Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Eurostar

Europe comes to Mexico in the new Series of Forza Horizon 5, beginning today with a new set of themed challenges and rewards covering the next four weeks.

This is Series 31 of FH5, officially called European Automotive and featuring new cars from, and new events based on, the best that Europe can offer.

It’s a more muted affair than some recent series, as the map returns to its original look to focus on the cars themselves. That includes eight new vehicles available through the Playlist — some from completing specific events — with four new-to-Horizon and four returning models. Scoring all eight will earn you the Evolving World Accolade this month.

EventLab enthusiasts will get a bunch of new props for their activities, including some more dinosaurs (seriously, there’s whole movies about why this is a bad idea), and there’s yet another paid-DLC car pack featuring four European vehicles too.

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Series 31: European Automotive

Neither of the two Series reward cars are new to the game, but neither are available through the Autoshow either so it’s a good chance to pick them both up with little effort.

At 80 points across the four weeks you’ll land the Ferrari 575M, the updated and final version of the company’s V12 grand tourer.

Based on the 550, the 575 naturally featured a larger and more powerful engine (hence the name change), paired to the first ever automated manual F1 gearbox on a front-engined Ferrari V12. Wisely Ferrari didn’t seek to change much about the car’s styling, bar a minor update to the front end.

For 160 points you’ll earn yourself the 2021 model Audi RS6 Avant, a touring wagon with nearly 100hp more than the 575M.

Featuring a twin-turbocharged, four-liter V8, the RS6 delivers almost 600hp to the road through — naturally — all four wheels. In the wet especially, the Ferrari won’t even know where it went.

Series 31 Summer/Wet Season Rewards

The flagship car of the season is probably the first one you’ll pick up, as the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro makes its Horizon debut.

Having recently popped up in Forza Motorsport — as part of the paid Car Pass — and lightly broken pretty much all sense of speed in that game, the AMR Pro is available for just 20 points on the Playlist this month.

It has more power from its combustion engine alone than the hybrid Valkyrie, as well as shedding the battery and motors as part of a crash diet. That’s paired to some extreme downforce which, unsurprisingly, means the car has the joint-highest stock PP rating of any car in the game at 998.

That can’t be said of the Renault Megane RS250, although it’s a superlative hot hatch from a continent well-known for such things.

Grabbing 40pt across summer will earn you the Megane, which was the most powerful roadgoing example of the car when it was introduced to mark the debut of the Renault Sport branding on the third-generation car.

Summer will run until 1430UTC on Thursday March 7, with Series 31 continuing for another three weeks until the same time on Thursday March 28.

Series 31 Summer Playlist: Forzathon Events

Unsurprisingly the Forzathon Weekly Challenges this month are all about sporty Europeans, and you’ll be equally unshocked to learn that Ferrari is first on the list. You’ll need to pick up and drive an example of the Ferrari 458 Italia to get Italian V8 underway.

Your first task will be to take the Ferrari to victory in any Road Racing event, before heading — unusually — over to any Drift Zones you fancy and earning a total of three stars.

Finally you’ll need to ratchet up the reckless to five, earning that number of Near Misses — for a close pass, at speed, with NPC cars — to round out the event. That’ll score you five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points.

Weekly Challenge: Italian V8

  • Car: Ferrari 458 Italia ’09
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the Ferrari 458 Italia
    • Chapter 2: Win a Road Race in the Ferrari 458 Italia
    • Chapter 3: Earn three stars from Drift Zones in the Ferrari 458 Italia
    • Chapter 4: Earn five Near Misses in the Ferrari 458 Italia
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

The seven Daily Challenges this season — and indeed Series — almost all center on European cars. There’s a new one available each day, at 1430UTC, with seven full days to complete each for one point apiece.

You’ll be on a Euro Trip first when you own and drive any European vehicle. Given the nature of the Playlist, you’ll almost complete this one by accident.

Add a Lick of Paint, by painting the body of any Lamborghini, to complete the next challenge.

Show off your New Mitts after you equip any kind of Racing Gloves for your avatar in the Character Customizer.

Earn two Stars at any Danger Signs in the 2011 BMW 1 Series M to go Over 1M. It’s a reward car for an EventLab challenge this week if you don’t already have one.

Watch Me Renault then requires you to win a Street Race in any Renault vehicle.

Earn an Awesome Air Skill — for some decent hang time — in the Volvo V60 Polestar to show it’s a Real Estate.

Finally snap any Renault car in the rain to complete Rainy Renault.

Daily Challenges

  • February 29 – Euro Trip: Own and drive any European vehicle
  • March 1 – Lick of Paint: Paint the body of any Lamborghini
  • March 2 – New Mitts: Equip any Racing Gloves in the Character Customizer
  • March 3 – Over 1M: Earn two Stars at Danger Signs in the BMW 1 Series M ’11
  • March 4 – Watch Me Renault: Win a Street Race in any Renault
  • March 5 – Real Estate: Earn an Awesome Air Skill in the Volvo V60 Polestar
  • March 6 – Rainy Renault: Photograph any Renault in the rain

Series 31 Summer Playlist: Season Events

Nine challenges are available in the solo list this week and — as with all seasons this Series — you’ll want to pay special attention to the Exclusive Event in one Seasonal Championship.

