Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: American Idol

The final week of Forza Horizon 5 month-long homage to the American automobile is upon us, as the Spring season arrives to mark week four.

Series 27, officially called “American Automotive”, brings a very heavily American-themed set of events and reward vehicles, with just about everything on the list requiring or awarding a car from the USA.

There’s a tiny world makeover this month, which sees the very appropriate return of the oval circuit in the Stadium in free-roam alongside its regular race.

Eight reward cars, all American of course, are available this series, along with an Evolving World Accolade for collecting them all. There’s more Accolades on offer for completing four brand-new, and permanent, Road Racing courses too.

If that wasn’t quite American enough for you, a new paid-DLC pack adds another four American cars to the game. This is not included in any of the special editions, but there is a sneak preview in the Monthly events…

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Series 27: American Automotive

Both of the Series reward cars should be in your garage already — again, if you’ve been playing a while — and although neither is new to the game they’re both unavailable through normal means.

Hitting 80 points across the Series will land you in the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, first available as a reward car back in Series 19.

It’s essentially the American answer to the European halo performance sedans, with the Blackwing badge being equivalent to an M, an RS, or an AMG.

Cadillac already had a sporty -V model of the CT4, but to take the fight to the Germans it needed more. That came by way of a 3.6-liter, twin-turbo V6 which pushes 472hp straight to the rear wheels.

Something a little more like Americana is on offer for 160 points, in the shape of the Ford F-150 XLT Lariat ’86 which last appeared in its debut Series 21.

There’s more modest power here from the much larger 302 Windsor V8, but the working truck needs no more than the 188hp it produces. It’s also eligible for Overlanding mods, and would be actually quite useful for this week’s events…

Series 27 Spring/Hot Season Rewards

The season reward vehicles this week are both new to FH5 but include one returnee from previous games and one which has only previously featured in the Motorsport series — and they’re exactly the way round you’d expect…

Coming in at 20 points is the returning car, the Rossion Q1. There’s a solid chance you’ve never heard of this American brand outside of Forza, but it makes some interesting sports cars.

The Q1 is essentially a redesigned Noble M400 — the car that would become better known in its M12 incarnation. It’s pretty much a track-day toy, packing a 450hp version of the Ford Duratec twin-turbo V6, stuffed into a lightweight carbon-kevlar body.

For 40 points you’ll score something a lot more traditionally American in the shape of the Lincoln Continental ’62.

Actually the smallest car to ever wear the nameplate, the Lincoln sled still comes in at over five meters long and has a sledgehammer of a seven-liter V8 under the nose, worth 300hp.

Spring will run until 1430UTC on Thursday December 7, bringing Series 27 to a close alongside it. They’ll be replaced by Summer of Series 28, Winter Wonderland, about which we’ll find out more in the next Forza Monthly.

Series 27 Spring Playlist: Forzathon Events

For the final generational twin-test Forzathon Weekly Challenge you’ll need to pickup a pickup — specifically either the 1986 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat (available as noted above) or the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. Own and drive either to get Built Ford Tough underway.

There’s a lot of smashing and bashing this week, with your first challenge to be winning a Dirt Race in either truck (and you don’t need to stick to your first choice either). Follow that up by earning three stars at Danger Signs in either… or both.

Finally you’ll need to earn two Ultimate Wreckage Skills in the trucks. This comes from earning multiple Wreckage Skills — for smashing destructible objects — within the same Skill chain, with the Skill ranking up from Good to Awesome and, lastly, Ultimate. Just do that twice to finish the event.

Completing all four challenges will earn you five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points, with the FP doubled if you own the Casa Solariega player house.

Weekly Challenge: Built Ford Tough

  • Car: Ford F-150 XLT Lariat ’86 or Ford F-150 Raptor ’17
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive either the ’86 or ’17 F-150
    • Chapter 2: Win a Dirt Race in the ’86 or ’17 F-150
    • Chapter 3: Earn three Stars at Danger Signs in the ’86 or ’17 F-150
    • Chapter 4: Earn two Ultimate Wreckage Skills in the ’86 or ’17 F-150
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

There’s seven final Daily Challenges, each worth a point, coming along at the rate of one a day. A new one unlocks each day at 1430UTC, with seven days to complete each one — and while that means you should be able to complete the latter ones next Series, we’ve never been brave enough to try.

Head To Infiniti first, and reach 120mph with “any” car from the Infiniti brand (the whole one of them) at the Stadium.

Complete (no mention of winning) a Road Race in a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air in order to finish Fresh Prince. There’s no bonus for a taxi livery…

Find your North Star by earning at least one star at any Trailblazer in any Polaris vehicle.

Be careful not to feed your AMC Gremlin After Midnight, as you’ll need to photograph the car in night-time conditions for this point.

