Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Winter Jumper

It’s Winter once again in the land of Forza Horizon 5, bringing with it a dry spell of weather and hints of snow up on the volcano.

Now in its third week, Series 5 continues to provide a selection of new events — many of which pop up on the Playlist this week — all geared around one thing: stunt.

Officially known as the “Horizon Rush Takeover”, the Series-long theme centers on the PR Stunts — speed traps and zones, danger sign jump, drifts, and cross country trailblazers — as offered by the Horizon Rush Outpost. You will need to unlock this part of the map by running the Canyon Expedition if you haven’t already.

Across the four weeks, the event will bring 16 new PR Stunts to the map, with four set to remain as permanent additions. There’s also a special makeover of the central Horizon Stadium into a madcap Stadium Stunt Park, featuring all sorts of ramps, jumps, and stuff to smash.

Series 5

As we’re now in the third week of the Series, the rewards remain as they are but you can end up with both by the time this week finishes.

For 80 points across the Series — and you should have this by now — there’s a special Forza Edition Mini. It’s a resto-modded car packing an electric drivetrain with plenty of punch.

There’s two motors generating drive, with one on each axle to create an AWD beast. They produce some 235hp between them, creating a car rapid enough to land in the Super Hot Hatch category (though it’s not actually a hatchback).

Of course as a Forza Edition car it come with a skills modifier. Given that this month’s theme is stunts, you probably won’t be surprised that it’s a Stunt Skills boost.

For 160 points — handily the total points all the way up to the end of the Winter season — you’ll win a Porsche 917 LH. Specifically you’ll win the 917 LH which finished second at the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans.

This “hippie car” design sits on top of a special “longtail” body hinted at by the name: “Langheck”, or “LH”, is German for longtail. That gives improved stability at speed, meaning that the flat-12 powered car could run at up to 240mph during the race. It was only denied the win by another 917.

Series 5 will run through to 1430 UTC on Thursday, March 31, while the Winter season will expire at the same time on Thursday, March 24.


Winter’s Playlist offers up a pair of cars which aren’t exactly all-weather machines.

Coming in at the lower points threshold of 20pt is the Noble M600. It’s a series veteran that’s been in all Horizon games to date, and makes a welcome return… if in the wrong season.

Built by specialist manufacturer Noble, based in Leicestershire in the UK, the M600 is a mid-engined, lightweight supercar which combines a steel space frame and carbon fiber body with a 650hp+ version of the Yamaha-developed 4.4-liter V8 from the Volvo XC90.

If that wasn’t quite the crazy-sounding recipe, Noble doesn’t believe in driver aids. That even includes anti-lock brakes, and don’t bother to go looking for traction control or stability control.

There’s something similarly aid-deficient for 40 points, but that’s due to age. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL is often regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made, complete with famous gull-wing doors.

It’s available from the Autoshow for 1.2m credits, but if you don’t fancy saving up it’s a fine prize for the Playlist this week.

That said, there are only 51 points on offer this season, and to win the 300SL you’ll need to have access to online multiplayer — an Xbox Live Gold subscription, or playing on PC. Otherwise, with the points for the online events missing, you’ll have to settle for the Noble alone.

Forzathon Events

When it comes to stunts, there’s probably no name bigger than Ken Block and his Hoonigan brand. Appropriately enough then, you’ll be taking control of the Hoonigan RS200 for the Offroad Revolution weekly event. Grab the tweaked Ford to get started.

You’ll need to keep your speed up, as the second stage requires you to score three stars at the La Subida Speed Zone. This zone is located on the lower slopes of the Gran Caldera volcano, on the dirt road on the west side. Naturally you’ll want to tackle it from top to bottom, with gravity on your side, to hit the 115mph target.

The next stage will have you showing off, as you’ll need to bank a total of 100,000 Skill Score (although the description says “Skill Points”, which would be something of a grind, it’s definitely just Skill Score). That means chucking your car about as much as possible to increase your score and multiplier, without hitting anything solid and ruining your streak.

Finally head out to any Danger Signs you can find and leap far enough to score distances good enough to hit six stars in total. We find the easiest one to be Boardwalk at Riviera Maya, but with the Hoonigan RS200 every jump is a winner.

Finish that and you’ll win five points towards your seasonal total and 80FP (doubled to 160FP if you own the La Casa Solariega player home).

There’s yet more stunts in the Daily Challenges, each worth one point for your season total and 10FP. A new one will be available each day, and you’ll have seven days to complete each one.

The new set of seven start with Numbers Game. You’ll need to hit up as many Trailblazers as you can in order to rack up as much time as you can. Trailblazers are scored by the amount of time you have left once you finish. You’ll complete this challenge once your cumulative time remaining hits 60 seconds.

