Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Forza Italia!

The Italian-themed shenanigans continue for another seven days in Forza Horizon 5 as the Series ticks over into the third week of four with a new Season playlist.

This Series, “Italian Automotive”, marks the return of four marques that didn’t make the jump from Forza Horizon 4’s Festival in the UK across the Atlantic for the fifth game, likely as a result of a licensing issue that has had effects across the racing game industry.

We’ve seen recent evidence of that easing, none more so than FH5’s Series 24 which brings back Abarth, Alfa Romeo, FIAT, and Lancia to the festivities.

In total there’s 23 new cars this Series, although you’ll find seven of those in a special, paid DLC pack (even if you own the Premium Edition). That said, you’ll get a chance to sample one of those for free in the current Playlist.

Of the remaining 16, eight drop right into the Autoshow for purchase at any time, while the other eight are all reward cars for completing milestones in each week’s events. There’s of course an Evolving World Accolade for collecting those eight.

Much of the month’s racing, smashing, and searching is hinged on Italian cars across the wide selection already available in the game too.

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Series 24: Italian Automotive

While all of the individual seasonal reward cars are new, the overall Series prizes are both cars that were already present in the game. That said, both are rare, fast, and do not appear in the Autoshow, so if you’ve missed either or want to make a few million in the Auction House it’s worth aiming for them both.

For 80 points you’ll win the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, which is very much an answer to the question “What if Aventador, but Aventa-more?”.

To that end, Lamborghini turned up the V12’s wick, stripped the car back, garnished it with lashings of carbon fiber, and implemented some trick aero. That all, briefly, made it the fastest car in the world at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

The same can’t entirely be said of the Ferrari 512TR, which you’ll earn for 160 points.

This was the first evolution of the classic Ferrari Testarossa (the “TR” is right there in the name), intended to make the flat V12 supercar even faster and better to drive than the rather tetchy Testa.

Series 24 Winter/Dry Season Rewards

Old meets new on the Winter rewards, with two cars that highlight Italian automotive perfectly: something small and something exotic.

Small is filled by the Abarth 131, a homologation special based on the FIAT 131 (or “Mirafiori”, a reference to where it was manufactured) which has five World Rally Championship titles to its name.

While the standard FIAT boasted up to 75hp from a range of humble overhead valve engines, the Abarth received a two-liter, 16-valve, DOHC, twin-carb unit for twice that — and more in race spec.

Combined with independent rear suspension and the talents of Markku Alen and Walter Rohrl, the 131 took the 1977, 1978, and 1980 titles, along with drivers’ titles for each in ’78 and ’80.

You’ll grab the Abarth for 20 points this week, while at 40 points you get a rather left-field Alfa Romeo.

It’s fair to say that few saw this coming, as Alfa Romeo was making very pretty, front- and four-wheel drive hatchbacks and sedans based on FIAT platforms at the time.

The 8C Competizione wasn’t that. It was in fact a custom, rear-wheel drive platform with a svelte carbon fiber body shell and sporting Maserati mechanicals. That included a 445hp cross-plane V8 (based on a flat-plane Ferrari unit).

Winter will run through to 1430UTC on Thursday September 7, with Series 24 continuing on for another week until the same time on Thursday September 14.

Series 24 Winter Playlist: Forzathon Events

The returning-brand rota flips over one for this week’s Forzathon Weekly Challenge, with FIAT at the fore. Own and drive the FIAT 124 Sport Spider to get It’s Like FIAT underway. That’s the way it is…

You might like to give the car a working over with the tuning stick for the remaining events. Firstly you’ll need to earn three stars at any Speed Traps, which you can do cumulatively if you wish. After that, go out and win a Road Race in the little convertible.

There’s a little deja vu for the last stage, which requires you to earn a total of 95mph through any Speed Traps cumulatively. It should be pretty easy to do this in one go with a tuned car, but even the stock machine will do it without issue at Autopista or Federal Highway on the main cross-Mexico road.

