Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Choose Life.

The final week of the Forza Horizon 5 Community Choice Series is now here, with one last chance to tackle the special events this month.

This 29th Series of the game is something of a mosaic of events and, notably, decor which garnered the most positive responses from players over the past year.

That means a small world makeover is part of the fun, with the neon decorations from Series 19 returning. You’ll spot the blue and pink lights at the Aerodrome, the Street Scene Outpost, and during any of the game’s standard races.

An additional map change comes by way of the return of the temporary PR Stunts. Spread across all five types, these stunts appeared individually in previous Series but return en masse this time — allowing you to score any Accolades you may be missing.

Speaking of Accolades, there’s eight new cars coming during the month too and a new Evolving World Accolade for scoring all eight. All are returnees from previous FH games which haven’t previously made the transition.

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Series 29: Community Choice

You’ll pick up a couple of race-inspired performance cars this Series, although neither is new to the game. As they only appear as Playlist reward cars, it’s a good chance to earn both and maybe turn a profit on the Auction House…

That beings with the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo, at 80 points, which takes the standard GT-R and waves a magic wand over pretty much everything (including the price).

Taking know-how, tech, and even just straighforward parts from Nissan’s GT3 race version makes the GT-R Nismo a very different animal to the standard car — which feels podgy and flat by comparison.

There’s a similar ethos behind the Porsche 911 GT3, which you’ll earn at 160 points.

This time it’s a GTE car that forms the basis of the car, with a front-end setup almost lifted straight from the 911 RSR and placed under the GT3. Combined with a similar power hike, this 992 model leaves the pretty rapid 991.2 for dead just about everywhere.

Series 29 Spring/Hot Season Rewards

Modern and classic European cars are up on offer this week, and again they’re not exactly cut from the same cloth.

Scoring 20 points lands you the Spania GTA Spano, which looks like it could be a reworked McLaren (looking at you, ATS GT) but which is a totally custom creation.

It sports a graphene-infused carbon fiber body and rather than the traditional Chevrolet V8 that features in low-volume Europeans it’s actually a Dodge Viper’s V10.

That’s no “ordinary” Viper V10 either, but a twin-turbocharged Viper V10, good for 900hp and giving the Spano a top speed of around 230mph — so you won’t even see where it went before you weren’t able to recognize what it was.

Bang out 40 points this week and you’ll earn yourself a FIAT Dino Coupe, which is something of a hidden gem.

Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and Marcello Gandini at Bertone, the Dino draws its name from the fact it’s equipped with Ferrari’s Dino V6 engine — in two- and 2.4-liter forms. That means 160-180hp in this svelte little coupe.

Spring will run until 1430UTC on Thursday February 1, bringing Series 29 to a close. They’ll be succeeded by Summer of Series 30, “Lunar New Year”, about which we’ll learn more soon.

Series 29 Spring Playlist: Forzathon Events

It’s the final week of the classic racer Forzathons, and this week it’s the turn of Ferrari. Own and drive the Ferrari 512S ’70 to get Those Who Dare underway — and if you don’t have one already it’s available for 800FP in the Forzathon Shop this week (or 3.5 million in the Autoshow).

You won’t need to do a great deal this week, with another simple set of challenges that you could conceivably accomplish all in the space of ten seconds, simply by driving at 200mph down the main highway…

Firstly you’ll need to drive five miles (eight kilometers) in the car, which is easily achieved by driving up that highway. After that you’ll need to take a photo of the car, which you can of course do while it’s still in motion.

Finally reach a speed of 200mph to accomplish the final part of the challenge — which you might be already doing from the second part — and earn five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points.

Weekly Challenge: Those Who Dare

  • Car: Ferrari 512S ’70
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the Ferrari 512S
    • Chapter 2: Drive five miles (8km) in the Ferrari 512S
    • Chapter 3: Take a photo of the Ferrari 512S
    • Chapter 4: Reach a speed of 200mph in the Ferrari 512S
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

Your seven Daily Challenges for the week each unlock, one a day, at 1430UTC each day. In each case you have seven days to complete them — including rolling over into next Series (which we’ve never been brave enough to try) if necessary — for one point apiece.