Horizon Arcade makes a return to the challenges this week. You’ll need to complete three rounds of any Horizon Arcade theme — Air, Chaos, Drift, Speed, and Wreckage — by finding the pink circles on your map and working through the tasks in ten minutes or less. There’s no bonus reward, only three Playlist points.

The three PR Stunts this week all require a C Class (501-600PI) Volvo. Two of them will be made easier with a little off-road tuning, and the third isn’t particularly tricky so you could use the same car for all three.

You’ll need to hit 90mph through the Sendero Speed Trap, which is best achieved by straightlining it from the north east. Similarly the 80mph goal through the La Subida Speed Zone is made easier by a long, straight, cross-country run from the south east into the start gates. The 125m goal for Baja Showjump is pretty straightforward.

There’s some intrigue in the Seasonal Championships this week, although each remains a three-race championship against “Highly Skilled” AI, requiring you to top the points table at the end to claim five points and a bonus prize.

Unusually though, one offers a new-to-game car as a reward, with this week’s being Lucky Lancia. You’ll need a B Class Lancia (601-700PI) for the Dirt Racing event and the Lancia Fulvia ’68 — required for this week’s Photo Challenge — is the reward.

Ferrari is the theme for the second event, Ferrari Park, requiring any S1 Class (801-900PI) car from the marque for this Road Racing Series. You’ll earn a BMW M3 ’91 for victory.

This week’s EventLab routes all require an A Class (701-800PI) car from Europe for — although other restrictions mean you can’t use the same one for each — and there’s five points and a BMW vehicle awarded each time.

Dancing Gopher is a custom, mixed-surface layout on existing roads for Rally Monsters. You’ll need to win against the AI over one lap to earn the BMW 1M required for a Daily Challenge this week.

Another one-lapper against AI comes at Powerplant Surge v1.3, this time for Super Saloons. It’s a unique course, partly using some Hot Wheels track, and awards a BMW Isetta Export for victory.

Finally there’s a two-lap race on EventLab Island, again for Super Saloons and again facing off with five AI cars. Win the race at Coast City Drivertars to take a 2009 BMW M5.

EventLab: Coast City Circuit Drivertars

  • Car: A Class, Super Saloons, Europe
  • Location: EventLab Island
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, BMW M5 ’09

EventLab: Dancing Gopher

  • Car: A Class, Rally Monsters, Europe
  • Location: Ek’Balam
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, BMW 1M Coupe ’11

EventLab: Powerplant Surge v1.3

  • Car: A Class, Super Saloons, Europe
  • Location: Bahia de Plano
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, BMW Isetta

Horizon Arcade: Mini Games

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Arcade (any)
  • Challenge: Complete three rounds of Horizon Arcade
  • Reward: 3 points

Danger Sign: Baja Showjump

  • Car: C Class, Volvo
  • Location: Horizon Baja
  • Challenge: 125m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Trap: Sendero

  • Car: C Class, Volvo
  • Location: Tierra Prospera
  • Challenge: 90mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: La Subida

  • Car: C Class, Volvo
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: 80mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Exclusive Event – Lucky Lancia

  • Car: B Class, Lancia
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Lancia Fulvia ’68

Seasonal Championship: Ferrari Park

  • Car: S1 Class, Ferrari
  • Location: Costa Rocosa
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, BMW M3 ’91

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

That is, of course, The Trial in its permanent location. You’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Modern Sports Car from Europe for this best-of-three, Road Racing, team event as you and up to five other players race a team of six “Unbeatable” AI.

“Team” is the key here. Each driver on each team gets 100pt for each driver they beat on the other team, but nothing for beating their team-mates. There’s a 50pt bonus for winning the race, but that’s only by way of a tie-breaker; your best bet for victory is to hinder the higher-placed AI to allow your lower-placed team-mates past.

It’s not exactly an overpowered event this week, so the drive should be controlled (at least from the players; the AI keep getting more erratic by the week) and it’s no drama to win in two races to score ten points and earn an Audi RS6 ’03.

The Trial: Audi Ya Do

  • Car: A Class, Modern Sports Cars, Europe
  • Location: Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Audi RS6 ’03

Series 31 Summer Playlist: Challenges

Three challenges — including an online multiplayer event requiring Xbox Core (except on PC) — are available this week.

For Horizon Open, Eure-Car!, you’ll just need to complete any Horizon Open Racing event in any European car. You’ll earn two points and a Cupra Race Suit at the end of it.

The Photo Challenge, #FullofEnergy, requires some work elsewhere. First you’ll need to complete the Lucky Lancia Seasonal Championship to earn the Lancia Fulvia. After that just photograph the car to score two points and earn a Chicken Dance Emote.

