Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Little Italy

Forza Horizon 5’s celebration of Italian cars — and more specifically the return of many of them to the series — continues into its second week, with a new set of events focusing on the nation.

It’s the second season of the “Italian Automotive” series, which sees 16 new vehicles from four Italian marques becoming available to all players.

Following what seems to have been an ongoing, industry-wide licensing issue thanks to a merger between two giant automotive groups, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, FIAT, and Lancia return to Horizon this month.

Eight of the 16 new vehicles drop right into the Autoshow, allowing players to buy them at any time. The other eight are all reward cars for activities this Series and give an Evolving World Accolade for collecting them all.

The DLC pack features another seven cars, also exclusively from Italian brands, but considerably more performance-oriented. You’ll also get a chance to sample one of these vehicles in a Monthly Challenge event this Series, as a try-before-you-buy.

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Series 24: Italian Automotive

Italy is pretty much synonymous with high-performance exotics, and two such cars are available as rewards this month.

Neither is new to the game, though both are absent from the Autoshow and pretty expensive in the Auction House so it’s well worth getting the points to grab them. That’s not going to be so easy this month, with far fewer points than in recent Series at just 70 per Season.

At 80 points you’ll pick up the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. This is more-or-less the maximum amount of Aventador possible while remaining road legal and recognisably an Aventador.

Once the world’s fastest production car around the Nordschleife, the SVJ features the usual heady mix of stripping out the non-essentials, as much carbon fiber as possible, more power from the V12, and clever adaptive aerodynamics.

While nowhere near as fast, the 160-point car brings with it the iconic status of a red-headed Ferrari.

The Ferrari 512TR was a comprehensive refresh of the classic 1984 Ferrari Testarossa — with the name literally meaning five-litre (though it was a 4.9), 12-cylinder, Testa Rossa. It was aimed at making the car a more compliant drive, as well as providing several tweaks to the handling and more power.

Series 24 Autumn/Storm Season Rewards

Things get a bit compact in this week’s rewards, with two small performance cars from the four Italian brands but of very different flavors.

Scoring 20 points will earn you a 2016 Abarth 695 Biposto, which is a rather extreme hot hatch based on the FIAT 500.

As well as turning the 1.4-liter turbo engine up to 190hp, Abarth stripped as much weight as is sensible — which included the rear seats (biposto being Italian for “two-seat”). There’s also a wild dog-ring ‘box which allows for clutchless shifts if you’re brave. Or mad.

Racking up 40 points earns you something a great deal more bespoke, with Alfa Romeo’s 4C sports car.

With its unique carbon fiber safety cell and chassis, the 4C is pretty expensive considering its tiny footprint. It’s also incredibly light, coming in almost 200lb under the Abarth — which is hardly a bulky car.

Power comes from a model-specific, mid-mounted 1.8-liter turbo good for 240hp, making the 4C pretty brisk, if not a particularly pleasant road car.

Autumn will run through to 1430UTC on Thursday August 31, with Series 24 continuing on for another two weeks until the same time on Thursday September 14.

Series 24 Autumn Playlist: Forzathon Events

With the four returning brands taking turns in the Forzathon Weekly Challenge, we move on to Lancia this week. You’ll need the 1992 Lancia Delta HF Intergrale to get Lancia-Lot underway.

First take the car to its spiritual home and win a Dirt Race in the Delta. It might be best to do this stock or tune it up only as far as the top of B Class (601-700PI) as the next stage requires you to reach 140mph in the Delta but only a B Class car will qualify.

Finally go to any Danger Signs you like and earn three stars in total — Boardwalk in Rio de la Selva is the easiest — to finish the challenge and earn five Playlist points. You’ll also score 80 Forzathon Points, doubled if you own the Casa Solariega player house.

Weekly Challenge: Lancia-Lot

  • Car: Lancia Delta HF Integrale ’92
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the Lancia Delta ’92
    • Chapter 2: Win a Dirt Race in the Lancia Delta ’92
    • Chapter 3: Using a B Class (601-700PI) Lancia Delta ’92, reach a speed of 140mph
    • Chapter 4: Earn three stars at Danger Signs in the Lancia Delta ’92
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

You’ll need plenty of Italian machinery for the Daily Challenges this week too. As usual, one new challenge unlocks at 1430UTC and you’ll have a full seven days to complete each one — even rolling over into the next season if necessary — with a point available for each.

Firstly you’ll need to take a Day Trip by driving for five mile (8km) in any FIAT vehicle. This won’t come up naturally as there’s not a big FIAT presence in the playlist this week.

It’s Forza Ferrari next, which requires you complete any Horizon Open Custom Race — just one race, and of any type — in any Ferrari.

Bring along some Heavy Metal for the next challenge, and earn five stars at Danger Signs in the Lamborghini Urus.

The next event is all about Form and Function, requiring you to win a Street Race in any Alfa Romeo. That looks like it will require a specific effort as there’s no eligible races on the playlist.

