Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Euro Vision

The final week of events in the current Forza Horizon 5 Series begins today, with a fresh set of challenges across the next seven days to see out the month.

“European Automotive” is the 31st Series in the game’s life, and the four-week window is dedicated to European motoring — from the very fast to the very weird.

With the focus on the cars, the world aesthetics takes a bit of a back seat this month. There’s no makeover as we’ve seen in some recent Series, so the map reverts to its original form. Yes, even the stadium.

In total there’s eight new vehicle available during S31, but unusually only four of them are rewards for hitting points milestones. The remaining four all come as rewards for individual events within the playlist, and each is also the subject of a Photo Challenge. Scoring all eight earns you an Evolving World Accolade.

If that weren’t enough new European cars, a four-car paid DLC pack — also called “European Automotive” — is also available.

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Series 31: European Automotive

The Series rewards should be ancient history by now, at 80 and 160 points in a 300-point Series. Given that the new cars all appear as season or event rewards, it won’t be a surprise to learn that neither are new to the game, but they are Playlist exclusives and worth collecting to satisfy any FOMO you may have.

Scoring the lower target will award you with the modern classic Ferrari 575M, the final vehicle in the brand’s front-engined, V12 GT series that began with the 550 before it was replaced with the 599.

As you may expect with the bump in numbers in the name, the 575 has a 250cc larger V12, producing another 30hp. It also received a lot of attention under the skin — as hinted by the “M”, meaning “modificata” — but thankfully the exterior was left mostly untouched.

At 160 points you’ll grab the Audi RS6 Avant, which is a modern family wagon that would leave the Ferrari for dead just about anywhere. More so if the ground is wet.

That’s because it combines a 600hp, four-liter, twin-turbo V8 with Audi’s traditional quattro all-wheel drive, all crammed underneath an estate-bodied A6.

Series 31 Spring/Hot Season Rewards

The final new reward car of the Series is the rather unassuming Mercedes 500E sedan, which you’ll score at 20 points.

However, looks can be deceiving. The 500E was a W124 E-Class (or rather what would become known as an E-Class) on the outside, but there was a lot going on underneath.

Primarily that came by way of an enormous, five-liter M119 V8 stuffed into the nose, but just about everything on the car had to be changed to deal with it. That included new headlights to give more airflow to the engine bay, and the removal of one rear seat to make space for the differential.

The car was also significantly widened and was in fact too wide to fit down the production line. That meant the car was actually built by Porsche.

Hitting 40 points will see you collect the Ascari KZ1R, which is a road car made from a race car that was originally based on a different road car, bearing the name of an earlier, fourth car. A dude playing a dude disguised as another dude, but a car.

Either way, it’s a lightweight, spaceframe chassis bearing a V8 from the BMW M5. Ascari, based at what’s now Haas F1’s European HQ, turned that into a GT3 racer, before turning it back into a road car complete with the GT3’s aero and power upgrades.

Spring will run until 1430UTC on Thursday March 28, bringing Series 31 to a close along with it. They’ll be replaced with Summer of Series 32 — “The Horizon Race-Off” — about which we’ll learn more in the next Forza Horizon Let’s Go stream next week.

Series 31 Spring Playlist: Forzathon Events

The final European star of a Forzathon Weekly Challenge this series is another low-volume car, but from a brand well-known for its unhinged cars. Own and drive the TVR Sagaris — but don’t modify it yet — to get Trevor underway.

Naturally you’re going to want to get out there and set some speed records, so earn three stars at any Speed Traps in the car. After that it’s time to get the checkbook out.

You’ll need to spend at least 49,995cr on upgrades for the Sagaris, tuning it up from the standard A Class machine to an S1 Class (801-900PI) car. After that, go and win a Street Race in the car to finish off the event.

That will earn you five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points.

