Forza Horizon 5 Season Change: Wave Goodbye

The final week of new challenges and events in Forza Horizon 5’s “Horizon Retrowave” Series is now available, with new rewards for taking part over this last seven days.

This season has been all about the 1980s, or at least a look back at how the decade was looking forward. That’s included a range of new 80s cars, cars inspired by those of the 80s, and some brand new, Tron-like aesthetics.

Music lovers have also had a treat with a new Horizon Wave radio station focusing on Retrowave — modern music in the style of the 1980s, rather than genuine 80s tracks — to accompany the overall vibe.

As it’s the last week of the Series it’s your final chance to earn the overall Series reward cars, as well as picking up another classic from the era, before the game world refreshes again next Thursday.

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Series 34: Horizon Retrowave Rewards

One name goes hand-in-hand with 1980s automotive design: Giorgetto Giugiaro. Most of the new vehicles available this Series are Giugiaro originals, although the primary reward is a modern reinterpretation of one of his designs.

That’s the 2022 Hyundai N Vision 74, available for 80pt across the Series. A thoroughly modern concept car, the N Vision 74 totes an electric drivetrain with a pair of motors delivering 671hp to the rear axle only. Electricity comes from a hydrogen fuel cell stack mounted at the rear.

It draws its inspiration from a concept model Giugiaro designed in the 1970s, which would eventually become the Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept — first revealed in 1974, lending the “74” to the modern car’s name.

However the second car is Giugiaro through and through, and virtually the next car penned as the obvious similarities make clear.

That’s the DeLorean DMC-12, returning as a reward car. It was never that well-known a vehicle for its own merits (of which it had few) but thanks to a starring role as a time machine in the Back to the Future movie series it became one of the coolest machines around.

Series 34 Spring/Hot Season Rewards

This week’s first reward car is a forgotten classic from one of the most famous eras of motoring: Group B.

It was quite a challenge to build a forgotten Group B rally car, but Citroen managed it by being both too late to the party and too slow.

The BX4TC was adapted from its BX family car (a Gandini design), but was utterly bespoke. That included a sleeved version of the straight four engine to reduce capacity in order to fit under the class limits — which was also mounted longitudinally, hence the long nose.

However, unlike its 205 T16 sibling, the BX4TC was not a quick car and only managed three outings before the category came to its premature but predictable end. As a result, Citroen only managed to produce 62 of the 200 required cars — making it one of the rarest of the type.

At 40 points you’ll have another opportunity to collect the GMC Syclone. A bizarre idea at the time, this performance pickup could comfortably outrun a Ferrari 348 in a traffic light grand prix — and almost seems normal these days.

Winter will run until 1430UTC on Thursday June 20, bringing Series 34 to a close along with it. Series 35, “Modern Horizons”, will replace it, and we’re expecting to hear more about this early next week.

Series 34 Spring Playlist: Forzathon Events

An unexpected supercar is the final star of the Forzathon Weekly Challenge this Series. Own and drive the first ever BMW M car, the M1, to get Future of Mid underway.

The three subsequent challenges should be relatively familiar, and we’d hold off on modifying the car until you’ve won a Road Race event in it.

After that, spend 20,000cr or more on upgrades for the car, and then take it to earn three stars from Speed Traps to complete the challenge. You’ll score the usual five Playlist points and 80 Forzathon Points.

Series 34 Spring Forzathon Weekly Challenge: Future of Mid

  • Car: BMW M1 ’81
    • Chapter 1: Own and drive the BMW M1
    • Chapter 2: Win a Road Race in the BMW M1
    • Chapter 3: Spend 20,000cr on upgrades for the BMW M1
    • Chapter 4: Earn three stars at Speed Traps in the BMW M1
  • Reward: 5 points, 80FP

The final seven Daily Challenges of the Series come along at their normal rate of one a day — at 1430UTC — and give you a full seven days to complete each, even if that does run into S35, for a point a time.

It’s a rather chaotic set this week, beginning with Wave Rider. You’ll need to score a total of three Ultimate Drift or E-Drift Skills — for a prolonged slide of several seconds — while at the cloverleaf junction for this one.

Take a photograph of any Player House next to complete Mi Casa Su Casa.

You’ll need to earn a combination skill for Like a Falcon. The challenge is to score a Crash Landing skill — any Air skill for a clean leap and landing, immediately followed by a Wreckage skill for smashing a destructible object — in the 1972 Ford Falcon. Any lumpy farmland or jumping the verges at the cloverleaf would be ideal.

It’s Old School Speed next, requiring you to earn three stars at Speed Zones in any Retro Supercar. Note that this differs from the Weekly Challenge above (Zones not Traps), but your upgraded M1 will qualify.

You’ll be Waking the Neighbors after that, winning a Street Race in any Classic Muscle car.

Get a Clean Start Skill in any race next to show that you’re Squeaky Clean.

Finally, Power Down by smashing up ten solar panels. The solar farm just north of Mulege is the usual place to do this!

