Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Put a Ring On It

It’s the final week of Forza Horizon 5’s Series 22, with one final chance to collect all of the prizes on offer before the action shifts to the mysterious Series 23 next week.

“Upgrade Heroes” is the theme of S22, with activities based on tuning up your cars. There’s special events and challenges all focusing on this premise, which includes a new Horizon Test Track feature.

This special location, based at the main Festival site, allows players to install upgrades on the fly, piece by piece, as they drive around a multi-route, multi-surface course. It’s something we saw previously alongside the first batch of Donut Media content in S14, and Donut is back this Series too.

That includes a new, 13-chapter Horizon Story based on one of Donut’s best-known series, Hi-Low. It’s a set of videos centering on whether high-price or low-price mods are better (or better value) and involved tuning two identical cars along these two paths to see. You’ll be doing something similar in the Story, which is also part of the Playlist this month.

There’s also four new cars on offer through the Story, as part of a bumper crop of 15 new cars this Series. That includes five Series reward cars — one in each Season and a fifth for the Series reward — and two free Barbie Movie tie-in cars.

You’ll score the usual Evolving World Accolade for collecting the five regular Series reward cars, while other Accolades and new Badges are available for the Horizon Story and Test Track feature.

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Series 22: Upgrade Heroes

With the massive haul of points this Series, both of the reward cars should already be in your garage — as much as two weeks back.

Scoring 80 points will have netted you the Pagani Huayra BC, a highly limited-run version of the Huayra named for the brand’s first ever customer, Benny Caiola.

It’s appropriately hopped-up to match its auspicious name — which is saying something when the “base” model is a 730hp, 240mph supercar. The BC features even more power from the AMG V12, as well as considerably less weight due to extensive use of “carbon triax” composites.

Unusually it’s the new-to-series car at the higher 160-point target, with Chris Forsberg’s 2023 Formula Drift Nissan Z occupying that slot.

You’ll find the Z in the Formula Drift stable (rather than Forsberg’s own section), joining the older 370Z used in previous years. Unlike that former car, which used a bored-out, four-liter version of the VQ37, the new Z — already equipped with a three-liter VR30 instead — uses a GT-R’s VR38DETT good for 1,300hp.

Series 22 Spring/Hot Season Rewards

The final new reward car of the Series is a returnee from older Forza titles, but one that’s still spectacular today. You’ll be able to pick up the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series for 20 points, the line-leading model of the R230 SL range.

It uses an even more powerful 660hp V12 engine — the highest power of any standard SL, even though it’s two generations old — as well as extensive weight reduction and aero work to produce a 200mph top speed.

For 40 points you’ll earn another restomod car, this time from British stock. That’s the Eagle Speedster, a modernized version of the classic Jaguar E-Type which even sports a chopped roof line — something that will set the purists on edge.

The Spring Season will run through to 1430UTC on Thursday July 20, bringing Series 22 to a close. Summer of Series 23, “Summer Party”, will replace it and we’re due to find out more about that on Monday July 17.

Series 22 Spring Playlist: Forzathon Events

No tuning-themed event can pass by without probably the most famous tuner car of all: the Toyota Supra. Own, by winning the Built Not Bought championship this week if you don’t already have one, and drive the Mk4 Supra to get Is That A Supra?! underway.

Keep on driving it, to at least five miles (eight kilometers) to complete the next stage, before heading to the tuning menu (use the Test Track feature to rack up more money spent for the Accolades/Badges) for the final chapters.

Firstly, you’ll need to win a Street Race in the Supra, in either the A Class (701-800PI) or S1 Class (801-900PI), before picking up six stars at any Drift Zones to close the event out. You’ll earn five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points — with the FP doubled if you own the Casa Solariega player house.

Weekly Challenge: Is That A Supra?!

  • Car: Toyota Supra ’98
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the Toyota Supra ’98
    • Chapter 2: Drive five miles in the Toyota Supra ’98
    • Chapter 3: Win a Street Race in A Class or S1 Class (701-900PI) in the Toyota Supra ’98
    • Chapter 4: Earn six stars at Drift Zones in the Toyota Supra ’98
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

There’s a final set of seven Daily challenges coming along at the usual one-a-day rate. Each lands sequentially at 1430UTC each day during the season, with a full seven days to complete them even if that runs into next Series.