Head out and earn 20 Wreckage Skills — for smashing into destructible objects — in any Italian Hypercar to prove It’s Ensured.

It’s a case of Ancient Drift next, as you’ll need to head to Teotihuacan and earn five Drift Skills in any vehicle.

Finally add a Splash of Color by painting the body of any car.

Daily Challenges

  • August 24 – Day Trip: Drive five miles (8km) in any FIAT
  • August 25 – Forza Ferrari: Complete a Horizon Open Custom Race in any Ferrari
  • August 26 – Heavy Metal: Earn five stars at Danger Signs in the Lamborghini Urus
  • August 27 – Form and Function: Win a Street Race in any Alfa Romeo
  • August 28 – It’s Ensured: Earn 20 Wreckage Skills in any Italian Hypercar
  • August 29 – Ancient Drift: Earn five Drift Skills around Teotihuacan
  • August 30 – Splash of Color: Paint your vehicle’s body

Series 24 Autumn Playlist: Season Events

It’s another eight-events week on the solo Playlist this week, as the Seasonal Championships offering expands to three events, along with the regular three PR Stunts, and two EventLab creations.

Both EventLabs award three points and are restricted to Italian cars, with Pidore Festival of Speed requiring A Class (701-800PI) Retro Supercars, and the Stadium City Sprint limited to S1 Class (801-900PI) Track Toys.

The former is a fun little ribbon on the Dunas Blancas coast — more so with some opponents, sadly still lacking in solo mode — offering a Super Wheelspin for completing the required laps. As the name suggests, the latter event consists of a point-to-point sprint through a city built inside the Stadium, with a Ferrari F40 as a bonus prize.

Unusually there’s two PR Stunts of the same type this week, with two Speed Traps and a Speed Zone. Each offers two points and a Super Wheelspin and requires an A Class (701-800PI) Retro Supercar vehicle from Italy.

You likely won’t face as much of a challenge in this week’s events as last. The 160mph target at Northern Passage is the easiest of the three, with the 170mph target for Bulevar a little trickier due to the approach, best tackled from the south. For Ringroad you’ll need to cut as much of the slow corners as you can get away with to hit the 90mph requirement.

The three Italy-themed Seasonal Championships are three-race events against Highly Skilled AI. In each case you’ll need to top the points table at the end of the event, with five points and a bonus reward for doing so. Beware that in each race you’ll need to fight to the front from an eighth place start, while the finishing order determines how the AI grid up…

All three events use the blacktop this week. Shopping Trip is Street Race for A Class (701-800PI) Sport Utility Vehicles from Italy, offering a Lamborghini LM002 for victory. Contemporary Italian is also a Street Race, this time for S1 Class (801-900PI) Modern Supercars from Italy and rewarding you with a Fist Pump Emote.

Finally you won’t need to dodge traffic in the Prancing Horse Road Racing event, for S1 Class (801-900PI) cars from Ferrari, which offers a Ferrari 812 Superfast as a prize.

EventLab: Pidore Festival of Speed

  • Car: A Class, Italy, Retro Supercars
  • Location: Dunas Blancas
  • Challenge: Finish the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Super Wheelspin

EventLab: Stadium City Sprint

  • Car: S1 Class, Italy, Track Toys
  • Location: Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Finish the course
  • Reward: 3 points, Ferrari F40

Speed Trap: Bulevar

  • Car: A Class, Italy, Retro Supercars
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: 170mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Trap: Northern Passage

  • Car: A Class, Italy, Retro Supercars
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: 160mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Ringroad

  • Car: A Class, Italy, Retro Supercars
  • Location: Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: 90mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Contemporary Italian

  • Car: S1 Class, Italy, Modern Supercars
  • Location: Atalantes de Tula
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Fist Pump Emote

Seasonal Championship: Prancing Horses

  • Car: S1 Class, Ferrari
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ferrari 812

Seasonal Championship: Shopping Trip

  • Car: A Class, Italy, Sports Utility
  • Location: Cordillera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Lamborghini LM002

It’s another one-event offering in multiplayer this week, which requires an Xbox Live subscription to access on console — though there’s no such requirement on PC.

That is, of course, The Trial, which is a team event pitting you and up to five other humans against a team of six “Unbeatable” AI in a best-of-three championship race.

As usual, each player on each team scores 100 points for every opponent they beat, but nothing for beating team-mates. That means you’ll need to work as a team to score as much as possible, rather than sprinting off to a comfortable win with a great tune while your team-mates struggle.

For this week you’ll need an Italian Super GT vehicle in the S1 Class (801-900PI) performance bracket — the Ferrari 812 Superfast from the Prancing Horse Seasonal Championship is ideal. That’s just getting onto the cusp of too fast for many players, so even though it’s a Road Racing event you might see some wild driving from team-mates.

However if everyone can keep a lid on it (and watch out for the chicane at 20% distance in race one), you should win inside two races and score ten points and a Lancia Stratos.

