Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Team Spirit

A whole new series of Forza Horizon 5 gets underway today, bringing not only the first new challenges of the month but a brand new co-operative event that runs across the next four weeks.

Series 32 is officially called “Horizon Race Off” (sometimes with a hyphen, sometimes without), and it will see players working together to win two new cars for the whole community.

The Race Off for which the Series is named will set players the challenge of racing in as many events of one of two types as they can: Asphalt and Offroad. As they rack up the miles so two counters will fill to show progress towards the goal and the free prize car for each event.

While that sounds like an either/or competition, it’s not actually a choice. You can race in both types of event if you wish and accumulate progress to both. Either way, all players will receive the prizes when the relevant counter reaches the top.

There’s some new map decor by way of four Race-Off Festival Sites — one appearing in a different place each season — that act as hubs for the Series and duplicate the progress meters.

Along with the two new overall Series rewards, there’s four new cars available as usual for hitting 20 points in each season. Another four-car DLC pack is also available.

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Series 32: Horizon Race Off

There’s effectively four Series rewards this time round, with two appearing through playlist points completion and the other two via the co-op Race Off.

The two Series rewards aren’t new, but neither can be purchased in the Autoshow so this is a good chance to pick them up if you haven’t before, or score some duplicates to flip in the Auction House.

First up, for 80 points, is the legendary Audi Sport Quattro S1. This is probably the car most people think of if asked to recall Group B, and typifies the class: unique construction, over the top aero, and a huge amount of power from an exotic, forced-induction engine.

At 160 points you’ll net the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante. This takes the high-performance package of the coupe model and lops the roof off to add as much air as you need. And strip any headwear you have on.

The Race-Off rewards are both fast Fords, although on different surfaces. For completing the Asphalt section, all players will receive the 480hp Ford Mustang GT ’24, with the Ford F-150 Raptor R as the Offroad prize.

Series 32 Summer/Wet Season Rewards

The first seasonal reward car of the Series is also the first of a new breed of supercars from McLaren, by way of the hybrid Artura for 20 points.

Replacing the entry level (as much as that applies to McLaren) offerings, the Artura is the first car from the brand to use an engine other than the long-lived V8 turbo. Instead it uses an all-new, hot-vee V6 turbo, paired to a battery pack and motor to produce a combined 670hp.

That’s very much an Asphalt car, so it stands to reason that the 40-point machine is more obviously an off-roader.

The Porsche Macan RR is, as the name suggests, a Rally Raid machine that only happens to look like a Macan courtesy of a glassfiber shell. Underneath it’s a spaceframe chassis with a Ford V8, and will happily cope with the worst terrain Mexico can offer.

Summer will run until 1430UTC on Thursday April 4, with Series 32 continuing for another three weeks until the same time on Thursday April 25.

Series 32 Summer Playlist: Forzathon Events

This month’s Forzathon Weekly Challenge events all focus on pairs of cars, giving you the choice of one or the other — or both. For the first event, What to Drive?, you’ll need either the 2008 Subaru Impreza or the 2013 Subaru BRZ to get the event underway.

Once you’ve rolled off the line in your choice of starter car, head to any Drift Zones you like (Precipice is easy and quick if you hate drifting) and earn a total of six stars to progress to part three.

Just take a snap of your car for the next step, then head to either a Dirt Race or a Street Race in either car. Take victory to complete the event, earning five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points.

Weekly Challenge: What to Drive?

  • Car: Subaru Impreza ’08 or Subaru BRZ ’13
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive either the Subaru Impreza ’08 or BRZ ’13
    • Chapter 2: Earn six stars at any Drift Zones in either car
    • Chapter 3: Take a photo of either car
    • Chapter 4: Win a Dirt Race or Street Race in the either car
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

There’s a fairly random set of Daily Challenges this series. As usual they pop up at the rate of one new challenge each day, at 1430 UTC. Each gives you seven full days to complete them, for one point each time.

You’ll almost certainly complete Race-Off Begins naturally during the week, as you head to the temporary festival site near the Emerald Circuit by Palacio Azul.

Earn four Stars at Speed Traps next to get yourself On Camera.

Take a photo of any Ford to complete the Wheel a Glance challenge next. You can pair this with this week’s Photo Challenge too, by making it an Offroad category car.

Smash up three bins anywhere on the map to complete Street Cleanup. You’ll score a Basurero Skill for each one you hit.

Get a Sandy Landing when you perform a Kangaroo Skill — for two successive leaps that score Air Skills — in the Dunas Blancas area.

Redeem any Wheelspin or Super Wheelspin next (so save the ones you earn from PR Stunts this week) to complete Spin of the Wheel.