Weekly Challenge: Trevor

  • Car: TVR Sagaris
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the TVR Sagaris
    • Chapter 2: Earn three stars at Speed Traps in the TVR Sagaris
    • Chapter 3: Spend 49,995cr on upgrades to create an S1 Class TVR Sagaris
    • Chapter 4: Win an S1 Class Street Race in the TVR Sagaris
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

The last seven Euro-themed Daily Challenges pop up at their usual rate of one new challenge at 1430 UTC each day. You’ll have seven full days to complete each one (even running into S32 if you’re brave enough to try it) and each is worth one point.

You can double-up the first two challenges, although you’ll have to wait until 1430 UTC on Friday to do so. That’s because you can quite happily blast up the highway in a Koenigsegg to accomplish both. Need for Swede requires that you drive five miles (eight kilometers) in any car from Sweden, while Hyperdrive needs a total of five stars from Speed Traps in any European Hypercar.

Next up you’ll need to win a Dirt Race in any Cupra to prove you’re Ahead of the Pack.

Let them know you’re Coming Through next, by beeping the horn of any Porsche.

After that, paint the body of your car to show off a New Look.

Earn five Speed Skills within the City Limits of Guanajuato to complete the challenge of the same name.

Finally be a McPoser, and photograph any McLaren with your character outside of the car by using the photo settings.

Daily Challenges

  • March 21 – Need for Swede: Drive five miles (8km) in any vehicle from Sweden
  • March 22 – Hyperdrive: Earn five stars at Speed Traps in any European Hypercar
  • March 23 – Ahead of the Pack: Win a Dirt Race in any Cupra
  • March 24 – Coming Through: Beep your horn in any Porsche
  • March 25 – New Look: Paint your vehicle’s body
  • March 26 – City Limits: Earn five Speed Skills in Guanajuato
  • March 27 – McPoser: Photograph any McLaren with your character outside the car

Series 31 Spring Playlist: Season Events

There’s a mere six events on the solo Playlist this week, consisting of a pair each of EventLabs, PR Stunts, and Seasonal Championships.

The PR Stunts are worth the usual two points and a Super Wheelspin, and this week require a B Class (601-700PI) car from the Mini brand. Both are Danger Signs and, with a little off-road capability tuned in, shouldn’t pose too much trouble at just 170m for La Cruz and 140m for La Mesa.

This week’s two EventLabs are quite different in flavor, though each awards three points and a vehicle bonus reward.

Horizon Festival Loop is a solo sprint of a long lap of the western portion of Cordillera, in any S2 Class (901-998PI) Extreme Track Toy from Europe. While convoluted, it sticks to surfaced roads for around a five-minute lap and awarding a BMW M3 ’05.

You’ll head over to EventLab Island for Kerb Your Braking!, which is a race against the AI on a short but totally custom route. The clue is in the name: steer well clear of the curbs (or bump the AI into them!) as they can send you into oblivion. Win the three-lap race in S1 Class (801-900PI) Hypercars from Europe to earn a 2020 Land Rover Defender.

For the final time this Series there’s a brand-new car available as a reward for the special Seasonal Championship. Both events are three-race championships against “Highly Skilled” AI, requiring that you top the points table at the end to claim five points and the bonus rewards.

That Exclusive Event is V Double You, a Dirt Racing event requiring any B Class (601-700PI) car from Volkswagen and awarding the VW Double Cab Pickup ’66 required for the Photo Challenge this week. Meanwhile Up and Over is a Road Racing challenge for S2 Class (901-998PI) Extreme Track Toys from Europe, awarding a 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco.

EventLab: Kerb Your Braking!

