• Image Credit: Microsoft
  • Image Credit: Microsoft
  • Image Credit: Microsoft
  • Image Credit: Microsoft
Microsoft is going to get into the world of racing. Okay, so the tech-giant is already kind of involved in motorsports, with its subsidiary studio, Turn 10, responsible for the phenomenon that is Forza Motorsport. Forza, which goes toe-to-toe with Sony's Gran Turismo series, is preparing to release its fifth version in the main series, appropriately called Forza Motorsport 5.

In conjunction with promotions of the new game and the launch of the next-generation Xbox One console (due out on November 22), Microsoft has announced that Xbox Australia will team with Triple Eight Race Engineering to launch the Xbox One Racing Team at the 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Bathurst, which runs on the Mount Panorama Circuit, will be included in Forza 5 and is one of the most grueling events on the V8 Supercars calendar, covering 620 miles (1000 kilometers). Winning it is as important to V8 Supercar teams as winning the Daytona 500 or Monaco GP is to NASCAR and Formula One teams.

Leading the charge for Xbox One Racing will be a Holden VF Commodore, finished in the traditional Xbox green. Triple Eight Racing, which has won Bathurst five times since its initial win in 2006, handled the oily bits of the VF Commodore. With a 640-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8, the saloon racer can get to 62 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds and will run up to 185 mph. Have a look at the thing coming together in the video below.

Besides a top-flight car, the Xbox One Racing Team will have no shortage of talented drivers - Andy Priaulx and Mattias Ekström will be at the helm. Priaulx has competed in the World Touring Car Championship, German DTM and has ran the Bathurst 1000 three times. Ekström may be a Swede, but we feel like there's some Finnish blood in him somewhere. He's ran in DTM since 2001, as well as completing stints in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR. He's also captured three titles in the Race of Champions, which saw him best the legendary Michael Schumacher.

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Xbox One Wildcard Team enters Bathurst 1000

Xbox One Racing Team to race in the 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and immortalises the Bathurst track in its latest racing game release"Forza Motorsport 5"

SYDNEY, Australia. – September 5, 2013 – Xbox Australia with Triple Eight Race Engineering today announced that they are launching the Xbox One Racing Team in the 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. To celebrate, Xbox Australia and Turn 10 Studios, the makers of the Forza Motorsport series, have also announced the Bathurst track, Mount Panorama, will be included in the highly-anticipated racing game, "Forza Motorsport 5" set to launch exclusively with the new Xbox One console in November 2013.

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.
Alan Bowman, Regional Vice President, Microsoft, Greater Asia Region said, "Xbox has had a strong association with the sport of V8 Supercars over the last decade and for years Australians have been asking us to include the Bathurst track into the Forza Motorsport games. We have taken notice and to celebrate the inclusion of the Bathurst track and two V8 supercars in 'Forza Motorsport 5', we will launch a truly international and competitive racing team.

"This is unprecedented in Australia. After months of working in secret to create a piece of racing and gaming history, we are excited to finally reveal that the wildcard entrant and 29th car making its mark at Mount Panorama this year will be the stunning Xbox One Car," concluded Alan.
The Xbox One Racing car is the latest Holden VF Commodore and comes equipped with a 5.0 litre naturally aspirated V8 Holden which has an estimated output of 640bhp and a top speed of almost 300kph.

Six-Time Bathurst Champion, Mark Skaife said, "This is a milestone not only in racing, but gaming history and I'm proud to continue working with Xbox as we turn Aussie gamers' dreams into a reality."

"The Bathurst 1000 is watched in 137 countries around the world and now, with the inclusion of the famous Bathurst track at Mount Panorama in Forza Motorsport 5, Australia's place in the global racing circuit will be cemented in one of the highest rated racing game franchise in history," said Mark.

Triple Eight Race Engineering Team Owner, Roland Dane said, "There is no surprise that we love a challenge. When we heard this unique proposition from Xbox to turn everyone's most-loved racing game into a reality on-track, we knew it was too good an opportunity to pass on.
"Andy and Mattias are two of the best Touring Car racing drivers in the world today and I can promise Bathurst and V8 fans that this will be one team to watch come race day in October," concluded Roland.

Developed by Turn 10 Studios, "Forza Motorsport 5" is a cinematic automotive journey designed exclusively for the Xbox One. Innovation is at the heart of "Forza Motorsport 5" with ground-breaking features that are only possible on Xbox One, including a worldwide network of always-evolving "Drivatar" opponents powered by the cloud and a new graphics engine that delivers stunningly realistic visuals. Built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and starring the world's greatest cars and tracks, no game better delivers the wide-eyed thrill of racing.
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.'"

For more information about the Xbox One Racing Team, the Xbox One or Forza 5 Motorsport, visit news.xbox.com.

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