It’s a simple one to start this week, as you’ll need to take a photo of your vehicle at the Horizon Test Track, while in the Test Track mode, to complete Snap!

Double Tap will then require you to two Drift Tap skills, by lightly clouting something solid with the rear of your car during a drift.

The next task is Sugar Coated, as you’ll need to equip any item of Donut Media clothing — given away quite freely across the four-week Series — in the Character Customizer.

Floor It! next, to reach a top speed of 200mph (322km/h) in the 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 for the point.

It’s a trip back to the year 2000 in Points Mean Prizes. Just bank a total of 200,000 Skill Score — we’d recommend tuning in to a Skill Song for the bonus multiplier — in any car from that year to complete this.

Finally you’ll be getting Ready for Drift-Off, by earning at least one star at the East Coast Drift Zone near Playa Tranquila.

Daily Challenges

  • July 13 – Snap!: Take a photo of your vehicle in the Horizon Test Track
  • July 14 – Double Tap: Earn two Drift Tap skills
  • July 15 – Sugar Coated: Equip any Donut Media clothing item in the Character Customizer
  • July 16 – Floor It!: Achieve a speed of 200mph (322km/h) in the Corvette ZR1 ’95
  • July 17 – Launch Time: Earn three Ultimate Burnout skills
  • July 18 – Points Mean Prizes: Bank 200,000 Skill Score in any car from the year 2000
  • July 19 – Ready for Drift-Off: Earn one star or more at the East Coast Drift Zone

Series 22 Spring Playlist: Season Events

It’s a similar line-up to last week in the solo Playlist, with three PR Stunts, two Seasonals, and two Event Labs making up the seven events on offer.

The PR Stunts remain car specific, with the pace dropping quite a bit compared to last week. All three events are open to B Class (601-700PI) Classic Sports Cars, and with a Speed Trap, Speed Zone, and Drift Zone on offer — each awarding the usual Super Wheelspin — you may need two different cars, or tunes.

With the low performance index cars available, the targets are relatively gentle for the events, which are all clustered together near the Horizon Rush Outpost. 125mph through the Canyon Pass trap is tricky due to the corners approaching it, but 105mph for the Cliffside Speed Zone should be much simpler. 60,000pt at the Precipice Drift Zone shouldn’t be a challenge in any car set up for drift.

As usual the Seasonal Championships are three-race events against Highly Skilled AI. You’ll start each race in eighth place, so you’ll need to battle through the pack to top the points table at the end of the races to earn five points and a bonus prize.

It’s an odd mix of Street Races this week. Y’All Ready For This requires C Class (501-600PI) cars from the USA, while Built Not Bought is a B Class (601-700PI) event limited to Barn Find vehicles — those you’ll discover in special locations as you play through the main career mode. They offer a 1997 BMW M3 and a 1998 Toyota Supra respectively as rewards.

This week’s EventLab courses are totally custom routes at two locations. Each offers three points for completion — which just requires you to drive the requisite number of laps — and unique Donut Media bonus prizes.

Alpine Terrace Motorpark is a pretty wild rollercoaster ride built above the terrain at Colinas Aridas. You’ll need to watch out for the banking and the sharp final corner, but completing the lap in any A Class (701-800PI) vehicle will earn you a Donut Media Black Jumper.

Another custom route, mixing in some Hot Wheels components, is Copper Canyon Rally Park. We’ll add a giant note of caution here that the surface is insanely bumpy and it might take a while for your eyeballs to stop jiggling. It’s an event for A Class (701-800PI) Rally Monsters, with a Donut Media Trying To Race horn as a reward.

EventLab: Alpine Terrace Motorpark

  • Car: A Class
  • Location: Colinas Aridas
  • Challenge: Finish the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Donut Media Black Jumper

EventLab: Copper Canyon Rally Park

  • Car: A Class, Rally Monsters
  • Location: Copper Canyon
  • Challenge: Finish the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Donut Media Trying To Race horn

Drift Zone: Precipice

  • Car: B Class, Classic Sports Car
  • Location: Horizon Rush Outpost
  • Challenge: 60,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Trap: Canyon Pass

  • Car: B Class, Classic Sports Car
  • Location: Copper Canyon
  • Challenge: 125mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Cliffside

  • Car: B Class, Classic Sports Car
  • Location: Horizon Rush Outpost
  • Challenge: 105mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Built Not Bought

  • Car: B Class, Barn Finds
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, BMW M3 ’97

Seasonal Championship: Y’All Ready For This!

