Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Creative Zen

Forza Horizon 5’s latest Series, Horizon Creatives, moves into its third week today, with a new set of challenges and events primarily based on the theme of creativity.

Technically the 25th Series in FH5’s lifetime, although officially PG dropped the numbers back in Series 10, Horizon Creatives sees the debut of a brand-new location in the game and an update to the EventLab feature.

EventLab Island is that new place, and it’s almost literally a blank canvas for your EventLab creations. That is if canvas was actually concrete, and over 1.5 square miles (4 square kilometers) in size.

There’s more EventLab creations in the Playlist this Series, and the hand of creativity also appears in the form of a slightly revamped set of Treasure Hunts — this month known as “Treasure Stunts”.

Of course there’s always new cars too, with an extra seven vehicles to collect this month — some as rewards for completing EventLab challenges — and an Evolving World Accolade for collecting them all. An eighth is available for those who start their Forza Motorsport journey this month too.

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Series 25: Horizon Creatives

Completionist players will already own the first of the reward cars this Series — the only all-new one — while the other will become available for the first time this week.

That 80-point car is the BMW 850CSi, a classic 1990s grand tourer and one of the rarest BMW series-production vehicles ever made.

The 850CSi was an M-car in all but name — BMW did make, but repeatedly denied making, one M8 prototype — combining a 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated V12 with the excellent 8 Series shape.

As well as being a rarity in its own right, BMW would develop the engine into a more famous form to slot into the back of the McLaren F1.

Scoring 160 points will earn you the rather wordy Porsche 911 Carrera 2 by Gunther Werks — officially called “400R” (not to be confused with the Nissan) by the tuner in the real world.

It’s a restomod that takes the concept to a whole new level, with modern underpinnings and a GT3-level, 400hp, four-liter flat six in the back of a bespoke carbon-fiber body based on the 993-generation 911.

Series 25 Winter/Dry Season Rewards

This week’s rewards are brought to you by the letter “M”, and the numbers “2” and “3”.

Scoring 20 points over the next seven days will land you with the new-to-Forza BMW M2. This is BMW’s smallest M car at present, and is based on the 2 Series coupe.

Revealed only last October, the M2 is a classic recipe that combines an absolute sledgehammer of an engine up front — a 453hp, three-liter straight six — with rear-wheel drive, and BMW’s M department’s handling know-how.

Despite being one number bigger, the second car is actually a touch smaller and lighter, with the E92-generation M3 GTS highlighting the advancing bulk of modern cars.

This too drives the rear wheels with a monster engine — this time a 444hp, 4.4-liter V8 — but BMW made this GTS version as a road-legal, track toy.

That meant model-specific aerodynamics and weight reduction techniques, and BMW limited production to just 150 cars.

Winter will continue until 1430UTC on Thursday October 5, with Series 25 continuing for one further week until the same time on Thursday October 12.

Series 25 Winter Playlist: Forzathon Events

The latest range-topper on the Forzathon Weekly Challenge is Ford’s beastly F-450 Super Duty Platinum. Own and drive the hefty pickup to get Reporting for Duty underway.

You don’t need to sink too much time into the challenge this week. Firstly, just take a photograph of the F-450. Follow that up by earning a Wrecking Ball Skill, for collecting three Wreckage Skills (earned by smashing smashable objects) within the same Skill Chain.

Finally go out and win any Cross Country Race in the truck 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: Reporting for Duty

  • Car: Ford F-450 Super Duty ’20
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the F-450
    • Chapter 2: Take a photo of the F-450
    • Chapter 3: Earn a Wrecking Ball Skill in the F-450
    • Chapter 4: Win a Cross Country Race in the F-450
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

The usual seven Daily Challenges await, with one new one unlocking each day at 1430UTC. Each of the Challenges earns you one point towards your playlist total, and you’ll have a full seven days to complete each one even if that runs into the next season.

