Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Rock Stars

A whole new Series begins today in Forza Horizon 5, with a fresh theme descending across the Horizon Festival and all-new prize cars for the various challenges this month.

Going by the name of “Apex Allstars”, Series 33 is all about racing on the road — in-keeping with the “Horizon Apex” branding for the road-racing series in the game.

You’ll be spending far less time tackling the dirt and wilds of Mexico over the next four weeks, and that’s reflected in the suite of race cars that appear as prizes for the various events. There’s a total of five, one of which is an out-and-out dragster, and an Evolving World Accolade for collecting them all.

With the focus on the cars this month, there’s little by way of map aesthetics, so you’ll be experiencing the Mexico map in pretty much its original form.

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Series 33: Apex Allstars

We’re back down to the regular two Series rewards after the excitement of the Race-Off, with only the first of the two being a new-to-game machine.

That’s the Chevrolet Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro, which is pretty much what the name suggests: a Camaro built for the Pro Stock drag category, which can see quarter-mile passes in as little as 6.5 seconds.

You’ll need 80 points to grab the 1,400hp beast, which can actually be achieved later this week thanks to the expanded Monthly Rivals section. We’re not sure how effective the car will be outside of the three drag strips, but it’ll sure be fun to find out.

At 160 points there’s another chance to pick up the rare Hot Wheels Trans-Am, last seen in Series 23. It also sports a four-figure power output, and shares the Camaro’s characteristic of only really looking like the car it’s named for.

Series 33 Summer/Wet Season Rewards

The first of the four race car rewards this Series is up this week, with each requiring 20 points in their respective seasons to add to your collection.

For the Summer season that’s the Le Mans-winning Ford GT from 2016. Created by Ford to promote the new Ford GT street car, the car took victory — and a 1-3-4 — in the GTE Pro class, marking 50 years since the original made its mark in the 1966 race.

At 40 points you’ll have another chance to own the first mid-engined Corvette Z06, based on the C8 generation car.

Chevrolet finally moved the engine behind the driver after more than 65 years, to compete with the new wave of supercars from Europe, and with 670hp the Z06 is certainly no slouch.

Summer will run until 1430UTC on Thursday May 2, while Series 33 will continue for another three weeks until the same time on Thursday May 23.

Series 33 Summer Playlist: Forzathon Events

We’re back to single vehicle challenges in Forzathon Weekly this month, with some of the highest-performance road cars around. That starts off with the McLaren P1 so grab a car (it’s a prize for the Live Long & Prospera Seasonal Championship this week) to get Prepare, Commit, Belong underway.

Head up the main highway as fast as you can to earn three stars at the Autopista Speed Trap in the hybrid hypercar, then take it to victory in any circuit-based Road Racing series event. Finally earn six stars at any Speed Zones to complete the challenge for five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points.

Forzathon Weekly Challenge: Prepare, Commit, Belong

  • Car: McLaren P1 ’13
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the McLaren P1
    • Chapter 2: Earn three stars at the Autopista Speed Trap in the P1
    • Chapter 3: Win a Road Race Circuit event in the P1
    • Chapter 4: Earn six stars at Speed Zones in the P1
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

Daily Challenges pop up at the usual one-a-day rate. A new one unlocks at 1430 UTC each day and you’ll have seven full days to complete each one. You’ll score one point for each.

First, take victory in any Road Racing event while using an Aston Martin to make your opponents British Racing Green with envy.

Stay on Target next by earning six stars at Danger Signs.

Smash up 12 cactuses (there’s plenty around the main Festival site) using any all-wheel drive car to show that Cactus Makes Perfect.

Find something Player Made by playing any EventLab from the Creative Hub. Note that Playlist events don’t count towards this.

Smash up any bins and dumpsters you can find for the next challenge. Earn five Basurero Skills to get people wondering Who’s Clearing This Up!? It’s probably the invisible farmers who keep mending fences every 45 seconds during a race.

