Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Creative Thinking

The creativity continues this week as the second season of the new Forza Horizon 5 Series gets underway today.

It’s the 25th Series in FH5’s lifetime, and the final full one of its second year on sale — with the anniversary falling on the final day of next Series.

Having officially dropped the numbering some time ago, the Series is officially called “Horizon Creatives”, and is all about what players can make.

Nowhere is that highlighted more than the major changes to EventLab, and the addition of the new, 2km x 2km (1.24mi x 1.24mi) EventLab Island — a concrete blank canvas for hosting whatever creations you like.

EventLab plays an even larger role in the Playlist than usual, with many more events — some with unique prizes — and some interesting new creations to host the slightly changed Treasure Hunt events this Series.

That only leaves the new cars, with seven vehicles to collect this month and an Evolving World Accolade for picking up all seven. Those who start their Forza Motorsport journey this month will also pick up an eighth car as a bonus reward.

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Series 25: Horizon Creatives

If you’ve been diligent about completion, you’ll have already collected the first of the reward cars this Series, which exemplifies the performance BMW theme.

Picking up 80 points will reward you with the BMW 850CSi, one of the rarest BMW models ever made outside of limited-production vehicles.

An M-car in all but name, the 850CSi combines one of the best shapes ever to come out of a Munich pencil with one of the best engines: a 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated V12.

The engine in fact would go on to its own fame, as BMW developed it into a six-liter unit destined for the rear of the McLaren F1.

For 160 points — which won’t pop up until next season — there’s a chance to take home a spectacular resto-mod.

The Porsche 911 Carrera 2 by Gunther Werks, officially called the 400R by the company, is a car we’ve seen before on the playlist but well worth collecting.

It’s very loosely based on the 993-generation 911, but sports a full carbon-fiber body and a thoroughly modern, 400hp, four-liter flat six in the back.

Series 25 Autumn/Storm Season Rewards

The performance BMW/restomod Porsche theme continues to the season rewards, although you may want to avert your gaze now.

At 20 points you’ll earn the divisively styled BMW iX ’22, which has surprisingly little to do with Dune. This enormous, dual-motor SUV is capable of some very scary performance, courtesy of up to 610hp.

Thankfully it’s a vehicle which is much nicer inside than out, and has an unusual party piece by way of the Iconic Sounds feature. This plays speed- and acceleration-appropriate music composed by movie legend Hans Zimmer, in place of the exhaust note you’d get from something with an engine.

For 40 points you’ll get another chance to win the Porsche 356C Cabriolet Emory Special ’64.

This combines the shell of one of Porsche’s first in-house designs with some much more modern 911 underpinnings. Emory builds its own “Outlaw-4” boxer engine, with three times the power of the car’s original unit.

Autumn will continue until 1430UTC on Thursday September 28, while Series 25 will remain in place for another two weeks until the same time on Thursday October 12.

Series 25 Autumn Playlist: Forzathon Events

Lamborghini is the star of the Forzathon Weekly Challenge this week, with its famed SV badge front and center. Pick up the 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV to get Super Veloce underway.

It’s not a tricky set of challenges this week. Firstly you’ll need to reach 200mph in the Diablo — of which it’s entirely capable in standard form — before getting colorful and repainting the car’s body.

Finally go out and win any Street Race in the car to complete the event, earning five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points — the latter of which is doubled if you own the Casa Solariega player house.

Weekly Challenge: Super Veloce

  • Car: Lamborghini Diablo SV 1997
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the Diablo SV ’97
    • Chapter 2: Reach 200mph in the Diablo SV ’97
    • Chapter 3: Paint the body of the Diablo SV ’97
    • Chapter 4: Win a Street Race in the Diablo SV ’97
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

Seven more Daily Challenges are available this week, with one new one unlocking each day at 1430UTC. Each Challenge earns you one point towards your playlist total, and there’s seven days to complete each one even if that runs into the next season.

It’s A Fine Day for Science! first, as you’ll need to head into the Character Customizer and equip the Lab Coat clothing item. If you don’t already have that, it’s in the Forzathon Shop this week at 75FP.

Next up take a Photon Finish by winning a Drag Race at any of the three course locations: Aerodrome (long), Festival (medium), or Teotihuacan (short).

Science Friction comes next. Earn two Drift Tap Skills — a combination skill for lightly hitting a solid object during a drift — to complete this.

Take a photograph of any Mazda vehicle next, in appreciation of the fact that each and every one is a Mazda Piece.

You’ll need to be a Pick-Up Artist, by painting the body of any vehicle in the inappropriately apostrophized Pickups & 4x4s category.

Earn three Kangaroo Skills — a combination skill for two successive Air Skills, requiring a safe landing after getting all four (or three, or six; so long as it’s all of them) wheels off the floor — to say Let’s Bounce.

Finally Squad Up by completing a Horizon Tour.

