Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Fords For All

The final week of Forza Horizon 5 “Race Off” Series begins today, with one last set of challenges over the next seven days with new reward cars.

Series 32 is also known as its official “Horizon Race Off” name and that gives a little clue to what’s going on. Running across all four weeks is a co-op event that has seen players competing in relevant challenges to score rewards for the whole community.

The series pits Asphalt against Offroad, with challenges of each type contributing to a corresponding dynamic scoreboard. Whichever fills first wins, but both grant a reward to all players regardless of their surface preference.

There’s a new special location — or rather locations, as it teleports around the map each week — for the event, called the Race-Off Festival Site. This duplicates the scoreboards, but also gives players a spot to meet up.

As usual there’s also four new prize cars across the series, with one each week for racking up the requisite 20 points, making for a total of six. There’s an Evolving World Accolade for collecting them all as usual too.

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Series 32: Horizon Race Off

Players have already done their jobs and scored both of the Race-Off cars for everyone — Offroad winning by a couple of days, for reference — so you should only need to log in to receive them.

Each cars is a fast Ford that’s suited to the relevant surface, with the 2024 Ford Mustang GT for Asphalt and the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R for Offroad.

Additionally there’s two regular Series rewards, both of which are returning vehicles from previous weeks. Each is unavailable in the Autoshow, so earning them this month gives you a chance to collect them if previously missed.

At 80 points there’s the classic Group B legend of the Audi Sport Quattro S1. Almost the class archetype, the S1 is a custom-built race car with a spaceframe chassis and a unique body only vaguely related to other models in the company’s range. Well, other than the 200 required production examples for homologation of course.

Lamborghini’s roofless Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante is the 160-point car this month, giving top-down fun on top of the already excellent pace of the Performante coupe.

Series 32 Spring/Hot Season Rewards

The final new car for the Series also the last of its type, with 20 points earning you the Jaguar F-Type SVR.

2020 was the final production year for the SVR F-Type, with the car being replaced by a facelift model and the badge dropped in favor of an “R” badge. Sporting a 567hp version of the supercharged V8 allied to an all-wheel drive system, the SVR was a superlative, 200mph grand tourer.

For 40 points you’ll be able to win one of the ten Extreme E machines, in the shape of the #42 Xite Racing vehicle. Raced in the 2022 season, and driven by company founder Oliver Bennett (with Timo Scheider and Ezequiel Pérez Companc in other rounds), the car is the same Spark Odyssey 21 as the rest of the vehicles on the grid.

Spring will run until 1430UTC on Thursday April 25, closing out Series 32 along with it. Series 33, Apex Allstars, will replace it and we’re expecting more information on this on Monday.

Series 32 Spring Playlist: Forzathon Events

This week’s Forzathon Weekly Challenge odd couple has so little in common that we’re not even going to try to work it out. Just grab either — or both, as you can swap as you like — the 2013 Dodge Viper or 2017 Ford Fiesta M-Sport to get Going Further underway.

The description for the next step is a little clunky, but seems to suggest that you can take victory in pretty much any race type: Cross Country, Street Race, or sprint or trail versions of Dirt and Road racing events.

After that, paint the body of your car, then head out to earn five Awesome Speed Skills. The precise speed for this varies by vehicle, but you’ll be looking at hitting north of 150mph to score one; just head down the main highway to rack up five, clearing the final stage and earning you five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points.

Weekly Challenge: Going Further

  • Car: Dodge Viper ’13 or Ford Fiesta RS M-Sport ’17
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive either the Viper ’13 or M-Sport Fiesta
    • Chapter 2: Win any sprint, trail, Cross Country or Street Race in either car
    • Chapter 3: Paint the body of either car
    • Chapter 4: Earn five Awesome Speed Skills in either car
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

The final set of seven Daily Challenges come along at their usual one-a-day rate. There’s a new one at 1430 UTC each day and you’ll have seven full days to complete each (even running into next Series if you’re brave enough to try that) for a point apiece.

Get Burning Rubber first, by scoring six Drift or E-Drift Skills at the Horizon Street Scene Outpost.

Go and win any Street or Cross Country race next (combine with the above Weekly if you like, or a Seasonal Championship) to prove your Street Smarts.