Series 34 Spring Daily Challenges

  • June 13 – Wave Rider: Get three Ultimate Drift/E-Drift Skills at the Clover junction
  • June 14 – Mi Casa Su Casa: Take a photo of any Player House
  • June 15 – Like a Falcon: Get a Crash Landing Skill in the Ford Falcon ’72
  • June 16 – Old School Speed: Earn three stars at Speed Zones in any Retro Supercar
  • June 17 – Waking the Neighbours: Win a Street Race in any Classic Muscle car
  • June 18 – Squeaky Clean: Get a Clean Start Skill
  • June 19 – Power Down: Smash ten solar panels

Series 34 Spring Playlist: Season Events

The smallest solo Playlist in a while comprises just six events, with three PR Stunts, two Seasonal Championships, and one EventLab.

That last item is a neat custom route laid out around the Cascadas area, as the Waterfall GP name should give away. It’s a two-lap run on your own in any S1 Class (801-900PI) Retro Supercar, awarding three points and an Audi Quattro.

The three PR Stunts this week require the same kind of vehicle, with any A Class (701-800PI) BMW eligible. None of the three are especially troublesome, with each awarding two points and a Super Wheelspin.

You’ll need to get drifting, hitting 62,000pt at the Las Curvas Drift Zone and 65,000pt at the Panoramica Drift Zone, while the final challenge is a 250m leap at the Los Jardines Danger Sign. In all likelihood you can use the exact same car for all three.

Finally there’s the two Seasonal Championships, each of which is a three-race event against “Highly Skilled” AI requiring you to top the points table at the end to earn five points and a bonus reward.

For Night Riders you’ll need a C Class (501-600PI) Retro Hot Hatch, with a Ford Escort RS Turbo ’86 as the reward. Pop Up, Up and Down is a series for any A Class (701-800PI) car with pop-up lights, gifting the Porsche 944 for victory.

Danger Sign: Los Jardines

  • Car: A Class, BMW
  • Location: Los Jardines
  • Challenge: 250m
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Drift Zone: Las Curvas

  • Car: A Class, BMW
  • Location: Tierra Prospera
  • Challenge: 62,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Drift Zone: Panoramica

  • Car: A Class, BMW
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: 65,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

EventLab: Waterfall GP

  • Car: S1 Class, Retro Supercars
  • Location: Atlantes de Tula
  • Challenge: Finish the Race
  • Reward: 3 points, Audi Quattro ’82

Seasonal Championship: Night Riders

  • Car: C Class, Retro Hot Hatch
  • Location: Guanajuato
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford Escort RS Turbo ’86

Seasonal Championship: Pop Up, Up and Down

  • Car: A Class, “Pop-up Headlights”
  • Location: Cordillera
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Porsche 944

It’s another twofer in the Multiplayer events this week, each requiring either an Xbox Core subscription or a PC — on which it’s free — in order to take part. The two events are rather similar too.

One is, of course, The Trial. Crosstown Classics requires a B Class (601-700PI) Rare Classics car for the best-of-three race challenge which pits you and up to five other human players against a squad of six “Unbeatable” AI.

This team race sees every player score 100pt for each opponent they beat, but you earn nothing for beating a team-mate. That means you’ll need as many of your team as high as possible in order to outscore the AI as a whole team, requiring some team tactics like blocking the AI to allow slower team-mates to pass them.

It ought to be a relatively gentle challenge this week, but watch out for extreme builds that prioritise speed (useful in race one) or handling (useful in race two) at the expense of anything else. Or standard cars. Nonetheless, it should be easy to win inside two races, for ten points and a Ferrari 365 GTB4.

Horizon Tour is similar in the team angle, but is a straight three-race series and the AI is merely Highly Skilled. You can use any car appropriate to the rotating requirements, and while there’s also a drive between races it’s worth nothing to you. Winning the series earns you eight points, with no bonuses.

Horizon Tour: Co-op Championships

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

The Trial: Crosstown Classics

  • Car: B Class, Rare Classics
  • Location: Hotel Mirador
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 10 points, Ferrari 365 GTB4

Series 34 Spring Playlist: Challenges

It’s another, short two-Challenge list this week, but thankfully neither event requires any online play.

This week’s Photo Challenge, #FlightReady, sets you the task of photographing the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at Aerodromo en la Selva. Snap the car anywhere on the site to earn two points and a White Snake Helmet.

We do have another Treasure Hunt this week, and Suspension of Disbelief is all about speed. It’s not a very tricky clue to decipher, and all you need to do is score an Awesome Speed Skill anywhere on the Gran Puente suspension bridge.

That will reveal to you the approximate location of the treasure chest, which is at the bottom of Baja California. You’ll need to look in the driveways of the houses on the dotted road near the traffic circle, with the chest sitting in front of the fourth-last one. Smashing it earns three points and 100,000cr.