You’ll be Hogging the Road next as you drive five miles (eight kilometers) in either of two pig-themed vehicles: the AMG Warthog or the “Pink Pig” Porsche 917/20. Both are available this week, as a Playlist reward and Forzathon Shop offering respectively.

Finally, be The Ultimate Warrior and earn three Ultimate Air Skills — for leaps of three or more seconds — in the Nissan Titan Warrior.

Daily Challenges

  • April 25 – British Racing Green: Win a Road Racing event in an Aston Martin
  • April 26 – Stay on Target: Earn six stars at Danger Signs
  • April 27 – Cactus Makes Perfect: Smash 12 Cactuses in any AWD vehicle
  • April 28 – Player Made: Play any EventLab from the Creative Hub
  • April 29 – Who’s Clearing This Up!?: Earn five Basurero Skills
  • April 30 – Hogging the Road: Drive 5mi (8km) in the AMG Warthog or Porsche 917/20 ’71
  • May 1 – The Ultimate Warrior: Earn three Ultimate Air Skills in the Nissan Titan Warrior

Series 33 Summer Playlist: Season Events

It’s a busy-looking single-player list this week with nine events. That consists of three PR Stunts, three EventLabs, two Seasonal Championships, and Horizon Arcade.

As usual, Horizon Arcade only offers three points, with no bonus rewards, and you’ll need to clear the third round of any event theme: Air, Chaos, Drift, Speed, or Wreckage. You can find two events on your map at any one time and they rotate roughly every 12 minutes.

All three of the PR Stunts require an A Class (701-800PI) Track Toys car, and they’re not too tough to crack quickly. In each case you’ll score two Playlist points and earn a Super Wheelspin.

You’ll need to hit 155mph through the Arid Hills Speed Trap, running along the south edge of the volcano, and 93mph and 112mph through the Festival and Mountain Pass Speed Zones respectively. Festival might prove the trickiest due to the tight corner, but running it as a left-hander will likely yield the best results.

The two Seasonal Championship events are the usual three-race championships against “Highly Skilled” AI. In each case you’ll need to top the points table at the end of the three races to claim five points and the bonus rewards.

You’ll require an A Class (701-800PI) Super Hot Hatch for the Burning Up street racing event, which gifts a Pagani Zonda R. Meanwhile the Live Long & Prospera road racing event requires an S2 Class (901-998PI) Extreme Track Toy and awards the McLaren P1 you need for the Forzathon Weekly.

That leaves the three EventLabs which, despite the green markings, are all road racing challenges this week, awarding three points each.

Italia 458 Race Track is truly the Xzibit of events, as you’ll be racing a route on EventLab Island in the shape of a Ferrari 458 Italia while driving an S1 Class (801-900PI) Ferrari 458 Italia. We’re not sure what sick mind placed the start/finish on the car’s rear bumper, but win the three-lap race to pick up a Super Wheelspin. Hope you don’t get a Ferrari 458 from it…

The three-lap Jungle Circuit for A Class (701-800PI) Modern Supercars, and single-lap Green River GP for S1 Class (801-900PI) Retro Supercars are both on a similar theme.

They’re custom road routes that rip around existing roads with a few more obstacles and decorative pieces. Win the former to earn an AMG Warthog (for a Daily Challenge) and the latter to score a Lotus 3-Eleven (for the Treasure Hunt); chase cam drivers may not appreciate one section of Green River, so be warned…

Speed Trap: Arid Hills

  • Car: A Class, Track Toys
  • Location: Colinas Aridas
  • Challenge: 155mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Festival Speed Zone

  • Car: A Class, Track Toys
  • Location: Horizon Festival
  • Challenge: 93mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Mountain Pass

  • Car: A Class, Track Toys
  • Location: Ruta Norte
  • Challenge: 112mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Horizon Arcade: Mini Games

  • Car: Any
  • Location: Horizon Arcade
  • Challenge: Complete Round 3 of any Horizon Arcade Theme
  • Reward: 3 points