Finally earn an Awesome Burnout Skill — donuts are good for this — at the Horizon Wilds Outpost to complete a Wild Encounter.

Daily Challenges

  • March 28 – Race-Off Begins: Visit the Race-Off Festival Site at Emerald Circuit
  • March 29 – On Camera: Earn four Stars at Speed Traps
  • March 30 – Wheel a Glance: Take a photo of any Ford
  • March 31 – Street Cleanup: Smash three bins
  • April 1 – Sandy Landing: Earn a Kangaroo Skill in Dunas Blancas
  • April 2 – Spin of the Wheel: Redeem a Wheelspin or Super Wheelspin
  • April 3 – Wild Encounter: Earn an Awesome Burnout Skill at the Horizon Wilds Outpost

Series 32 Summer Playlist: Season Events

There’s an unusual look to the solo Playlist across this Series as Seasonal Championships come to the fore. And the four: there’s four of each, consisting of one each from Cross Country, Dirt, Road, and Street, all counting towards the Race-Off goal.

That means not much room for anything else, with one EventLab, one PR Stunt, and a Horizon Arcade challenge completing the list.

Horizon Arcade, as usual, just requires that you complete three rounds of any theme — Air, Chaos, Drift, Speed, or Wreckage — to earn three points with no bonus prize. This can be done co-operatively as the target scores scale by the number of participants.

The sole PR Stunts is worth the usual two points and a Super Wheelspin, and all of them this Series are S2 Class (901-998PI) open category. You’ll be trying to hit 540m from the Mountain Top Danger Sign this week, which should be a cinch.

This week’s EventLab is a short loop around Ek’Balam in a mock up of a Japanese village. Win the four car race at Take no Michi to earn three points and a Cupra Formentor.

That leaves the Seasonal Championship events, each of which is a three-race championship against “Highly Skilled” AI, requiring that you top the points table at the end to claim five points and the bonus rewards.

Offroad racers will want to run the A Good Sport Cross Country event — for B Class (601-700PI) Sports Utility Heroes — and A Rally Good Tour on dirt for B Class (601-700PI) Japanese Modern Rally. The rewards are a Chevrolet 150 Sedan and a Pontiac Trans-Am ’87 respectively.

The Asphalt crew get S1 Class (801-900PI) cars for both the Superpowered Road Race for Super GT cars and the Racing the Streets… well, street racing event for Track Toys. You’ll earn a Desert Dingo Bug and a Ford Focus RS ’03 for these events.

EventLab: Take no Michi Night Race

  • Car: B Class, Mitsubishi Evolution/Subaru Impreza
  • Location: Ek’Balam
  • Challenge: Win the race
  • Reward: 3 points, Cupra Formentor ’22

Horizon Arcade: Mini Games

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Arcade (any)
  • Challenge: Complete any Horizon Arcade theme
  • Reward: 3 points

Danger Sign: Mountain Top

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: 540m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: A Good Sport

  • Car: B Class, Sports Utility Heroes
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Chevrolet 150 Sedan

Seasonal Championship: A Rally Good Tour

  • Car: B Class, Modern Rally, Japan
  • Location: Copper Canyon
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Pontiac Trans-Am ’87

Seasonal Championship: Racing the Streets

  • Car: S1 Class, Track Toys
  • Location: Gran Pantano
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford Focus RS ’03

Seasonal Championship: Superpowered

  • Car: S1 Class, Super GT
  • Location: Palacio Azul
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Volkswagen Desert Dingo Bug

There’s just one Multiplayer event this week, requiring either an Xbox Core subscription or a PC — on which it’s free — in order to take part on console.

That’s obviously The Trial which is a permanent fixture, and the epitome of the co-operative spirit of this Series. It’s a team challenge for a group of six human players against a team of six “Unbeatable” AI in a best-of-three event.

Solo kudos isn’t what this event is about. The human team needs to outscore the AI team, with every position counting towards the scores. 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.

The goal then should be to help slower team-mates beat the AI, by hindering the red team but not the blue team in order to maximize the team’s score.

This week’s event is a relatively gentle A Class (701-800PI) Road Racing event for Modern Sports Cars — Young and Old. If everyone keeps it together it’s an easy win inside two races, for ten points and a Lamborghini Urus.

The Trial: Young and Old

  • Car: A Class, Modern Sports Cars
  • Location: Mulege
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Lamborghini Urus

Series 32 Summer Playlist: Challenges

It’s a three-challenge week this week, with another online multiplayer event that requires Xbox Core (except on PC).

