Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Shooting Stars

The final week of the latest Forza Horizon 5 series is now underway, bringing the hot, spring season to Mexico along with a selection of new events and awards.

Road racing is the theme, with the official name for Series 33 being “Apex Allstars”. That’s derived from the in-game hub for road racing events, “Horizon Apex”.

Appropriately enough then, almost all of the action this month happens on the hard-top, with a selection of race cars — five in total — available as the series rewards. You’ll need to hit the 20pt marker each week to pick up the four seasonal rewards, and that’ll also take you over the 80pt target for the overall series reward car.

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Series 33: Apex Allstars

Both of the main Series prizes are “in name only” machines. Each bears a pretty famous make and model name, but they’re almost entirely unique vehicles that share little (if anything) with their production counterparts.

At 80pt you’ll earn a Chevrolet Camaro, of sorts. This is actually a custom-built drag racer made for the Pro Stock category and capable of mid-6 quarter-miles courtesy of an all-motor, 1,400hp V8 engine. You might not find much use for it outside the drag strips though.

More versatile is the Hot Wheels Trans Am, which started out life as a Pontiac Trans Am (or at least its VIN plate did) before being modified into a 1,000hp custom build. The car earned its place through winning the 2022 Hot Wheels Legends Tour, which means you can pick up a diecast model of it too!

Series 33 Spring/Hot Season Rewards

The final race car for this series is the 2017 Porsche 911 RSR, a GTE category competitor which would win the class at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unlike most 911s, the RSR is technically mid-engined, thanks to the powertrain assembly being rotated 180 degrees and allowing for a better weight balance.

At 40 points you’ll have another chance to collect the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series. This big grand tourer is actually still the most powerful standard SL ever made, despite being two generations old, with a 661hp, six-liter V12 in the nose.

Spring will run until 1430UTC on Thursday May 23, bringing Series 33 will to a close along with it. Series 34, “Retrowave” will follow immediately, and we’ll find out more about that on Friday May 17.

Series 33 Spring Playlist: Forzathon Events

A cover star rolls into this week’s Forzathon Weekly Challenge, with the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray the focus of the challenges. Own and drive the first hybrid ‘Vette (you can win it in the Going the Distance seasonal this week) to get Time to Play underway.

It’s not a phenomenally challenge set of events this week. First you’ll need to earn an Ultimate Burnout skill in the car, which you can quickly accomplish with a donut. Then head to any player house and snap the E-Ray for the next step. La Casa Solariega might be a good one.

That’s because the final step is to win a drag race in the car, so the Teotihuacan strip just across the way is convenient. Hit the finish first and you’ll earn five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points.

Forzathon Weekly Challenge: Time to Play

  • Car: Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray ’24
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the Corvette E-Ray
    • Chapter 2: Earn an Ultimate Burnout Skill in the Corvette E-Ray
    • Chapter 3: Take a photo of the Corvette E-Ray at any player house
    • Chapter 4: Win a Drag Race in the Corvette E-Ray
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

Your final set of seven Daily Challenges will unlock in their usual sequence of one new challenge each day (hence the name). There’s a new one each day at 1430 UTC, with seven full days to complete each one — even running into the next series if you’re brave — for a point apiece.

Setting the Pace is the goal for the first event, as you win any Cross Country race in either of Jaguar’s F-PACE and I-PACE SUVs.

Be a Silent Cartographer next and earn a total of five stars at Trailblazers — not in any Audi, as the description notes, but in any electric vehicle.

You’ll be rickrolled next, as you’ll score a Barrel Roll skill (most easily achieved by running half off the Runway Danger Sign) in the Rimac Nevera as you show you’re Nevera Gonna Give You Up.

Buy any car from the Autoshow next and enjoy that New Car Smell.

Earn three Lucky Escape skills — a combination Drift and Near Miss — in any car from the USA to Count Your Lucky Stars.

Take on a Boss Battle by winning any Midnight Battle in any Japanese car.

Finally Hop to It and earn a Kangaroo skill — for two or more successive Air skills — in any Rally Monsters vehicle.