EventLab: Green River GP

  • Car: S1 Class, Retro Supercars
  • Location: San Juan
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Lotus 3-Eleven

EventLab: Italia 458 Race Track

  • Car: S1 Class, Ferrari 458 Italia
  • Location: EventLab Island
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Super Wheelspin

EventLab: Jungle Circuit

  • Car: A Class, Modern Supercars
  • Location: Cordillera
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, AMG Warthog

Seasonal Championship: Burning Up

  • Car: A Class, Super Hot Hatch
  • Location: Ruta Norte
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Pagani Zonda R

Seasonal Championship: Live Long & Prospera

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: Tierra Prospera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, McLaren P1

We’re back down to a solitary Multiplayer event this week, requiring either an Xbox Core subscription or a PC — on which it’s free — in order to take part.

Naturally that’s The Trial, which has never moved from its weekly spot, and even though the participants in our race earlier today didn’t seem to grasp the concept it’s always been a team challenge.

You’ll be put in a group of up to six human players and set against a team of six “Unbeatable” AI. Every opponent you beat earns you 100pt, while you gain nothing for beating a team mate. The goal then is to race as a team, helping each other out and hindering the AI.

Across this Series it’ll be a two-car choice for The Trial, and it’s B Class (601-700PI) Mini and Ford Mustang models from the 1960s. If you don’t have a car already, you can borrow a pre-tuned Mustang for the event.

As a low-powered road racing event, it should be easy enough to win this best-of-three challenge inside two races even with the dumbest human team-mates on the planet (both of which applied to our event). There’s ten points and a Shelby Cobra 427 for taking the win.

The Trial: Perfect Fit

  • Car: B Class, 1960s, Mini/Ford Mustang
  • Location: Horizon Festival
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Shelby Cobra 427

Series 33 Summer Playlist: Challenges

There’s a nicely populated list of Challenges this week with three events. One is The Eliminator, which will also require an Xbox Core subscription (unless you play on PC).

This is its standard challenge this week, with the requirement once again to finish 30th or better in this Battle Royale mode. Generally you’ll achieve this by surviving the first map shrinking stage, and there’s two points and a “Never Tell Me The Odds!” Forza LINK greeting.

Your Photo Challenge for the week is #VuhlAtAzul and… well, that. Grab the Mexican-made Vuhl 05RR, take it to the start point of the Playa Azul Circuit in Playa Azul, and photograph it to earn two points and a Mexican Race Suit. Note that it needs to be your own car; snapping another player’s Vuhl doesn’t count.

A Treasure Hunt is also on offer this week. The clue for Lotus Laps is pretty simple, but to save the calculation you only need to beat any Rivals time in either the Lotus 2-Eleven or Lotus 3-Eleven.

That reveals the approximate location of the Treasure Chest, and it’s pretty much as far south-west as you can drive — next to the Cabo San Lucas arch. Smash it to earn three points and 250,000cr.

The Eliminator: Battle Royale

  • Cars: Any (provided)
  • Location: The Eliminator
  • Challenge: Finish 30th or better in the Eliminator
  • Reward: 2 points, “Never Tell Me The Odds!” Forza LINK

Photo Challenge: #VuhlAtAzul

  • Cars: Vuhl 05RR ’17
  • Location: Playa Azul
  • Challenge: Photograph the Vuhl 05RR at the Playa Azul Circuit start point
  • Reward: 2 points, Mexican Race Suit

Treasure Hunt: Lotus Laps

  • Cars: Lotus 2-Eleven/3-Eleven
  • Location: Rivals
  • Challenge: Win any Rivals challenge in a Lotus 2-Eleven/3-Eleven; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 250,000cr

Series 33 Summer Playlist: Monthly Events

Monthly Events grows back to a list of four this month, meaning that there’s 16 points available for clearing them all. It doesn’t matter when you opt to complete them, as each adds a point to each season — whether the season has started or ended — allowing you plenty of time.