  • Car: C Class, USA
  • Location: Tierra Prospera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Toyota Supra ’98

It’s another two-event week in available for multiplayer, for which you’ll need an Xbox Live subscription in order to race on console — or play for free on PC.

Horizon Tour returns to the lineup, and you can start at any of the three Tour locations: on the main map or in either of the DLCs.

It’s a three-race championship event against Highly Skilled AI Drivatars, and can use cars of almost any type or performance bracket. The important part is it’s a team event; you and your up-to-six human team-mates will need to win as a group against the six-AI squad.

Players on each team score 100 points for every opponent they beat (meaning up to 600pt), but nothing for beating their own team-mates, with a 50pt bonus to first place as a tie-breaker. That means you need to work together, as lone-wolfing it won’t work.

The Tour has another twist in that you’ll need to drive from race finish to race start across the terrain, though there’s no reward for winning that battle — or penalty for not doing it at all. Win the championship and the team will net three points.

Of course The Trial is the other event, as it always is. It’s similar in format, but the AI are shifted up to “Unbeatable”, and it’s a best-of-three championship — so you can win inside two races.

This week it’s a Road Racing Series event, for A Class (701-800PI) cars. You can select either the Subaru BRZ or Toyota GT86 for the race, but do tune it up. Take the team win and you’ll earn ten points and an Lexus RC F.

Horizon Tour: Co-Op Championships

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Tour (any)
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 3 points

The Trial: Tune it Up

  • Car: A Class, Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86
  • Location: Mulege
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Lexus RC F ’15

Series 22 Spring Playlist: Challenges

There’s also three Challenges this week, with another Treasure Hunt alongside Photo Challenge, and The Eliminator returning to the list.

You’ll need access to online multiplayer to compete in The Eliminator, but it’s the usual task of finishing 30th or better in the event to claim the two points and a TVR Sagaris reward. Often this just requires that you survive for a few minutes as your opponents get knocked out in challenges or by failing to observe the zone shrinking…

The Photo Challenge, #Matchday, reflects the Weekly Challenge, but you’ll need the Mk3 Supra instead of the Mk4.

Head into Guanajuato and find the Estadio Jose Aguilar; this is the stadium in the city, right by the Bola Ocho map marker (though you’ll need to head to the next road west). Once there, take a photo of the Mk3 Supra to earn two points and the “Pop-Up” Forza Link greeting.

That leaves the Treasure Hunt, A Prelude to Something Great. The image and clue, “Time to B classy and win on the streets, finishing first will earn you the deets” rather firmly suggests a strategy: win any B Class (601-700PI) Street Racing event in the Honda Prelude.

Completing that will earn you the Treasure Hint, showing a red zone on your map covering an area wherein you might find the chest. This week that’s near Teotihuacan, within the polytunnels area; you’ll find the chest itself in the east part of this area. Smash it to earn three points and 100FP.

The Eliminator: Battle Royale

  • Cars: Any (provided)
  • Location: The Eliminator
  • Challenge: Finish 30th or better in The Eliminator
  • Reward: 2 points, TVR Sagaris

Photo Challenge: #MatchDay

  • Cars: Toyota Supra 2.0GT ’92
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Photograph the 1992 Toyota Supra at the Estadio Jose Aguilar in Guanajuato
  • Reward: 2 points, “Pop-Up” Forza Link

Treasure Hunt: A Prelude to Something Great

  • Cars: B Class, Honda Prelude Si ’94
  • Location: Any Street Race; Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: Win a Street Race in a B Class Honda Prelude; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100FP

Series 22 Spring Playlist: Monthly Events

It’s the last week of the Series, so it’s also your last chance to complete the four, month-long Monthly Events and score their massive points haul.

