Forza Motorsport Update 9 Adds Porsche 963 & Sebring

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Ahead of the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours, Forza Motorsport Update 9 adds one of the premier prototypes in sportscar racing: The Porsche 963 joins the grid, while Sebring expands the track list.

While the previous Update 8 was focused on 'Track Toys', Forza Motorsport Update 9 emphasizes the 'track' part even more. Not only does Sebring International Raceway return to the track list, the points leader from both IMSA and WEC will also join the grid, as the Porsche 963 arrives to the game - including a Porsche Racing overall.

The latter two will be available as paid DLC at $4.99 / €4.99 / £3.99, but only from June 20 onwards. Before this, players can grab the 'Porsche Combo' entirely for free until June 19, 23:59 UTC. It is not part of car pass or any of the game's editions.

The car also comes with an appropriate playground. Of course, Le Mans is already in Forza Motorsport, but thus far, Sebring was not. The venue is part of the IMSA schedule, and marked the 2023 WEC season opener as well - the 963 participated in both events. Known for its punishing bumps, Sebring is also the site of the annual 12 Hours, which first took place in 1950.

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To go with this, featured multiplayer events are now up to an hour long, with 30-minute events now being part of the Touring Car and GT playlists. Additionally, players can tackle 45-minute singleplayer events. As a reward for completing the Endurance Tour, players will receive the new-to-the-series Nissan R88C, and completing the Open Class Tour rewards them with the Chevron B16.

Nürburgring-Nordschleife With Updated Kerbs​

Aside from the new content, existing tracks have seen revisions, most notably the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and Laguna Seca. While the latter now has its pit exit in the correct spot, the Green Hell features revisions to the kerbs according to the real-life changes made between the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

That means that caution is advised when flying down the Fuchsröhre heading into Adenauer Forst. The final fast left, just after the compression, was very inviting for kerb-cutters in the past - now, the rumble strip is significantly higher, so staying off of it and taking a different line is important.

Forza Motorsport Update 9 Changelog​

As always, there is a much longer list of changes accompanying Forza Motorsport Update 9. You can find the full changelog below.

Version Number:
  • Xbox Series X|S: 1.604.3091.0
  • PC (Microsoft Store): 1.604.3091.0
  • Steam: 1.604.3091.0

Game Content, Features and Events [All Platforms]

Store DLC
  • Porsche 963 Combo – USD $4.99 / GBP £3.99 / EUR €4.99 / CNY ¥19.00
    • 2024 Porsche #5 Porsche Penske Motorsport 963
    • Porsche Racing Suit
  • Claim the Porsche 963 Combo for FREE from the Microsoft Store and Steam between June 10, 2024 (10am PDT) to June 19, 2024 (4:59PM PDT).
  • Porsche 963 Combo not included with the Forza Motorsport Car Pass, Standard, Deluxe or Premium Editions.

Track Addition
  • Sebring International Raceway
    • Sebring – Full Circuit
    • Sebring – Short Circuit

Career Events
  • Featured Tour: Endurance Tour (Available from June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – July 24 5pm PT | July 25 12am UTC)
    • Pinnacle Endurance (Starts June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC)
      • Forza GT: Sebring – Full Circuit (20 laps)
      • Forza P1: Silverstone – GP Circuit (24 laps)
    • Retro Endurance (Starts June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC)
      • GTX Sportscar: Watkins Glen – Full Circuit (20 laps)
      • GTP/C: Road America – Full Circuit (20 laps)
    • Global Endurance (Starts June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC)
      • Forza Touring Cars: Brands Hatch – GP Circuit (29 laps)
      • Forza P2: Kyalami – GP Circuit (25 laps)
    • Classic Endurance (Starts July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC)
      • Vintage Le Mans Sportscars: Nürburgring Nordschleife (5 laps)
      • Vintage Le Mans Prototypes: Daytona – Sports Car Circuit (25 laps)
    • Reward Showcase (Complete all Endurance Tour series)
      • 1988 Nissan #24 R88C: Le Mans – Old Mulsanne Circuit (13 laps)
  • Open Class Tour – GT Street Builders (Available from June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)
    • B Class Series
    • A Class Series
    • S Class Series
    • R Class Series
    • Reward Showcase (Complete all Open Tour series)

Reward Cars
  • Endurance Tour: 1988 Nissan #24 Nissan Motorsports International R88C
  • Open Class Tour: 1970 Chevron B16

