Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Rite of Spring

The final events for Series 6 of Forza Horizon 5 are now available, as the heat in Mexico turns up a notch.

Spring forms the last week for each Series, giving one more chance for players to pick up the points they need for the seasonal rewards by way of a fresh set of challenges.

Series 6 is themed around customization. “Horizon Customs” refers not only to modified cars, but some of the wild changes possible in custom races using the powerful EventLab tool.

Alongside the custom events, Drift Club features heavily in S6. This new Horizon Story is part of the Monthly Challenge across the Series, so although it’s available at any time you’ll get points for doing so before Series 7 starts, to help with your completion stats.

There’s also new cars to collect — and a new Evolving World Accolade for picking up all four of the Playlist cars this Series — along with new collectibles and new EventLab props to play with.

With the larger Playlist compared to some recent Series, there’s 230 points now available across the four weeks, and the lower prize point requirements and playlist exclusive cars set as the first reward means it’s easier than ever to complete your fleet.

Series 6

Chances are that, especially if you’re a completionist player, you’ll already have both of the reward cars this Series, but if not then Spring is one final chance to pick them up.

The Honda NSX-R GT is the first of the two reward cars, available for 80 points across the Series. Based on the lightweight Honda NSX-R, the GT had a slightly longer and wider body to homologate it for Super GT racing.

While it does have a huge snorkel for channeling cold air to the race car’s engine, it doesn’t have any purpose on the road car. Indeed the GT has no extra power than the regular NSX-R, but with only five made at a cost of $300,000 each, it’s the most exclusive NSX ever made.

For 160 points you’ll win the Ford GT40 MkII, which is in a class of one. Built by Ford to spite Ferrari after a failed takeover bid, this GT40 scored the first of four straight wins at Le Mans in 1966, at the hands of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon.

It was controversial, as Ford had such a lead — holding the first three positions — that it tried to engineer a photo finish. Under endurance rules, the #2 had actually traveled further than the sister #1 car of Ken Miles and Denny Hulme, and was declared the winner.

You can find both cars elsewhere in the game, so neither is exclusive to the Playlist, but they are both very expensive — and the NSX isn’t available in the Autoshow at all — so it’s worth going for the points required.

Both the Spring season and Series 6 will run through to 1430 UTC on Thursday, April 28, with Series 7 and Summer replacing them.

Spring

The Spring Playlist brings a pair of high-performance, high-price supercars from Europe as rewards.

At 20 points you’ll win the McLaren 650S Spider. This is making its FH5 debut this week and will be exclusive to the Playlist.

The 650S is essentially a facelift of the brand’s first ever car, the 2011 MP4-12C — the McLaren F1 having been a product of McLaren’s racing arm rather than the automotive branch which didn’t exist until 2010.

It’s based around the same carbon fiber “MonoCell” tub (actually made in Austria) as the rest of McLaren’s “Sport Series” range, with the same McLaren/Ricardo-developed 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine behind the driver. In this application it produces 641hp, or the 650 “metric horsepower” in the car’s name.

Originally introduced as the MP4-12C, the car was later renamed as just “12C”, before evolving into the 650S. This was largely the same car in general terms, although around a quarter of the components were new.

The Spider features a power-retractable hard top but there’s barely any weight penalty and no sacrifice in terms of torsional rigidity thanks to that carbon-fiber cell. This means it’s no slower than the coupe model.

At 40 points you can win the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, which will come as great news to many players.

The car itself as an enhanced version of an already pretty savage performance car. Lamborghini essentially tweaked the Aventador in every single department to make it even faster.

That means more power, less weight, and even active aerodynamics, all of which helped the SVJ capture a Nurburgring lap record.

It’s previously been available to players as the top-tier reward for Series 2, coming in at 200 points. However the rarity of the car means it’s been changing hands in the Auction House for some 20 million credits a time — selling in seconds thanks to auction sniping.

Its return means more players will be able to get their hands on it, especially as you can pick up 41 points this season without needing Xbox Live Gold for multiplayer challenges.

Forzathon Events

This season’s focus is one of the most customized cars ever, the Volkswagen Type 2. Own and drive one to get Camp Out started.

After the easy next step of simply photographing your camper, go and complete any EventLab race in it. Simply hit pause, go to Creative Hub, select EventLab, and search the Blueprints for anything for which your VW is eligible.

Finally you’ll need to upgrade the Type 2 to B Class (601-700 PI) and win any Cross Country Racing Series event in it. That will earn you the five season points on offer, and 80FP (doubled to 160FP if you own the La Casa Solariega player house).

There’s another set of pretty easy Daily Challenges this week too. One new event unlocks at 1430 UTC each day, with seven days to complete it and one season point for doing so — with 10FP (again, doubled with the player house) as a sweetener. That means you can double-up on some challenges to save time.

This week’s challenges begin with Taking Stock, which will require you to spend 50,000cr on vehicle upgrades. It doesn’t take into account previous spending, so you’ll need to splash out a little.

American Eagle follows, and only asks that you paint the wing of any American vehicle.

