Forza Horizon 4 Season Change: Winter Wipeout

Break out the snow shovels, because Winter has made its return to the UK to mark a new season in Forza Horizon 4. Even though the conditions are tricky, festival goers are continuing to mark off victories in the latest events as the quest to fill car collections goes on.

In a move against the snow, prizes this week require some finesse to tackle the icy roads. There’s also another batch of rewards for finishing 50% and 80% of the Winter Playlist.

Snowballing Speed

Leading the Winter playlist rewards is one of the more overlooked generations of the Ford Mustang: the 1993 SVT Cobra R.

The Fox-body generation of Mustang tends to be forgotten amongst the more famous variants over the decades, and this SVT Cobra was the final run-out edition. Instead of focusing on big power, Ford turned its attention towards handling and lap times.

Weight was stripped by 130lb over a standard Cobra by removing the rear seats, air conditioning and radio. In order to cope with the diet, the chassis needed to be beefed up significantly. Adjustable shock absorbers and bigger brakes were just some of the upgrades applied to improve handling. Surprisingly, the 5.0-liter V8 remains untouched from the base Cobra and makes 235hp.

A car that’s easily more suited to the winter conditions is the 2017 Hoonigan Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Used as part of the blockbuster Gymkhana Ten, this Fiesta is a customer variant of the standard specification Fiesta WRC. Designed as part of a rules shakeup for the World Rally Championship, the Fiesta gains an even more aggressive bodykit designed for maximum downforce.

The 2017 regulations were proposed in order to make the fastest WRC cars ever, meaning that despite the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine making 375hp, the extra aerodynamic grip allows for even greater handling across any terrain.

This week’s Photo Challenge sends you to go and play in the Slate Quarry. #DiggingIt wants you to snap a Rally Monster while in the Quarry. Prizes for the seasonal championships seem to disregard the snow and ice with the Honda CRX Mugen and AMC Rebel up for grabs.

One of the prizes to go for is the 2016 Renault Clio R.S. 16 Concept. The latest in a long line of insane Renaults, this Clio was sadly not put into production.

Despite being a mere showcase, the R.S. 16 is the most powerful Clio yet. Renault squeezed the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the Megane under the hood, making 271hp through the front wheels. The suspension and brakes are also taken from the Megane in order to tighten up the handling.

In order to bring home the Clio, you’ll have to win the “Renault Championship”.

Another set of Super7 challenges awaits, should you choose to tackle what the community can throw at you. Complete each of the seven cards and a Porsche 917 LH will be on its way to your garage.

Winter events and prizes are listed down below:

Bugging Out

  • Series: Dirt Racing Series
  • Cars: Offroad Buggies
  • Restrictions: A Class, 800 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, Ski Hat

Renault Championship

  • Series Road Racing Series
  • Cars: Renault
  • Restrictions: B Class, 700 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, Renault Clio R.S. 16

White Knuckle Ride

  • Series: Street Scene
  • Cars: Retro Muscle
  • Restrictions: A Class, 800 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, AMC Rebel

The Trial: Snow Showdown (Co-Op Championship)

  • Series: Road Racing Series
  • Cars: Classic Racers
  • Restrictions: A Class, 800 PI
  • Prizes: Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

Winter Games – Series 51

  • Series: Playground Games
  • Cars: Retro Hot Hatch
  • Restrictions: C Class, 600 PI
  • Prizes: Honda CRX Mugen

Super7 – Winter

  • Completion Prize: Porsche 917 LH

Aerodrome Speed Trap

  • Season Objective: 200mph

Northbound Danger Sign

  • Season Objective: 725.1ft

Lakeshore Speed Zone

  • Season Objective: 97mph

Forzathon Events

Speeds are about to get hectic because Hypercars are the focus of this week;s Forzathon. Bring your best A-game for the monster you choose and head onto the streets to get started.

Up next, dance around your opponents by earning a total of 10 Pass Skills during any race events. Afterwards, put the abilities of your hypercar to the ultimate test by earning a total of 9 stars from Speed Zones.

Finally, wrap up this week by storming to victory in a Road Racing Series event over at Lakehurst Forest Sprint.

Forzathon Shop

It’s all about supercars in the shop this week, with the 2010 Lexus LFA making plenty of noise on center stage.

The flagship Lexus was built as a statement of intent by Toyota that it wanted to compete with the best supercars in the world. As a result, the car endured an enormous development period that lasted over ten years, including scrapping the aluminum body for a carbon fiber one part way through. What eventually emerged was a machine unlike anything usually made by Toyota.

Although the whole things is a tech marvel, the LFA’s party piece is its astonishing 4.8-liter V10. Clever engineering kept similar dimensions to a V8, and weight on levels with a V6. Making 552hp, the V10 will rev to a ballistic 9,000rpm — and do so readily enough that a digital rev counter needed to be installed as an analogue one couldn’t keep up.

The LFA will set you back a bruising 599 Forzathon Points, but in return you’ll receive one of the most exciting Japanese cars ever created.

If you need a supercar with a more focused purpose, there’s the McLaren 600LT.

The second model in McLaren’s track-tuned “Long Tail” range turns its attention to the 570S. As with the 675LT, the major focus has been on weight reduction and improving lap times. Weight has been cut by nearly 220lb, and downforce has been significantly increased over a 570S.

McLaren boosted the 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V8 to 591hp, giving this junior model serious supercar punch both on road and on track.

At 599FP, the 600LT will give you a dilemma alongside the LFA, but if you favor the Brit, then the McLaren will easily get the job done for you.

Clothing for this week is the Blue Top Hat and Leopard Pea Coat.

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