  • Car: S1 Class, Hypercar, Europe
  • Location: EventLab Island
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Land Rover Defender ’20

EventLab: Horizon Festival Loop

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys, Europe
  • Location: Horizon Festival
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, BMW M3 ’05

Danger Sign: La Cruz

  • Car: B Class, Mini
  • Location: Hotel Mirador
  • Challenge: 170m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Danger Sign: La Mesa

  • Car: B Class, Mini
  • Location: Pantano de la Selva
  • Challenge: 140m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Exclusive Event – V Double You

  • Car: B Class, Volkswagen
  • Location: Mulege
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Volkswagen Double Cab ’66

Seasonal Championship: Up and Over

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys, Europe
  • Location: Cordillera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Volkswagen Scirocco ’11

There’s two events on the Multiplayer challenges this week, worth 18 points between them. You’ll need an Xbox Core subscription in order to take part on console, although it’s free to race on PC.

Of course The Trial is one of those two, in its permanent spot. This is a team challenge — and as we know, there is no “i” in “team” — for a group of six human players against a team of six “Unbeatable” AI in a best-of-three event.

Winning isn’t the objective here. The human team needs to outscore the AI team, and as such every position counts. Each driver on each team gets 100pt for each driver they beat on the other team, but nothing for beating their team-mates, for a maximum of 600pt each.

Your goal should be to help slower team-mates beat the AI, by hindering the ‘bots where necessary, in order to maximize the team’s score. Sprinting away to victory means nothing if you’re followed home by four AI…

This week’s event, Porsche Spice, is a Dirt Racing challenge, so be sure to equip your car — an A Class (701-800PI) Super Saloon from Europe — appropriately. It should be relative low-paced, but it’ll be pretty easy to lose control or get leaned out of a checkpoint, so take car. You’ll earn ten points and a Porsche Cayenne for victory.

Horizon Tour is the other event this week, and it has some similarities. It’s also a team-based event, but the AI is turned down to merely “Highly Skilled”. You’ll also need to run all three races, even if you whitewash your opponents, with the twist to the event being that you need to drive from the end of one to the start of the next — although there’s no reward for doing so or penalty for failing to do so in time.

You can select any car appropriate to the current hopper rotation, and you’ll earn eight points for completing your team victory.

Horizon Tour: Co-op Championships

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Tour (any)
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 8 points

The Trial: Porsche Spice

  • Car: A Class, Super Saloons, Europe
  • Location: Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Porsche Cayenne

Series 31 Spring Playlist: Challenges

Three more challenges await this week, once again including one online multiplayer event requiring Xbox Core (except on PC).

That’s The Eliminator, which is its usual challenge of finishing 30th or better in any round of the battle royale mode. Often this is a matter of just surviving a couple of minutes, but however you do it you’ll earn two points and an “I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This” Forza LINK greeting.

This week’s Photo Challenge, #DoubleTrouble, again requires you to photograph a car you can only win from the Exclusive Event Seasonal Championship. You’ll need to photograph the Volkswagen Double Cab Pickup ’66 — which you can win in the V Double You event — to earn two points and a Relax Emote.

Another Treasure Hunt is in the mix this week. The Clue for It Sounds Like a Golf is “Wrecking havoc on a golf course for ultimate fun, reveals a treasure when you are done”, and that’s likely to be enough information to reveal what the challenge is.

Naturally you should head to the golf course at Club de Opala and, in any Volkswagen Golf, earn yourself an Ultimate Wreckage skill for smashing up destructible items. That reveals the Treasure Hint, which this week centers on the Horizon Rush outpost. The treasure chest itself is by the east entrance of the tunnel in Copper Canyon, and smashing it earns you three points and 100,000cr.

The Eliminator: Battle Royale

  • Cars: Any (provided)
  • Location: The Eliminator
  • Challenge: Finish 30th or better in The Eliminator
  • Reward: 2 points, “I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This” Forza LINK

Photo Challenge: #DoubleTrouble

  • Cars: Volkswagen Double Cab ’66
  • Location: Any
  • Challenge: Photograph the Volkswagen Double Cab ’66
  • Reward: 2 points, Relax Emote

Treasure Hunt: It Sounds Like a Golf

  • Cars: Volkswagen Golf (any)
  • Location: Club de Opala
  • Challenge: Score an Ultimate Wreckage Skill at Club de Opala; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100,000cr

Series 31 Spring Playlist: Monthly Events

It’s your final chance to check off the four Monthly Events if you haven’t already done so. Each one awards one point to each of the four seasons, regardless of when you complete them in the Series, for a total of 16 points.