Win a Road Race first up to complete You Asked For It! (although we’re not sure who did). Note that you might like to do this in a cat-themed car for one of the Treasure Hunts…

Similarly you may want to hold on to the other Treasure Hunt for a day and complete it with If In Doubt, Go Flat Out! This requires you to reach 100mph at the Aerodrome, and if you do that in a Lancia Delta…

Go for High Acura-cy next by earning three stars at any Speed Traps in any Acura.

Be a Prickly Picker after that and earn five Smactus Skills — for smacking into a cactus — in any Jeep.

Take a photograph of the 1971 Lotus Elan Sprint next to be part of the E-Lan Party.

You’ll need to be A Part of the Car-mmunity next by completing Round 3 of any Horizon Arcade theme. Note that you can do this on your own if you prefer or don’t have Xbox Core.

Finally Step on the Gas and reach 200mph in any Toyota to end the Series (and the month!).

Daily Challenges

  • January 25 – You Asked For It!: Win any Road Race
  • January 26 – If In Doubt, Go Flat Out!: Reach 100mph at the Neon Airstrip
  • January 27 – High Acura-cy: Earn three stars at any Speed Traps in any Acura
  • January 28 – Prickly Picker: Earn five Smactus skills in any Jeep
  • January 29 – E-Lan Party: Take a photo of the 1971 Lotus Elan Sprint
  • January 30 – A Part of the Car-mmunity: Complete Round 3 of any Horizon Arcade
  • January 31 – Step on the Gas: Reach 200mph in any Toyota

Series 29 Spring Playlist: Season Events

There’s a very odd look to the single-player events this week as more than half of the tasks are EventLabs. That’s four out of seven events, leaving just two PR Stunts and — once again — just one Seasonal Championship.

As you’d hope, there’s a mix of things going on with EventLab this week, varying from existing roads to new paths, but each is a race against AI and awards the usual three points.

Rally Finland takes you up the volcano for an offroad lap of the summit in an A Class (701-800PI) Rally Monsters car, with a Super Wheelspin as a bonus prize. Round Table is a loop near the stadium for C Class (501-600PI) cars from the 1960s, awarding a pair of Farid Rueda Lion Race Gloves.

SS3 FCG Outlaw Canyon, set inside the stadium, has a vibe of racing around a garden center with a penchant for cactuses, one single type of tree, and cardboard coyotes. Completing the race (and look for the shortcut) in a B Class (601-700PI) Muscle vs Tuner car earns a 2015 Dodge Challenge.

Finally Desert Race is a fun Hot Wheels loop on the Bahia de Plano beach for S1 Class (801-900PI) Dodge vehicles, with an “Are You Not Entertained?” Forza LINK greeting.

Both PR Stunts this week (and those in the DLC expansions) require an S2 Class (901-998PI) Extreme Track Toy, for two points and a Super Wheelspin.

You’ll need to clear 130m at the temporary Salto de Rio Danger Sign, and reach 155mph at the Carretera Speed Zone, both of which are well within reach of anything that can three-star either stunt.

The one and only Seasonal Championship is a three-race Road Racing event against “Highly Skilled” AI. You’ll need to top the points table at the end of the championship to claim five points and a bonus prize.

Grab any A Class (701-800PI) Mercedes — AMG or Benz — for the Teamwork, Dream Work! event, which offers a Porsche 968 for the win.

EventLab: Desert Raceway

  • Car: S1 Class, Dodge
  • Location: Bahia de Plano
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, “Are You Not Entertained?” Forza LINK

EventLab: Rally Finland

  • Car: A Class, Rally Monsters
  • Location: Gran Telescopio
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Super Wheelspin

EventLab: Round Table 1960s

  • Car: C Class, 1960s
  • Location: Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Farid Rueda Lion Race Gloves

EventLab: SS3 FCG Outlaw Canyon

  • Car: B Class, Muscle vs Tuner
  • Location: Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Dodge Challenger ’15

Danger Sign: Salto de Rio

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: Cordillera
  • Challenge: 130m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Carretera

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: Hotel Mirador
  • Challenge: 155mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Teamwork, Dream Work!

