Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Top Ten

We’re now halfway through the latest Series of Forza Horizon 5, with a new set of Playlist events to occupy players for the next seven days.

Series 10 is themed around Extreme E, with a pack of 10 cars for the series along with four other new vehicles for you to pick up as rewards — along with an appropriate new Expanding World Accolade for collecting them.

However it’s the environmentally friendly off-road racing series that comprises the bulk of activities for this Series, with not only new vehicle and clothing item rewards but special Seasonal Championship events intended to reflect the locations that Extreme E visits around the world.

The recent launch of the Hot Wheels DLC expansion pack also has an effect on the Playlist, with new events specifically for the pack appearing on the list to give those who picked up the DLC more chances to earn the points required each Season.

Series 10: Extreme E

You could probably guess that one of the Extreme E Series reward cars is an Extreme E car, and it’s one you should already have picked up the 80 points required by now.

It’s also technically the newest car on the grid, with the #58 McLaren entry being new for 2022. Of course it retains the same basic design, construction, and technology of all the others, but it’s orange.

Underneath, the car is a Spark Odyssey 21, purpose-made for the series. It combines a tough niobium-steel spaceframe chassis with a flax-based composite body. The whole thing is powered by a 400kW electric drivetrain developed by Williams Advanced Engineering.

At 160 points, which you’ll be able to pick up this season, is the Raesr Tachyon Speed.

You’ll already have been able to win this car, way back in Spring of Series 1, but this month offers another chance to add it into your garage.

It’s named for a principle in physics of any particle which travels at speeds in excess of the speed of light — which is impossible as far as we know — and it’s probably a well-earned name.

The Tachyon Speed packs a 1,250hp, six-motor electric powertrain, which is plenty to help it up to its 240mph top speed — although Raesr has only made one so far.

Winter will run through to 1430UTC on Thursday August 11, with Series 10 continuing for another week until the same time on Thursday August 18.

Series 10 Winter/Dry Season

The rare rewards continue on Winter’s Playlist, with two cars you can’t pick up through the Autoshow — including one new to FH5.

That’s the Emory 356C, introduced in the recent S10 update and available at the lower threshold of 20 points this week.

A best-of-both-worlds restomod, the Emory puts the good looks of the classic 356C onto considerably more modern underpinnings. It is essentially a 911 underneath, and with the company’s own “Outlaw” flat four engine worth 220hp, it’s comfortably quicker than the double-digit original.

Score 40 points and you’ll also grab the KTM X-Bow GT4. Last available as a Series 5 reward car, the GT4 is a racing version of KTM’s track toy X-Bow.

It covers up all the exposed parts of the X-Bow which are bad for aerodynamic efficiency — which includes a neat canopy to enclose the cabin.

Interestingly the car was too light for traditional performance-balancing measures in the GT4 category, so as well as adding a lot of weight, the race car has an extra inch of ride height in competition to slow it down in the corners. However you’ll be able to enjoy it in regular form here.

Forzathon Events

Electricity is still the theme for the Weekly Challenge, with this week’s event looking at the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. To get Porsche Soul started you’ll need to get hold of any Taycan — it’s available as a prize for Horizon Open this week, and the Welcome Pack car is eligible — and drive it.

Once underway, head to any Speed Zones and rack up scores equivalent to a total of six stars to progress to stage three. That’ll require you to paint the Taycan’s body any color you like, which you can do at any Festival site.

Finally you’ll need to get some slip going and earn an Ultimate Drift or E-Drift (a drift that’s initiated with the handbrake) Skill. Put the car into a slide and hold it as long as possible to pass through the regular Skill, Great, and Awesome to hit Ultimate.

When that’s finished you’ll earn five points and 160FP (doubled to 320FP if you own the La Casa Solariega player house).

Weekly Challenge: Porsche Soul

  • Car: Porsche Taycan Turbo S
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the Porsche Taycan Turbo S
    • Chapter 2: Earn six stars at Speed Zones in the Porsche Taycan Turbo S
    • Chapter 3: Paint the body of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S
    • Chapter 4: Earn an Ultimate Drift/E-Drift Skill in the Porsche Taycan Turbo S
  • Reward: 5 points, 160FP

As with the previous two weeks, the Daily Challenges are centered on Extreme E and this week’s event hub location: Copper Canyon. You’ll get a new challenge at 1430UTC every day and seven days to complete it for one point (plus 20FP) each time.