The reason there’s so many points is the two sets of challenges for the Donut Media Hi Low Story — one for “Hi Team” and one for “Low Team”. Each awards 12 points, for which you’ll need to complete all story chapters with three-star scores.

You’ll pick up four points, one added to each season, for every six Stars you earn in each story branch. That maxes out at three, for the 12-point total. It doesn’t matter when you do this as you’ll receive the points retroactively too.

In addition there’s the two regular Forza Monthly challenges for the Series, each awarding one point to each Season in a similar fashion, totalling four apiece.

There’s a twist this month which sees the rare inclusion of a point-to-point course in the challenges — the Copper Canyon Sprint, using the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series — while the other event features a paid DLC car for free use in the event, presumably to tempt you into spending some money on the $4.99 Racing Car Pack. That’s the Lotus Emira, at the Los Jardines Circuit.

In both cases the car is provided to you for the run, and you just need to post a clean time to earn the points, so keep your car away from solid objects.

Horizon Story: Donut Media Hi Team

  • Cars: Nissan Donut Media 350Z Hi (provided)
  • Location: Tulum
  • Challenge: Earn 18 stars on Donut Media Hi-Low Horizon Story Hi chapters
  • Reward: 12 points (3 added to each season)

Horizon Story: Donut Media Low Team

  • Cars: Nissan Donut Media 350Z Low (provided)
  • Location: Tulum
  • Challenge: Earn 18 stars on Donut Media HiLow Horizon Story Low chapters
  • Reward: 12 points (3 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Copper Canyon Sprint

  • Cars: Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (provided)
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Los Jardines Circuit

  • Cars: Lotus Emira (provided)
  • Location: Los Jardines
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 22 Spring Bonus DLC Events

There’s seven further bonus points on offer in each of the expansion packs — a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship in each location. You don’t need to complete them to hit 100% on the playlist, so they can substitute where other events aren’t to your liking.

Both PR Stunts require an A-Class (701-800PI) car from the GMC stable, so you could use one for both. However you’ll need to balance your aero as the Rally Adventure events is an offroad Speed Zone and the Hot Wheels one is a Danger Sign. The targets, of 85mph and 380m respectively, are well below three-stars though.

This week’s Seasonal Championships differ, unusually, in requirement and format. Rally Adventure remains a three-race championship against Highly Skilled AI, for A Class (701-800PI) Ford cars, and awards a Peugeot 205 Rallye for victory.

However in Hot Wheels it’s a winner-takes-all lap of The Goliath, with S2 Class (901-998PI) EV cars required. Win that race to earn a Hot Wheels Ice Horn.

Hot Wheels Danger Sign: Ice Crash

  • Car: A Class, GMC
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: 380m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Charged Up

  • Car: S2 Class, Horizon Special: EV
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Hot Wheels Ice Horn

Rally Adventure Speed Zone: Tres Colinas

  • Car: A Class, GMC
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Tres Colinas
  • Challenge: 85mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Rally? Let’s Go!

  • Car: A Class, Ford
  • Location: Sierra Nueva La Presa
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Peugeot 205 ’91

Series 22 Spring Forzathon Shop

There’s two rather different performance cars on offer in the Forzathon Shop this week, with old- and new-school vehicles from brands probably better known for the opposite in each case.

Leading the line is the Lotus Evija, a highly complicated, 2000hp, 1.7-ton electric supercar from a marque usually exemplified by the motto “simplify, then add lightness”. The Evija is probably the herald for a new era for Lotus, but it’s certainly not slow as one of the few road cars in the game that slots into the S2 Class.

At the other end of the scale is the legendary “Kenmeri” Skyline GT-R. The last GT-R until Nissan resurrected the name over 15 years later, the Skyline was a simple, front-engined, rear-drive sports car that was effectively killed by a badly timed economic crisis and sold in barely three digits.

You can pick up the Evija for 700FP, compared to a 2.5m credit price in the Autoshow. The Kenmeri is cheaper at 200FP, but also only weighs in at 170,000cr in the Autoshow.

Other store items this week include the Banjo-Kazooie Spiral Mountain Part 2 Horn and the Donut Media Purple Relaxed Tee at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (60FP) and a Super Wheelspin (150FP) occupy their regular spots.

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