After that, head to the Ribera Rocosa Race-Off site — it’s a Seasonal Championship start point for Bugging Out this week — and take a Picture Perfect photo of your Offroad car.

Beep Beep! your horn in any Retro Rally car to complete the next, appropriately named challenge.

Go into Hyperdrive by flying at least 152m (499ft) in any Hypercar — which you can combine with the Hot Wheels PR Stunt if you want.

Get All Dressed Up when you equip any Race Suit in the Character Customizer.

Finally for this Series, get the Trails Blazed by earning three stars at any Trailblazers.

Daily Challenges

  • April 18 – Burning Rubber: Get 6 Drift/E-Drift Skills at the Horizon Street Scene Outpost
  • April 19 – Street Smarts: Win any Street or Cross Country Race
  • April 20 – Picture Perfect: Take a photo of any Offroad vehicle at the Ribera Rocosa Race-Off site
  • April 21 – Beep Beep!: Beep your horn in any Retro Rally car
  • April 22 – Hyperdrive: Fly at least 152m (499ft) in any Hypercar
  • April 23 – All Dressed Up: Equip any Race Suit in the Character Customizer
  • April 24 – Trails Blazed: Earn three stars at Trailblazers

Series 32 Spring Playlist: Season Events

A final set of six events awaits in the single-player selection this week, again with the bulk consisting of the four Seasonal Championships — one each from Cross Country, Dirt, Road, and Street — with one PR Stunt and one EventLab to round things off.

The PR Stunt should be a relative breeze with the open-category, S2 Class (901-998PI) requirement. Just blast through the Mountainside Speed Trap at 170mph or better for two points and a Super Wheelspin.

It’s another EventLab Island event, with Figure 8 Tunnel being exactly like it sounds. You’ll need any S1 Class (801-900PI) Track Toys car for this four-lap run — which looks like how protons must feel in a supercollider — to earn three points and a Cadillac CTS-V ’16.

The four Seasonal Championship events are the usual three-race championships against “Highly Skilled” AI, with completion notionally counting towards the Race Off goals if they hadn’t already been achieved. 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 the City Break road race, for S1 Class (801-900PI) Modern Supercars, and Out of the Barn street race for B Class (601-700PI) Barn Finds cars. You’ll score a Jaguar I-Pace and a Nissan Titan respectively.

The Offroad events are the Bugging Out cross country challenge for B Class (601-700PI) Unlimited Buggies, and Mini Machines in Dirt Racing for B Class (601-700PI) Minis. Victory is worth a Ford Ute and a Chevrolet Impala accordingly.

Speed Trap: Mountainside

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: 170mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

EventLab: Figure 8 Tunnel

  • Car: S1 Class, Track Toys
  • Location: EventLab Island
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Cadillac CTS-V ’16

Seasonal Championship: Bugging Out

  • Car: B Class, Unlimited Buggies
  • Location: De Otro Mundo
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford Ute ’14

Seasonal Championship: City Break

  • Car: S1 Class, Modern Supercars
  • Location: Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Jaguar I-Pace

Seasonal Championship: Mini Machines

  • Car: B Class, Mini
  • Location: Gran Caldera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Chevrolet Impala

Seasonal Championship: Out of the Barn

  • Car: B Class, Barn Finds
  • Location: Dunas Blancas
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Nissan Titan

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

One is, of course, The Trial. It’s a team challenge that sets a group of up to six human players against a team of six “Unbeatable” AI in a best-of-three event.

The best bet here is working as a team, because you only get points for beating the AI drivers and not your team-mates: 100pt for each AI you finish ahead of. Holding up the ‘bots to allow your teamies pass is the sensible choice.

It’s a Cross Country event this week, for which A Class (701-800PI) Land Rover models are the Perfect Fit — although you might find the weighty vehicles are on the tricky side to control, for the increasingly erratic AI as well as the humans. Take victory to earn ten points and an Ariel Atom 500.

Horizon Tour is back too and it’s a similar event: beat the AI, help your human team-mates to do the same. The key differences here are it’s a straight three-race event, and the AI are turned down to Highly Skilled.

You can also race any car that fits into the current hopper, and you’ll need to drive from the end of each race to the start of the next — though there’s no reward for doing so. Nor is there a bonus prize: eight points is all you get.