That starts with the usual “challenge” of visiting the location. Simply head to Copper Canyon to complete Charge!

Once there you’ll need to Jump Around. Leap a total distance of 1,000ft (305m) in Copper Canyon in any car to pass this challenge. This might be an all-in-one task, so the Base Jump Danger Sign would be a quick way to do this, even though only the landing zone is in the canyon — and you might want to wait until Monday to complete this one.

Clean Energy requires you to earn three Clean Racing Skills, which you’ll earn through not hitting immovable things during any race, in any full EV. The most efficient way to do this is in one of the Extreme E Seasonal Championships this week, so plan to complete those at the weekend.

After that, just take a photo of any Extreme E to complete Watts Up. Again, mid-race in one of the Extreme E Seasonal Championships is a good idea for maximum efficiency.

For High Voltage you’ll need to stick with the Extreme E and earn the equivalent of six stars at Danger Signs. Pair this up with Friday’s Jump Around Challenge to kill two birds with one flax-clad race truck.

Environmental vandalism follows on Tuesday with Recharge. Smash ten solar panels — the solar farm in Cordillera is an ideal location — using any Extreme E to pass.

Last of all this week you’ll need to go back to Copper Canyon and earn eight Drift Skills in any vehicle to prove you’re In The Groove.

Daily Challenges

  • August 4 – Charge!: Visit Copper Canyon
  • August 5 – Jump Around: Jump a total of 1,000ft (305m) in Copper Canyon
  • August 6 – Clean Energy: Earn three Clean Racing Skills in any fully electric vehicle
  • August 7 – Watts Up: Take a picture of any Extreme E vehicle
  • August 8 – High Voltage: Earn six stars at any Danger Signs in any Extreme E
  • August 9 – Recharge: Smash ten solar panels in any Extreme E
  • August 10 – In The Groove: Earn eight Drift Skills in Copper Canyon

Season Events

The Season Events this week include the Series-regular Extreme Seasonal Championships, along with a normal Seasonal Championship, two PR Stunts, and the return of EventLab.

Of course there’s also the usual pair of bonus Hot Wheels events for those with the DLC. These aren’t required to pick up the points for the main Playlist rewards, but give a chance to score seven additional points — although they are needed for 100%. Both award a Super Wheelspin this week.

The Hot Wheels PR Stunt takes you close to Forest Falls and one of the fastest Speed Traps in the game: Forest Edge. You’ll need to maximize your straight line speed and those aero tracks to hit 260mph in any S1 Class (801-900PI) car to score the two points.

For this week’s Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship, you’ll be racing B Class (601-700PI) Mitsubishis in a three-race event against Highly Skilled AI in Grand Touring Canyon. As well as the Super Wheelspin there’s five points on offer for victory.

Hot Wheels Speed Trap: Forest Edge

  • Car: S1 Class
  • Location: Hot Wheels Park Forest Falls, Forest Edge Speed Trap
  • Challenge: 260mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Grand Touring Canyon

  • Car: B Class, Mitsubishi
  • Location: Hot Wheels Park Giant’s Canyon, Canyon Loop Speed Sprint
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Super Wheelspin

There’s just two PR Stunts on the main map this week, each awarding the usual two points.

Unsurprisingly, Canyon Pass takes you to the Speed Trap in Copper Canyon. You’ll need any S2 Class (901-998PI) car, and the 192mph target is tricky, but there’s a Super Wheelspin on offer for completion.

The La Cruz Danger Sign isn’t in Copper Canyon, but is at least nearby, jumping from the hills between the canyon and Guanajuato and landing where the buildings pop up at the east end of the city.

This particular jump can be awkward, registering very short distances if you hit certain spots of the ramp, and the D Class (500PI) requirement makes it tricky, but jump 140m and you’ll win the Sainz-run #55 Extreme E.

All three Seasonal Championships are the usual three-race events against Highly Skilled AI drivatars, with five points on offer as a reward.