The weekend will start off with Seven Wonders, which will send you to complete an entire Super7 event. There’s also a Super Wheelspin available for doing so, as an extra incentive.

You’ll be hitting the Speed of Light on Sunday, earning the equivalent of nine stars through any Speed Traps in any vehicle tuned up to the X Class (999 PI).

As the working week starts, you’ll be dodging, ducking, diving, dipping, and dodging in Dodgeball. Play any Event Blueprint (pause, Creative Hub, EventLab, Blueprints) in any Dodge vehicle.

For Car Meet on Tuesday you’ll need to go to the Horizon Festival and head up to Horizon Tour. You won’t be racing, but taking a photo of the Horizon Tour mural on the side of the building.

That leaves Wheely Nice. Paint the wheel rims of any vehicle to pass this challenge.

Season Events

The focus for the challenges this week is more on the solo side of things rather than multiplayer, but there is a return for a long-lost (and commonly glitchy) event in the shape of a Horizon Tour.

As with every week this series there’s two EventLab races to get through, and we’ll recommend handling over power in both cases this week.

Festival of Forzakart is a custom track starting at the Emerald Circuit near the hotels in Palacio Azul. It’s a veritable assault course of obstacles, tightly banked turns (watch out for the wall of death at turn one) and corkscrew climbs which will likely send you dizzy. Complete both laps as the winner and you’ll take three points and a Pinata Pop Horn.

The second EventLab challenge, Trial of the Grasses, is a little less disorienting. It consists of a boardwalk course set above the slopes of the volcano, starting at the Caldera Scramble loop. Tight hairpins and car-stopping walls means you’ll need to keep control for all three laps to win the three points and the Audi R8 2013.

There’s three PR Stunts for the week, with a Speed Trap, a Danger Sign, and a Trailblazer — and none appear particularly simple to complete — offering a Super Wheelspin and two points each.

While the Danger Sign at Stadium Jump allows you to use almost the most powerful cars in the game, the target distance is well beyond three stars. Take any S2 Class (901-998) car from the Extreme Track Toys and hit the 365m distance to take the rewards.

The Dustbowl Speed Trap will require an almost-three-star speed of 135mph, but you’re limited to using an A Class (701-800 PI) Ariel Nomad… and it’s on a dirt road. You’re going to need plenty of run-up to it.

However it’s the Trailblazer that looks to be the trickiest of the three. You’ll need to finish the Puerta Petrea cross-country dash with 20 seconds remaining — midway between two and three stars — but with a C Class (501-600 PI) car from the Buggies category it’s going to take a decent effort.

That leaves the Seasonal Championship, Street Art. It’s a three-race Street Racing Series against Highly Skilled AI Drivatars, with the start point at Las Laderas near the stadium.

This week it’s open to cars in the A Class (701-800 PI) and the Modern Muscle category. Finish on top of the points table after the three races and you’ll take the five season points and a 1970 Dodge Challenger.

EventLab: Festival of Forza Kart

  • Car: A Class, AWD
  • Location: Palacio Azul del Oceano, Emerald Circuit
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Pinata Pop Horn

EventLab: Trial of the Grasses

  • Car: B Class, Retro Saloons
  • Location: La Gran Caldera, Caldera Scramble
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Audi R8 ’13

Danger Sign: Stadium Jump

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: El Estadio Horizon, Stadium Jump Danger Sign
  • Challenge: 365m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Trap: Dustbowl

  • Car: A Class, Ariel Nomad
  • Location: Dunas Blancas, Dustbowl Speed Trap
  • Challenge: 135mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Trailblazer: Puerta Petrea

  • Car: C Class, Buggies
  • Location: Hotel Mirador, Puerta Petrea Trailblazer
  • Challenge: 20s
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Street Art

  • Car: A Class, Modern Muscle
  • Location: El Estadio Horizon, Las Laderas
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Dodge Challenger ’70

Horizon Tour is back this week, and if it doesn’t auto-complete for you it’s not a tricky thing to finish.

Simply head to the Horizon Tour start point near the main Festival site and enter the event. You’ll need to complete a three-race tour in any category, driving across the map from each race finish point to the next start point, to earn three season points.

The Trial takes its usual spot, and usually ranks as the hardest event on any Playlist.

That’s in part down to the six “Unbeatable” rank AI Drivatars you’ll drive against, but mainly due to being paired with five human team-mates, who need to work together.

Each driver on each team gains 100pt for every opposing driver they beat, plus a 50pt bonus for a race win. That means it’s not about personal glory — you need the whole team to score well. Sometimes tha means dropping back to block the AI and help your team-mates pass rather than trying to chase down an AI all race long.

For this week’s event, Red vs. Blue, it’s a classic rivalry, featuring B Class (601-700 PI) cars. You can pick any Mitsubishi Evo or any Subaru Impreza for the race, and the relatively low performance class should mean some more controlled driving — even in Cross Country races such as these.

Beat the AI over the three races and you’ll score ten season points and a Tuning Hoodie for your avatar.

