Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: The Magic Number

The latest playlist in Forza Horizon 5’s Series 13, a month-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of Forza Horizon, is now available as attention turns to Forza Horizon 3.

It’s the third of the four weeks, and with FH1 and FH2 already covered in the first two weeks it’s now FH3’s turn — with FH4 set to follow in the final Playlist of the Series.

Each of the four weeks of the “Horizon 10-Year Anniversary” Series is keyed around an individual entry in the series, lending a slightly different mood each time. Players will be heavy on the nostalgia as the challenges and events all focus on moments and memories of the past games.

Just to ram that further home, there’s a new Horizon Story too. “Horizon Origins” runs through the history of the series in five chapters, allowing players a chance to look back on the older games — or learn about them for the first time if they’re latecomers — under the guidance of in-game DJ Scott Tyler.

That comes with the special reward of the Dodge Viper GTS “Anniversary Edition”, a special model of the first game’s cover car. There’s also four new vehicles in the Series as Playlist rewards, each holding a role in the game’s past. You’ll also have a new Evolving World Accolade for collecting them all, along with other new Accolades.

Finally there’s also a new game mode, Midnight Battles, which doesn’t technically form part of the Playlist, but brings back the head-to-head street racing series seen in Forza Horizon 3.

Series 13: Horizon 10-Year Anniversary Rewards

With two weeks down and two to go, the Series rewards remain as they were although you should have already picked up one and be well on the way to the other. Neither is new to the game, but both appeared previously as Playlist exclusives so it’s another chance to score them without spending big bucks in the Auction House.

The 80-point reward is the Wuling Sunshine. This relatively humble people carrier — technically a Hongguang S as the Sunshine sports sliding rear doors — won’t break any speed records in standard for, with a 110hp, Suzuki-derived 1.5-liter engine.

However there are plenty of upgrades available, and it can be transformed into a madcap, 1000hp+ beast. It was previously available as a Series 4 Playlist reward, and was one of the first Chinese cars ever to appear in any Forza title.

Similarly, the McLaren 650S Spider was previously available as a Series 6 reward, but you can pick it up again here for 160 points across Series 13.

The 650S is closely related to McLaren Automotive’s first ever car, the MP4-12C; the McLaren F1 was technically made by a different company under the McLaren umbrella.

It uses the same carbon-fiber “MonoCell” tub, also seen across the “Sport Series” cars — covering the 540, 570, 600, 650, and 675 models — into which McLaren installs a 641hp version of the Ricardo-developed McLaren 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8.

In Spider form the car sports an electric folding hard top, which adds around 200lb of weight to the car but doesn’t significantly affect performance. It does significantly affect coolness though.

Series 13 Winter/Dry Season Rewards

There’s two rare vehicles on the list this week, with a classic restomod returning to the series as an exclusive reward, and a Hot Wheels machine that money can’t buy.

First up, and for 20 points across this week’s challenges, is the Eagle Speedster. In case it looks familiar, it should, as it’s based on the Jaguar E-Type — one of the most beautiful cars ever made.

Aside from a chopped windscreen, Eagle E-Types — who produce the Speedster — don’t touch that bit. Instead it concentrates on bringing the mechanicals up to date, creating a car with classic looks but modern reliability.

You’ll be able to pick up the Hot Wheels Ford Mustang for 40 points, which is otherwise only available through Wheelspins and the Hot Wheels DLC.

Originally a real car turned into a 1:64 scale toy, the Mustang goes full circle for its Horizon appearance. With a supercharged V8 and a relatively low curb weight, it’s plenty of fun to chuck about and worth aiming for if you don’t already own one.

Winter will last until 1430UTC on Thursday November 3, while Series 13 will continue on for one more week until the same time on November 10.

Series 13 Winter Playlist: Forzathon Events

This week’s Playlist is all about Forza Horizon 3, so once more the Weekly Challenge is all about the game’s cover car: the Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4. Get hold of one — it’s a prize for the Collectibles event this week — and drive it to get Welcome to Australia underway.

To mark the series debut of Danger Signs you’ll need to fling the Centenario about and earn six stars at any of these jumps (combine it with the Friday Daily task to kill two birds with one Lamborghini), before winning a Street Race in the car.

Finally you just need to beep your horn — celebrating the fact horns made their first appearance in FH3 — to finish off the challenge. You’ll earn five points and 80FP — doubled to 160FP if you own the La Casa Solariega player house.