Photo Challenge: #FlightReady

  • Cars: Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ’02
  • Location: Aerodromo en la Selva
  • Challenge: Photograph the Corvette Z06 ’02 at Aerodromo en la Selva
  • Reward: 2 points, White Snake Helmet

Treasure Hunt: Suspension of Disbelief

  • Cars: Any
  • Location: Gran Puente
  • Challenge: Earn an Awesome Speed Skill at Gran Puente; find and smash the Treasure Chest
  • Reward: 3 points, 100,000cr

Series 34 Spring Playlist: Monthly Events

It’s your final chance to check off the four Monthly Events if you haven’t already done so. Each awards one point to each season across the series (past, present, and future), for a total of four apiece and 16 combined.

These events are similar to Rivals, but you’re not required to beat the ghost; you’re racing yourself, pretty much. All you need to is set a clean time on the course in the provided car, so keep it off the solid objects, don’t miss your checkpoints, and don’t Rewind.

Two electrifying events in Forza EV put you in the Hyundai N Vision 74 at Los Jardines Circuit and the Lotus Evija at the Descansar Dorado sprint. There’s two regular Monthly Rivals events too featuring the new Countach LPI800-4 up at the Playa Azul Circuit, and the 1980 Lotus Esprit at the Las Laderas sprint.

Forza EV: Descansar Dorado Sprint

  • Cars: Lotus Evija (provided)
  • Location: Costa Rocosa
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Forza EV: Los Jardines Circuit

  • Cars: Hyundai N Vision 74 ’22 (provided)
  • Location: Los Jardines
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Las Laderas

  • Cars: Lotus Esprit ’80 (provided)
  • Location: Estadio Horizon
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Time
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Monthly Rivals: Playa Azul Circuit

  • Cars: Lamborghini Countach LPI800-4 (provided)
  • Location: Play Azula
  • Challenge: Post a Clean Lap
  • Reward: 4 points (1 added to each season)

Series 34 Spring Bonus DLC Events

Each of the two DLC expansion packs offers an additional seven points per location if you own them, although the points aren’t required for season completion (though they’ll help when there’s 18pt in multiplayer like this week). That’s a two-point PR Stunt and a five-point Seasonal Championship in each.

For Hot Wheels you’ll need a B Class (601-700PI) Retro Saloon for each challenge, comprising a 150,000pt Drift Zone in Ice Cauldron (we’d recommend starting at the speed pad end) and the Hammering the Gas event. You’ll collect a Super Wheelspin and the AMG Hammer Coupe respectively.

Rally Adventure requires a B Class (601-700PI) Classic Rally car for both events. The Tres Colinas Speed Zone’s 81mph target isn’t too difficult for the Super Wheelspin reward, while the Easy G-Teasy seasonal championship gifts a Ford GT70.

Hot Wheels Drift Zone: Ice Cauldron

  • Car: B Class, Retro Saloons
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: 150,000pt
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship: Hammering the Gas

  • Car: B Class, Retro Saloons
  • Location: Hot Wheels Ice Cauldron
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Mercedes-AMG Hammer Coupe

Rally Adventure Speed Zone: Tres Colinas

  • Car: B Class, Classic Rally
  • Location: Sierra Nueva Tres Colinas
  • Challenge: 81mph
  • Reward: 2 points, Super Wheelspin

Rally Adventure Seasonal Championship: Easy G-Teasy

  • Car: B Class, Classic Rally
  • Location: Sierra Nueva La Presa
  • Challenge: Win the Championship
  • Reward: 5 points, Ford GT70

Series 34 Spring Forzathon Shop

Ferrari is the final Forzathon Shop star this week, with two of its halo vehicles (and birthday presents to itself) on offer.

The F50 leads the way, with this naturally aspirated V12 supercar on offer for 600FP against its normal Autoshow price of 2,000,000cr.

Often dubbed an F1 car for the road, the F50 genuinely hid an F1 engine under its divisive looks. That V12 was derived from the one used in the Ferrari 641 (which won six races with it) and was later used in the successful Ferrari 333 SP prototype racer.

Alternatively you can pick up the much better looking F40, for 500FP instead of the usual 1,200,000cr cost in the Autoshow.

This was the last car to be signed off by Enzo Ferrari himself, and was developed from the track racer the company was developing for Group B before the category was cancelled. The result was the first full production, road legal car to hit 200mph.

This week’s other store items are the Farid Rueda’s Bear Relaxed Tee, Horizon Raptors Hoodie, and Get to the Chopper Emote. A Wheelspin and a Super Wheelspin are also available at their usual 60FP and 150FP respectively.

Series 34 Spring Forzathon Shop

  • Ferrari F50 ’95 – 600FP
  • Ferrari F40 ’87 – 500FP
  • Farid Rueda’s Bear Relaxed Tee – 75FP
  • Horizon Raptors Hoodie – 75FP
  • Get to the Chopper Emote – 75FP
  • Wheelspin – 60FP
  • Super Wheelspin – 150FP

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