Forza Motorsport 5 will be free for Xbox Live Gold members this weekend

Forza5_E3_Screenshot_09In an interesting experiment of sorts, Microsoft is allowing all Xbox Live Gold members to download and play the full version of Forza Motorsport 5 this upcoming weekend.

Xbox One owners can download a digital copy of Forza Motorsport 5 from Xbox Live on Thursday, Sept. 5th and have full access to the game, including online play and achievements, until Sunday, Sept. 7th at 11:59 pm PDT.  Afterwards, gamers have the option to purchase the game.

Those who play the game can enter to win a trip to the real life Forza Motorsport Grand Prix Road Racing Class at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona.

Read on for the details from Xbox Wire below.

As we gear up for the launch of Forza Horizon 2 on Sept. 30, we?re excited to announce that all Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy Forza Motorsport 5 for free this entire upcoming weekend. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT, Thursday, Sept. 4 through 11:59 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Sept. 7, Gold members in Xbox One markets can play the newest entry in the highest-rated racing franchise* of the past decade, Forza Motorsport 5, in entirety and for free.

The Forza Motorsport 5 weekend will allow you to check out the full Forza experience with special in-game challenges, play against others online and build your achievements and Gamerscore. Throughout the weekend, you will have the chance to compete in a special multiclass endurance in-game race event, Grand Tour of Prague. Complete this endurance event and drive at least 130 miles in the race to earn a new title and badge for your Forza Motorsport 5 profile. After the weekend, you?ll have the option to purchase the game online from the Xbox Store or visit your favorite retailer and continue playing. You will also get to keep your Gamerscore and achievements earned while playing, so invite your Gold friends to play and see who has the best driving skill.

Forza Motorsport 5 is a cinematic automotive journey starring the world?s greatest cars and tracks, created for gamers and racing fans alike, only available on Xbox One. The game features an entirely new graphics engine, 16-car multiplayer races, Drivatar opponents, cloud-powered gameplay, and hundreds of cars perfectly recreated in stunning 1080p and 60fps.

As an added bonus, during the Forza Motorsport 5 weekend event, Xbox Live members in the U.S. can qualify for a chance to win an all-expenses** paid trip to the three-day Forza Motorsport Grand Prix Road Racing Class at the esteemed Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona. Internationally recognized as the leading authority on advanced driver training, Bob Bondurant has been at the forefront of professional driving instruction since 1968, and his racing class features world-class instructors that teaches thrill seekers and current or aspiring racers how to drive like the pros.

You can download Forza Motorsport 5 by visiting the Xbox Store and searching for Forza Motorsport 5. Download the title and put your racing skill to the test. And make sure to check out Forza Horizon 2 launching Sept. 30, 2014.