Weekly Challenge: Welcome to Australia

  • Car: Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4
    • Chapter 2: Earn six stars at Danger Signs in the Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4
    • Chapter 3: Win a Street Race in the Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4
    • Chapter 4: Beep your horn in the Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

The regular Daily Challenges will pop up, one a day, at 1430UTC each day. For many players there’s a daylight savings clock change in the middle of this lot, so watch out for events expiring an hour earlier. You have seven days to complete each for one point and 10FP per challenge.

A familiar-looking challenge starts you off. Party Like It’s 2016 and hit up the new Horizon 3 Festival site in Dunas Blancas. This will pop up naturally, especially as you’ll be nearby for the Collectibles challenge, so you won’t need to make a special effort. However it’s in the south-east corner of the area, at a junction of a dirt road and a track.

Stay on Target on Friday and earn three stars at Danger Signs; it’s worth combining this with stage two of the Weekly Challenge above, or any of this week’s PR Stunts which are all Danger Signs.

Next up get a Speed Boost by earning an Ultimate Speed Skill in any Hot Wheels car. You’ll need to hit speeds of around 200mph — it varies by car — to achieve this, but the Twin Mill is your best bet.

Prove you’re a Nighthawk by winning any Midnight Battle from Sunday. These new-to-S13 events are unlocked by winning four, eight, 12, and 16 Street Races, and put you in a head-to-head for pinks.

Blizzard Mountain celebrates the first ever world expansion in Horizon history. Pick up a total of 100,000 Skill Score while at the Gran Caldera location, by sliding, jumping, speeding, and smashing.

Start November off by racking up three stars at Drift Zones to complete Do You Even… Oh, You Do.

Finally earn a Kangaroo Skill — a combo skill for earning two successive Air Skills, by getting all of your wheels off the floor and landing safely — in any Holden for the Surfers Paradise challenge. Dunas Blancas is a good bet for this, and handily it’s where the Horizon 3 Festival site is…

Daily Challenges

  • October 27 – Party Like It’s 2016: Visit the Horizon 3 Festival Site in Dunas Blancas
  • October 28 – Stay on Target: Earn three stars at Danger Signs
  • October 29 – Speed Boost: Earn an Ultimate Speed Skill in any Hot Wheels car
  • October 30 – Nighthawk: Win any Midnight Battle
  • October 31 – Blizzard Mountain: Earn 100,000 Skill Score at La Gran Caldera
  • November 1 – Do You Even… Oh, You Do: Earn three stars at Drift Zones
  • November 2 – Surfers Paradise: Earn a Kangaroo Skill in any Holden

Series 13 Winter Playlist: Season Events

There’s another three PR Stunts and three Seasonal Championships this week, all on the FH3 theme.

All three PR Stunts are Danger Signs, the stunt type first added to the series in FH3 — and all three are from the suite of temporary PR Stunt locations added to the Horizon Rush Takeover in Series 5. You’ll also want a car capable of handling rough stuff, with all three using dirt or unmarked roads on approach.

You’ll need to head down to the airport and leap off the wings of a stricken aeroplane carcass for Metal Bird, sending an A Class (701-800PI) Toyota to a distance of 70m. Use a C Class (501-600PI) Holden to jump over the river in Cordillera, hitting 122m, for Salto de Rio.

Ranas Salterinas, in Valle de las Ranas, is the trickiest one, primarily due to the landing zone. You’ll need to weave through the rocks in a B Class (601-700PI) Mazda and leap a distance of 165m; your best bet is to head to the westernmost rock formation for a more-or-less straight run in order to clear the plateau in the landing area.

Each of the three Seasonal Championships is a standard three-race series against Highly Skilled AI and worth five points to your season total. You’ll need to top the points table across the three races (starting from 8th each time) to take the win and the bonus prize.

Nissan to the Max is the only blacktop series this week, with a Street Racing event for B Class (601-700PI) Nissans. Win the series to earn the HSV Gen-F GTS which you’ll need in stock form for The Trial this week — and of course the races count towards your Midnight Battle unlock totals.

Aussie Rules! is, unsurprisingly, an event for Australian cars. Any A Class (701-800PI) vehicle from the country qualifies — make sure it can handle Dirt Racing roads — and you’ll win a new song for the Horizon Mixtape channel: the FH3 intro track Ingrid is a Hybrid, by Dusky.

There’s a race for Raptors this week too. Clever Girl! requires any C Class (501-600PI) Ford “Raptor” model — F150 or Ranger — for a Cross Country series event, with a Hot Wheels Bone Shaker as a reward.