That will conclude the challenge, earning you five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points — the last of which is doubled if you own the Casa Solariega player house.

Weekly Challenge: It’s Like FIAT

  • Car: FIAT 124 Sport Spider 1980
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the FIAT 124 Spider
    • Chapter 2: Earn three stars at Speed Traps in the FIAT 124 Spider
    • Chapter 3: Win a Road Race in the FIAT 124 Spider
    • Chapter 4: Reach a total of 95mph at any Speed Traps in the FIAT 124 Spider
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

There’s more Italian motoring in the Daily Challenges this week. One new challenge unlocks at 1430UTC each day with a full seven days to complete each one — even if that takes you into next season — for one point each.

Your first task is to Go in the Dark, and win any Midnight Battle in any Italian vehicle. The most appropriate (and probably quickest) would be the Murcielago battle near Gran Puente, but any will do.

Next reach Light Speed and earn nine stars at any Speed Traps using any Lamborghini vehicle.

Collaboration is the name of the game next as you’ll need to complete a Horizon Tour. Be aware that this requires online multiplayer, needing an Xbox Live subscription if you play on console.

After that, hit 150mph or more for 15 seconds or more (again, the main highway is great for this) in any Italian vehicle as you hit Max Power.

Be Formidable next, and complete round three of any Horizon Arcade theme — Air, Chaos, Drift, Speed, or Wreckage — in any Abarth.

You’ll need to be as swift as the Levante Winds as you drive ten miles (16km) in the Maserati Levante S next.

Lastly prove your Pedigree by earning five stars at Trailblazers in any Lancia.

Daily Challenges

  • August 31 – Go in the Dark: Win a Midnight Battle in any Italian vehicle
  • September 1 – Light Speed: Earn nine stars at Speed Traps in any Lamborghini
  • September 2 – Collaboration: Complete a Horizon Tour
  • September 3 – Max Power: Drive above 150mph for 15 seconds in any Italian vehicle
  • September 4 – Formidable: Complete round three of Horizon Arcade in any Abarth
  • September 5 – Levante Winds: Drive ten miles (16km) in the Maserati Levante S
  • September 6 – Pedigree: Earn five stars at Trailblazers in any Lancia

Series 24 Winter Playlist: Season Events

There’s a slight shrinkage (it is after all winter) on the solo Playlist this week, which sees the total number of events fall to seven. That’s two Seasonal Championships, three PR Stunts, and two EventLab creations.

Both of the EventLabs feature custom circuits placed on top of the landscape, and you’ll need Italian vehicles for both. Each awards you three points for completing the requisite number of laps.

Pipeline Stadium is an interesting quasi-karting track built inside the Horizon Stadium. You’ll need an S1 Class (801-900PI) Hypercar, and the event awards a Super Wheelspin. Circuito Callejero is a compact city course — reminiscent of the circuit Top Gear circuit “made” in Milton Keynes — for B Class (601-700PI) Rare Classics, and awards a Ferrari 458.

Another PR Stunt shakeup sees two different vehicle requirements this week. Each still awards two points and a Super Wheelspin, but you’ll need an S1 Class (801-900PI) convertible car from Italy for the Drift Zone, and an S2 Class (901-998PI) Italian Hypercar for the others.

None are particularly difficult this week. The Polytunnels Drift Zone target is just over three stars at 130,000pt. Downforce will see you keep the speed up on the approach from the west to hit 170mph at the Escarpment Speed Trap. For the Colinas you will need to watch your landing zone, but the 480m target is a breeze.

Lamborghini and Lancia feature in the Seasonal Championships. Each is a three-race event against Highly Skilled AI, requiring you to top the points table at the end of the event to win the five points and bonus reward.

Bulls on Parade is obviously the Lamborghini event, requiring any S1 Class (801-900PI) car from the brand. You’ll earn a Huracan Performante for victory in this Road Race. Meanwhile you’ll be heading off-road for Country Run, in any C Class (501-600PI) Lancia, for a Cross Country event that awards a Maserati Gran Turismo S.