Daily Challenges

  • May 16 – Setting the Pace: Win a Cross Country race in a Jaguar F-PACE/I-PACE
  • May 17 – Silent Cartographer: Earn five stars at Trailblazers in any EV
  • May 18 – Nevera Gonna Give You Up: Earn a Barrel Roll Skill in a Rimac Nevera
  • May 19 – New Car Smell: Buy a car from the Autoshow
  • May 20 – Count Your Lucky Stars: Earn three Lucky Escape Skills in any car from the USA
  • May 21 – Boss Battle: Win a Midnight Battle in any Japanese vehicle
  • May 22 – Hop to it!: Earn a Kangaroo Skill in any Rally Monsters vehicle

Series 33 Spring Playlist: Season Events

The final solo Playlist of the Series drops to seven events thanks to the large amount of multiplayer points. There’s three PR Stunts, and two each of EventLabs and Seasonal Championships.

You’ll need an S2 Class (901-998PI) Extreme Track Toys car for the PR Stunts, and in each case you’re going to want something with significant grip and enough power to not be slowed by it. There’s the usual two points and a Super Wheelspin for each.

The Camino del Cielo Speed Zone will be the tricky one this week, with the 142mph average speed requirement being rather on the high side. Anything that can achieve that should also have no bother with the 187mph target at Escarpment nor the 225mph goal for Northern Passage.

A race track theme persists in EventLab too, with each worth the usual three points. Each event is a three-lap race against an AI field.

Emerald GP is an extended Emerald Circuit with new decorative items, requiring a B Class (601-700PI) Hot Hatch/Retro Hot Hatch and awarding a Rimac Nevera. Eagle Forest is over on EventLab Island and has more of a classic European circuit vibe. You’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Modern Supercar, and a Super Wheelspin bonus prize.

There’s some differences in the Seasonal Championships this week. One is the usual three-race championship, while the other is a one-and-done at one of the game’s enormous tracks. In each case the racing pits you against “Highly Skilled”, and awards five points and the bonus rewards if you’re the overall winner.

Going the Distance is the one-race affair, taking place over one lap of The Colossus. You’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) GT or Super GT vehicle, and victory earns you the Corvette E-Ray required for the Forzathon Weekly Challenge. Picking Favorites is the regular event, requiring S1 Class (801-900PI) “Forza Cover Cars”, and awarding a 2005 Honda NSX-R.

Speed Trap: Escarpment

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: Horizon Rush
  • Challenge: 187mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Trap: Northern Passage

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: Ruta Norte
  • Challenge: 225mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Speed Zone: Camino del Cielo

  • Car: S2 Class, Extreme Track Toys
  • Location: Hotel Mirador Balderrama
  • Challenge: 142mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

EventLab: Eagle Forest Raceway

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

EventLab: Emerald GP

  • Car: B Class, Hot Hatch/Retro Hot Hatch
  • Location: Club de Opala
  • Challenge: Win the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Rimac Nevera

Seasonal Championship: Going the Distance

  • Car: A Class, GT/Super GT
  • Location: Tulum
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray ’24

Seasonal Championship: Picking Favorites

  • Car: S1 Class, “Forza Cover Cars”
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Honda NSX-R ’05

The two Multiplayer events this week account for 18 points, requiring either an Xbox Core subscription or a PC — on which it’s free — in order to take part.

They are the very similar events of Horizon Tour and The Trial. In each case you’ll be placed on a team of up to six human players to take on a squad of six AI over three races. You’ll need to outscore the other team as a whole, with 100pt earned for each opponent you beat — but none for beating a team-mate.

That means the goal is to help each other out by not running into one another and, if necessary, blocking the AI to assist slower players to pass them. Sprinting off to a solo win does no-one any good.

For the Tour you can enter any car that meets the rotating requirements, and there’s a twist that you need to head from the end of one race to the start of the next. You’ll need to race all three routes, but the “Highly Skilled” AI usually make it a formality. There’s eight points but no bonus prizes here.

This week’s Trial is called MX-5 Drive, and you’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Mazda MX-5 (or Miata) for the challenge. The AI is turned up to “Unbeatable” (although it’s anything but) and it’s only a best-of-three so possible to win in two.

That shouldn’t be too tricky this week if you have a switched-on group of humans, and there’s ten points and a 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo for taking the win.

Horizon Tour: Co-Op Championships

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

The Trial: MX-5 Drive

  • Car: A Class, Mazda MX-5
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo ’95

Series 33 Spring Playlist: Challenges

We’re back to two Challenges this week, as a Treasure Hunt joins the regular Photo Challenge.

Blame Impala is a relative gentle hunt, with the verbose clue giving you almost everything you need. You’ll need to rack up Wreckage Skills: we managed it with five separate instances, none higher than Awesome, but whatever the trigger you just need to get wrecking any destructible items.

