Forza Horizon 4 Season Change: Vanquishing Winter

Among the snow drifts around the UK, Winter is making its presence felt once again in Forza Horizon 4. The hardy festivalgoers aren’t going to let the snow stop them in their quest to hunt down the latest events and claim the waiting prizes.

Rewards for this week largely consist of cars that may find the conditions tricky to handle, including a fresh pair of cars for completing both the 50% and 80% targets for the seasonal playlist.

Ploughing Onward

Aston Martin leads the playlist completion prizes with the 2017 Vanquish Zagato Coupe.

Built as a celebration of Aston’s partnership with the Italian coachbuilders, Zagato took a base Vanquish S and dressed it in a new dramatic carbon bodyshell.

The front end is now more aggressive whereas the rear features a double bubble roofline with style elements from the Vulcan. Its powertrain remains untouched, meaning a bombastic 6.0-liter V12 lives under the hood putting out nearly 600hp.

Something more suited to the snow is the 2018 Range Rover Velar. The fourth Range Rover in the lineup sits between the baby Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. Like the Evoque, the Velar is intended as one of the more road-focused Range Rovers.

Despite this, it is just as capable of tackling rough ground while offering a luxury feel. Sharing its platform with the Jaguar F-Pace means this Velar packs a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 packing 375hp.

The Winter Photo Challenge is a clash of styles in #HouseOfRod. For this objective, you’ll need to snap a car from the Rods and Customs category outside the church over in Broadway. Winter championships have prizes ranging from a classic Porsche 914 to a Mini JCW Dakar buggy.

One car that stands out is the 2016 Renault Clio R.S.16 Concept. Renault Sport’s 40th birthday present to itself is one of the most extreme Clios since the mid-engined V6.

Along with an aerodynamic kit inspired by the Clio Cup race cars, Renault also adapted the suspension and brakes from the bigger Megane to fit in the smaller model. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is also from a Megane, with 270hp going to the front wheels. Sadly the R.S.16 would remain as a concept as any production plans were scrapped.

You’ll need to win the “Street Scene Stamina” championship to bring the Clio home.

A popular Showcase Remix returns for Winter as well. “Assault on the Control Room” sees you step into the iconic Spartan armour of Master Chief as you race a Warthog against a Pelican dropship.

Super7 offers more randomised community challenges set through all of the seasons. Complete all seven cards and you’ll win a Wheelspin.

Events for Winter are listed below:

Racing Through the Years – 70s

  • Series: Cross Country Series
  • Cars: 1970s Collection
  • Restrictions: B Class, 700 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, Porsche 914/6

Reaching Your Peaks

  • Series: Cross Country Series
  • Cars: Offroad Buggies
  • Restrictions: B Class, 700 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, Mini JCW Buggy

Street Scene Stamina

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

The Trial: Toying With You (Co-Op Championship)

  • Series: Road Racing Series
  • Cars: Track Toys
  • Restrictions: S1 Class, 900 PI
  • Prizes: 2010 Volkswagen Golf R

Winter Games – Series 64

  • Series: Playground Games
  • Cars: Extreme Offroad
  • Restrictions: A Class, 800 PI
  • Prizes: Shark Wellies

Super7 – Winter

  • Completion Prize: Wheelspin

Deep Vale Speed Trap

  • Season Objective: 161mph

Reservoir Ridge Danger Sign

  • Season Objective: 656.2ft

Forest Green Speed Zone

  • Season Objective: 130mph

Forzathon Events

Forzathon looks at one of the most timeless British classics in very appropriate conditions: the 1972 Land Rover Defender Series III. Fire up this offroad icon to get started.

Up next, leave a trail of destruction in your wake by causing chaos in the countryside in order to earn a total of 20 Wreckage Skills. After that, prove the old dog still has the capabilities by winning a Cross Country Series event at Ambleside Rush Cross Country

Wrap up the season by going for a long drive either on or offroad for a total of 15 miles around the UK.

Forzathon Shop

British engineering and American muscle are in the shop for Winter, with center stage being occupied by the 2018 McLaren Senna.

The hero car for the UK festival, the Senna serves as an indirect replacement for the P1, with a clear focus on lap times. To acheive this, the radically restyled body receives active aerodynamics to help produce up to 800kg of downforce at speed. McLaren also stripped weight from the already light 720S base to produce a car weighing just 2,800lb.

Its 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 gets a major reworking, boosting power to nearly 800hp. Advanced electronic stability systems help to ensure all that power gets to the road, especially in these snowy conditions.

At 150 Forzathon Points, the Senna is a bargain for a machine that will leave pretty much every supercar in its wake once the roads get twisty.

A car taking a more traditional approach to speed is the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

The flagship Mustang was always a pure-bred muscle car despite other models focusing more on handling. In the traditional muscle car standard, the GT500 features a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 pumping out 760hp, making it the most powerful Ford road car ever made.

Ford hasn’t simply just slapped a supercharger into a GT350 and called it a day. The GT500 features a new dual-clutch transmission to handle the power more efficiently. The suspension has also been thoroughly tweaked, as well as the addition of an aggressive bodykit to aid downforce.

While the GT500 will set you back 599FP, this will be a muscle car that can happily go toe to toe against the Challenger Hellcat and Demon on the drag strip.

Clothes and novelty items this week are the Cash Register horn and the Clown Mask.

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