It’s all about Hull Integra-ty next, as you earn a Wrecking Ball skill in the 2001 Acura Integra Type R. This combo skill pops for earning two or more Wreckage Skills in the same Skill Chain.

Get a New Jersey as you equip any item from the Jackets selection in the Character Customizer.

Finally demonstrate your Freedom of Screech by earning two stars at Drift Zones in any American car.

Daily Challenges

  • November 30 – To Infiniti: Reach 120mph with any Infiniti at the Stadium
  • December 1 – Fresh Prince: Complete a Road Race in the Chevrolet Bel Air ’57
  • December 2 – North Star: Earn one star at Trailblazers in any Polaris
  • December 3 – After Midnight: Photograph the AMC Gremlin at night
  • December 4 – Hull Integra-ty: Earn a Wrecking Ball skill in the Acura Integra Type R ’01
  • December 5 – New Jersey: Equip any Jackets in the Character Customizer
  • December 6 – Freedom of Screech: Earn two stars at Drift Zones in any American car

Series 27 Spring Playlist: Season Events

The single-player list shrinks to just six events this week, with three PR Stunts, two Seasonal Championships, and — unusually for recent weeks — just one EventLab.

That last event is Circuito Whitewolf, a custom course laid out on (and above) Pantano de la Selva. You’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Super Saloon car from the USA for this track — and pick something that changes direction quickly for all the switchbacks on this longer course. Grind out the laps, taking care not to miss that one checkpoint, to earn three points and a Buick GNX.

All of the PR Stunts this week, including those in the DLC packs, require any American, A Class (701-800PI) car and as such all can be done with the same vehicle — but you might like a couple of cars with different specialties.

On the main map you’ll have the on-road Pyramid of the Moon Speed Zone, the off-road Paso Inferior Speed Trap, and the very off-road Sand and Deliver Trailblazer. The targets aren’t particularly stern, but you’ll want to do a cross-country straight line for 100mph at the Trap and keep right to avoid getting bogged down in sand to hit 20s at the Trailblazer. For 100mph at the Zone you just need grip.

There’s two more Seasonal Championships on firm ground this week. Each is a three-race event against Highly Skilled AI worth five points and a bonus prize if you top the points table at the end of the championship.

Flow Rider is a Street Racing event (watch out for NPC traffic!) for A Class (701-800PI) Super Saloons, with a Jeep Trackhawk as your reward, while Quarter-Buick requires C Class (501-600PI) Buick vehicles for a Road Racing event and awards a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette.

EventLab: Circuito Whitewolf

  • Car: A Class, Super Saloons, USA
  • Location: Pantano de la Selva
  • Challenge: Finish the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Buick GNX

Speed Trap: Paso Inferior

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Mulege
  • Challenge: 100mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Pyramid of the Moon

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: 100mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Trailblazer: Sand and Deliver

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Dunas Blancas
  • Challenge: 20s
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Flow Rider

  • Car: A Class, Super Saloons
  • Location: Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Jeep Trackhawk

Seasonal Championship: Quarter-Buick

  • Car: C Class, Buick
  • Location: Tierra Prospera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Chevrolet Corvette ’15

There’s big points available in the two multiplayer events this week, requiring an Xbox Core subscription to take part on console — although it’s free to take part on PC.

Horizon Tour returns as an eight-point event, although there’s no additional sweetener. It’s a three-race event that pits you and up to five other humans against a team of six “Highly Skilled” AI.

The challenge is to score more points as a team than the AI do, and as each player on each team scores 100pt for each opponent they beat — and only each opponent they beat — that means you’ll need to work together to deny the AI by helping the humans. Streaking away to victory is of no help if your team-mates are not also well-positioned…

Uniquely, the Tour also requires that you drive across the land from the end of one race to the start of the next. You don’t gain anything from doing so, or lose anything by not doing so, however.

Alongside that is The Trial. It’s a very similar event, but with three important distinctions: you don’t need to drive between races, it’s only a best-of-three event, and the AI are turned up to “Unbeatable”.

That’s rarely an issue, with the humans usually proving more problematic than the AI racers (although recently the AI has begun to lag, bizarrely), but the goal remains the same: help each other to score as much as you can as a team.

Speeds should be low this week as it’s a Road Racing event for C Class (501-600PI) Vans & Utility vehicles, and assuming everyone remembers to tune their cars and not get in each other’s way it ought to be an easy two-race win for ten points and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

Horizon Tour: Co-Op Championships

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Tour (any)
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Tour
  • Reward: 8 points

The Trial: Kentrucky Derby

  • Car: C Class, Vans & Utility
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Chevrolet Camaro ’69

Series 27 Spring Playlist: Challenges

We’re back down to two Challenges this week, with the Treasure Hunt remaining alongside the permanent Photo Challenge.