In each case you need to race a route in a provided car against a ghost vehicle, somewhat similar to Rivals. There’s no need to beat the ghost though, with the only requirement being a clean run. That’ll be a challenge in the Sprint event this month, especially as Rewind invalidates your run.

All four feature the new race cars, with two from the paid DLC pack as tasters and two from the seasonal rewards. You’ll be racing the Hyundai Elantra N at Bola Ocho and the Mitsubishi Lancer Time Attack car at Los Jardines, while the paid Corvette C8.R visits Bahia de Plano and its BMW M8 GTE stablemate goes to the Sierra Verde Sprint.

Monthly Rivals: Bahia de Plano Circuit

  • Cars: Chevrolet Corvette C8.R (provided)
  • Location: Bahia de Plano
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Bola Ocho Circuit

  • Cars: Hyundai Elantra N (provided)
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Los Jardines Circuit

  • Cars: Mitsubishi Lancer TA (provided)
  • Location: Los Jardines
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Sierra Verde Sprint

  • Cars: BMW M8 GTE (provided)
  • Location: La Selva
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 33 Summer Bonus DLC Events

Each of the DLC expansion packs offers seven bonus points to owners, with the locations both hosting a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship. You don’t need them for Series completion, but they do come in handy as an alternative.

There’s a theme in each location too. In Hot Wheels you’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Pickups & 4x4s vehicle for the 142mph target at the Frozen Rush Speed Zone and the Pickup the Pace seasonal. There’s a Super Wheelspin and a Local Motors Rally Fighter as respective awards.

Meanwhile in Rally Adventure it’s all about A Class (701-800PI) Alfa Romeo vehicles. The 155mph target at Canyon Rush is tricky — try coming from the Devil’s Pass route to take advantage of the descent — and you’ll be racing peers in the O Romeo, Romeo Seasonal. Prizes are a Super Wheelspin and a Predator Howl Horn respectively.

Hot Wheels Speed Zone: Frozen Rush

  • Car: A Class, Pickups & 4x4s
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: 142mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Pickup the Pace

  • Car: A Class, Pickups & 4x4s
  • Location: Hot Wheels Forest Falls
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Local Motors Rally Fighter

Rally Adventure Speed Trap: Canyon Rush

  • Car: A Class, Alfa Romeo
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Senda de Montanana
  • Challenge: 155mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: O Romeo, Romeo

  • Car: A Class, Alfa Romeo
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Orogrande
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Predator Howl Horn

Series 33 Summer Forzathon Shop

Across the month you’ll be able to buy rare, high-value cars from the Forzathon Shop rather than laying out millions of credits each time.

That begins with a pretty high point, as the Porsche 917/20 “Pink Pig” is available for 1000FP instead of the usual 15,000,000cr. Bargain.

It was an experimental version of the famous Porsche 917, designed to assess new aerodynamic ideas in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While it did run well for a while, brake failure at just about half distance ended its one and only race.

You can also collect the Mercedes-AMG CLK GTR, the roadgoing version of the CLK GTR race car created for homologation purposes. It actually had more power than the race car, courtesy of almost an extra liter of engine capacity for the big V12, and was good for an easy 200mph. It’s yours for 600FP if you prefer that to the 2,000,000cr price.

This week’s other store items are the Black Wrestling Mask and Black Wrestling Outfit (a theme of the Series), and the Mexican Hat Dance Horn. A Wheelspin and a Super Wheelspin are also available at their usual 60FP and 150FP respectively.

Series 33 Summer Forzathon Shop

  • Porsche 917/20 ’23 ’71 – 1000FP
  • Mercedes-AMG CLK GTR – 600FP
  • Black Wrestling Mask – 75FP
  • Black Wrestling Outfit – 75FP
  • Mexican Hat Dance Horn – 75FP
  • Wheelspin – 60FP
  • Super Wheelspin – 150FP

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