EventLab: Av-Paradise Circuit Callejero

  • Car: B Class, Italy, Rare Classics
  • Location: Dunas Blancas
  • Challenge: Finish the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Ferrari 458

EventLab: Pipeline Stadium Circuit

  • Car: S1 Class, Italy, Hypercar
  • Location: Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Finish the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Super Wheelspin

Danger Sign: Colina

  • Car: S2 Class, Italy, Supercars
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: 480m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Drift Zone: Polytunnels

  • Car: S1 Class, Italy, Convertibles
  • Location: Pantano de la Selva
  • Challenge: 130,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Trap: Escarpment

  • Car: S2 Class, Italy, Supercars
  • Location: Horizon Rush Festival
  • Challenge: 170mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Bulls on Parade

  • Car: S1 Class, Lamborghini
  • Location: Horizon Festival
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Seasonal Championship: Country Run

  • Car: C Class, Lancia
  • Location: Cordillera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Maserati Gran Turismo S

Two events appear on the multiplayer challenges this week, each requiring an Xbox Live subscription to access on console — although it’s free to participate on PC.

Added to the events this week is Seasonal Playground Games, with a best-of-three-round Team Flag Rush event using S1 Class (801-900PI) Italian vehicles.

You’ll need to reach the end of the match, which comprises three rounds of the two-end game. One team’s job is to grab flags and deliver them to the target zone without being tagged, while the other’s is to tag them; the two sides then switch roles.

Complete the event – win or lose – and you’ll take three points and a Police Siren horn.

The Trial remains in its regular spot and consists of 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.

It should be a well-known format by now, with each player on each team scoring 100 points for every opponent they beat. You don’t gain a thing for beating team-mates, so the best way to win is to hinder the AI to allow slower human team-mates to overtake them (and you, if necessary).

It’s a Dirt Racing challenge this week, which rarely bodes well for controlled driving. However with A Class (701-800PI) Sports Utility vehicles from Italy required, the speeds should be low enough to keep things together.

Take the win, which you can do inside two rounds because the AI is mince at Dirt Racing, and you’ll take ten points and a Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde.

Seasonal Playground Games: Flying the Flag

  • Car: S1 Class, Italy
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva
  • Challenge: Complete a Flag Rush event
  • Reward: 3 points, Police Siren Horn

The Trial: Brains vs Brawn

  • Car: A Class, Italy, Sports Utility
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Alfa Romeo Giula Quadrifoglio

Series 24 Winter Playlist: Challenges

Your trio of Challenges this week brings Treasure Hunt back into the mix, alongside the online Horizon Open event and the usual Photo Challenge.

For Horizon Open you’ll need access to multiplayer. You can just select the event right from the Playlist, and then pick any Italian car you have that meets the specs of the event hopper into which you land. Complete the event (if you’re lucky you’ll drop in at the start of race three) to earn two points and a Pop’n’Lock Emote.

This week’s Photo Challenge, #BeachParty, will take you to the east coast. Visit the town of Playa Azul in a Lamborghini, and simply photograph the car to earn two points and a Raul Urias Horizon Cap.

The Treasure Hunt, Stratospheric, requires you to solve a clue, perform the relevant action, then find the Treasure Chest and smash it to claim your reward.

This week’s Clue is “Laugh at danger as you fly through the air in your Lancia and the treasure will be yours”. It should be obvious that you’ll need to hit a Danger Sign in a Lancia, but while the name and image suggests only a Stratos will do the reality is that scoring one star at any Danger Sign in any Lancia is enough.

Complete that and you’ll reveal the Hint: a red circle on your map showing the approximate location of the chest. This week that’s centered on the radio tower on the hill above Palacio Azul, and that’s exactly where the chest is; smash it to take your three points and 100FP.