  • Car: A Class, Mercedes-AMG/Mercedes-Benz
  • Location: Cordillera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Porsche 968

We’re back to one multiplayer event this week, which requires an Xbox Core subscription in order to take part on console — although it’s free to take part on PC.

Naturally that’s The Trial, Porscheing Your Buttons, which is a Road Racing event this week for S1 Class (801-900PI) Porsche models.

It’s a best-of-three race team championship for up to six human players against a squad of six “Unbeatable” AI racers, but you’ll probably find (as we did) that the humans are the problem.

Each player on each team scores 100pt for each opponent — and only each opponent — that they beat. Beating team-mates scores nothing (unless you also win, which has a 50pt tie-breaker), so the goal is to help each other out while hindering the AI and not divebombing everyone in every corner like the oaf in our attempt.

Even with one lunatic this should be easy enough to win inside two races, for ten points and an Audi RS2 ’95.

The Trial: Porscheing Your Buttons

  • Car: S1 Class, Porsche
  • Location:
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Audi RS2 ’95

Series 29 Spring Playlist: Challenges

Another strange-looking section is the Challenges, which explodes to five as we get two Treasure Hunts, two online events, and the Photo Challenge in its usual spot.

For the Photo Challenge, #SpaceAgeDesign, you only need to snap any Mercedes-Benz model up at the Gran Telescopio radio telescope. That’ll score you two points and a “Beautiful!” Forza LINK message.

The online events are simple enough but also require an Xbox Core subscription unless playing on PC.

For Horizon Open’s Racking Up Miles, you just need to race five miles (eight kilometers) in any Horizon Open events to earn two points and White Skinny Jeans.

The Eliminator remains its usual challenge, requiring you to finish 30th or better — often a matter of just waiting for a few minutes — to earn two points and a “You’re Winner!” Forza LINK.

Neither Treasure Hunt is particularly troublesome this week, and indeed there’s a few ways to accomplish both for three points apiece.

Delta 100’s clue is “A lance is already speedy. Can this similarly named car match up?”, and given the name and image it should be readily apparent that you need to reach 100mph in either Lancia Delta to reveal the Hint.

For Purrfectly Clean there’s more options. The clue is “Keeping doubly clean on the road is no trouble for these cats” and while the image shows a Jaguar it appears that just about any cat-themed car (name, logo, anything) will do the job. That job is, for reference, scoring two Clean Racing Skills in any Road Race (which you may as well win to clear the Daily Challenge).

In each case that’ll show you roughly where the Treasure Chest is, which you’ll need to find and smash to score the reward. The Delta’s is in plain sight to the east of the structures at Uxmal, while the cat-car’s is in even plainer sight right outside the hangar at the bottom of the airstrip. They contain 100FP and 250,000cr respectively.

Horizon Open: Racking up Miles

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Horizon Open (any)
  • Challenge: Drive five miles in Horizon Open events
  • Reward: 2 points, White Skinny Jeans

The Eliminator: Battle Royale

  • Cars: Any (provided)
  • Location: The Eliminator
  • Challenge: Finish 30th or better in any round of The Eliminator
  • Reward: 2 points, “You’re Winner!” Forza LINK

Treasure Hunt: Delta 100

  • Cars: Lancia Delta (any)
  • Location: Any
  • Challenge: Reach a speed of 100mph in a Lancia Delta; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100FP

Treasure Hunt: Purrfectly Clean

  • Cars: Jaguar (any)
  • Location: Road Racing (any)
  • Challenge: Earn two Clean Racing Skills during Road Racing events in any cat-themed car; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 250,000cr

Photo Challenge: #SpaceAgeDesign

  • Cars: Mercedes-Benz (any)
  • Location: Gran Telescopio
  • Challenge: Photograph any Mercedes-Benz at Gran Telescopio
  • Reward: 2 points, “Beautiful!” Forza LINK

Series 29 Spring Playlist: Monthly Events

It’s the final week for the four Monthly Events if you haven’t already completed them this Series.