Stunt Master follows on Friday. Head to the Estadio Horizon Stunt Park and bank 100,000 Skill Score to pass — and combine it with the Weekly Challenge in the RS200 above for peak challenge efficiency!

For Saturday you’ll be on a 90s nostalgia trip, for Running in the 90’s (sic). You can choose any car from the 1990s, but you’ll want something that can slide as you’ll need to score 200,000 points in Drift Zones.

Time Flies is Sunday’s challenge. Simply get out into the wide world of FH5 and score the equivalent of six stars at any PR Stunt events — Danger Sign, Drift Zone, Speed Trap, Speed Zone, Trailblazer — in 60 seconds. We’d recommend getting something very fast and taking on the Horizon Festival drag strip starting down in Costa Rocoso; blast through the Speed Trap at 205mph+ and continue straight to hit the Danger Sign over the Festival-branded cargo plane.

Monday will take you back to the Stunt Park for No Fear. You’ll need to earn four Speed Skills while inside the arena, which means hitting 100mph+ four times around all those obstacles. Brutal acceleration will be the key here.

Coast is Clear follows on Tuesday. Simply head to Tulum and take a photograph of the new Speed Trap there to clear this test.

Finally you’ll need to pick up the first reward car for this Season, the Noble M600, and go speeding. Blast through Speed Traps with a combined score of 600mph (such as 200mph three times, or 150mph four times) to accomplish A Noble Feat.

Season Events

There’s five more PR Stunts for this Season, with one of each type again to test your bravery. Each will be worth two points, and three of the five are new locations for this Series.

That starts off with the Festival Descend Trailblazer, which sends you down the south side of the volcano towards the Festival site. We’ll recommend approaching the start gates fast and to the left, but turning to hit the center at the last moment in order to land in the gully, but the time is pretty doable even in C Class (501-600PI) Pickups & Trucks as required. There’s a Wheelspin reward too.

The Horizon Baja Speed Trap sits on a loop of the Baja Circuit, which is awkward but achieveable if you can get a run out of the corner before — running south to north is best. You’ll need a B Class (601-700 PI) “Baja Truck”, which seems to only apply to the Toyota T100. Hit the trap at 60mph and you’ll take the points and a Wheelspin.

Of the new locations, that just leaves the Danger Sign, which is an excessive ramp near the Eliminator at Valle de las Ranas. The approach is really quite difficult, but if you aim to follow a similar path to the end of the Puerta Petrea Trailblazer you should easily achieve the three-star distance — never mind the 107m requirement this week. You’ll need an A Class (701-800 PI) Morris, which basically means the Minor FE, and you’ll take a Meyers Manx as your prize.

One of the existing locations is the Precipice Drift Zone, up near the Horizon Rush Outpost. Grab a Formula Drift Ferrari 599, tuned up to S1 Class (801-900PI) and score 35,000pt for the points and another Wheelspin.

The other will require you to hit 20 points in the other challenges before you start, because you’ll need the Noble M600 to take part. However it should be a breeze after that, as the car is already in the S1 Class (801-900 PI) and you just need to average 150mph through the pretty quick Airfield Speed Zone, just above the Aerodromo en la Selva.

There’s one Seasonal Championship this week where you’ll race three rounds against Highly Skilled AI drivers. It’s a Road Racing Series for S2 Class (901-998PI) cars which cost 2,000,000cr or more in terms of their base price. Complete the three-round championship and you’ll win five points and a Ferrari F355.

For this week there’s another an EventLab creation. Called Krazy Karts!, it transforms the town of Mulege into a bizarre kart track, for S1 Class (801-900PI) Track Toys. There’s some severe corners, a crossover begging for accidents, and you’re tightly hemmed in with walls which overlap the wrong way and can stop you dead. Survive both laps and win to claim an Orange Pinata Head and three points.

Danger Sign: Ranas Saltarinas

  • Car: A Class, Morris
  • Location: Valle de las Ranas, Ranas Saltarinas Danger Sign
  • Challenge: 107m
  • Reward: 2 points, Meyers Manx

Drift Zone: Precipice

  • Car: S1 Class, Formula Drift Ferrari 599
  • Location: Horizon Rush Outpost, Precipice Drift Zone
  • Challenge: 35,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Wheelspin

Speed Trap: Horizon Baja Speed Trap

  • Car: B Class, Baja Trucks
  • Location: Baja Circuit, Horizon Baja Speed Trap
  • Challenge: 60mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Airfield Speed Zone

  • Car: S1 Class, Noble M600
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva, Airfield Speed Zone
  • Challenge: 150mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Black Speed Zone Tee

Trailblazer: Festival Descend

  • Car: C Class, Pickups & 4x4s
  • Location: La Gran Caldera, Festival Descend
  • Challenge: 10s
  • Reward: 2 points, Wheelspin

EventLab: Krazy Karts!