Finally there’s Horizon Arcade. You can do this solo or as an ad hoc multiplayer team, as the targets scale depending on how many players are taking part. Just head to any Horizon Arcade zone of any type — Air, Chaos, Drift, Speed, or Wreckage — and complete all three rounds to score three points.

Danger Sign: Metal Bird

  • Car: A Class, Toyota
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva, Metal Bird Danger Sign
  • Challenge: 70m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Danger Sign: Ranas Saltarinas

  • Car: B Class, Mazda
  • Location: Valle de las Ranas, Ranas Saltarinas Danger Sign
  • Challenge: 165m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Danger Sign: Salto de Rio

  • Car: C Class, Holden
  • Location: Cordillera, Salto de Rio Danger Sign
  • Challenge: 122m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Horizon Arcade: Mini Games

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Arcade (any)
  • Challenge: Complete a three rounds of Horizon Arcade
  • Reward: 3 points

Seasonal Championship: Aussie Rules

  • Car: A Class, Australia
  • Location: La Gran Caldera, Montana Trail
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Dusky – Ingrid is a Hybrid Song

Seasonal Championship: Clever Girl!

  • Car: C Class, Ford Ranger Raptor/F150 Raptor
  • Location: San Juan, Oasis Cross Country
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Hot Wheels Bone Shaker

Seasonal Championship: Nissan to the Max

  • Car: B Class, Nissan
  • Location: Descansar Dorado, Costa Rocosa
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, HSV Gen-F GTS

Players with the Hot Wheels DLC can pick up seven additional points from events on the five-mile high mass of plastic track. These aren’t required for 100% completion of the Playlist, but can substitute for other events as a bonus for DLC owners.

Unsurprisingly there’s a Danger Sign up this week, and it’s a bit of a beast. You’ll need to sling an S2 Class (901-998PI) car of any kind over 600m at the Ice Crash sign in the Ice Cauldron. Fortunately there’s a decent drop on it, so it shouldn’t be too tricky.

The Seasonal Championship is Reach for the Stars, also starting at the Ice Cauldron. It’s a three-race series against Highly Skilled AI, for any A Class (701-800PI) Australian cars, with five points and a Nissan 370Z available for victory.

Hot Wheels Danger Sign: Ice Crash

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Hot Wheels Park Ice Cauldron, Ice Crash Danger Sign
  • Challenge: 600m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Reach for the Stars

  • Car: A Class, Australia
  • Location: Hot Wheels Park Ice Cauldron, Lava Loop Hazard Sprint
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Nissan 370Z

There’s two multiplayer events this week (or two and a half if you’re playing Horizon Arcade in Life mode). You’ll need Xbox Live Gold or to play on a PC to access them, as usual.

Horizon Tour is a three-race, multiplayer challenge with up to six humans racing up to six AI Drivatars in a three-race series. You’ll need to either head to the Tour sites at the main Festival or Hot Wheels Park — or enter the event directly from the Playlist — to start it.

Each driver on each team earns 100 points for every opponent they beat, but you don’t gain anything from beating your own team-mates (aside from the overall win, which is worth a 50pt bonus). Working together to deny the AI from earning points while allowing your team mates to score, is the best bet.

With the Tour there’s an unusual twist in that players must drive from race to race, cross country style, rather than being teleported across the map. You won’t gain anything extra, but you can do donuts and honk your horn to flex on your slower team-mates. Win the series and you’ll earn three points.

The Trial is very similar, but doesn’t involve the trek between races and ramps up the AI difficulty to “Unbeatable”.

It’s again in its Stock Showdown format, using the HSV Gen-F GTS in mechanically standard condition (721PI) — which you can win from the Nissan Seasonal Championship — so you’ll need to watch out for those off-the-line launches in this three-race Road Racing challenge.

Take the team victory to earn ten points and a Nissan R390.

Horizon Tour: Co-op Championships

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Festival, Horizon Tour
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Tour event
  • Reward: 3 points

The Trial: Stock Showdown HSV Gen-F GTS

  • Car: HSV Gen-F GTS (no upgrades)
  • Location: Bahia de Plano, Bahia de Plano Circuit
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Nissan R390

Series 13 Winter Playlist: Challenges

It’s another familiar look in the Challenges this week, with three more events consisting of a Photo Challenge, Collectibles, and Horizon Open.