Horizon Tour: Co-op Championships

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Tour (any)
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Tour
  • Reward: 3 points

The Trial: Red vs. Blue

  • Car: B Class, Mitsubishi Evo or Subaru Impreza
  • Location: Baja Circuit, Horizon Baja Scramble
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Tuning Hoodie

Challenges

Another set of four Challenges awaits this week, with Horizon Open once again featuring heavily to bring focus onto the new levelling system and Custom Race options. These two events will require an active Xbox Live Gold subscription, or playing on PC, to access.

Country Charm will send you into Cross Country racing. You’ll need to enter Horizon Open Custom Race (Online, Horizon Open, Custom Racing in the pause menu) and select the Cross County option in any car performance class that you choose. Finish the race to win two points and a BMW X5 M.

Naturally you can double this up with Spring Clean, although you aren’t required to do so. Racing in any Horizon Open Custom Race category will qualify, and you only need to earn ten Clean Racing skills to win two points and a Super Wheelspin. Just avoid hitting anything solid!

This week’s Photo Challenge visits murals again. #RacingSpots is again centered on Playa Azul, where you’ll need to photograph the Toyota 86 ’13 in front of the Senkoe mural.

In fact this particular mural is barely an inconvenience to find, especially if you’re already based at the Lugar Tranquilo player house: it’s on the northern wall of the southern building there. Snap the car and the mural to take two points and “relaxed fit tee” clothing item for your avatar based on the design.

That leaves a slightly tricky Treasure Hunt. The description for Fine Tuned is “Don’t try to sprint before you found your tunes, it’s hard to win”, and it requires a bit of effort to decipher.

Given the description and the thumbnail, the task seems to be to win any Road Racing Sprint event (point-to-point rather than circuit) using any vehicle tuned away from standard specification.

Complete that and you’ll get a treasure clue on the map — a red circle showing the area in which you’ll find the chest — which is near the Apex Festival in Playa Azul this week. The chest itself is under the bridge just north of the site.

Horizon Open: Country Charm

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Horizon Open Custom Race Cross Country
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Open Custom Race Cross Country Race
  • Reward: 2 points, BMW X5 M

Horizon Open: Spring Clean

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Horizon Open Custom Race
  • Challenge: Earn 10 Clean Racing Skills in Horizon Open Custom Race
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Photo Challenge: #RacingSpots

  • Cars: Toyota 86 ’13
  • Location: Playa Azul
  • Challenge: Photograph the Toyota 86 ’13 at the Senkoe Mural in Playa Azul
  • Reward: 2 points, Senkoe’s Relaxed Fit Tee

Treasure Hunt: Fine Tuned

  • Cars: Any Tuned Car
  • Location: Any Sprint Race
  • Challenge: Win any Sprint Race in any tuned car, Locate the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100FP

That leaves the two Monthly Events which you have one more week to finish if you haven’t already done so.

Monthly Rivals takes its usual spot, running across all four weeks of the Series. Completing it at any time in the Series will award four points in each of the four seasons (16 in total), even if the season has already passed.

This month your challenge is a lap around the Emerald Circuit, near the hotels at Palacio Azul del Oceano, in the Ascari KZ1R provided. Simply complete a clean lap to win the points.

That’s joined by this month’s new Horizon Story: Drift Club Mexico. Bringing back the Drift Club stories from Forza Horizon 4, Drift Club Mexico sees Rob trying to set up a new club in a new country.

There’s six chapters in the story, and you’ll need to run through all six, scoring all 18 stars, to complete the challenge. Again, you can do this at any time during S6 to earn three points in each season (12 in total), and a Mustang Mach-E 1400 as a bonus prize.

Horizon Story: Drift Club Mexico

  • Cars: Provided
  • Location: Horizon Festival
  • Challenge: Earn 18 Stars in Drift Club Mexico
  • Reward: 12 points (3 added to each season), Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400

Monthly Rivals: Emerald Circuit

  • Cars: Ascari KZ1R (Provided)
  • Location: Palacio Azul del Oceano, Emerald Circuit
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 16 points (4 added to each season)

Forzathon Shop

The final Forzathon Shop refresh for the season brings for the week, with two performance package cars from opposite ends of the spectrum.

Headlining the Store is the Ferrari 458 Speciale. A more hardcore version of the Ferrari 458, the Speciale feature power and aero upgrades — including active aerodynamics — and tweaks to the car’s electronics to make for a more engaging drive.

It’s steep at 700FP, but then it’s also not available to buy, only as a Playlist reward, Wheelspin prize or here in the Store.

Ford’s Ranger Raptor meanwhile provides a different take on the brand’s European small pickup. It doesn’t quite meet the performance standards of its North American sibling, the F-150 Raptor, but the turbodiesel unit is upgraded to 210hp and paired to a 10-speed auto.

The Ranger Raptor’s abilities are more honed for off-road use, with chassis and suspension tweaks and standard four-wheel drive. Good for the wilds of Mexico, but at 500FP it’s a little expensive even if it’s unavailable in the Autoshow.

Store items this week are the Paint Spray Horn and an Orange Suit outfit for your avatar, at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (80FP) and Super Wheelspin (300FP) are in their usual spots too.

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