Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Human Race

The second week of the current Forza Horizon 5 Series begins today, with a fresh set of challenges on the game’s current theme as well as the latest stages of the new co-operative event that marks the central idea for the month.

Horizon Race Off is the 32nd Series in the game’s history, and it’s marked by a quasi-competitive event that sees players notionally divided into one of two groups working within themselves towards two separate goals — each of which awards a new car to the whole community.

This “Race-Off” sets players a challenge to race in as many events of one of two types as they can, contributing toward the completion percentage of each goal. Asphalt will cover events that take place on the blacktop, while Offroad avoids it in favor of dirt-racing event.

Don’t worry about missing out on your preferred choice though, as you don’t need to join one of the two camps exclusively and can work towards both. Whichever counter reaches the top first wins, but then everyone will receive both prizes if they both fill up by the end of the Series.

You can keep an eye on the progress through a new Race-Off Festival Site which teleports between different locations in each of the four seasons like its own version of Brigadoon. It acts as a hub for the Series, showing the progress meters.

The two prize cars for the Race-Off bring the number of new cars up to six this Series, with the traditional four new vehicles for hitting 20 points in each season, and there’s an Evolving World Accolade for collecting them all too. There’s another four-car DLC pack available if you want to buy a little more variety.

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Series 32: Horizon Race Off

With the two additional reward cars for the Race-Off event, Series 32 effectively has four overall prizes.

Those two Race-Off reward cars are fast Fords that are most at home on the appropriate surfaces. Asphalt completion gifts the 2024 Ford Mustang GT to all players, with the Offroad prize is the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R.

As usual there’s rewards for hitting 80pt and 160pt across the Series too, and neither are new to the game but both are rare enough to make getting the points worthwhile — even if just to flip them in the Auction House.

At 80 points you’ll secure the madcap Audi Sport Quattro S1, a legend of Group B and very much to type. It’s a spaceframe chassis with a unique engine and wild aerodynamics that bears vague resemblance to Audi’s production models and only connected to roadgoing vehicles by the 200 or so vehicles mandated by the class regulations.

For 160 points there’s another chance to earn the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante. This takes the top “Performante” model of the entry level Lamborghini and removes the roof to provide even more thrills.

Series 32 Autumn/Storm Season Rewards

This week’s new car offering, at 20 points, is relatively familiar to players who have the paid Car Pass, providing an update of a vehicle exclusively available there.

That’s the 2020 model of the Audi TT RS coupe, the peak of Audi’s offerings on its small sports car. It packs a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine — close to half of the R8’s V10 — which delivers an obscene 400hp to all four wheels, making this quite the little weapon considering its relatively humble underpinnings.

For 40 points you’ll have another chance to earn the Honda Ridgeline Baja Trophy Truck.

As the name and general look should hint, this bears very little relation to the standard SUV, and is in fact a tubular spaceframe chassis with a composite shell stretched over the top. This rear-wheel drive beast packs a 3.5-liter V6 worth 550hp, and is a class winner in several marathon off-road races — including the Baja 1000.

Autumn will run until 1430UTC on Thursday April 11, with Series 32 continuing for another two weeks until the same time on Thursday April 25.

Series 32 Autumn Playlist: Forzathon Events

The two-car Forzathon Weekly Challenge theme continues this week with a very odd couple indeed. You’ll need to own and drive either the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS or the 1980 Renault 5 Turbo to get Double Numbers underway.

You can use either car at any stage of the challenge, or even switch mid-stage, but the three goals remain the same no matter what your choice.

Firstly you’ll need to earn ten separate Ultimate Wreckage Skills in either car while in the Tierra Prospera region south-east of Guanajuato. This is a stacked skill, so you’ll need to smash up enough destructible objects to level up from Wreckage to Great Wreckage, Awesome Wreckage, and finally Ultimate Wreckage ten times.

After that, earn three stars at any Speed Zone in either car, then head out and win your choice of either a Dirt Race or a Street race in either car. Completing that ends the challenge, awarding five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points.

Weekly Challenge: Double Numbers

  • Car: Chevrolet Chevelle SS ’70 or Renault 5 Turbo ’80
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive either the Chevelle SS or Renault 5 Turbo
    • Chapter 2: Earn ten Ultimate Wreckage Skills in Tierra Prospera in either car
    • Chapter 3: Earn three stars at any Speed Zone in either car
    • Chapter 4: Win a Dirt Race or Street Race in the either car
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

The mixed bag of Daily Challenges continues through this week too. There’s one new challenge each day, unlocking at 1430 UTC, with seven full days to complete each, for one point apiece.

You’ll be heading to the new location of the Race-Off Festival Site first, at the Carretera Chase Street Race location (also the start point of the Triple C seasonal championship this week). Photograph any Modern Sports Car there to stay On Brand.

Next, get Drifting the Roads around the Horizon Apex Outpost near Playa Azul, earning six Drift or E-Drift Skills.

Although there’s no EventLab on this week’s Playlist, playing any one from the Creative Hub will complete the next challenge, Player Made.