As a multiplayer event you’ll need multiplayer access — Xbox Live Gold, or playing on a PC — for Horizon Open. Just complete a Horizon Open Racing Street Racing custom event for the two points and the Ring Ring emote reward.

After the previous two weeks you can probably guess the Photo Challenge. It’s again called #HorizonAnniversary, and again requires you to head to the new festival site and photograph the Weekly Challenge car, so snap the Centenario (again available from the Collectibles challenge below) at the Horizon 3 Festival Site in Dunas Blancas. You’ll earn two points and an Australia Cover Car horn.

You’ll be smashing boards again for the Collectibles challenge. Find and hit ten of the yellow boards littering the roadside around the Dunas Blancas site for the Warren Delivery! challenge, named for FH3 mechanic Warren. There’s two points and the Centenario as a reward.

Photo Challenge: #HorizonAnniversary

  • Cars: Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4
  • Location: Horizon 3 Festival Site, Dunas Blancas
  • Challenge: Photograph the Centenario LP770-4 at the Horizon 3 Festival Site in Dunas Blancas
  • Reward: 2 points, Australia Cover Car Horn

Collectibles: Warren Delivery!

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Any
  • Challenge: Smash 10 Horizon Australia Bonus Boards
  • Reward: 3 points, Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4

Horizon Open: One for the Streets

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Horizon Open Street Racing
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Open Street Racing Custom Event
  • Reward: 2 points, Ring Ring Emote

The three month-long challenges remain in their places, with just this week and next to complete the new Story and the regular Rivals events.

Horizon Origins looks at the history of the Horizon game series across five chapters, with each looking at a different title in the series. You’ll need to complete all five chapters with three stars apiece to earn 12 points across the Series — three for each season — along with a Dodge Viper GTS Anniversary Edition car as a reward. Watch out for smashable signs in the final four chapters too, for relevant Accolades.

If you haven’t already checked them off, the Forza EV and Monthly Rivals will still be waiting. In each case you need to post clean lap times at the circuits using the cars provided to you, and you’ll net four points — one added to each season — for each. Pace isn’t relevant, but not smacking into solid things very much is.

Both are tricky combinations for cleanliness though. For Forza EV you’ll use the Jaguar I-PACE, at the Arch of Mulege Circuit in Mulege, and it’s quite the barrier magnet as it understeers under braking. Monthly Rivals uses the Anniversary Viper at Lookout Circuit, and there’s two danger points where your speed might carry you into walls.

Horizon Story: Horizon Origins

  • Cars: Provided
  • Location: Valle de las Ranas, Horizon Origins Story
  • Challenge: Earn 15 Stars in the Horizon Story
  • Reward: 12 points (3 added to each season), Dodge Viper GTS Anniversary Edition

Forza EV: Arch of Mulege Circuit

  • Cars: Jaguar I-PACE (provided)
  • Location: Mulege, Arch of Mulege Circuit
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Lookout Circuit

  • Cars: Dodge Viper GTS Anniversary Edition (Provided)
  • Location: Horizon Rush Outpost, Lookout Circuit
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 13 Winter Forzathon Shop

The Forzathon Shop remains in its more geometrically satisfying layout this week, with three items accompanying two vehicles.

Leading the line here is the Koenigsegg One:1 which is, even by Koenigsegg’s standards, one of the maddest cars to come out of Angelholm.

It’s based on the Agera, the fourth-generation car from the company’s hypercar line and succeeding the CCX. The One:1 also marked the debut of the second-generation of the homebrew five-liter V8 — bored out to technically become a 5.1-liter unit.

That produces 1,341hp, or 1MW. If that weren’t already a scary enough number, the weight-saving methods employed on the car reduce its curb weight to 1,341kg — which means it produces one horsepower for every 1kg of weight. In case you hadn’t guessed, the One:1 name is its power-to-weight ratio.

Although it’s not the fastest Koenigsegg outright, it’s still right up there with its siblings and the fastest cars in the world. 700FP seems like a bargain, but it’s also 2.8 million credits in the Autoshow.

For 350FP you can pick up a Pickup, specifically Nissan’s 2004 Rally Raid “Pickup”. Loosely based on a Navara, it uses a spaceframe chassis and a VQ35 engine for a rapid ride across the dunes; the car collected three stage wins in the 2004 Dakar Rally. However, at 500,000cr in the Autoshow we’d spend the money instead.

Store items this week are the Horizon Australia Tee, Fred v Grafix Horn, and the What’s Inside Emote at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (60FP) and Super Wheelspin (150FP) remain in their usual spots.

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