Spotlight Cars
  • 2017 Porsche #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC)
  • 2017 Porsche #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC)
  • 1992 Toyota #99 All American Racers Toyota Eagle Mk III (June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC – June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC)
  • 1991 Mazda #62 Mazda Motorsport RX-7 (June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC – June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC)
  • 2014 Mazda #70 SpeedSource Lola B12/80 (June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC – July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC)
  • 2018 Audi #1 Audi Sport RS 3 LMS (June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC – July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC)
  • 1963 Shelby Monaco King Cobra (July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)
  • 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)

VIP Discount Cars
  • 2023 Cadillac #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac Racing V-Series.R (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)
  • 2016 Ford #66 Ford Racing GT Le Mans (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC)
  • 1988 Nissan #33 Bob Sharp Racing 300ZX (June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC – June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC)
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz #33 Mac Tools Ciceley Motorsports A-Class (A45) (June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC – July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC)
  • 1961 Jaguar E-type (July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)

Multiplayer Events
The Endurance Series in Featured Multiplayer ratchets up the strategy and focus of the most competitive drivers for up to 1 hour per race.
With a different division each week, these races will require a renewed focus on strategies around pitting, tire compounds, and fuel levels.
We’re also permanently adding 30-minute-long races to the event rotation within both the Forza Touring Car and Forza GT Series. Going forward, the length of these evergreen Spec Series will cycle between ‘Short,’ ‘Medium’ and the new ‘Long’ races. The Nürburgring Nordschleife and Full Circuit layouts have also been included in the event rotation for Long races in Featured Multiplayer.

Endurance Series
Available from June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC
  • Forza Proto-H (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC)
  • GTX Sportscar (June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC – June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC)
  • Forza Touring Car (June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC – July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC)
  • Vintage Le Mans Prototypes (July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)

Open Series
  • R Class Series and E Class Series (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC)
  • B Class Series and P Class Series (June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC – June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC)
  • A Class Series and D Class Series (June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC – July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC)
  • S Class Series and X Class Series (July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)

Spotlight Series
  • 2017 Porsche #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC)
  • 1992 Toyota #99 All American Racers Toyota Eagle Mk III (June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC – June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC)
  • 2014 Mazda #70 SpeedSource Lola B12/80 (June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC – July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC)
  • 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)

Rivals Events
  • Featured Track: Sebring – 2023 Cadillac Racing V-Series.R – Sebring International Raceway – Full Circuit (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)
  • VIP: Hatchback Hunt – 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Forza Edition – Silverstone National Circuit (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)
  • Porsche 963 Combo Celebration – 2024 Porsche #5 Porsche Penske Motorsport 963 – Le Mans – Full Circuit (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC)
  • Celebrate Senna’s Legacy with McLaren – 2018 McLaren Senna – Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit (May 29 5pm PT | May 30 12am UTC – June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC)
  • Race to the Top with Bridgestone –2020 Lamborghini Huracán STO – Hakone – Grand Prix Circuit (June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)
  • Spotlight – 2017 Porsche #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid – Circuit de Spa- Francorchamps (June 12 5pm PT | June 13 12am UTC – June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC)
  • Spotlight – 1992 Toyota #99 All American Racers Toyota Eagle Mk III – Suzuka – Full Circuit (June 19 5pm PT | June 20 12am UTC – June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC)
  • Spotlight – 2014 Mazda #70 SpeedSource Lola B12/80 Daytona – Sports Car Circuit (June 26 5pm PT | June 27 12am UTC – July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC)
  • Spotlight – 1963 Shelby Monaco King Cobra – Nürburgring Nordschleife (July 3 5pm PT | July 4 12am UTC – July 10 5pm PT | July 11 12am UTC)

Bug Fixes and Improvements

Gameplay [All Platforms]
  • Adjusted Practice lengths across all Featured Multiplayer Series to increase event cadence and frequency. This change results in shorter practice lengths.
  • Added ‘Long’ length races to the Forza GT Series and the Forza Touring Car Series event rotation.
Tracks [All Platforms]
Laguna Seca

  • The pitlane exit at Laguna Seca has been updated to match its authentic location in the real world.
  • Fixed corrupt ambient occlusion zones that were occurring on some parts of the track.

Nürburgring Nordschleife
  • The curbing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife has been adjusted for 2024 accuracy.
  • Speaker poles have been added throughout the track.
  • Removal of some feather flags across the track.