Horizon Open: Coming Through

  • Cars: Italy
  • Location: Horizon Open (any)
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Open event in any Italian vehicle
  • Reward: 2 points, Pop’n’Lock Emote

Photo Challenge: #BeachParty

  • Cars: Lamborghini (any)
  • Location: Playa Azul
  • Challenge: Photograph any Lamborghini at Playa Azul
  • Reward: 2 points, Raul Urias Horizon Cap

Treasure Hunt: Stratospheric

  • Cars: Lancia (any)
  • Location: Danger Signs (any)
  • Challenge: Earn one Star at any Danger Signs in any Lancia; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100FP

Series 24 Winter Playlist: Monthly Events

If you haven’t yet completed them, the two Monthly Events will remain in place. Each offers four points, distributed evenly across the four Seasons regardless of when you complete them.

For both you’ll need to complete a clean run at the courses indicated with the cars provided to you for the purpose. Pace isn’t important, just keep it clean. Of course this month’s combinations don’t make that easy.

You’ll need to run a rare point-to-point challenge for the Volcan Sprint, up the east side of the volcano, in the skittish Alfa Romeo 4C. There’s a lot of ways to mess this up — especially the final wiggly straight ascent — and you have to start afresh each time.

In the second event you’ll be driving the paid DLC Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 track car for a lap of the Horizon Mexico Circuit, and this too is a very sketchy ride. The tight middle section may be hard to get right here.

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 Winter Bonus DLC Events

The two DLC expansion packs each offer a seven-point bonus for your Playlist total — a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship in each — though they aren’t required for Playlist completion so you don’t miss out if you don’t have them.

Like the main map, there’s actually two different car requirements this week for the PR Stunts, each awarding Super Wheelspins.

You’ll need any A Class (701-800PI) car from Italy for the Rally Adventure Danger Sign at Canyon Snap; the 200m target isn’t at all tricky, you just need a clear run-up, and aim left on the ramp. The Dragon’s Fall Speed Trap in Hot Wheels has a ferocious 270mph goal, but is open to S2 Class (901-998PI) Extreme Track Toys. Approach from the west.

The Seasonal Championships are just as they are on the main map, each consisting of a three-race championship against Highly Skilled AI.

You’ll need any B Class (601-700PI) car for Dune Dash in Rally Adventure — and we’d recommend some ground clearance, while it’s S1 Class (801-900PI) cars from Italy in the Fire and Ice event in Hot Wheels. They award a Take-Off Emote and a Lamborghini Aventador respectively.

Hot Wheels Speed Trap: Dragon’s Fall

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: 270mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Fire and Ice

  • Car: S1 Class, Italy
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Lamborghini Aventador ’12

Rally Adventure Danger Sign: Canyon Snap

  • Car: A Class, Italy
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Senda de Montanana
  • Challenge: 200m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Dune Dash

  • Car: B Class, Italy
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Valle de Pozas
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Take-Off Emote

Series 24 Winter Forzathon Shop

Lamborghini and Ferrari again feature in the Forzathon Shop, with two mid-engined vehicles aimed at very different outcomes.

Heading the store is the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento — or “sixth element” — which is essentially a redeveloped Gallardo aiming for speed at the expense of all else.

Stripped back to the barest minimum acceptable amount of Gallardo, the 6E weighs in at under a metric tonne — helped along by extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the drivetrain and forged carbon fiber (carbon being the sixth element on the Periodic Table).

Alongside it is the more “ordinary” Ferrari 430 Scuderia. This is the hopped-up version of the F430, which succeded the 360 Modena, intended as a replacement for the track-day special 360 Challenge Stradale — from back when Ferrari would allow you to keep the car yourself, and 510hp was just nuts.

As usual, you can pick up both cars in the Autoshow instead. 700FP for the Lamborghini seems like a good deal compared to the 2.5m credit cost, but we’d have pause to save the points on the 300FP/300,000cr Ferrari.

Other store items this week include the Thumbs Up Emote and the Italy Race Gloves at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (60FP) and a Super Wheelspin (150FP) occupy their regular spots.

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