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Bathurst's Mount Panorama added to Forza 5 track list

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In celebration of the Xbox One Racing Team's debut at the 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Xbox Australia and Turn 10 Studios have announced that the Bathurst track, Mount Panorama, will be included in Forza Motorsport 5.

“Few circuits have been requested more by the worldwide Forza fanbase than Bathurst, and for good reason," Turn 10 Studios' creative director Dan Greenawalt said. "It holds a special place in motorsports history as one of the most demanding and challenging circuits in the world.

"In addition, the timing couldn’t be better to finally bring Bathurst to the Forza series; with Forza Motorsport 5, we’re able to bring the circuit to life in a way that nobody else can.

“Through the use of cutting-edge technology like laser-scanning and our new materials-based graphics engine, we can now precisely reproduce the characteristics of every corner, straight and detail to sub-centimeter accuracy; from the narrow twists and turns of the Esses, to the thrilling rollercoaster sprint down the Conrod Straight," Greenawalt concluded. "This is the Bathurst that racing fans have been asking for years and we’re proud to bring it to them in Forza Motorsport 5.”

As for the actual Xbox One racing car, which will debut at the event on October 10-13, here's the rundown:

The Xbox One Racing car is the latest Holden VF Commodore and comes equipped with a 5.0 litre naturally aspirated V8 Holden, which has an estimated output of 640bhp and a top speed of almost 300kph. The car will be driven by international champion race car drivers Andy Priaulx (UK) and Mattias Ekström (Switzerland). The Xbox One Racing Team will be accompanied by the support of Xbox ambassador and Team mentor, Mark Skaife and Triple Eight Race Engineering Team Owner, Roland Dane.

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