Microsoft has announced that Forza Motorsport and BBC's Top Gear have entered into a long-term collaboration, kicking off with the October release of Forza 3 Ultimate Collection.

The Forza Motorsport franchise is collaborating with BBC's Top Gear team to integrate the Top Gear brand in future versions of Forza Motorsport products.

"Bringing together Top Gear and Forza Motorsport is a natural fit," said Dan Greenawalt, franchise director at Turn 10. "Top Gear is all about automotive passion and playing around with cars which is exactly what we deliver with Forza Motorsport games. We are looking forward to collaborating with their team to bring some of what they do so well on television to our game design process."

Fans will get their first taste of the results of this collaboration with 90 minutes of specially edited Top Gear TV content plus access to the Stig's Garage Car Pack, all downloadable exclusively through Xbox LIVE, as part of the new Forza Motorsport 3 Ultimate Collection.

Forza Motorsport 3 Ultimate Collection includes all previously released game add-ons, bringing the total car count to 500 and offering more than 100 track configurations. Stig's Garage Car Pack features the Koenigsegg CCX, LEXUS LFA, and Mercedes Benz SLS-AMG. In addition to the car pack, the Top Gear downloadable content will also feature an exclusive 90-minute Top Gear video and an Xbox LIVE Theme featuring Top Gear. Sadly there's no mention of the Top Gear Test Track, but maybe that'll come in future versions of the franchise.

Forza Motorsport 3 Ultimate Collection will be released October 29, 2010.