The custom "Gold Rush" 2013 SRT Viper GTS from Forza Horizon

Free Forza Horizon demo goes live with the 2013 Viper, Evo X

Early this morning, the first playable demo for the new (highly anticipated) racing simulator Forza Horizon arrived in the Xbox Live Marketplace, offering gamers their first experience racing in the open world, at night and on dirt in a Forza series game with the first drivable cars being the 2013 SRT Viper GTS and the Mitsubishi Evolution X.

If you are reading this and you somehow do not know about Forza Horizon – it is the first ‘open world’ racing simulator in the Forza racing series for the Xbox 360. Forza Horizon is also the first game in the series to feature night time driving and off-road racing, along with new features including speed trap events that all work with the familiar Forza Rivals system.

The Forza Horizon demo opens with a long lead in video that shows tons of people at the Colorado-based Horizon Festival which features live bands, beautiful women and some of the hottest racing action in the US. The video cuts away to a side panning side shot of the 2013 SRT Viper GTS with background radio coverage inviting racers to head to the Horizon Festival when fictional street racing legend Darius Flynt blasts past in his Ferrari 599XX. At that point, you are given the controls to the new Viper as you race to the entry point of the Horizon Festival racing area. If you beat him – nothing happens but racing the new Viper is a great start to the new demo.


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The first Forza motorsport did have night racing.