The Treasure Hunt, Top of the World, is not a complex solve this week as the Clue and the thumbnail are dead giveaways. As you’ll see, the Clue states “Take this Ex-ceptional Off-Roader to the highest point in Mexico and you will be able to see the treasure!”.

That ought to point you to the Exomotive Exocet Off-Road — either the regular or Forza Edition cars will do — and the summit (or at least the summit you can drive to) of La Gran Caldera, almost exactly due West of the start point for The Titan. Drive up there and the Treasure Hint will appear.

This red zone on your map will show you the approximate location of the chest, and this week that’s centered on the player house at Buena Esperanza. The chest is in fact in the front garden of the house; smash it to earn three points and 100,000cr.

For the Photo Challenge, #BalancingAct, you’ll need to head into the rock formations at Valle de las Ranas (Valley of the Frogs, in case you’re interested).

Grab the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk — the prize for the Flow Rider seasonal if you don’t already have it — and snap it anywhere in the area to earn two points and the Green Suit clothing item.

Photo Challenge: #BalancingAct

  • Cars: Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk ’18
  • Location: Valle de las Ranas
  • Challenge: Photograph the Jeep Trackhawk at Valle de las Ranas
  • Reward: 2 points, Green Suit

Treasure Hunt: Hot Dam

  • Cars: Exomotive Exocet
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: Drive the Exocet to the top of Gran Caldera; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100,000cr

Series 27 Spring Playlist: Monthly Events

It’s the last week for the Monthly Events, so if you haven’t already completed them by now there’s seven days left to do so. Whenever you tick them off though you’ll earn four points apiece, with one added to each season whether past, present, or future.

Essentially Rivals events, you’ll need to complete a clean run of the courses noted in the cars provided to you for the task. Outright speed isn’t a requirement, so just keep the cars away from any immovable objects and don’t use the Rewind feature.

Monthly Rivals will see you drive the DLC pack Saleen S7 LM at the rather compact Bahia de Plano Circuit, and keeping this high-performance car away from the barriers will be tricky. Maybe trickier still is negotiating the large and fast Lucid Air Sapphire — without the benefit of racing brakes and downforce — through the new Linea Costera Sprint point-to-point route.

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 Spring Bonus DLC Events

With a whopping 18 points reserved for Xbox Core subscribers, players who own the DLC packs will be happy that they have up to 14 points available as alternatives this week. These are bonus points and aren’t required for completion but do count towards your goals.

Each of the two DLC locations hosts a PR Stunt and a Seasonal Championship, worth two and five points respectively as well as a bonus prize for each event.

You can continue to use the same A Class (701-800PI) American car as the main map for the PR Stunts, with a Speed Zone and a Danger Sign available and Super Wheelspins for both.

Forest Flume, at Hot Wheels, is a fast section of track — helped if you go east-west with the flow — and the 170mph target is on the tricky side; stay off the walls for best results. The Canyon Danger Sign in Rally Adventure is also not that difficult at 220m, but aim left if you’re having difficulty to take advantage of the slope.

The Seasonal Championships are, like the main map, three-race events against Highly Skilled AI, with five points and a bonus car for coming first overall.

You’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Unlimited Offroad car from the USA for Unlimited Power in Hot Wheels, which offers a Ford Lotus Cortina as a reward. Another Ford, this time a Mk1 Capri, is the prize for Superpowered in Rally Adventure, requiring an S1 Class (801-900PI) Modern Supercar from the USA.

Hot Wheels Speed Zone: Forest Flume

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Hot Wheels Forest Falls
  • Challenge: 170mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Unlimited Power

  • Car: A Class, Unlimited Offroad, USA
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford Lotus Cortina

Rally Adventure Danger Sign: Canyon

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Devil’s Pass
  • Challenge: 220m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Superpowered

  • Car: S1 Class, Modern Supercars, USA
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Tierras Verdes
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford Capri Mk1

Series 27 Spring Forzathon Shop

American cars (well, sort of) designed to be off-road champions are the theme of the Forzathon Shop this week.

Leading the way is the Ford F-150 #11 Rockstar Trophy Truck, a heavy beast designed to conquer the Baja 1000 — and achieved its goal.

Coming in close to three tons, the Trophy Truck packs a monster 7.5-liter V8 good for 850hp to crush any terrain that threatens to slow it down.

A distinctly different kind of off-roader is also available this week, in the shape of the Hoonigan RS200 Evo.

Modified by Ken Block’s Hoonigan brand, this version of Ford Europe’s RS200 Group B rally car sports 750hp from its 2.1-liter turbo four — and is one of the fastest dirt-track vehicles in the game.

Both cars are available in the Shop for 400FP, against an Autoshow price of 500,000cr apiece, so it’s much of a muchness whether you spend the points or the credits.

Other store items this week include the Jump On It Emote and Doodle Jumper at 75FP each. The Wheelspin (60FP) and a Super Wheelspin (150FP) occupy their regular spots.

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