This week’s Extreme E championships are Extreme E Copper Prix I and Extreme E Copper Prix II, named for a real race staged in Chile. You’ll need any Extreme E car — one you’ve previously won, pick up elsewhere on the Playlist, or from buying the #99 car for 700,000cr — in the A Class (701-800PI) bracket to compete.

EECPI is a Dirt Racing Series challenge, gifting the #22 Jenson Button Extreme E car for a series win, with EECPII running on Cross Country Series courses with a yellow Extreme E Race Suit for victory.

The regular Seasonal Championship, Unplugged, is still electric but you’ll be racing the Porsche Taycan Turbo S only. There’s an S1 Class (801-900PI) limit, and if you take the overall win you’ll claim a Porsche Cayman.

That leaves the EventLab creation, Beach Row Street Circuit, which takes you down to Club de Opala de Fuego for an interesting street circuit event. Although well-made, the solo, two-lap run for A Class (701-800PI) cars is less entertaining that with opponents. You’ll take three points and a Snap! emote for completion.

Danger Sign: La Cruz

  • Car: D Class
  • Location: Guanajuato, La Cruz Danger Sign
  • Challenge: 140m
  • Reward: 2 points, Extreme E #55

Speed Trap: Canyon Pass

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Copper Canyon, Canyon Pass Speed Trap
  • Challenge: 192mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

EventLab: Beach Row Street Circuit

  • Car: A Class
  • Location: Club de Opala de Fuego, Castillo del Mar
  • Challenge: Finish the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Snap! Emote

Seasonal Championship: Extreme E Copper Prix I

  • Car: A Class, Extreme E
  • Location: Copper Canyon, Barranca Trail
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Extreme E #22

Seasonal Championship: Extreme E Copper Prix II

  • Car: A Class, Extreme E
  • Location: Copper Canyon, Copper Canyon Cross Country
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Extreme E Yellow Race Suit

Seasonal Championship: Unplugged

  • Car: S1 Class, Porsche Taycan Turbo S
  • Location: Copper Canyon, Canyon Run
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Porsche Cayman

You’ll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription on console to access this week’s two multiplayer challenge, or switch over to a PC to play for no additional charge.

As with last week there’s a Seasonal Playground Games event, using the one-type format. This time it’s Survival, with the two teams of up to six players acting to either infect all the opposition or to stay uninfected.

Each round ends once all the survivors are infected or when the clock runs out, and uninfected (purple) players can tag their infected (orange) team mates to cure them.

You’ll need an S1 Class (801-900PI) electric vehicle to take part, and the event appears oddly limited to the Porsche Taycan and Ford Mustang Mach-E (which is locked to RWD mode here). Complete three rounds — you don’t need to win overall or indeed at all — to score the three points and a Jaguar MkII 3.8.

Naturally The Trial remains in place, this week requiring C Class (501-600PI) cars of any category in a three-round championship against “Unbeatable” AI drivatars.

Each player — human or ‘bot — gains 100 points for every opponent they finish ahead of, so it’s more valuable to help your team-mates lower down the order pass two or three of the AI than it is for you to sprint away and win the race. However the race winner also gains 50pt, which acts as a tie-breaker if it would otherwise be 1800 points apiece.

Thankfully with the C Class Heroes and the Road Racing Series-based tracks, things should be well under control this week. Idiotic corner entry missiles driven by try-hard team-mates who don’t grasp the team concept should be relatively rare.

Take the team victory and you’ll earn ten points and a Saleen S1.

Seasonal Playground Games: Survival

  • Car: S1 Class, Horizon Special: EV
  • Location: El Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Complete the event
  • Reward: 3 points, Jaguar MkII 3.8

The Trial: C-Class Heroes

  • Car: C Class
  • Location: Guanajuato, Copper Canyon Sprint
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Saleen S1

Challenges

Another three Challenges await this week, with the usual Photo Challenge joined by a Treasure Hunt and a Horizon Open challenge. Again, you will need access to online multiplayer for that last item, with either Xbox Live Gold or access to the game on PC.

However, the Country Miles challenge in Horizon Open will award a Porsche Taycan Turbo S, which you’ll need for the Forzathon Weekly Challenge, as well as two points.

