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Forza Horizon Is Perfect; A Retrospective

Patrick Hoffstetter September 12, 2016 Featured, Forza

When the first Forza Horizon came out in 2012, it seemed like an odd project for the franchise to tackle. A weird premise, an engine that was originally designed for circuit only racing, and a new team built from the ashes of other studios. A recipe for disaster? Maybe. But the game we ended up getting four years ago was one of the best driving and automotive experiences that I have ever experienced. A fantastic soundtrack, legendary Forza handling, and a sense of humor and fun that was sometimes lacking in the motorsport side of the franchise. Now it’s available for Xbox One, and it’s free with gold, so lets take a little look back in time. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: The Silly Season 2016

Well, after my little trip to Germany to focus on the sportscar side of racing, there has been plenty of F1 news to keep us guessing about what is happening next. Retirements, sabbaticals, and maybe even the sale of the sport. 2017 will be a new dawn for F1 in a lot of ways. But it will also see at least two giants of our sport take a step back. The 30 second champion, and the 2009 champion. Let’s dive into what these two have meant to F1, and maybe speculate about the next generation. … Continue Reading

F1 2016: The F1 Game We Have Been Waiting For

When I reviewed last year’s F1 Game, I was surprised at how far the game had come from the previous year, 2014, but was disappointed by the lack of a real career and how the engine felt during races. A solid effort, but hamstrung by time and dealing with new hardware. All of that came together to make sure that I spent less time with 2015 than I had ever spent with an F1 game. I had no idea what to expect from 2016 before I got my hands on it, but now that I have spent a solid amount of time with the game, I can attest at just how far this series has come in a year.  … Continue Reading

Experiencing Toyota’s Motorsports Past and Present

Toyota Motosport GmbH is based in Cologne, Germany. I trekked to Germany to learn more about them and one spot to do just that is at their factory, and their small, but very impressive, museum. The museum sort of spoke to me about the soul of that organization all the way from their rally history, to the F1 team that was always so close to perfection, to the new LMP1 program, which has dealt major blows to Audi and Porsche on a much smaller budget.

As I walked around the factory, and ducked under the piping around the heritage cars I was in awe of all of the history and passion parked around me. The museum is actually situated under the wind tunnels, so every now and then you must duck to avoid beaming yourself on the piping around the room. So I was also aware of that as well.

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Mike Conway on His Career and Toyota Motorsports

The DFL Show – Pat Interviews Mike Conway

As part of my trip to Toyota Motorsports, I had the chance to interview Mike Conway over the phone to talk about his career, and his place at TMG. Mike has driven everything from Indycar, to these amazing LMP1 Hybrids. It’s a good interview, so go ahead and give it a listen. And thank you again to Toyota Motorsports for flying me out and letting me get such a great look at what they really do over there.

Alex Wurz on Safety and the Current State of Racing

The DFL Show – Pat Interviews Alex Wurz

As part of my recent trip to Germany to visit the lovely folks over at TMG, I was given the chance to talk with Alex Wurz over the phone for a nice interview about his racing career, his safety advocacy, and what he thinks the right way to go forward is in racing. Alex is a great guy and has a great vision of how to make motor racing a better place for all of us.

The GT-86 Cup; Customer Racing at The Ring!

As a part of my trip to visit the lovely folks over at TMG, they arranged a taxi ride for me around the Nurburgring in one of their VLN customer team’s GT-86 cup cars. Developed in house at TMG, the customer GT-86 cup races in VLN around the legendary Nurburgring. So, how does it feel from the passenger seat? Oh, and did I mention they threw me in the passenger seat during a VLN session? Yeah, it was all a tad special. … Continue Reading

I’m Going to Germany! Toyota Motorsports and The Ring!

That’s right kids, it’s finally time to take the lovely folks over at Toyota Motorsports up on their offer to bring me to Germany. I leave tomorrow afternoon at the time of this writing, and I am very excited. But what I want to do most of all is get some good coverage for all of you back at home. I have a full factory tour and rundown of their WEC program, some exciting looks at the GT-86 Cup car, some time at the ‘Ring, and I will be a guest at a VLN race this Saturday.

What would you like to see from me? What burning questions do you have about the team? What do you want to know about the famed Nurburgring? Leave a comment and I will do everything in my power to answer your question.

Do Not Do As I Have Done…
Or Don’t Use Walmart Tire

Mokoto, my little Miata, has been a darling car. I’ve enjoyed a lot of miles with her already. One thing I seem to forget to do, however, was rotate my tires. So this past month I have had the wonderful experience of trying to get tires mounted and balanced before I head off to Germany.

I went cheap.
I went weak.
I went to Walmart.

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Project Car SOTU 2016: MokotoNB Update

Hoff-SOTU

So here we have it. One year later, the Porsche is gone, replaced by a Miata named after an anime character. What happened? What is going to happen? And will I ever fix my broken fog lights? A full rundown as I log my SOTU for this year.

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