Forza Horizon 4 Season Change: Spirit of Summer

Summer has made a grand return to the UK to bake the festival in sunshine and kick off a brand new season in Forza Horizon 4. We’ve entered Series 61, meaning a new mix of events and rewards are up for grabs over the next four weeks.

Cars of all ages are waiting to be collected this week, plus more prizes can be won for completing the 50% and 80% targets set by both the full and seasonal playlists.

Retro Grade

Leading the Summer playlist prizes is the 1970 Honda S800.

The final evolution of one of Honda’s first ever road cars was also the first to crack 100mph for the brand. Under the hood lies a 791cc engine that will redline at almost 10,000rpm. Although it makes just 70hp, the S800 encourages you to thrash it all the way through the rev range. The S800 would also not receive a successor for nearly 30 years until the S2000 arrived.

Something with much more glamour is the 1963 Ferrari 250LM.

Designed as a coupe equivalent to the 250 P prototype, Ferrari wanted to have the car homologated for GT racing. However, because the requirement of 100 units was never met, Ferrari was forced to campaign the 250LM in the prototype class. It would gain a very successful racing career, including overall victory at the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours. Powering the 250LM is a 3.2-liter V12 making 315hp, allowing this beauty to back up its looks with serious speed.

Complete the full playlist and you’ll win a Horizon Backstage Pass and a Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z.

Set up a clash of eras in the Summer Photo Challenge with #RomanRoadster. For this objective, you’ll need to snap a Modern Sports Car among the ancient backdrop of Mortimer Gardens. Over at the championships, a mixed bag of prizes are on offer including the TVR Tuscan and Hummer H1 Open Top.

One particular car to aim for is the 2017 Vuhl 05RR.

Vuhl maybe a relatively unknown brand, but its 05RR sports car aims to directly square off with track rivals such as the Ariel Atom and KTM X-Bow. The particular version of the 05RR would also see action during the 2017 Race of Champions. Lightness was a key component in creating the Vuhl, resulting in a car that weighs in at a whisker under 1,600lb.

Normally, light weight doesn’t require huge power, but the Ford-sourced 2.3-liter turbocharged engine develops 385hp, allowing it to accelerate as fast as supercars.

You’ll need to win the “Vuhl in The City” championship in order to claim the 05RR.

If you’re interested in going after the latest Rivals challenge, you’ll be strapped into a Mazda Cosmo around Astmoor Heritage Circuit.

A new season also means more Super7 cards on the table. Finish all seven and you’ll be rewarded with a Wheelspin.

Events and prize list for Summer is below:

Van of Steel

  • Series: Cross Country Series
  • Cars: Vans and Utility
  • Restrictions: D Class, 500 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, The Robot emote

Shummer Nights

  • Series: Cross Country Series
  • Cars: Offroad
  • Restrictions: A Class, 800 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, Hummer H1 Open Top

Vuhl in The City

  • Series: Road Racing Series
  • Cars: Extreme Track Toys
  • Restrictions: S2 Class, 998 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, Vuhl 05RR

The Trial: Cross Country Heroes (Co-Op Championship)

  • Series: Cross Country Series
  • Cars: Sports Utility Heroes
  • Restrictions: A Class, 800 PI
  • Prizes: Maserati MC12 Versione Corsa

Summer Games – Series 61

  • Series: Playground Games
  • Cars: Hot Hatch
  • Restrictions: B Class, 700 PI
  • Prizes: TVR Tuscan

Super7 – Summer

  • Completion Prize: Wheelspin

Northbridge Speed Trap

  • Season Objective: 180mph

Outcrop Crest Danger Sign

  • Season Objective: 623.4ft

Derwent Water Speed Zone

  • Season Objective: 96mph

Forzathon Events

Break out the hiking gear because Offroad cars are the main focus for Forzathon this week. Choose from any of the machines in your garage to kick things off.

Next up, head to the races and tear up the countryside as you’ll need to drive to victory in Cross Country Series events. After that, cause some destruction in your wake in order to earn a Wrecking Ball Skill.

Finally, close out the Summer challenges by using all of your ghymkhana techniques to earn a total of 750,000 Skill Score.

Forzathon Shop

Two oddities from very different eras are available in the shop for this week, with the star car being the 2018 Apollo Intensa Emozione.

This track special was built as a tribute to classic GT1 race cars, but with a thoroughly modern twist. The wild body is scuplted for maximum downforce, producing up to 1,300kg at speed. Giving the Apollo the necessary performance is a 6.3-liter V12 making 780hp, putting it on par with rivals like the Pagani Zonda R.

At 600 Forzathon Points, the Apollo IE will leave a sizable dent in your wallet, but you’ll stand out against the recognised establishment of track hypercars.

Something even more odd is the 1992 GMC Typhoon.

Many credit the Porsche Cayenne as starting the sports SUV trend, but the true origins lie with this lump of Americana. Taking the GMC Jimmy as a base, any off-roading capabilities were ripped out with a focus on pure on-road performance. Part of the equation is a 4.3-liter turbocharged V6 that puts out 280hp. Coupled to a recalibrated four-wheel drive system, the Typhoon could out-drag contemporary sports cars of its era.

You’ll only need to fork out 300 FP for the GMC, and in return you’ll be granted an SUV that would unknowingly set the groundwork for a performance group years later.

This week’s novelty items are the Ode to Joy and Clock Tower horns.

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