You can combine the next three and one of the PR Stunts this week to rack up five points at once, but you will need to wait until Wednesday to do so.

By tuning an Italian Modern Supercar up to the S2 Class (901-998PI) with at least 30,000cr spent, then taking on the Runway Danger Sign and hitting the 600m target — which will necessitate a speed over 150mph — you’ll complete Spare Cash, Itali-Vroom!, A Bird? A Plane?, and Runway all at once, and in that order.

That just leaves you to complete any Showcase event to tick off Stage and Showcase to round out the week.

Daily Challenges

  • April 4 – On Brand: Take a photo of any Modern Sports Car at the Race-Off Festival site in Carretera Chase
  • April 5 – Drifting the Roads: Earn six Drift/e-Drift Skills at Horizon Apex Outpost
  • April 6 – Player Made: Play any EventLab from the Creative Hub
  • April 7 – A Bird? A Plane?: Earn three stars at any Danger Sign in a Modern Supercar
  • April 8 – Spare Cash: Spend 30,000cr on upgrades
  • April 9 – Itali-Vroom!: Reach 150mph in any Italian car
  • April 10 – Stage and Showcase: Complete any Showcase event

Series 32 Autumn Playlist: Season Events

The Playlist remains a strange-looking one this week, with just six solo events. That consists of the four Seasonal Championships — one each from Cross Country, Dirt, Road, and Street, all counting towards the Race-Off goal — and just two PR Stunts.

You shouldn’t find the PR Stunts too tricky, as they’re open to any S2 Class (901-998PI) vehicle. Both award the usual two points and a Super Wheelspin for completion.

The Runway Danger Sign should be simple, whether you’re doing the multiple-Daily method above or not, requiring only a 600m leap on a jump where you can easily make 900m. 260,000pt at the Reservoir Drift Zone should also be an easy task for any car with anything close to a drift setup, although the length of the run means lots of opportunity to mess it up.

Each of the four Seasonal Championship events is a three-race championship against “Highly Skilled” AI. You’ll need to top the points table at the end of the three races to claim five points and the bonus rewards.

This week’s Asphalt events are Hatchback Into Action, for C Class (501-600PI) Retro Hot Hatch cars, and the Triple C street racing event for C Class (501-600PI) cars from the 1970s. Victory will earn you a Jeep Trailcat and a Jaguar F-Pace S respectively.

For Offroad racers there’s the Unlimited Power cross country challenge for A Class (701-800PI) Unlimited Offroad cars, and Jeep, Jeep, Coming Through! for B Class (601-700PI) Jeep models. You’ll score a Lous Elan and a Cadillac ATS-V respectively.

Danger Sign: Runway

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva
  • Challenge: 600m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Drift Zone: Reservoir

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Cordillera
  • Challenge: 260,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Hatchback Into Action

  • Car: C Class, Retro Hot Hatch
  • Location: Playa Azul
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Jeep Trailcat

Seasonal Championship: Jeep, Jeep, Coming Through!

  • Car: B Class, Jeep
  • Location: Mulege
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Cadillac ATS-V

Seasonal Championship: Triple C

  • Car: C Class, 1970s
  • Location: Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Jaguar F-Pace S

Seasonal Championship: Unlimited Power

  • Car: A Class, Unlimited Offroad
  • Location: Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Lotus Elan

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

Seasonal Playground Games returns with a Team King event, Keeping the Crown. This pits two sets of six players against each other, trying to take and hold the four “King” crowns for long enough to run out the clock — one second per King per team every second.

Tagging an opponent with the crown steals it for yourself, but if you hold onto it for too long you’ll be slowed down to become a sitting duck until you can pass it off to a team-mate. Just complete the best-of-three round event to earn three points and the Odesza track A Moment Apart for your playlist.

The Trial remains in its permanent location, and its relevance shouldn’t be lost 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.

Winning requires co-operation. 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.

That means a maximum of 600pt each, but to score you need to beat the AI and not each other. The goal should be to help slower team-mates beat the AI, blocking them if necessary while allowing the humans a free pass. Sprinting to solo victory helps no-one.

It’s a dirt racing event this week, as the We Don’t Need Roads! name suggests, with A Class (701-800PI) cars from the USA required. Off-road tuning and tires will help immensely, and it shouldn’t take much to win inside two races to earn the ten points and a McLaren GT.

Seasonal Playground Games: Keeping the Crown

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Baja Circuit
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 3 points, Odesza – A Moment Apart track

The Trial: We Don’t Need Roads!

  • Car: A Class, USA
  • Location: Pantano en la Selva
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, McLaren GT

Series 32 Autumn Playlist: Challenges

Three more challenges await this week, and all three can be accomplished solo — with the debut of a new Collectibles prop.

That’s the Offroad Helmet Pinata, which you’ll find dotted about the dirt path sections of central Playa Azul. Find and smash ten to complete the challenge Rally to Swim, for three points and a “Too Soon, Junior” Forza LINK greeting.

For the Photo Challenge this week you’ll need to be #TopDog. Head to the player house at Hotel Castillo Santa Cecilia and photograph any Hypercar to score two points and a Surf’s Up emote.