Daily Challenges

  • September 21 – A Fine Day for Science!: Equip the Lab Coat in the Character Customizer
  • September 22 – Photon Finish: Win a Drag Race
  • September 23 – Science Friction: Earn two Drift Tap Skills
  • September 24 – Mazda Piece: Take a photo of any Mazda
  • September 25 – Pick-Up Artist: Paint the body of any Pickups & 4x4s vehicle
  • September 26 – Let’s Bounce: Earn three Kangaroo Skills
  • September 27 – Squad Up: Complete a Horizon Tour

Series 25 Autumn Playlist: Season Events

The challenges come in three by three this week, for a total of nine EventLabs, PR Stunts, and Seasonal Championships.

There’s quite the mix of terrains in EventLab this week, each awarding three points. It’s also worth noting that each event has a small AI grid, so you will need to win the races for the points and other rewards.

Autodromo del Lago Trasimeno is a race course — a replica of Autodromo dell’Umbria — with the event for B Class (601-700PI) cars of any type gifting a Super Wheelspin for completion. Mixed surfaces await at Playa Azul Scramble, as you head through the town in any A Class (701-800PI) Modern Rally or Rally Monsters car with a Relax Emote reward.

A special prize awaits for Mudslinger’s Scramble, a very muddy route on the hillsides of Cordillera for A Class (701-800PI) Unlimited Offroad or Unlimited Buggies vehicles. That’s the new Rivian R1T pickup, which is only available for this event.

Again the PR Stunts this week are one-car, one-type affairs, this week taking the form of Danger Signs and requiring a B Class (601-700PI) Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

They’re again challenging but ultimately not tricky events, with the 340m target for Runway being the longest, and 230m for Event Horizon probably being the hardest. If your truck can make both of these, 220m for Desert Dunes will be a breeze.

All three of the different surface types are in the Seasonal Championships this week. Each is its usual three-race event against Highly Skilled AI, starting you off in eighth position (while the AI get to race in finishing order). You’ll need to top the points table at the end of the event to win the five points and bonus reward.

Hyped Up is a Road Racing event for S2 Class (901-998PI) Hypercars, awarding a Lamborghini Urus ’19 for completion. You’ll need a car from the special Heavy Hitters hopper (2045kg+) for Jumping Juggernauts, which is a Cross Country series for A Class (701-800PI) cars and awards a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro.

That just leaves the Out for Delivery Dirt Racing event for A Class (701-800PI) Vans & Utility vehicles, awarding a 2017 Ford Focus RS.

EventLab: Autodromo del Lago Trasimeno

  • Car: B Class
  • Location: Los Jardines
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Super Wheelspin

EventLab: Mudslinger’s Scramble

  • Car: A Class, Unlimited Offroad/Buggies
  • Location: Cordillera
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Rivian R1T

EventLab: Playa Azul Scramble

  • Car: A Class, Modern Rally/Rally Monsters
  • Location: Playa Azul
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Relax Emote

Danger Sign: Desert Dunes

  • Car: B Class, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
  • Location: Dunas Blancas
  • Challenge: 220m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Danger Sign: Event Horizon

  • Car: B Class, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: 230m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Danger Sign: Runway

  • Car: B Class, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva
  • Challenge: 340m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Hyped Up

  • Car: S2 Class, Hypercars
  • Location: Horizon Festival
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Lamborghini Urus ’19

Seasonal Championship: Jumping Juggernauts

  • Car: A Class, Heavy Hitters
  • Location: Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Chevrolet Camaro ’70

Seasonal Championship: Out for Delivery

  • Car: A Class, Vans & Utility
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford Focus RS ’17

The Trial remains as the only multiplayer event this week, which requires an Xbox Live subscription to access on console, but it’s free to take part on PC.

This is a three-race team — that’s “team”, not “win at all costs” — event that pits you and up to five other humans against a team of six “Unbeatable” AI.

You’ll receive 100pt for every opponent you beat but nothing for beating your own team-mates — although the overall winner takes 50pt as a tie-breaker, ensuring the scores can never be equal.

That means the best results can be gained by helping slower team-mates to pass as many AI as possible (even using underhand means if necessary) in order to maximize team points.

This week the event is a Street Racing Series challenge for B Class (601-700PI) Nissan Skyline models of any type. That should mean relatively controlled driving (if you can avoid the NPC traffic) and, so long as everyone remembers to actually tune their cars, an easy win inside two races.

The victory is worth ten points and a 2012 Nissan GT-R.

The Trial: Reach for the Sky

  • Car: B Class, Nissan Skyline
  • Location: Colinas Aridas
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Nissan GT-R ’12

Series 25 Autumn Playlist: Challenges

There’s two Challenges this week, with the new-format Treasure Hunt remaining alongside the regular Photo Challenge.

For the Photo Challenge this week, #PicturePawfect, you’ll need to double-up on cats. Take any Peugeot to the Farid Rueda Lion Mural in Playa Azul — it’s on the main street just south of the Playa Azul Circuit marker — and take a photo to earn two points and the matching Sundress clothing item.