This month’s unique prop features in its own Collectibles challenge, Star Power. You’ll need to head to Teotihuacan and smash ten of these Star Trophy props — they’re not exactly hidden — to earn three points and a Europe Cover Car horn.

Horizon Open: Eure-Car!

  • Cars: Europe (any)
  • Location: Horizon Open Racing
  • Challenge: Complete any Horizon Open Racing event in any European car
  • Reward: 2 points, Cupra Race Suit

Photo Challenge: #FullofEnergy

  • Cars: Lancia Fulvia ’68
  • Location: Any
  • Challenge: Photograph the Lancia Fulvia ’68
  • Reward: 2 points, Chicken Dance Emote

Collectibles: Star Power

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: Smash ten Star Trophies around Teotihuacan
  • Reward: 3 points, Europe Cover Car Horn

Series 31 Summer Playlist: Monthly Events

Another four Monthly Events await this Series, with a total of 16 points available across the set. Each awards one point to each of the four seasons, regardless of when in the Series you complete them.

They’re set up like Rivals events, as you race a ghost car over a given course in a car provided to you. However you don’t need to beat the ghost, only set a clean lap time, to complete the challenge. That means no impacts with fixed objects, no use of Rewind, and getting through all your checkpoints.

Two Forza EV challenges place you in electric cars, with the DLC pack Pininfarina Battista at the tight Lookout Circuit and the Volkswagen ID.4 at the claustrophobic Tunnel Run course. Regular Monthly Rivals gives you the Lotus Esprit V8 at Plaza Circuit and the ludicrous Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro at the Reservorio Sprint point-to-point; watch out for the walls around the edge of the reservoir…

Forza EV: Lookout Circuit

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

Forza EV: Tunnel Run

  • Cars: Volkswagen ID.4 (provided)
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Plaza Circuit

  • Cars: Lotus Esprit V8 (provided)
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Reservorio Sprint

  • Cars: Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro (provided)
  • Location: Horizon Festival
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 31 Summer Bonus DLC Events

Each of the two DLC expansion packs offers a further seven bonus points, consisting of a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship. You don’t require them to hit 100% completion, but they offer a little boost.

Both events in Hot Wheels require an S2 Class (901-998PI) Hypercar from Europe. With that you’ll need to hit 200,000pt at the Turbo Knot Drift Zone — with a Super Wheelspin bonus — and win the Competitive Avantage Seasonal, with an Audi RS4 Avant on offer as a sweetener.

There’s more of a mix in Rally Adventure. You’ll need to hit 270m from the La Cantera Danger Sign — jumping into the quarry — in an A Class (701-800PI) Rally Monster from Europe; this isn’t too tricky, and again there’s a Super Wheelspin on offer.

The Seasonal here, Cupra-Sized is for B Class (601-700PI) Sports Utility Heroes from Europe, with an offroad tune recommended and a Cupra Tavascan for victory.

Hot Wheels Drift Zone: Turbo Knot

  • Car: S2 Class, Hypercar, Europe
  • Location: Hot Wheels Giant’s Canyon
  • Challenge: 200,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Competitive Avantage

  • Car: S2 Class, Hypercar, Europe
  • Location: Hot Wheels Nexus
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Audi RS4 ’13

Rally Adventure Danger Sign: La Cantera

  • Car: A Class, Rally Monsters, Europe
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Orogrande
  • Challenge: 270m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Cupra-Sized

  • Car: B Class, Sports Utility Heroes, Europe
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Joya Marron
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Cupra Tavascan ’22

Series 31 Summer Forzathon Shop

There’s a slight expansion to the Forzathon Shop this week as one more item slot is available, while two big-engined European cars — of slightly different approaches and eras — await.

The headline act this week is the Ferrari 599XX Evo, a rather extreme approach to turning a fairly regular road car into something virtually untouchable on a race track.

To that end, Ferrari wound the wick up on the six-liter V12 to produce 730hp — more than 100hp ahead of the original 599 — dropped the weight yet further than the 599XX had already achieved, and redesigned the aero and exhaust for even more downforce. And that’s on a car with fan-assisted ground effect already.

There’s a bigger engine in the Bentley 8 Litre, but you’ll probably not be surprised to learn that the 80-year technology deficit means far less power — just over 220hp in fact. Still, it’s a suave way to cruise about Mexico, channelling your inner James Bond…

At 2.6m credits in the Autoshow, 700FP for the Ferrari seems like a good deal. For that matter, so does 550FP for the Bentley instead of 1.5m credits.

The other store items this week are the Italy Race Gloves, German Race Helmet and Bass Drop Horn at 75FP each. The Wheelspin and Super Wheelspin are also available at their usual 60FP and 150FP respectively.

Series 31 Summer Forzathon Shop

  • Ferrari 599XX Evo ’12 – 700FP
  • Bentley 8 Litre – 550FP
  • Italy Race Gloves – 75FP
  • German Race Helmet – 75FP
  • Bass Drop Horn – 75FP
  • Wheelspin – 60FP
  • Super Wheelspin – 150FP

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