  • Car: S1 Class, Track Toys
  • Location: Mulege, Arch of Mulege
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Orange Pinata Head

Seasonal Championship: After Party

  • Car: S2 Class, “Base Cost≥2,000,000cr”
  • Location: La Gran Caldera, Festival Gatecrash
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ferrari F355

You’ll only have one online multiplayer event in the Playlist this week, as there’s only The Trial to contend with. It carries its usual large 10-point reward and you’ll need to either play on PC or have an active Xbox Gold subscription to take part in these.

It’s commonly the hardest event in the Playlist, as you’ll have not only Unbeatable AI to contend with but try-hard human team-mates too.

The goal is for your team of up to six people to finish ahead of the six AI. You get 100pt for every AI you finish ahead of, and the AI cars get 100pt for every human they beat. There’s also a 50pt bonus for winning the race individually.

That means it’s sometimes better to hang back and block a ‘bot in order to help your team-mates pass it, particularly if you’re struggling to catch up with the AI ahead of you.

Luckily the races this week are for B Class (601-700PI) cars from the Retro Rally category, and that means slightly slower — and more controlled — racing. However it’s also a Dirt Racing Series event, so expect slow cornering and some chaos.

Nonetheless, if you can beat the AI team over the three races you’ll score 10 points and an Opel Manta 400.

The Trial: Blast From The Past

  • Car: B Class, Retro Rally
  • Location: La Gran Puente, Cordillera Trail
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Opel Manta 400


There’s an interesting selection of Challenges this week, with Collectibles appearing again and a return for The Eliminator.

You’ll be continuing the stunting theme with the Photo Challenge, #StuntParadise, which requires you to photograph any Hoonigan car at the Stadium Stunt Park, inside El Estadio Horizon.

It doesn’t need to be your own car either, as hopefully there’ll be a bunch of RS200s milling around as part of the other challenges this week. Complete it for two points and a “Time to Hoon?” Forza LINK greeting.

Collectibles is a slightly strange challenge, as you’ll be looking for a unique item: Dinosaur Pinatas. These actually look like an orange T-Rex inside a blue pickup truck, and they’re dotted around the map in some odd locations: look around where all the new PR Stunts are, and existing Danger Signs, to find them, although they aren’t always obvious. Smash 15 to win three points and an Orange Pinata Outfit.

For The Eliminator you’ll need Xbox Live Gold or a PC to play on. It’s the usual challenge of finishing 30th or better — often simply a matter of surviving a couple of minutes — with a two-point reward and a bonus “Never Tell Me The Odds” Forza LINK message.

Lastly the Monthly Rivals remains in its usual place, as it does all Series long. You can complete it at any time in the Series, as it awards four points to each of the four seasons, including backdating it to expired Seasons.

For this month, the event runs round the Lookout Circuit near the Horizon Rush Outpost. Just set a clean lap in the KTM X-Bow GT4 provided to complete the event.

Collectibles: Collectasaurus

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Horizon Arcade/EventLab
  • Challenge: Smash 15 Dinosaur Pinatas
  • Reward: 3 points, Orange Pinata Outfit

Photo Challenge: #StuntParadise

  • Cars: Hoonigan
  • Location: El Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Photograph any Hoonigan at the Stadium Stunti Park
  • Reward: 2 points, “Time to Hoon?” Forza LINK

The Eliminator: Battle Royale

  • Cars: Any (Provided)
  • Location: The Eliminator
  • Challenge: Finish 30th or better
  • Reward: 2 points, “Never Tell Me The Odds” Forza LINK

Monthly Rivals: Lookout Circuit

  • Cars: KTM X-Bow GT4 (Provided)
  • Location: Lookout Circuit, Horizon Rush Outpost
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 16 points (4 added to each season)

Forzathon Shop

As usual there’s a Forzathon Shop refresh, with new items for the new season.

The headling offering is the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight. Jaguar originally only made 12 of these cars, from 18 planned, before returning to make the six unused chassis numbers in 2014.

Intended to transform the stately E-Type into a competitive race car, the Lightweight was, as the name suggests, a lighter version of the car. However it wasn’t quite powerful enough to keep up with beasts like the Shelby Cobra Daytona, and didn’t bring back the successes Jaguar had in the 1950s with the D-Type.

You can pick the Lightweight up for 750FP, and considering it’s available for 7.5m credits in the Autoshow it’s not a bad deal at all.

However we’d probably slide right past the other vehicle this week, which is the Formula Drift Ferrari 599 GTB.

It’s not that it’s not quite mad enough, and it’s certainly useful for this week’s events, but at 400FP or 500,000 credits in the Autoshow, we’d be spending the money.

Store items this week are the Minecraft Theme Horn and Tan Winter Boots for your avatar, at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (80FP) and Super Wheelspin (300FP) take their usual spots too.

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