You’ll need All The Gear first up, as you equip the Builder’s Outfit in the Character Customizer. If you don’t already have that, it’s in the Forzathon Shop this week at 75FP.

Naturally that’s followed by No Idea, which requires the same thing but this time it’s the Builder’s Helmet. That too is a 75FP purchase in the Forzathon Shop if necessary.

Get the Zoomies next, by reaching 250mph in any car, anywhere.

You’ll be Up and Atom next, as you earn three stars at any Danger Signs in the Ariel Atom 500 V8.

There’s some Happy Little Accidents after that, requiring you to earn five Wreckage Skills. You could combine this with the Weekly Challenge above for efficiency.

Pick up any car from the 1950s and drive it five miles (that’s eight kilometers) as you go Old School. That could be combined with this week’s A Minor Inconvenience Seasonal Championship.

Finally Throw Down and win any one of the four Midnight Battle events.

Daily Challenges

  • September 28 – All the Gear: Equip the Builder’s Outfit in the Character Customizer
  • September 29 – No Idea: Equip the Builder’s Helmet in the Character Customizer
  • September 30 – Zoomies: Reach a speed of 250mph in any car
  • October 1 – Up and Atom: Earn three stars at Danger Signs in the Ariel Atom 500 V8
  • October 2 – Happy Little Accidents: Earn five Wreckage Skills
  • October 3 – Old School: Drive five miles (8km) in any car from the 1950s
  • October 4 – Throw Down: Win a Midnight Battle

Series 25 Winter Playlist: Season Events

There’s a slight reduction in the number of solo challenges this week, with just two EventLabs and two Seasonal Championships joining the usual three PR Stunts.

Each EventLab challenge offers three points this week, and again each event has a small AI grid, so you will need to win the races for the points and other rewards.

Ewok Village Rally is a very compact circuit around a replica of the Return of the Jedi village, sometimes in single-file, which makes the choice of B Class (601-700PI) Offroad cars somewhat worrying. You’ll collect a 2003 BMW M5 for victory.

The Onyx Bridge Circuit is a more standard race course layout, with the event open to S1 Class (801-900PI) Track Toys. Win the race to earn a Super Wheelspin.

Once again the three PR Stunts this week are one-car, one-type challenges. This week that’s Drift Zones, with only A Class (701-800PI) Mazda RX-7 Spirit R cars permitted.

The targets for each of the three are only just beyond the three-star score in each case, so shouldn’t be an incredibly difficult task if you’re used to drifting. The 260,000pt target for Reservoir is the highest, but then the zone is the longest. 140,000pt at Hillside requires probably the most effort, while 130,000pt at Arbolada should be simple.

There’s a twist to the Seasonal Championships this week. Both are challenges set against Highly Skilled AI, starting you off in eighth position, and you’ll need to top the points table at the end of the event to win the five points and bonus reward, but one is a winner-takes-all affair.

That’s Going On Tour, which uses the Street Racing endurance race of The Marathon. You’ll need any A Class (701-800PI) GT or Super GT car for the race, with a 2016 Dodge Viper as a bonus prize.

A Minor Inconvenience is the usual three-race championship, although it’s a Dirt Racing challenge. You’ll need a C Class (501-600PI) Mini or Morris car for the event, which offers a Cadillac CTS-V ’16 reward.

EventLab: Onyx Bridge Circuit

  • Car: S1 Class, Track Toys
  • Location: Bahia de Plano
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Super Wheelspin

EventLab: Village Rally

  • Car: B Class, Offroad
  • Location: Horizon Wilds
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, BMW M5 ’03

Drift Zone: Arbolada

  • Car: A Class, Mazda RX-7 Spirit R
  • Location: Gran Puente
  • Challenge: 130,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Drift Zone: Hillside

  • Car: A Class, Mazda RX-7 Spirit R
  • Location: Palacio Azul
  • Challenge: 140,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Drift Zone: Reservoir

  • Car: A Class, Mazda RX-7 Spirit R
  • Location: Sierra Verde Dam
  • Challenge: 260,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: A Minor Inconvenience

  • Car: C Class, Mini/Morris
  • Location: Atlantes de Tula
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Cadillac CTS-V ’16

Seasonal Championship: Going on Tour

  • Car: A Class, GT/Super GT
  • Location: The Marathon
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Dodge Viper ’16

There’s two multiplayer events this week, each requiring an Xbox Live subscription to access on console, but it’s free to take part on PC.

As usual, one of them is The Trial, which this week is a Road Racing challenge for A Class (701-800PI) Classic Muscle and Modern Muscle cars.

You and up to five other humans will be racing against a team of six “Unbeatable” AI in a best-of-three team challenge, with each player on each team scoring 100pt for every opponent they beat — and nothing for beating their own team-mates.

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.

Even though the first race this week is the usually awful Volcan Sprint, it should be a simple two-race victory, so long as players remember to tune their cars and brake for the sharp corners… Taking the win is worth ten points and a 2017 Ford GT.

Seasonal Playground Games returns for this week too. You’ll need a B Class (601-700PI) vehicle from the Pickups & 4x4s category to take part in King for a Day.

This is a challenge consisting of three rounds of Team King. Depending on the number of entries, up to two players on each team will be assigned a “King” crown, which they must retain and — when slowed down — pass on to team-mates while opponents strive to steal them.

You’ll gain one second of King time per King on your team (therefore up to four per second), with the winning team the first to reach ten minutes or to have the highest score when the timer expires.

It’s a best-of-three event, so complete enough rounds — winning isn’t necessary — to reach the end and you’ll earn three points and an “I Want to Play a Game” Forza LINK greeting. Note that the venue changes with each round.

Seasonal Playground Games: King for a Day

  • Car: B Class, Pickups & 4x4s
  • Location: Ek’Balam
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 3 points, “I Want to Play a Game” Forza LINK

The Trial: Muscle In

  • Car: A Class, Classic Muscle/Modern Muscle
  • Location: Colinas Aridas
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Ford GT ’17

Series 25 Winter Playlist: Challenges

It’s a bumper crop of Challenges this week with four events, consisting of a new Collectibles event, the new-format Treasure Hunt, the regular Photo Challenge, and the return of Horizon Open.

You’ll need access to online multiplayer for that final event, but it’s a simple enough challenge. Just complete any Horizon Open Custom Race in any Mazda MX-5 model to earn two points and a Mazda RX-8.

For this week’s Photo Challenge this week, #AvantGardens, you’ll need to take a photograph of any Audi Avant model — any of the manufacturer’s wagon-bodied cars. Head to the Hotel Castillo player house to take the photo, earning two points and the Painter Hoodie.

Boiling Point is the Collectibles event. This will see the top of Gran Caldera and the area around Gran Telescopio littered with oversized EventLab conical flasks. Smash 20 of them to earn three points and the “Gotta Smash ‘Em All” Forza LINK greeting.

Finally there’s the last “Treasure Stunt” of the Series. Although there is a clue this week — “Head West from the Horizon Baja Festival Site and look to the coast to find the hidden Treasure Stunt course” — you again don’t need to follow the instruction as the stunt park is not hidden at all.

In fact it’s pretty hard to miss, in its giant green-ness, on the coast south-west of the Rally Adventure marker. Head round the north-west corner of it and commence your circulating, anti-clockwise climb — be aware of two sneaky jumps — to reach the treasure chest at the top.

Smash it to take three points and 100,000cr.

Collectibles: Boiling Point

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: Smash 20 EventLab Flasks
  • Reward: 3 points, “Gotta Smash ‘Em All” Forza LINK

Horizon Open: Driving Miatas

  • Cars: Mazda MX-5 (any)
  • Location: Horizon Open Custom Race
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Open Custom Race in any Mazda MX-5
  • Reward: 2 points, Mazda RX-8

Photo Challenge: #AvantGardens

  • Cars: Audi Avant (any)
  • Location: Hotel Castillo
  • Challenge: Photograph any Audi Avant model at the Hotel Castillo Player House
  • Reward: 2 points, Painter Hoodie

Treasure Hunt: Horizon Baja Treasure Stunt

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

Series 25 Winter Playlist: Monthly Events

Unless you’ve already completed them, the four Monthly Events this Series will still be in their permanent location. Each one gives four points for completion, distributed equally across the four Seasons regardless of when in the Series you complete them.

In each case you’ll need to set a clean time at the respective courses using the cars provided to you. Speed isn’t the criterion here, so just get from start to finish without hitting anything that doesn’t move or using the Rewind feature.

That’s not going to be easy, with two overpowered EVs and two point-to-point courses — requiring a fresh start if you make a mistake — featuring.

Monthly Rivals sticks with the BMW theme, with the 850CSi running the point-to-point Ruta Norte Street Race course and the new M2 lapping the Lookout Circuit (and you should, especially for the sharp right at the mid-way point).

Meanwhile Forza EV puts you into a pair of Rivians, with the R1S at the figure-eight Herencia Cross Country Circuit and the R1T at the Baja California Trail point-to-point route.

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 Winter Bonus DLC Events

Both of the DLC expansions come with chance to earn seven bonus points, meaning a total of 14 if you own them both, though they aren’t required for Playlist completion. Each location hosts a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship.

As we’ve seen across this Series, both locations have the same PR Stunt, this week consisting of a Speed Trap for an S1 Class (801-900PI) Audi R8 V10 Plus — which is again available in the Forzathon Shop.

Neither is particularly tricky, with 145mph required at Orogrande in Rally Adventure and 200mph for Hammer’s Shadow in Hot Wheels. Completing each awards a Super Wheelspin.

Hot Wheels also hosts a Seasonal Championship for S1 Class (801-900PI) cars, but this time only Saleen Machines will do — and there’s a BMW Z3 for topping the three-race championship points table. You’ll need a B Class (601-700PI) UTV for the Rally Around championship in Rally Adventure event, which awards a Volvo 242 Turbo.

Hot Wheels Speed Trap: Hammer’s Shadow

  • Car: S1 Class, Audi R8 V10 Plus
  • Location: Hot Wheels Giant’s Canyon
  • Challenge: 200mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Saleen Machine

  • Car: S1 Class, Saleen
  • Location: Hot Wheels Giant’s Canyon
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, BMW Z3

Rally Adventure Speed Trap: Orogrande Rush

  • Car: S1 Class, Audi R8 V10 Plus
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Orogrande
  • Challenge: 145mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Rally Around

  • Car: B Class, UTVs
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Orogrande
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Volvo 242 Turbo

Series 25 Winter Forzathon Shop

Two very different eras of German performance cars feature in the Forzathon Shop this week.

Heading up the store is the 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK, a pre-war hillclimb specialist based on the classic S Series “White Elephant”.

It uses a shorter wheelbase than its pachydermal sibling with a full foot and a half taken out from between the wheels to make for a more nimble platform.

Through simply having less car it was also much lighter (though still as heavy as a modern SUV), allowing the 200hp, supercharged, 7.1-liter straight six to produce far more pace.

If its creators could see the 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus, their eyes might pop out. The Audi uses carbon fiber extensively, as well as a mid-mounted, Lamborghini-derived, 5.2-liter V10 that produces close to 600hp.

At 250FP the Audi is a little steep compared to a 242,000cr Autoshow price, but the SSK is well worth the 800FP considering its 7.5m credit cost.

Other store items this week include the Builder’s Outfit and the Builder’s Helmet at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (60FP) and a Super Wheelspin (150FP) occupy their regular spots.

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