The Trial: Grand Touring

  • Car: S1 Class, Italian Super GT
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Lancia Stratos

Series 24 Autumn Playlist: Challenges

We’re back down to two Challenges this week, with a new Collectibles event joining the regular Photo Challenge.

You’ll need to head to the Palacio Azul del Oceano area for the All Aboard Collectibles challenge. Find and smash ten Boat Pinatas while you’re there — they’re all around the beach and hotel grounds — and you’ll earn three points and a Sea of Thieves Theme Horn for your vehicle.

This week’s Photo Challenge, #MaseratiFestival, focuses on the premium marque. Take any vehicle from the brand to the Horizon Apex Outpost and snap a photo to earn two points and Fred V & Grafix Horn.

Collectibles: All Aboard

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Palacio Azul
  • Challenge: Smash ten Boat Pinatas
  • Reward: 3 points, Sea of Thieves Theme Horn

Photo Challenge: #MaseratiFestival

  • Cars: Maserati (any)
  • Location: Horizon Apex Outpost
  • Challenge: Photograph any Maserati at the Horizon Apex Festival Outpost
  • Reward: 2 points, Fred V & Grafix Horn

Series 24 Autumn Playlist: Monthly Events

The two Monthly Events remain in place as they will all Series long. They each offer four points, giving one point to each of four Seasons whenever you choose to complete them.

In each case you’ll need to complete a clean run at the courses indicated with the cars provided to you for the purpose, which might be a bit challenging in both cases this Series.

The Horizon Mexico Circuit hosts the paid DLC Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 track car for a lap, and it’s a pretty wild ride so you’ll need focus to keep it off the walls — particularly at the tight section mid-way through the lap.

You won’t be lapping at the other event, with the long, long, point-to-point Volcan Sprint the scene for the challenge in the twitchy Alfa Romeo 4C. There’s plenty of opportunity to mess this one up, possibly right near the end of the run, and you can’t lap it over and over again to refine your lines.

Monthly Rivals: Horizon Mexico Circuit

  • Cars: Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 (provided)
  • Location: Horizon Festival
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Volcan Sprint

  • Cars: Alfa Romeo 4C (provided)
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 24 Autumn Bonus DLC Events

Should you own either of the two DLC expansion packs you’ll get a chance to earn seven bonus points for each, with a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship at each of the two locations.

Rally Adventure will send you to the Canyon Rush Speed Trap, requiring a gentle 150mph target for any A Class (701-800PI) car from Italy. The Hot Wheels stunt is the Forest Leap Danger Sign, with any S2 Class (901-998PI) Extreme Track Toys permitted and a relatively untroubling 400m target (watch your landing though). Both award a Super Wheelspin.

Both of the Seasonal Championships are the same as those on the main map: three-race championships against Highly Skilled AI (though in some Hot Wheels races this will cause you to start 12th rather than eighth).

They require S1 Class (801-900PI) cars in each location, with Surf’s Up an open category event (using the hateful waterslide tracks) in Hot Wheels offering a Hot Wheels Monster Truck Horn and Italian All-Wheel Drive cars needed for Raptoriffic in Rally Adventure, with an Epitaph White Logo Relaxed Tee bonus prize.

Hot Wheels Danger Sign: Forest Leap

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: Hot Wheels Forest Falls
  • Challenge: 400m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Surf’s Up

  • Car: S1 Class
  • Location: Hot Wheels Forest Falls
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Hot Wheels Monster Truck Horn

Rally Adventure Speed Trap: Canyon Rush

  • Car: A Class, Italy
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Senda de Montanana
  • Challenge: 150mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Raptoriffic

  • Car: S1 Class, Italy, AWD
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Tres Colinas
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Epitaph White Logo Relaxed Tee

Series 24 Autumn Forzathon Shop

More high-performance Italian machinery fills the Forzathon Shop this week, with a two thundering V12 vehicles trying to take your hard-earned points.

The Maserati MC12 Versione Corse is the lead car in the store, and is similar in ethos to the Ferrari FXX from last week — not least because both cars are based closely on the Enzo.

This version of the car is pretty much a track day toy based on the GT1 championship-winning Maserati MC12 race car, which itself was more-or-less an Enzo with some custom bodywork specifically to allow it to pass homologation.

Accordingly the MC12 VC is a pretty savage machine, with 120hp more even than the original road car, and not even a hint of being road-legal.

The other vehicle available was also intended as a track toy, but in more of a road-going guise. That’s the Ferrari F12tdf, a variant of the F12berlinetta tweaked for track use by way of more power, less weight, and some aero tweaks.

Both cars are also available in the Autoshow, with the MC12 coming in at 2.5m against the 700FP cost here, and the F12tdf at 300FP compared to 500,000cr.

Other store items this week include the Ring Ring Emote and the Doodle Classic Shades at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (60FP) and a Super Wheelspin (150FP) occupy their regular spots.

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