Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Wish Upon a Star

A new set of challenges is now available in Forza Horizon 5 as winter — the game’s “dry” season — arrives in Mexico.

It’s the third week of Series 33, and the theme for the month is road racing. The Series is officially called “Apex Allstars”, deriving its name from the “Horizon Apex” game hub for road racing activities.

That means there’s plenty of action on the surfaced roads of Mexico and very little on the dirt tracks and wilds. There’s also not much by way of aesthetic changes, so you’ll be racing on the map as originally launched this month.

The reward cars for the Series reflect that too, with circuit racing cars, a time attack machine, and even an out-and-out drag car. Collecting all five new cars — one each for 20 points in each season, and one for 80 points across the Series — will see you earn an Evolving World Accolade.

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Series 33: Apex Allstars

Two heavily modified cars that share pretty much just their names with the originals are available for completing Playlist tasks this month, if you hit 80 and 160 points respectively across the four weeks.

The first of those is in a class of its own in the game (well, it’s in the Track Toys class, but let’s move past that) as the only purpose-built drag car. Built to conquer the Pro Stock category, it’s an all-motor, 1,400hp V8 crammed into a custom spaceframe and draped in a composite shell that vaguely resembles a Chevrolet Camaro.

That means the mere 1,000hp of the second car looks a little anaemic by comparison, but the Hot Wheels Trans-Am is still an asphalt-shredding beast. Like the Camaro, it’s largely a custom spaceframe, but the Pontiac Trans-Am body placed over the top of it does at least look close to genuine. You can even pick up a diecast toy of it in the real world, as it won the 2022 Hot Wheels Legends Tour.

Series 33 Winter/Dry Season Rewards

Another unique race car is available at 20 points this week, and its official name is one of the longest in the game.

We’re simply going to call it the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Time Attack car in the interests of not having to type it all out repeatedly, and that description does the job.

Built for the US-based Super Lap Battle Time Attack championship, the 950hp Mitsubishi is all about maximum power, maximum grip, and minimum lap times. It combines massive aero with all-wheel drive, with the goal being to set the fastest possible lap around any given circuit on the championship tour.

For 40 points there’s another chance to earn yourself the KTM X-Bow GT4. Although it barely looks like the regular X-Bow, the GT4 is effectively a custom body to cover up the wheels for aerodynamics and a hardtop for driver safety.

Winter will run until 1430UTC on Thursday May 16, while Series 33 will continue for another week until the same time on Thursday May 23.

Series 33 Winter Playlist: Forzathon Events

Another race car but road is the focus of a Forzathon Weekly Challenge this week, in the shape of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS — famously announced on-stage right alongside Forza Motorsport 7. Own and drive this turbocharged beast (you can win it in the On the Run seasonal this week) to get Driving at its Finest underway.

There’s a slightly complex set of challenges this week too. Firstly you’ll need to reach a total cumulative speed of 300mph through any Speed Traps you choose; this could be 100mph three times, 150mph twice, or 300mph once if you can get it that fast.

After that, take the car to any Rivals event of your choice and beat any ghost at any track. Finally you’ll need to complete any EventLab event using the car — and it is eligible for the Kruos Circuit event on the Playlist if you want to kill two birds with one stone. That will earn you the five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points.

Forzathon Weekly Challenge: Driving at its Finest

  • Car: Porsche 911 GT2 RS ’18
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the Porsche 911 GT2 RS ’18
    • Chapter 2: Reach a total of 300mph in Speed Zones in the GT2 RS
    • Chapter 3: Beat any ghost in Rivals in the GT2 RS
    • Chapter 4: Complete an EventLab event in the GT2 RS
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

Daily Challenges come along at their usual, one-a-day rate. There’s a new one each day at 1430 UTC, with seven full days to complete each one for a point apiece.

You’ll need to be Top of the Class to start with, by winning any Road Racing event in any X Class (999PI) car.

Take a Transit Flight after that, scoring three stars at the Runway Danger Sign in any Ford Transit model.

Earn an Ultimate Air Skill — for a jump lasting two or more seconds followed by a successful landing — in any BMW to Beem Me Up.

Beep the horn of any Honda to earn the Honkda challenge.

Next up is Lightweight Baby!, requiring a Show-Off Skill — a combination of a Drift Skill then a Pass Skill — in the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight (a prize for the Kruos Circuit EventLab this week).

Win any Street Race in the Nissan Pulsar GTi-R to feel the Rhythm of the Night.

Finally take a picture of this week’s Going for Marigold challenge reward car: a La-la-la-la Lola T70.

Daily Challenges

  • May 9 – Top of the Class: Win a Road Racing event in an X Class car
  • May 10 – Transit Flight: Earn three stars at the Runway Danger Sign in any Ford Transit
  • May 11 – Beem Me Up: Earn an Ultimate Air Skill in any BMW
  • May 12 – Honkda: Beep your horn in any Honda
  • May 13 – Lightweight Baby!: Earn a Show-Off Skill in the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight
  • May 14 – Rhythm of the Night: Win a Street Race in the Nissan Pulsar GTi-R
  • May 15 – La-la-la-la Lola: Take a photo of the Lola T70 ’69

Series 33 Winter Playlist: Season Events

We’ve got a little winter shrinkage this week as the solo playlist drops to eight events, with three PR Stunts, three EventLabs, and two Seasonal Championships.

The one-make PR Stunt theme continues, with this week’s trio all requiring an A Class (701-800PI) car from the Classic Racers category. All three are about speed too, with two Speed Traps and one Speed Zone.

None of the three are that challenging, although you’re going to need more top end for the 175mph target at Cloverleaf and more grip for the 102mph average at Riviera Maya. Swamplands falls between the two at 133mph, with a wicked kink before the trap itself.

The EventLabs run a similar theme to last week, with two custom race track venues and one that looks more like a race through an upended toybox.

GP Montavo is that latter item, although the route itself is decent enough. You’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Retro Sports Car for the three-lap race, and there’s a BMW i8 on offer for winning.

The Kruos Circuit location requires an S1 Class (801-900PI) Track Toys car for another three-lapper. It has a kind of Albert Park feel to some of it, although there’s a couple of very evil kinks — both on the right side of the circuit — that you’ll need to pay attention to if you want that Jaguar E-Type Lightweight.

That leaves Valley Park Raceway on EventLab Island — although it very much feels like a route on the mainland. You’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Track Toys car for the four-lap race, and there’s a Super Wheelspin to reward you.

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 event to claim five points and the bonus rewards.

Going for Marigold is a Road Racing event for B Class (601-700PI) Classic Racers, awarding the Lola T70 #6 for victory. You’ll be racing the Z4 M Roadster and Toyota GR Supra siblings at A Class (701-800PI) in the On the Run Street Racing event, with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS needed for the Forzathon Weekly Challenge as the prize.

Speed Trap: Cloverleaf

  • Car: A Class, Classic Racers
  • Location: Teotihuacan
  • Challenge: 175mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Trap: Swamplands

  • Car: A Class, Classic Racers
  • Location: Rio de la Selva
  • Challenge: 133mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Riviera Maya

  • Car: A Class, Classic Racers
  • Location: Playa Azul
  • Challenge: 102mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

EventLab: GP Montavo

  • Car: A Class, Retro Sports Cars
  • Location: Los Jardines
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, BMW i8

EventLab: Kruos Circuit

  • Car: S1 Class, Track Toys
  • Location: Bahia de Plano
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Jaguar E-Type Lightweight

EventLab: Valley Park Raceway

  • Car: A Class, Track Toys
  • Location: EventLab Island
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Super Wheelspin

Seasonal Championship: Going for Marigold

  • Car: B Class, Classic Racers
  • Location: Cordillera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Lola T70 #6

Seasonal Championship: On The Run

  • Car: A Class, BMW Z4 Roadster/Toyota GR Supra
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Porsche 911 GT2 RS ’18

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.

Naturally The Trial remains in its usual spot, and it’s a Clio Clash this week. Any B Class (601-700PI) Renault Clio model will do for this best-of-three event.

For those yet to become familiar with The Trial, it pits a group of up to six human players against a team of six “Unbeatable” AI. The goal is to outscore the AI as a team, rather than taking a win yourself, with each driver on the rival team beaten scoring 100pt — but beating a team mate is worth nothing.

That means you’ll need to help each other out. Block the AI to allow slower team-mates to pass for the points, and don’t trip over each other. At B Class and on the road, it should be a relatively controlled series this week — although the circuit selection is not conducive to that: Bola Ocho, Winter Wonderland, and Cathedral…

If you can avoid carnage in Winter Wonderland, it’s a two-race event, but either way a team victory overall will earn you ten points and a Bugatti EB110 SS.

You’ll also be playing rounds of Survival in the Seasonal Playground Games event Dodge, Drive, Win, Survive! As you may guess, you’ll need a Dodge vehicle for this, with an A Class (701-800PI) tune — and we’d recommend an all-terrain one at that.

For Survival you’ll be on one of two teams of up to six players. The goal is either to infect (orange) all the uninfected (purple) players if you’re a zombie (green) by tagging them, or run down the clock as the survivor team — curing yourself if infected by tagging uninfected team-mates.

Win or lose, reaching the end of the event awards three points and a “Brrraaiiinnnnsssss” Forza LINK greeting. Which was as much fun to type out as it looks.

Seasonal Playground Games: Dodge, Drive, Win, Survive!

  • Car: A Class, Dodge
  • Location: Ek’Balam
  • Challenge: Complete Seasonal Playground Games
  • Reward: 3 points, “Brrraaiiinnnnsssss” Forza LINK

The Trial: Clio Clash

  • Car: B Class, Renault Clio
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Bugatti EB110 SS

Series 33 Winter Playlist: Challenges

The Challenge lineup increases back to three for this week, although one is the multiplayer Horizon Open for which you’ll need either Xbox Core or to play on PC.

It’s not a particularly tricky one though. Ready to Race only requires that you complete any Horizon Open event in any KTM (like the one you win at 40pt this week). For that you’ll earn two points and — if you don’t already have it — the Porter Robinson “Language” audio track for the radio.

A new Collectible appears this week, with the Podium Tank your target. There’s a little more than 20 of them dotted about the compact environment of the Horizon Apex Outpost near Playa Azul, and you only need to smash up ten to complete Winner Takes It All. Although you’ll only take three points and a “Tanks for the Memories” Forza LINK greeting.

Finally there’s the rhyming Photo Challenge, #CorradoAtDorado. You’ll need to photograph the Volkswagen Corrado at the start point for the Descansar Dorado street race — which is nowhere near the Descansar Dorado region, but between Costa Rocosa and the Palacio Azul hotel complex. That’ll earn you the German Race Gloves and two points.

Collectibles: Winner Takes It All

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Horizon Apex Outpost
  • Challenge: Smash ten Podium Tanks at the Horizon Apex Outpost
  • Reward: 3 points, “Tanks for the Memories” Forza LINK

Horizon Open: Ready to Race

  • Cars: KTM (any)
  • Location: Horizon Open
  • Challenge: Complete a Horizon Open Custom Race in any KTM
  • Reward: 2 points, Porter Robinson – Language Track

Photo Challenge: #CorradoAtDorado

  • Cars: Volkswagen Corrado VR6
  • Location: Costa Rocosa
  • Challenge: Photograph the Corrado VR6 at the Descansar Dorado Sprint start point
  • Reward: 2 points, German Race Gloves

Series 33 Winter Playlist: Monthly Events

The four Monthly Events can be completed at any time in the Series, with each awarding one point to each season (past, present, or future) for a total of 16 points.

In order to secure the points you’ll need to set a clean time at the courses in the cars provided to you, which this month include two cars from the paid DLC pack just to get you hooked. You don’t need to go fast, just keep it clean; avoid the Rewind button (especially on the Sprint event), and stay away from fixed objects.

That Sprint run is for the BMW M8 GTE from the DLC pack, at the Sierra Verde Sprint, while its Chevrolet Corvette C8.R counterpart is the vehicle for the Bahia de Plano circuit. You’ll also be driving the Hyundai Elantra N around the tight Bola Ocho circuit, with the Mitsubishi Lancer Time Attack car selected for the Los Jardines circuit.

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 Winter Bonus DLC Events

Each of the two DLC expansion packs has a pair of additional bonus events, with a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship in each location. This allows for owners to earn 14 more points — which aren’t required for Series completion — as an alternative way to hit their targets.

Both events in Hot Wheels require an S1 Class (801-900PI) Nissan, for a 175mph target at The Ribbon Speed Zone and the From Forest to Forest Seasonal. You’ll collect a Super Wheelspin and a 1998 Toyota Supra respectively.

Over in Sierra Nueva you’ll need a B Class (601-700PI) car from the Mini brand bearing the John Cooper Works name. The 73mph target at the Devil’s Pass Speed Zone is simply a matter of staying on the road, some of which it shares with the first race of the In The Works championship. A Super Wheelspin and an Apex Predators Tee are the respective prizes.

Hot Wheels Speed Zone: The Ribbon

  • Car: S1 Class, Nissan
  • Location: Hot Wheels Giant’s Canyon
  • Challenge: 175mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: From Forest to Forest

  • Car: S1 Class, Nissan
  • Location: Hot Wheels Forest Falls
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Toyota Supra ’98

Rally Adventure Speed Zone: Devil’s Pass

  • Car: B Class, Mini JCW
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Devil’s Pass
  • Challenge: 73mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: In The Works

  • Car: B Class, Mini JCW
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Devil’s Pass
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Apex Predators Tee

Series 33 Winter Forzathon Shop

The pricey Forzathon Shop theme continues into a third week, with some high-value machinery up for Forzathon Points to save you a few (million) credits in the Autoshow.

This week that begins with the Ferrari FXX, a non-road legal weapon from Maranello that isn’t quite a race car either.

It’s based on the premise of turning up the Enzo pretty much as far as it would go, with race-ready tech. The resulting 800hp machine is among the most exclusive of track day toys, made even more exclusive by the fact that even if you own one, Ferrari keeps hold of it for you.

Also available is the wild Apollo Intensa Emozione, which actually shares its 6.3-liter V12 powerplant with the FXX. The successor car to the Gumpert Apollo, following the company’s collapse and revival under new ownership, only ten were ever produced.

You’d need a combined four million credits to buy both of these vehicles, so the 700FP and 500FP pricing respectively will keep your in-game bank balance looking healthy.

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

Series 33 Winter Forzathon Shop

  • Ferrari FXX ’05 – 700FP
  • Apollo Intensa Emozione ’18 – 500FP
  • Green Wrestling Mask – 75FP
  • Green Wrestling Outfit – 75FP
  • La Cucaracha Horn – 75FP
  • Wheelspin – 60FP
  • Super Wheelspin – 150FP

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