game and XboxLive it's over a $1000 to get set up as nice as most of us want to be. But the PS4 isn't gonna be THAT much cheaper is it? I can't wait to get the wheel pedal set due to release on the 28th. That's when I'll go back. I got up to level 105 or so because I absolutely loved the new feel of the controller. But as soon as I went back to FM3 or 4 using the wheel it made going back to the controller a real mess. I haven't played FM5 since. But it is awesome fun.
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