To accommodate these changes, leaderboards for Laguna Seca – Full Circuit, Nürburgring Nordschleife and Nürburgring Nordschleife – Full Circuit have been reset.

Maple Valley
  • Fixed a bug where grass reflections were incorrectly showing pink.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Fixed a bug where grass reflections were incorrectly showing pink.

Cars [All Platforms]
  • 1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV: Fixed an issue with visible clipping in cockpit view with FOV set to 65. [1755152]
  • 1963 Shelby Monaco King Cobra: Fixed an issue where brake calipers are misplaced and not visible from outside the car. [1746009]
  • 1963 Shelby Monaco King Cobra: Fixed an issue where wheel lug nuts/fasteners were missing from the car. [1746007]
  • Adjusted manufacturer paint for both 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C and 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé to the correct "Guardsman blue" metallic paint. [1770834]

UI [All Platforms]
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘OWNED’ UI icon does not immediately appear after purchasing DLC from the in-game Store if the player already owns other content packs. [1728691]
  • Fixed an issue where the thumbnail for the Forza P3 car division is missing from the Free Play Advanced Event Setup menu. [1769689]
  • Updated the existing Mobil 1 decal in the Livery Editor and have added 3 new decal variants. [1745062]

What do you make of Forza Motorsport Update 9? Let us know on Twitter @OverTake_gg or in the comments below!
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Premium
The cars in this game have the worst engine sounds of any current racing game. All sound like they've been recorded in a big echoey warehouse. Also the fact the 963 isn't included in the car pass after that date is a complete con.
Why you moaning, the 963 is free for everyone
 
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I only took the car out for a couple laps at Nürburgring GP. It's OK. I didn't have much to compare it to, because I didn't run straight to the prototypes in FM23. It's nice that it was free for early adopters because what Turn 10 is asking for it is kind of steep.

Sebring is a great returning track to have. I'm having fun running it.

The curbs at the Nordschleife are appreciated. While they appear to be bigger than how the look in other titles (Acc for example), they still demand respect. I already had to DNF a bunch of races behind trying to drive on the fixed curbs.

I think the wall at Laguna Seca is a bit overkill, but I get it. If we were left on the honor system, 99% of the players would join the track right at the end of the pit wall. it's still strange to see because I have become use to using the proper pit exit in other racing titles, and not needing the wall to do so.

There are a few changes that didn't make the patch notes. The sky lighting and clouds have received some attention. The home space is no longer brightened, and the sun isn't beaming onto the car. Some cars have received some audio tweaks and, they have added a track PA announcer, who says things specifically about each track, as selling VIP passes, thanking the sanctioning body, and congratulating the winners of the race. That was a nice touch.

While not perfect, the update is a step in the right direction. Endurance racing, although something that could always be done in single player, is welcome. I only wish there was a game mode in single player that was pre-set for endurance racing... Looks like I got to set one up.
 
The cars in this game have the worst engine sounds of any current racing game. All sound like they've been recorded in a big echoey warehouse. Also the fact the 963 isn't included in the car pass after that date is a complete con.
Yeah its even worse than FM7, and that was not good either.
on another thing:
Using a racing wheel is terrible in this game too
 
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Yeah its even worse than FM7, and that was not good either.
on another thing:
Using a racing wheel is terrible in this game too
yes, I just tried it again. Basic things like shifting are just broken if its not one of the few directly supported wheels. I'm using a simucube, and while I could map upshift and downshift, they didn't actually work.
 
Turn10, Microsoft should have shut down this studio. For ever.
They only have 2 studios that make racing games and one of them is busy making Fable right now, so the chances of them closing their main racing game studio are probably less than zero.
 
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They only have 2 studios that make racing games and one of them is busy making Fable right now, so the chances of them closing their main racing game studio are probably less than zero.
Kind of strange that both racing game studios are heavily involved in the Fable reboot. Turn 10 built the game engine, and Playground is making the game.

I guess if Fable craters, then Satya gets to close two studios for the cost of one game?
 
Tried the sebring endurance race and I've never known a more ridiculous game for tyre wear. You get a notification saying "moderate tyre wear" then all of a sudden you lose around 30mph if not more off your top speed down the straights and AI cars that will have pitted on the same lap as you with the same tyres overtaking you like you're stood still. Absolute waste of my time.
 

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