Horizon Tour: Co-op Championships

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

The Trial: Perfect Fit

  • Car: A Class, Land Rover
  • Location: Ek’Balam
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Ariel Atom 500

Series 32 Spring Playlist: Challenges

A severely cut-back week sees just one challenge, with the regular Photo Challenge the only survivor.

For #BuriedCity you’ll need to take a photo of any Rods & Customs car at the San Juan location, which will net you two points and a Horizon Raptors Tee.

Remember when there were four challenges each week, and all the Treasure Hunts? We remember.

Photo Challenge: #BuriedCity

  • Cars: Rods & Customs (any)
  • Location: San Juan
  • Challenge: Photograph any Rods & Customs car at San Juan
  • Reward: 2 points, Horizon Raptors Tee

Series 32 Spring Playlist: Monthly Events

It’s your final chance to check off the Monthly Events, which appear as part of all four seasons throughout their Series and award a point to each season — whenever you get round to doing them.

They’re similar to Rivals events, as you’ll be paired with a ghost run on the specific course, but there’s no need to set a fast time. Just make a clean run in the provided car: avoid hitting anything fixed to the landscape, get all your checkpoints, and don’t use Rewind.

Race-Off even appears here, with both challenges this month using the reward cars. You’ll be taking on the River Scramble dirt racing circuit in the Ford F-150 Raptor R, with 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 Spring Bonus DLC Events

Each of the two DLC expansion packs contains seven additional points from two events — a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship — which aren’t required for completion but can help if you don’t fancy trying for the 18 multiplayer points this week.

Just as with the main map, the PR Stunts are open to any S2 Class (901-998PI) vehicles and below, and pretty gentle. Getting 95mph laid down at the Reservoir View Speed Zone in Sierra Nueva is a case of minimizing speed loss in the hairpins, while the 400m leap at Canyon Jump in Hot Wheels just needs pure speed.

The Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship, Hoon-ing Around, requires an S1 Class (801-900PI) Hoonigan car, and awards a 2016 Mazda MX-5, while you’ll win an AMC Gremlin from the On Brand event in Hot Wheels, which requires any A Class (701-800PI) Hot Wheels car.

Hot Wheels Danger Sign: Canyon Jump

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Hot Wheels Giant’s Canyon
  • Challenge: 400m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: On Brand

  • Car: A Class, Hot Wheels
  • Location: Hot Wheels Forest Falls
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, AMC Gremlin

Rally Adventure Speed Zone: Reservoir View

  • Car: S2 Class
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Epitaph Radio Tower
  • Challenge: 95mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Hoon-ing Around

  • Car: S1 Class, Hoonigan
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Joya Marron
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Mazda MX-5 ’16

Series 32 Spring Forzathon Shop

This week’s Forzathon Shop again showcases the two ends of the Race-Off, with a high performance track car and something happier sliding about a rally stage.

Like last week’s Vulcan AMR Pro, the Ferrari FXX K is a track-day special — taking the LaFerrari and winding it up several notches without consideration for road use. It features even more power from the hybrid drivetrain, with a tweaked KERS system, along with reduced weight and significant downforce from new aerodynamic aids.

The Hoonigan Ford Escort RS1800 is a little further down the performance ladder, but you wouldn’t know it from watching it dance in the hands of Ken Block. Although the original Mk2 Escort was at home on any rally stage, in this form it’s more of an asphalt specialist.

At 2.7m in the Autoshow, the 775FP price in for the FXX K is a decent bargain, while 200FP against the Hoonigan’s usual 300,000cr price is much of a muchness.

This week’s other store items are the Grit Reapers Tee, Silver Leather Boots, and Spin Emote at 75FP each. You can also collect a Wheelspin and Super Wheelspin at their usual 60FP and 150FP respectively.

Series 32 Spring Forzathon Shop

  • Ferrari FXX K ’14 – 775FP
  • Hoonigan Escort RS1800 – 200FP
  • Silver Leather Boots – 75FP
  • Grit Reapers Tee – 75FP
  • Spin Emote – 75FP
  • Wheelspin – 60FP
  • Super Wheelspin – 150FP

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