Forza Horizon 4 Season Change: Snowballing Effect

Grey skies and white hills mean that a new Winter season is now underway in Forza Horizon 4. With conditions less than ideal, it isn’t stopping players from chasing victories in all of the events scattered around the UK.

Prizes are from all across the motoring spectrum this week, with the seasonal playlist also offering riches to those who can complete the 50% and 80% objectives.

Asphalt Sledging

The seasonal playlist rewards are all about the Blue Oval, with the 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R first out of the gate.

This “Foxbody” Mustang aimed to return to the form that was lost from its widely criticised predecessor, and this Cobra R is one of the last variants. Unlike the standard car, Ford’s SVT division chose to focus on handling rather than pure power.

The 5.0-liter V8 makes 235hp, but a series of intense weight reduction measures cut a hefty 450lb. Track performance and cornering improved significantly, which is a rare commodity for a car mainly designed to work the drag strip.

A Ford that’s apporpriate for the winter weather is the 2017 Hoonigan Ford Fiesta RS WRC. One of the many stars of Ken Block’s Gymkhana Ten, the Fiesta WRC was built to the 2017 regulations aimed at making some of the fastest rally cars since Group B.

Although the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine makes 375hp compared to over 500hp in Group B cars, modern aerodynamics mean the Fiesta is in another league of speed. With an advanced four-wheel drive system and a close ratio sequential gearbox, this Fiesta can tackle asphalt and dirt trails with unparalleled speed.

The newest Photo Challenge wants you to go and play in the quarry this week. #DiggingIt requires you to snapa Rally Monster in the Slate Quarry. Winter’s championships offer a more mixed selection of rewards, including the Honda CRX Mugen and the AMC Rebel.

One of the highlights is the 2016 Renault Clio R.S.16 Concept. Made as a celebration gift for the 40th anniversary of Renault Sport, this Clio is the most extreme model since the V6. The R.S.16 retains a more conventional front-wheel-drive layout but with major chassis upgrades honed on the track.

Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the Renault Megane, making 275hp. The suspension and brakes are also lifted from its larger stablemate to ensure all that power can get to the road effectively.

If you want to grab the Clio, you’ll need to win the “Renault Championship” first.

If you’re keen for a harder challenge across all the seasons, then the latest Super7 offerings should easily suffice. Finish all seven cards and you’ll be rewarded with a Wheelspin.

Winter’s events 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, 2016 Renault Clio R.S.16 Concept

White Knuckle Ride

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

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 63

  • Series: Playground Games
  • Cars: Retro Hot Hatch
  • Restrictions: C Class, 6000 PI
  • Prizes: 1984 Honda CRX Mugen

Super7 – Winter

  • Completion Prize: Wheelspin

Aerodrome Speed Trap

  • Season Objective: 200mph

Northbound Danger Sign

  • Season Objective: 725.1ft

Lakeshore Speed Zone

  • Season Objective: 97mph

Forzathon Events

The most inappropriate cars for the snow and ice are the main focus of Forzathon, as Hypercars get put under the spotlight. Pick from any of the fastest machines ever created in order to get started.

Next, show your power over your rivals by earning ten Pass Skills during races. After that, learn to balance that power with handling to get a total of nine stars in Speed Zones.

Close out the weekly challenges by cruising to victory in a Road Racing Series event at Lakehurst Forest Sprint.

Forzathon Shop

Supercars are also in the shop for Winter, with two machines obsessed with searching for every last drop of performance in their design, kicking off with the 2010 Lexus LFA.

Toyota’s flagship was built in order to help Lexus shake off its humdrum image and proved its critics very wrong on its release. In order to ensure the LFA was as good as it could be, Toyota spent ten years developing the car, including needing to restart the process after the original aluminium body was scrapped in favor of carbon fibre.

The LFA’s party piece is its 4.8-liter V10. Clever engineering means its a similar size to a V8, but weighs as much as a V6. With 552hp, the LFA can give rivals like the Ferrari 599 a fright all the way to its 9,000rpm redline.

Lexus’s flagship will cost you a bruising 599 Forzathon Points, which in return will give you a car that will make a Nissan GT-R look common.

A car with an even more acute attention to detail in pursuit of speed is the 2018 McLaren 600LT.

The second model in Woking’s Longtail lineup — inspired by the F1 two decades before — turns its focus to the entry level 570S. Just like the 675LT, the baby McLaren has been given a thorough makeover to create the 600LT.

Weight has been slashed by 220lb, and major aerodynamic changes bring a considerable increase in downforce. The 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 has also been boosted to produce 591hp, putting it in line with serious supercars.

If you want the 600LT it will also set you back 599FP, and will help you deliver a killer blow to pesky Ferraris should you engage in a race with one.

Avatar wardrobe pieces for this week are the Blue Top Hat and the Leopard Pea Coat.

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