That will earn you the hint, which will show you that the Treasure Chest is near the baseball stadium in Guanajuato. It’s right there in the street, so just smash it to earn three points and 250,000cr.

Your final rhyming Photo Challenge for the series is #SierraAtRiviera. Naturally that requires you to photograph the Ford Sierra RS500 at the start point for the Riviera Sprint — actually up near the Speed Zone PR Stunt this week. Taking the snap earns you two points and the Green XS Race Suit.

Photo Challenge: #SierraAtRiviera

  • Cars: Ford Sierra RS500
  • Location: Hotel Mirador Balderrama
  • Challenge: Photograph the Ford Sierra RS500 at the Riviera Sprint start point
  • Reward: 2 points, Green XS Race Suit

Treasure Hunt: Blame Impala

  • Cars: Chevrolet Impala
  • Location: Any
  • Challenge: Earn five Wreckage Skills in the Chevrolet Impala; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 250,000cr

Series 33 Spring Playlist: Monthly Events

It’s the last chance to check off the four Monthly Events, which can be completed at any time in the Series. Each awards one point to each season (past, present, or future) for a total of 16 points.

The events each require you to set a clean time at the courses indicated in the cars provided to you; you’ll be racing a ghost, like in Rivals, but beating it isn’t necessary. Just keep your run clean by avoiding the Rewind button and staying away from fixed objects. And hit your checkpoints, of course.

Two DLC pack cars are available as teasers in the events this month, with the BMW M8 GTE at the Sierra Verde Sprint and the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R at the Bahia de Plano circuit. The other challenges put you in seasonal reward cars, using the Hyundai Elantra N around the compact Bola Ocho circuit, and the Mitsubishi Lancer Time Attack car at 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 Spring Bonus DLC Events

The two DLC expansion packs offer up an addition seven points in each location, consisting of a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship. That’s 14 points in total — useful when there’s 18 in multiplayer events — as a little bonus for paying customers.

In each case this month the two events in each location require the same type of car. For Hot Wheels that’s an S1 Class (801-900PI) Lamborghini, for a 138mph target at the Supersonic Spiral Speed Zone and the It’s Race-a-Bull Seasonal. They award a Super Wheelspin and a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia respectively.

Similarly in Sierra Nueva you’ll need an A Class (701-800PI) Ford Mustang of any kind for the 105mph goal at La Cantera (run cross country from the north-east for the best results) and the Mustang Rally Seasonal Championship. They’re worth a Super Wheelspin and a Grit Reapers Hoodie, in that order.

Hot Wheels Speed Zone: Supersonic Spiral

  • Car: S1 Class, Lamborghini
  • Location: Hot Wheels Nexus
  • Challenge: 138mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: It’s Race-a-Bull

  • Car: S1 Class, Lamborghini
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Alfa Romeo Giulia ’17

Rally Adventure Speed Trap: La Cantera

  • Car: A Class, Ford Mustang
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Orogrande
  • Challenge: 105mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Mustang Rally

  • Car: A Class, Ford Mustang
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Tierras Verdes
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Grit Reapers Hoodie

Series 33 Spring Forzathon Shop

Halo British hypercars are on offer in the Forzathon Shop this week, as the theme of high-value cars continues.

Fronting the store is the 15,000,000cr McLaren F1 GT, a roadgoing model produced in a run of just three (one of which was a prototype) to homologate the long-tail car for GT racing. The longer tail aided straight-line stability, and reportedly pushed the car’s top speed above the standard model’s 240mph record.

The Aston Martin One-77 is common by comparison, at 77 examples built. Each was equipped with the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever made for a production, at 750hp from a monster 7.3-liter V12.

While 1,000FP for the McLaren seems steep it’s actually one of the biggest credits-per-FP bargains we’ve ever seen considering the 15m price. The One-77 is 500FP, for a 1.4m credit car.

This week’s other store items are the Pink Wrestling Mask and Pink Wrestling Outfit, and the Police Siren Horn. A Wheelspin and a Super Wheelspin are also available at their usual 60FP and 150FP respectively.

Series 33 Spring Forzathon Shop

  • McLaren F1 GT ’97 – 1000FP
  • Aston Martin One-77 – 500FP
  • Pink Wrestling Mask – 75FP
  • Pink Wrestling Outfit – 75FP
  • Police Siren Horn – 75FP
  • Wheelspin – 60FP
  • Super Wheelspin – 150FP

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