The events provide the car to you for the challenge, which will see you racing a ghost car but without the requirement to beat it. Just set a clean time, avoiding solid objects and any use of the Rewind button.

Two of this month’s challenges are point-to-point events, so there’s no chance to lap over and over again if you muck it up. That means keeping it on the island for Forza EV Tunnel Run in the Volkswagen ID.4 or Reservorio Sprint in the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, unless you enjoy multiple restarts!

Meanwhile there’s two regular lap challenges, at the Lookout Circuit with the DLC pack Pininfarina Battista in Forza EV lap, and the Esprit V8 in Monthly Rivals at Plaza Circuit.

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 Spring Bonus DLC Events

The two DLC expansion packs offer up an additional seven points apiece — comprising a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship — for a total of 14 bonus points for those players who own them. They’re not required for 100% completion, but offer a little boost in weeks like this where there’s 20 points from multiplayer events.

For Hot Wheels you’ll need to leap 350m in an S1 Class (801-900PI) Aston Martin at the Canyon Fire Danger Sign, for a Super Wheelspin bonus. The Grass is Beemer is the seasonal championship for A Class (701-800PI), all-wheel drive BMW cars, awarding a BMW Z4 for victory.

Rally Adventure has a Speed Trap at the La Cantera location next to the quarry. The 95mph target can be tricky given the trap is on a crest and the car is a B Class (601-700PI) Retro Rally vehicle from Europe, but it’s not too much of a stretch. You’ll need an S1 Class (801-900PI) Super GT car from Europe for the Free Range seasonal, awarding a 1973 Range Rover for the win.

Hot Wheels Danger Sign: Canyon Fire

  • Car: S1 Class, Aston Martin
  • Location: Hot Wheels Giant’s Canyon
  • Challenge: 350m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: The Grass is Beemer

  • Car: A Class, BMW, All-Wheel Drive
  • Location: Hot Wheels Giant’s Canyon
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, BMW Z4 ’19

Rally Adventure Speed Trap: La Cantera

  • Car: B Class, Retro Rally, Europe
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Orogrande
  • Challenge: 95mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Free Range

  • Car: S1 Class, Super GT, Europe
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Valle de Pozas
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Range Rover ’73

Series 31 Spring Forzathon Shop

Two halo European hypercars are available this week, from opposite ends of the continent.

Leading the line is the Koenigsegg One:1, a version of the Agera named for its power-to-weight ratio. Well, in metric units at least.

Coming in at 1,360PS, the 1,360kg One:1 has 1PS per kg, and is technically the fastest and quickest car in the Agera family. However Koenigsegg only made seven, so it doesn’t qualify as a production car and it’s the Agera RS that holds the relevant crowns.

You can also collect the Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4, which was Lamborghini’s 100th anniversary present to itself.

Based on an Aventador SV, each of the 40 Centenario models features a 30hp bump in power, and the car was the first Lamborghini model to offer four-wheel steering.

The One:1 is available in the Autoshow for 2.8m credits, but the 700FP price this week seems like a decent deal. That goes for the Centenario too, at 2.3m credits against the 500FP price this week.

Your other store items this week are the Germany Tee, Natural Suit, and Welcome Spring Horn at 75FP each. The Wheelspin and Super Wheelspin are also available at their usual 60FP and 150FP respectively.

Series 31 Spring Forzathon Shop

  • Koenigsegg One:1 – 700FP
  • Lamborghini Centenario – 500FP
  • Germany Tee – 75FP
  • Natural Suit – 75FP
  • Welcome Spring Horn – 75FP
  • Wheelspin – 60FP
  • Super Wheelspin – 150FP

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