Each awards a point to each of the four seasons, no matter when during the Series you tick them off, so even if you’ve left it to this late stage there’s still 16 points available in total.

While similar to Rivals events, these Monthly Events don’t require that you actually beat the ghost you’re chasing. Instead you only need to set a clean run of the course in the car provided to you, and that means avoiding any use of Rewind, not hitting solid objects, and making your checkpoints safely.

The two Forza EV events this month might be tricky as the rapid, heavy EVs are not well suited to the compact tracks: the Rimac Nevera at the Arch of Mulege Circuit and the Jaguar I-PACE at the Emerald Circuit. However you should have more joy in the Monthly Rivals with the Playa Azul circuit in the Pagani Huayra and the Horizon Mexico circuit in the Nissan GT-R Nismo.

Forza EV: Arch of Mulege Circuit

  • Cars: Rimac Nevera (provided)
  • Location: Mulege
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Forza EV: Emerald Circuit

  • Cars: Jaguar I-PACE (provided)
  • Location: Palacio Azul
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Horizon Mexico Circuit

  • Cars: Nissan GT-R NISMO (provided)
  • Location: Horizon Festival
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Playa Azul Circuit

  • Cars: Pagani Huayra (provided)
  • Location: Playa Azul
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 29 Spring Bonus DLC Events

14 bonus points await in the DLC expansion packs — with seven in each of the two locations — for players who own them. You’ll find a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship in each, although they’re not required for 100% playlist completion.

Again the PR Stunt require the same car as the main map: an S2 Class (901-998PI) Extreme Track Toy. You’ll need to select carefully for the Tierras Verdes Drift Zone in Rally Adventure, but the 69,000pt target is surprisingly low. That’s also the case for the 116mph Frozen Rush Speed Zone in Hot Wheels, which you can pretty much double.

As with the one main map event, the Seasonal Championships are three-race events against “Highly Skilled” AI. You’ll need to top the points table at the end of each to earn the points and bonuses.

It’s B Class (601-700PI) Super Hot Hatch cars in Hot On Your Tail in Hot Wheels, awarding an Acura Integra. You’ll be Sprinting Ahead in Rally Adventure with B Class (601-700PI) Modern Sports Cars, with a 1997 Mazda RX-7 for victory.

Hot Wheels Speed Zone: Frozen Rush

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: 116mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Hot On Your Tail

  • Car: B Class, Super Hot Hatch
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Acura Integra

Rally Adventure Drift Zone: Tierras Verdes

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Tierras Verdes
  • Challenge: 69,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Sprinting Ahead

  • Car: B Class, Modern Sports Cars
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Bike Track
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Mazda RX-7 ’97

Series 29 Spring Forzathon Shop

For one final week there’s a high-value classic race car in the Forzathon Shop, again being the car you’ll need for this week’s Forzathon Weekly Challenge.

That’s the Ferrari 512 S, a car hastily developed by Ferrari to recapture the overall win at Le Mans following its humbling by Ford.

The 512 S was prepared in barely three months for the 1970 season, using the old P4 as a basis, and while it suffered from some teething problems it was nonetheless able to capture some wins in the World Sportscar Championship before yet another rule change rendered it obsolete.

An alternative offering this week is the Ultima Evolution Coupe 1020. This unusual and road legal car consists of a tubular spaceframe chassis and an enormous Chevrolet V8 which in this case is supercharged to provide the 1,020hp of its name.

With the Ferrari sitting at 3,500,000cr price in the Autoshow, 800FP looks like a decent price. It’s a harder sell to grab the 300,000cr Ultima for 300FP, but it’s a decent choice for all the PR Stunts this week.

The other store items this week are the Navy Plaid Hoodie and Duck Quack Horn at 75FP each. The Wheelspin and Super Wheelspin are also available at their usual 60FP and 150FP respectively.

Series 29 Autumn Forzathon Shop

  • Ferrari 512S ’70 – 800FP
  • Ultima Evolution Coupe 1020 – 300FP
  • Navy Plaid Hoodie – 75FP
  • Duck Quack Horn – 75FP
  • Wheelspin – 60FP
  • Super Wheelspin – 150FP

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