The latest release in Xbox’s car racing videogame franchise, Forza Motorsport 3, will be available in Australia on October 22. Australians will also be able to indulge in a bit of V8 love, as 8 V8 Supercars have been added to the more than 400 cars you can choose to drive – there’s 4 Holden Commodore VE cars, and 4 Ford FG Falcons.

On the Holden front you can choose the team cars of the Toll Holden Racing Team, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Supercheap Auto Racing an Sprint Gas Racing. Ford lovers, there’s Team Vodafone, Ford Performance Racing, Stone Brothers Racing and Britek Motorsport. Of the other 400 or so cars you can choose from, you’re also able to add your own racing decals, and body parts, plus individually tune the cars for more speed, manoeuvrability, breaking power, etc.

There’s more than 100 real-life roads and racetracks you can choose from, including the visually impressive and driver-demanding course along Italy’s Amalfi Coast – none of the 100 are Australian though, so unfortunately there’s no virtual zooming down Bathurst’s Mount Panorama for the true V8 experience.

You can pick and choose your cars, courses and racy types, or sign up for a single-player season mode, which puts together a personalised racing calendar that includes more than 200 different events, including Circuit, Oval, Drag, Drift and Timed Events. And while you’re waiting to race up pops on the screen some automobile-related factoids – today I learnt that seatbelts were first introduced into production cars by Volvo, in 1963. Safety first and safety still from the Swedish carmakers!

Price and availability

Forza Motorsport 3 will have an RRP of $99.95, or $119.95 RRP for a Limited Collector’s Edition (pictured below). The Limited Collector’s Edition includes:

  • Exclusive car pack, featuring 5 cars that have been “hand-tuned and hand-painted by the developers at Turn 10 to fly the Forza Motorsport colours”
  • Dashboard theme
  • VIP Membership
  • 2GB USB drive
  • Keychain