One thing I have in common with Eric Bana is that we both share a fondness for a line of Fords manufactured in Australia under the name Falcon. Do not confuse the Australian Ford Falcon with the boxy American Ford Falcon your grandma drove to church on Sundays. Australian Falcons are for mischief, including the sort of hard driving you have to do after an apocalypse. I know this because I’ve seen Mad Max and The Road Warrior, where Ford Falcons were cast as “the last of the V8 Interceptors”.
However, unlike Bana, I have never driven a Ford Falcon. Until today. I almost didn’t even notice it. Forza 4 drops cars into your garage like a pinata drops candy. No, seriously Forza, I don’t need any more cars. I haven’t even gotten around to driving the last ten you gave me. I don’t need any– Hey, what’s this? A 1970 Ford Falcon? Well, well, well, don’t mind if I do.
I immediately went to paint it, hoping I could dress it the matte black it wore in The Road Warrior. No such luck. In fact, I couldn’t even figure out how to override the two-tone color scheme and the GT351 logo on the side. So I went online to check Forza’s catalog of player-made designs, which is one of the unique strengths of this driving series. Guys who wouldn’t dream of fussing over what their sims wear will spend hours perfecting and uploading paint schemes for their Forza cars. I found plenty of black Mad Max schemes, complete with the gold badge on the side of the car. But even better, I found some of the colorful pre-apocalypse police schemes from the original Mad Max movie. Pictured, by the way. Gorgeous, huh? It just needs the police lights on top. The guy who made it didn’t even charge me any of my ingame Forzabuck credits.
Then I drove it and, uh…
After the jump, you get what you pay for
When a race starts in the Forza games, the camera switches to different views of your car while the countdown counts down. At which point I saw this: