Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: American Pie

Forza Horizon 5’s celebration of the American automobile moves into its third week of four, as a new Playlist comes round.

Officially called “American Automotive”, Series 27 is a US-themed month of motoring. While not exclusively so, just about every event over the four weeks requires you to drive or rewards you with American vehicles — or both.

A mild world makeover sees the return of the Horizon Oval Circuit as a free-roam location. It is, of course, always available for its specific race, but for the current Series you’ll be able to drive right onto it when you head to the Stadium.

Eight new cars are available — some brand new, some returning from previous Forza titles — and you’ll be unsurprised to learn that they’re also all American models. Each is available for passing points landmarks on the seasonal playlists.

As well as the Evolving World Accolade for collecting them all, there’s new Accolades for racing at the four new, permanent point-to-point courses added to the Horizon Apex selection.

Finally a new paid-DLC pack — separate from any special editions of the game — adds another four American cars.

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Series 27: American Automotive

Each of the Series reward cars returns from previous playlists, meaning that neither is available to buy through normal means. It’s a good chance then to pick them up should you have missed out last time round.

For 80 points, which should already be well behind you, there’s the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing last seen in Series 19.

Cadillac’s answer to Germany’s high-performance D-segment sedans, the CT4-V Blackwing is an upgraded version of an already upgraded version of the regular Caddy.

It sports a 3.6-liter, twin-turbo V6 good for 472hp — and a very large set of elevens on any road.

You should be scoring the 160 points required for the second car, the Ford F-150 XLT Lariat ’86, this week.

This comes with a much bigger engine — a 302 Windsor V8 — but considerably less power at just 188hp. However it’s all about dragging over the landscape at your chosen pace, and you’ll find overlanding mods to really drive that home.

Series 27 Winter/Dry Season Rewards

This week’s star car is the one making its debut — not just in Forza but in gaming.

You may have already driven it, as it also appears as the Forza EV vehicle on the Playlist, but racking up 20 points this week will get you into the Lucid Air Sapphire.

This triple-motor version of the Air sports a unique three-motor setup, boosting power to 1,234hp and dragging the 0-60mph speed below two seconds.

It’s no slouch on a race track either, setting lap records for EVs — and given that it’s a four-door sedan, that’s pretty scary.

At 40 points there’s the special 1969 Pontiac GTO “The Judge”, a muscle car intended to take down the Plymouth Road Runner.

To that end, Pontiac stripped the car back to basics and stuffed in a 6.6-liter “Ram Air 400” V8 good for 370hp.

Winter will run until 1430UTC on Thursday November 30, with Series 27 continuing on for one further week until the same time on Thursday December 7.

Series 27 Winter Playlist: Forzathon Events

This week’s duo on the two-car Forzathon Weekly Challenge are both ZR1 models of the Chevrolet Corvette (give or take a hypen). Pick up the 1995 or 2009 car — or both; you can swap even within each stage if you like — to get American Muscle underway.

Firstly you’ll need to earn three stars at any Speed Traps in either ‘Vette, before taking it over to any Festival site for a new look by painting the car’s body.

Finally go out and win any Road Race in either car (we’d recommend the new Horizon Apex routes to score the Accolades) to round the challenge off. This will earn you five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points, with the FP doubled if you own the Casa Solariega player house.

Weekly Challenge: American Muscle

  • Car: Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 1995 or ZR1 2009
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive either the ’95 or ’09 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
    • Chapter 2: Earn three stars at any Speed Traps in the ’95 or ’09 Corvette
    • Chapter 3: Paint the body of the ’95 or ’09 Corvette
    • Chapter 4: Win a Road Race in the ’95 or ’09 Corvette
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

Naturally the seven Daily Challenges pop up at the rate of one a day — what else would you expect? — unlocking in sequence at 1430UTC. You’ll have seven days to complete each one, with one Playlist point for each.

You’ll need to Get to the Cholla as you earn an Ultimate Air Skill (leaping all four wheels off the floor for a couple of seconds and sticking the landing) in the oddly named Penhall The Cholla.

Head to Muscle Beach next, and photograph any Muscle car at the Playa Tranquila beach — near the new EventLab Island marker.

Pick up ten Speed Skills while at the Stadium/Oval to complete Radial Race.

It’s Time to Hoon after that, as you earn two stars at Drift Zones in any Hoonigan vehicle.

Buy any Acura model to complete Finding Acura next; note that the Autoshow isn’t specifically mentioned, but it’s probably the easiest way.

Head up to the volcano and drive acoss the frozen lake there to show that ChiCarGo Brrr. It’s not wholly clear what constitutes “across”, but anything approaching a full width ought to do.

Finally channel Horizons of old as you spend 10,000cr on upgrades for any Rods & Customs vehicle in Car Lorado.

Daily Challenges

  • November 23 – Get to the Cholla: Earn an Ultimate Air Skill in the Penhall The Cholla
  • November 24 – Muscle Beach: Photograph any Muscle car at Playa Tranquila
  • November 25 – Radial Race: Earn ten Speed Skills at the Stadium
  • November 26 – Time to Hoon: Earn two stars at Drift Zones in any Hoonigan
  • November 27 – Finding Acura: Purchase any Acura
  • November 28 – ChiCarGo Brrr: Drive across the frozen lake at Gran Caldera
  • November 29 – Car Lorado: Spend 10,000cr on upgrades on any Rods & Customs

Series 27 Winter Playlist: Season Events

It’s a veritable Ark of events this week as everything comes in twos: two PR Stunts, two EventLabs, and two Seasonal Championships.

You’ll need a B Class (601-700PI) Ford Mustang SVT Cobra ’00 for the PR Stunts, each of which awards two points and a Super Wheelspin.

The Ranchito Speed Zone will require a target of 75mph to complete, so you’ll need to make sure your car is set up for a touch of offroading. You need lots of power and finesse to deal with the fast sweeping curves of the East Coast Drift Zone and reach the target score of 120,000 points.

Each of the EventLabs — worth three points apiece — features a rebuilt landscape in regular locations on the map.

Tokyo Bay Drift, oddly appearing in the CreativeHub under a different name (Yokohama Docks), is a solo slap around a container port of sorts built on the beach at Bahia de Plano. You’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Modern Muscle car for the event which awards a Super Wheelspin.

There’s a chance you’ll recognize Marchenhaft Bergpass from an older Let’s Go Stream, with the circuit consisting of an old European town (and dam!) built onto the side of the volcano. Gran an S1 Class (801-900PI) Modern Supercar from the USA for the event, and take a Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5 for beating the AI.

Both Seasonal Championships take place on the hardtop this week, both taking the form of a three-race event against Highly Skilled AI. You’ll need to top the points table at the end of each championship to win the five points and win bonus.

Can You A Ford It is a Street Racing challenge for S1 Class (801-900PI) Ford models worth 100,000cr or more, with a 1973 Ford Escort for victory. It’s a regular Road Race in Indy-Pendence Day, for S1 Class (801-900PI) Open Wheel Racers, and you’ll earn a Ford F-450 Superduty if you win.

EventLab: Marchenhaft Bergpass

  • Car: S1 Class, Modern Supercars, USA
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5 ’18

EventLab: Tokyo Bay Drift

  • Car: A Class, Modern Muscle
  • Location: Bahia de Plano
  • Challenge: Finish the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Super Wheelspin

Drift Zone: East Coast

  • Car: B Class, Ford Mustang ’00
  • Location: Playa Tranquila
  • Challenge: 120,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Ranchito

  • Car: B Class, Ford Mustang ’00
  • Location: Mulege
  • Challenge: 75mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Can You A Ford It

  • Car: S1 Class, Ford, 100,000cr+
  • Location: Bahia de Plano
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford Escort ’73

Seasonal Championship: Indy-Pendence Day

  • Car: S1 Class, Open Wheel Racers
  • Location: El Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford F-450 Super Duty ’20

Two multiplayer events are up this week, and you’ll need an Xbox Live subscription to take part on console — although it’s free to take part on PC.

Seasonal Playground Games makes a return, setting you the task of completing a rotation of a best-of-three set of Infected games.

Each game of Infected will start off with a group of Survivors and one Infected. The Survivors must run around the map area in order to avoid the Infected. There is a five-minute time period for each game.

If a Survivor gets tagged by an Infected, their timer will freeze according to how long they lasted. If any Survivors last all the way until the timer runs out, they will win the game. Conversely, the game will end if everyone is infected within the time limit.

You’ll need an S1 Class (801-900PI), All-Wheel Drive car from the USA to take part. Finishing the event — winning not being necessary — awards three points and an “I’m a Games Master” Forza LINK greeting.

The Trial, of course, remains its usual permanent fixture, requiring players to race as a team for a best-of-three challenge against “Unbeatable” AI racers.

Your goal is for your team to score as many points as you can, with each driver on each team earning 100pt for each opponent they beat — but nothing for beating a team-mate.

That means working together to help each other out at the AI’s expense, which still — somehow — rarely happens. Winning by a country mile won’t help your team if the AI fill the next three positions so, if you have the pace, hang back and help out.

This week’s event, Powerslide, is a rare Dirt Racing challenge for A Class (701-800PI) Modern Muscle cars. If everyone helps out and doesn’t forget to tune their cars, it should be easy enough to win in two races for ten points and a 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR. That’ll be handy later…

Seasonal Playground Games: Patriot Games

  • Car: S1 Class, USA, AWD
  • Location: El Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Complete three rounds of Playground Games
  • Reward: 3 points, “I’m a Games Master” Forza LINK

The Trial: Powerslide

  • Car: A Class, Modern Muscle
  • Location: Los Jardines
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Dodge Viper ’08

Series 27 Winter Playlist: Challenges

There’s four Challenges this week, including a Treasure Hunt and two online multiplayer events. You’ll need Xbox Live (or to play on PC) for these last two items.

Horizon Open simply requires you to complete a Horizon Open event of any kind using any Cadillac vehicle. There’s two points and a Farid Rueda’s Lion Thin Watch for doing so.

Meanwhile The Eliminator is its usual challenge of placing 30th or better in any round of the knock-out event. Often this just requires you to mope about and survive unchallenged for a minute or so, but however you do it you’ll take two points and a “Mwahahaha” Forza LINK greeting.

This week’s Photo Challenge, #TrackToy, requires the Viper you win from The Trial above. Head over to the Horizon Mexico circuit in the ACR and take a photo there in free roam to earn two points and the Farid Rueda Classic Shades.

Finally there’s the Treasure Hunt, Hot Dam. The Clue this week is “Get your Hatch back out and touch the Sierra Verde sky as you fly through the dam” and along with the picture it seems like an easy solve.

Grab any Hot Hatch car and head over to just west of the Sierra Verde dam — which will be dry, given the season. From there, just earn an Air Skill from jumping through the gaps in the bridge (although it’s also possible to pass the task with an Air Skill anywhere in the region of the bridge) to earn the Hint — a red circle on your map showing you the chest’s location.

This week that’s Playa Azul, with the chest hiding in the front garden of the house next to your Lugar Tranquilo residence. Smash it to earn three points and 100,000cr.

Horizon Open: Knick-Knack Cadillac

  • Cars: Cadillac
  • Location: Horizon Open
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Open event in any Cadillac
  • Reward: 2 points, Farid Rueda’s Lion Thin Watch

The Eliminator: Battle Royale

  • Cars: Any (provided)
  • Location: The Eliminator
  • Challenge: Finish 30th or better in The Eliminator
  • Reward: 2 points, “Mwahahaha” Forza LINK

Photo Challenge: #TrackToy

  • Cars: Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR ’08
  • Location: Horizon Mexico Circuit
  • Challenge: Photograph the Viper ACR ’08 at the Horizon Mexico Circuit in free roam
  • Reward: 2 points, Farid Rueda Classic Shades

Treasure Hunt: Hot Dam

  • Cars: Hot Hatch
  • Location: Sierra Verde Dam
  • Challenge: Get an Ultimate Air skill in any Hatch at the Sierra Verde Dam; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100,000cr

Series 27 Winter Playlist: Monthly Events

The Monthly Events remain in place unless you’ve already completed them, offering a chance to drive some of the new content this the Series and even a little teaser for the new DLC pack.