Finally there’s a second successive Treasure Hunt this week too. Rind the Bend features sufficient hints in its clue and thumbnail to lead you to the right conclusion: upgrade any Peel vehicle into a drift machine and earn three stars at any Drift Zone.

That’s surprisingly tricky as the single rear-wheel car is not a natural drifter, but the Precipice Drift Zone near Horizon Rush should make life easier. Complete that to earn the hint showing the approximate location of the Treasure Chest over at Tulum. You’ll find the chest just in the dusty area next to the three golf carts, and smashing it earns you three points and 100FP.

Collectibles: Rally to Swim

  • Cars: Any (provided)
  • Location: Playa Azul
  • Challenge: Smash ten Offroad Helmet Pinatas in Playa Azul
  • Reward: 3 points, “Too Soon, Junior” Forza LINK

Photo Challenge: #TopDog

  • Cars: Hypercar (any)
  • Location: Hotel Castillo
  • Challenge: Photograph any Hypercar at Hotel Castillo Santa Cecilia
  • Reward: 2 points, Surf’s Up emote

Treasure Hunt: Rind the Bend

  • Cars: Peel (any)
  • Location: Drift Zone (any)
  • Challenge: Score three stars at any Drift Zone in any Peel; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100FP

Series 32 Autumn Playlist: Monthly Events

Unless already completed, the two Monthly Events will remain in place as they do for all four weeks of the Series. Each event awards one point to each of the four seasons, whether you complete them on day one, day 28, or any in-between, for a total reward of eight points.

While you’ll be racing against a ghost car on a specific course like Rivals, there’s no need to beat your opponent to the finish. In fact you just need to complete a clean run in the provided car to tick the challenge off, which means avoiding solid objects like fixed barriers, missing checkpoints, and definitely don’t use the Rewind button.

Each challenge this month features one of the Race-Off reward cars. That’s the Ford F-150 Raptor R at the River Scramble dirt racing circuit and the Mustang GT at the Vista del Mar point-to-point.

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 Autumn Bonus DLC Events

As usual each of the two DLC expansion packs may award a further seven bonus points apiece — 14, should you own both — with each location hosting a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship.

Both PR Stunts are open to any S2 Class (901-998PI) vehicles as with those on the main map, and you shouldn’t face much of a challenge. 250mph through the Dragon’s Fall Speed Trap in Hot Wheels is a relative breeze, although you can lose speed if you bottom out right before the camera. Similarly the 250m leap target for the Dunes Danger Sign in Rally Adventure is just a matter of speed; aim a little left of center and you might even clear the Speed Zone…

The Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship, Making Tracks, requires B Class (601-700PI) Modern Rally cars and awards a 2005 Subaru WRX. Hot Wheels also features B Class (601-700PI) rally cars but this time Retro Rally, and there’s a Holden Sandman van for victory in Like My Old Video Games!

Hot Wheels Speed Trap: Dragon’s Fall

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: 250mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Like My Old Video Games!

  • Car: B Class, Retro Rally
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Holden Sandman ’74

Rally Adventure Danger Sign: Dunes

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Bike Track
  • Challenge: 250m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Making Tracks

  • Car: B Class, Modern Rally
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Cascada Fuerte
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Subaru WRX ’05

Series 32 Autumn Forzathon Shop

Weight and power is the topic in the Forzathon Shop this week, and that starts with the 1,500hp, two-ton Bugatti Chiron.

The improbable follow-up to the already ludicrous Veyron, Bugatti’s Chiron was designed to improve in every way on the fastest luxury car on Earth — and did. Capable of 300mph depending on the model, the Chiron is capable of getting from here to there faster and in more comfort than anything around. For nine minutes until its 22-gallon (Imperial) fuel tank emptied.

It’s joined this week by a Mercedes that’s more on the behemoth side of things. Despite its 12.8-liter engine dwarfing the Bugatti’s 8-liter unit, it’s a little down on power at 1,000hp, and also tips the scales at about 2.2 Chirons.

That’s because it’s a racing truck — the tractor unit from an articulated lorry, built for the absurd European Truck Racing Championship. Yes, lorries racing around proper race tracks. Mad.

Both cars also appear in the Autoshow, but we’d be tempted to keep hold of our 2.4m credits and spend the 750FP on the Bugatti. At 500,000cr, the Tankpool Mercedes is probably a better deal than the 300FP price this week.

The other store items this week are the Apex Predators Cap, Grit Reapers Helmet, and Quick Draw Emote at 75FP each. You can also collect a Wheelspin and Super Wheelspin at their usual 60FP and 150FP respectively.

Series 32 Autumn Forzathon Shop

  • Bugatti Chiron ’18 – 750FP
  • Mercedes-Benz Tankpool #24 – 300FP
  • Apex Predators Cap – 75FP
  • Grit Reapers Helmet – 75FP
  • Quick Draw Emote – 75FP
  • Wheelspin – 60FP
  • Super Wheelspin – 150FP

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