That’s The Eliminator, which remains its usual challenge of finishing 30th or better in any round of the battle royale mode. Normally this just requires you to survive a few minutes unchallenged — until at least the first map shrink eliminates the unaware and inattentive. Whatever your method it’s worth two points and a “Preparing for Take-Off” Forza LINK greeting.

This week’s Photo Challenge, #Uncovered, is a simple task of snapping any Off-Road car at the Uxmal location on the south edge of the map. You can double this up with the third Daily Challenge by photographing a Ford off-roader (as the thumbnail suggests), but you’ll score two points and a Paint Spray horn either way.

We get another Treasure Hunt this week too. The Clue for Star Searching is pretty wordy, but you should be able to glean the fact you need a car from the 1950s and the radio telescope atop the mountain for the challenge.

In fact simply visiting the location in such a car is enough to complete the challenge, revealing the approximately location of the Treasure Chest far to the west at Bahia de Plano. The chest itself is right by the V10 Story marker in a small, fenced off area, and smashing it earns you three points and 100FP.

The Eliminator: Battle Royale

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

Photo Challenge: #Uncovered

  • Cars: Off-road (any)
  • Location: Uxmal
  • Challenge: Photograph any Off-Road car in Uxmal
  • Reward: 2 points, Paint Spray horn

Treasure Hunt: Star Searching

  • Cars: 1950s (any)
  • Location: Gran Telescopio
  • Challenge: Go to Gran Telescopio in any car from the 1950s; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100FP

Series 32 Summer Playlist: Monthly Events

We’re back down to the more regular offering of two Monthly Events this Series. Each event awards one point to each of the four seasons, regardless of when you complete them in the Series, to give a total of eight points.

In each case the car for the challenge is provided to you and, just like Rivals events, you’ll race against a ghost car around a specific course. Unlike Rivals you don’t need to beat it, just set a clean time — which means avoiding solid objects and any use of the Rewind button.

The Race-Off reward cars star in the events this month, with the Ford F-150 Raptor R at the River Scramble dirt racing loop and the Mustang GT at the Vista del Mar sprint course.

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 32 Summer Bonus DLC Events

Each of the two DLC expansion packs offers up its regular seven bonus points apiece, with a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship in each location.

As with the main map the PR Stunts are open to any S2 Class (901-998PI) vehicles and should be relatively simple to complete for the Super Wheelspin bonus. You’ll need to hit 160mph through the Orogrande Rush Speed Trap in Rally Adventure and score 180,000pt in the Rock Slide Drift Zone in Hot Wheels.

The Seasonal Championships are perhaps the opposite way round to what you’d expect. It’s S1 Class (801-900PI) Rally Monsters in Hot Wheels, with Cryptid Sightings earning you a Renault Megane RS ’18. A Class (701-800PI) Modern Muscle awaits in Strength to Strength over in Sierra Nueva, and there’s a classic Ford Bronco for victory.

Hot Wheels Drift Zone: Rock Slide

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Hot Wheels Forest Falls
  • Challenge: 180,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Cryptid Sightings

  • Car: S1 Class, Rally Monsters
  • Location: Hot Wheels Forest Falls
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Renault Megane RS ’18

Rally Adventure Speed Trap: Orogrande Rush

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Orogrande
  • Challenge: 160mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: From Strength to Strength

  • Car: A Class, Modern Muscle
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Tierras Verdes
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford Bronco

Series 32 Summer Forzathon Shop

The Asphalt/Offroad theme continues in the Forzathon Shop with a pair of European performance cars that excel on each surface.

Porsche’s 959 Prodrive Rally Raid car leads the dirt contingent. Developed as part of the 959 supercar project, this machine conquered the toughest rally event in the world when it won the Paris-Dakar in 1986.

If crushing blacktop pace is more your thing, the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage will suit you down to the ground. Until very recently the most current Vantage, it delivers 500hp to the rear wheels courtesy of a turbocharged, four-liter AMG V8.

Both cars appear in the Autoshow, but they’re keenly priced in the Forzathon Shop this week. You can pick up the 959 for 600FP, compared to 1.5m credits, while the 225FP Aston Martin is normally available for 430,000cr.

The other store items this week are the Light Blue High Tops shoes, Extreme E Green Race Suit outfit, and Mechanical Whizz Horn at 75FP each. The Wheelspin and Super Wheelspin are also available at their usual 60FP and 150FP respectively.

Series 32 Summer Forzathon Shop

  • Porsche 959 Rally Raid ’85 – 600FP
  • Aston Martin Vantage ’19 – 225FP
  • Extreme E Green Race Suit – 75FP
  • Light Blue High Tops – 75FP
  • Mechanical Whizz Horn – 75FP
  • Wheelspin – 60FP
  • Super Wheelspin – 150FP

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