These challenges are similar to Rivals events, but you’re not required to beat anybody’s time (unless you really want to). It’s all about completing a clean run, so keep away from solid objects and the Rewind feature.

For Monthly Rivals you’ll take the DLC pack Saleen S7 LM to the tight Bahia de Plano Circuit — possibly more than a little overpowered. Definitely overpowered is the new Lucid Air Sapphire, which you’ll take to the point-to-point — and also new — Linea Costera Sprint route.

Each challenge is worth four points, with one added to each season across the Series regardless of when you complete them.

Forza EV: Linea Costera Sprint

  • Cars: Lucid Air Sapphire (provided)
  • Location: Costa Rocosa
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Bahia de Plano Circuit

  • Cars: Saleen S7 LM (provided)
  • Location: Bahia de Plano
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 27 Winter Bonus DLC Events

With more than a few online events this week, DLC owners may be glad of the 14 bonus points available across the two DLC packs.

Each location hosts a PR Stunt and a Seasonal Championship, worth two and five points respectively, as bonus, but they’re not required to hit 100% Playlist completion.

You can continue to use the same B Class (601-700PI) Mustang ’00 as the main map for the Rally Adventure Speed Trap at Cascada Fuerte. It’s not a tricky target at 80mph, but your best bet is a cross-country blast directly from the south through the collapsible palm forest.

However you’ll need an older, 1993 Mustang SVT for Hot Wheels — again as a B Class (601-700PI) car. The Ribbon Speed Zone is a loop of magnetic track, so the 120mph target ought to be a breeze. There are, of course, Super Wheelspins for completing each.

As with the main map, the two Seasonal Championships are three-race events against Highly Skilled AI, with five points and a bonus car for coming first overall. Oddly, both require B Class (601-700PI) Pickups & 4x4s vehicles.

You’ll be racing for a Jeep CJ5 at the Rally Adventure event, Founding Fordfathers, while Canyonero in Hot Wheels offers a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro.

Hot Wheels Speed Zone: The Ribbon

  • Car: B Class, Ford Mustang ’93
  • Location: Hot Wheels Giant’s Canyon
  • Challenge: 120mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Canyonero

  • Car: B Class, Pickups & 4×4
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Canyon
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Chevrolet Camaro ’17

Rally Adventure Speed Trap: Cascada Fuerte

  • Car: B Class, Ford Mustang ’00
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Cascada Fuerte
  • Challenge: 80mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Founding Fordfathers

  • Car: B Class, Pickups & 4×4
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Crateres Secos
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Jeep CJ5

Series 27 Winter Forzathon Shop

A pair of loud, seven-liter+ V8 race cars are taking over the shop this week those looking to either make smoke or carve through corners.

Up at the front of the store is the Ford Mustang RTR #88, a ludicrously overpowered drift weapon.

Created by Vaughn Gitten Jr’s RTR shop, the Mustang packs an all-motor, 7.2-liter V8 worth just the 1000hp, which arrives at an insane 9,000rpm.

The Mosler MT900S is one of America’s lesser known race cars, but carved out a successful GT racing career in the 2000s.

This street version uses a supercharged 7.0 liter V8 that puts out 530hp, but with some tuning, this beast can take on PR stunts with absolute ease.

At 400FP for the Mustang RTR, we’d have to flip a coin against its 500,000cr Autoshow price. The Mosler’s 300FP makes it a bargain against its Autoshow price of 320,000cr.

Other store items this week include the Falling Car Horn and Farid Rueda’s Lion Helmet at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (60FP) and a Super Wheelspin (150FP) occupy their regular spots.

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