You’ll be remaining around Playa Azul for the Treasure Hunt this week, which again requires you to hunt out a specially constructed stunt park.

The clue for the Horizon Apex Treasure Stunt is “Head North along the coastline from the Horizon Apex Festival and keep an eye inland, to find the hidden Treasure Stunt course”.

In fact you don’t really need to do that; the very colorful course is a permanent fixture, located actually to the west of the festival outpost. Negotiate the course to find the Treasure Chest at the end and smash it to take three points and 100,000cr.

Photo Challenge: #PicturePawfect

  • Cars: Peugeot (any)
  • Location: Playa Azul
  • Challenge: Photograph any Peugeot at the Farid Rueda Lion Mural in Playa Azul
  • Reward: 2 points, Farid Rueda Lion Sundress

Treasure Hunt: Horizon Apex Treasure Stunt

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Horizon Apex Outpost
  • Challenge: Find the stunt park near the Horizon Apex Outpost; complete it and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100,000cr

Series 25 Autumn Playlist: Monthly Events

All four — yes four — of the Monthly Events this Series will remain in place if you haven’t yet completed them. Each event offers a total of four points for completion, awarding one point to each of the four Seasons regardless of when in the Series you complete them.

The challenge is to set a clean time at the respective courses using the cars provided to you. That means outright pace isn’t so important; just avoid hitting anything solid or using the Rewind feature.

With the format this month, that might be tricky, as the events feature monstrously powerful EVs and two point-to-point courses which don’t allow for incessant lapping.

For Forza EV you’ll be driving the Rivian R1S at the rather compact Herencia Cross Country Circuit, while it’s the R1T for the long Baja California Trail point-to-point event.

Monthly Rivals goes with the BMW theme, putting you into the new M2 at the fast but narrow Lookout Circuit, while it’s the 850CSi for the point-to-point Ruta Norte Street Race course.

Forza EV: Baja California Trail

  • Cars: Rivian R1T (provided)
  • Location: Dunas Blancas
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Forza EV: Herencia Cross Country Circuit

  • Cars: Rivian R1S (provided)
  • Location: Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Lookout Circuit

  • Cars: BMW M2 (provided)
  • Location: Horizon Rush Outpost
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Ruta Norte

  • Cars: BMW 850CSi (provided)
  • Location: Bahia de Plano
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 25 Autumn Bonus DLC Events

Each of the two DLC expansion packs offers a chance to earn seven additional points, for a total of 14 if you own both, with each location hosting a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship. They’re not required for Playlist completion so you won’t miss out if you don’t have them.

Again both locations have the same PR Stunt, each requiring an S1 Class (801-900PI) McLaren 570S — available in the Forzathon Shop — to negotiate a Speed Zone and awarding a Super Wheelspin. The 85mph target for Rally Adventure’s Tres Colinas zone will be tricky, as it’s off-road, and you’ll need lots of grip for the 165mph target at Treetops in Hot Wheels.

Each also hosts a Seasonal Championship for B Class (601-700PI) cars. You’ll need any Offroad category car for We Don’t Need Roads event in, unexpectedly, Hot Wheels, with a MINI Countryman reward. Subarus are needed for the Rally Adventure event, Back in Blue, which offers an Audi RS5 for victory.

Hot Wheels Speed Zone: Treetops

  • Car: S1 Class, McLaren 570S
  • Location: Hot Wheels Forest Falls
  • Challenge: 165mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: We Don’t Need Roads!

  • Car: B Class, Offroad
  • Location: Hot Wheels Giant’s Canyon
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, MINI Countryman

Rally Adventure Speed Zone: Tres Colinas

  • Car: S1 Class, McLaren 570S
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Tres Colinas
  • Challenge: 85mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Back in Blue

  • Car: B Class, Subaru
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Cantera Industrias Sur
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Audi RS5

Series 25 Autumn Forzathon Shop

Mid-engined performance at two wholly different levels feature in the Forzathon Shop this week.

Leading the line is the Koenigsegg Regera, a 1,500hp monster hybrid from the Swedish hypercar specialist.

The Regera combines an 1,100hp version of the company’s own five-liter, twin-turbo V8 with three electric motors. Two drive the rear wheels individually, with the third sitting on the crankshaft to start the engine and fill in torque where necessary.

Unusually, the Regera goes without a gearbox in any traditional sense, instead using a direct drive mechanism to give seamless torque at any speed.

A more traditional supercar joins it, in the shape of the McLaren 570S. This is McLaren’s “entry-level” offering (as much as the term applies), using a 562hp version of the 3.8-litre V8 turbo engine used across the range.

The McLaren’s 250FP price doesn’t look compelling considering it’s only 224,000cr in the Autoshow, whereas the 1.9m credit Regera is up for a mere 600FP.

Other store items this week include the Robot Emote and the Labcoat clothing item at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (60FP) and a Super Wheelspin (150FP) occupy their regular spots.

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