You’ll need to enter any Horizon Open Custom Race (under the pause menu, and the Online tab) in the Cross Country Racing Series category. Complete it — winning isn’t required — to take the rewards.

The Photo Challenge, #CopperChase, features the Taycan as well. Photograph the car anywhere in Copper Canyon (of course) to win two points and a Farid Rueda Bear Cap clothing item.

Finally there’s the Treasure Hunt, and it’s another brain-teaser this week. The hint reads “Copper wins in electric conductivity and is used across country”, which takes a bit of effort to solve.

Given that the thumbnail shows a Horizon Baja gate, you might spot that the task is to take an EV to victory in a Cross Country Series event, but it’s actually a specific race you need to complete: the Copper Canyon Cross Country race in Copper Canyon.

That’s part of an Extreme E Seasonal Championship this week, but you can race the standard event in any EV to qualify. Complete that and you’ll earn the treasure clue, a red circle on your map showing you roughly where the treasure chest is located.

It shouldn’t come as much of a shock that it’s in Copper Canyon, but it is pretty tricky to locate. Head to the east end of the Precipice Drift Zone and then venture north down the slope offroad. The chest is right at the edge of the cliff above the road tunnel. Smash it to take the 100FP and three season points.

Photo Challenge: #CopperChase

  • Cars: Porsche Taycan Turbo S
  • Location: Copper Canyon
  • Challenge: Photograph the Porsche Taycan Turbo S in Copper Canyon
  • Reward: 2 points, Farid Rueda Bear Cap

Horizon Open: Country Miles

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Horizon Open Custom Race
  • Challenge: Complete a Cross Country Racing Horizon Open Custom Race
  • Reward: 2 points, Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Treasure Hunt: Sustainable Energy

  • Cars: Any EV
  • Location: Any Cross Country race
  • Challenge: Win the Copper Canyon Cross Country race in any full-EV, find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100FP

The Series-long Monthly Rivals events remain in place, requiring a clean lap — not even a quick one — of the specified Rivals time trial event in the vehicles provided.

You can complete the events at any time in the Series, and you’ll earn a point in each of the four Seasons when you do so — even backdated to completed Seasons — for eight points in total for both.

For the Forza EV event you’ll need to run a clean lap of the Airfield Cross Country Circuit with the #99 Extreme E provided, and the regular Monthly Rivals event requires a clean lap of the Tierra Prospera track in the Porsche 917/20 Pink Pig.

Forza EV: Airfield Cross Country Circuit

  • Cars: Extreme E #99 (Provided)
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva, Airfield Cross Country Circuit
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Tierra Prospera Circuit

  • Cars: Porsche 917/20 (Provided)
  • Location: Tierra Prospera, Tierra Prospera Circuit
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Forzathon Shop

Race ready cars from opposite ends of the automotive timeline occupy the Forzathon Shop this week.

Sitting at the front of the store is the Ferrari 599XX Evo. As the name suggests, it’s a development of the already pretty ludicrous Ferrari 599XX which was itself a race-inspired derivation of the Ferrari 599GTB.

The XX was made to be as quick as possible around a race track, without regard for road legality. To that end, Ferrari scooped out as much weight as it could, added aerodynamic devices to every available surface, turned the engine up from 616hp to 720hp, and tweaked the gearbox and differential.

Only a year on from that, Ferrari revealed the Evo model, which was even lighter and more powerful — now packing 740hp — and sporting different aero, including an active rear wing, and racing slick tires.

As there’s no police in the fictional Mexico, you won’t get pulled over for driving this very non-road legal car should you spend the 600FP on it. However it’s only 2.6 million in the Autoshow, so you might want to hold onto your hard-earned points.

At the other end of the scale, in so many ways, is the Napier-Railton.

Designed to beat land speed records, the Napier-Railton simply employs the more power approach. It packs a 24-liter, W12 aero engine in order to tear up Brooklands and Bonneville — which it did very successfully.

It comes in at 400FP, but as it’s also permanently available in the Autoshow for a mere 1.5 million, it might be best to save your points for something more rare.

Store items this week are the Banjo-Kazooie Spiral Mountain Pt2 Car Horn and the Extreme E Red Race Suit at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (60FP) and Super Wheelspin (150FP) are in their usual spots too.

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