“Horizon Race Off” Brings a New Community Co-op Challenge to Forza Horizon 5

With the next update for Forza Horizon 5 on its way this week, the Playground Games team has revealed the theme and challenges that are awaiting players.

Series 32 is officially called “Horizon Race Off”, and it brings a new, co-operative community challenge to the game that will run across the four-week window and focus on two different racing disciplines.

That brings with it a few changes to the playlists, some new dedicated locations on the world map, and of course some brand-new cars to the title — so let’s dig in!

Forza Horizon 5 Series 32 New Community Challenge

The new co-operative challenge bears the same name as the Series: “Horizon Race Off”. In essence it functions a little like Secret Santa, with players across the whole community aiming to score points towards a common goal. However, it’s all about racing this time, and there’s a competition aspect to it as well.

That comes by way of the split into two teams: Asphalt Racers and Offroad Racers. As the names suggest, you’ll be racing either on blacktop or dirt, and each race you complete of each type earns points towards the relevant community goal. You don’t have to pick one or the other, and can do both if you wish.

For Asphalt Racers it’ll be Road, Street, Drag, Midnight Battles, Hot Wheels Speed and Rally Adventure Apex Predators events. Meanwhile Dirt, Cross Country, Hot Wheels Hazard, and both Grit Reapers and Horizon Raptors events in Rally Adventure.

As players complete races of each type, the respective scoreboard will fill up — both in the Series overview and at special temporary mini-outposts hidden around the map — until reaching the goal. That will result in the entire community receiving the relevant prize car.

Completing the Asphalt Racers goal will award the 2024 Ford Mustang, while completing the Offroad Racers goal gifts the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R.

Forza Horizon 5 Series 32 New Free Cars

Naturally the two community challenge rewards cars lead the way in terms of series visibility, but they’re part of a set of six new vehicles coming to FH5 this month — with the other four arriving as 20-point rewards for each season as usual.

First on the list in the Summer week is the McLaren Artura, the first series production hybrid from the relatively young supercar brand and its first ever V6-engined model. That’ll be followed in Autumn by the third-generation Audi TT RS, a five-cylinder sports car that can almost go toe-to-toe with its V10-engined R8 supercar sibling.

Winter and Spring’s rewards are brought to you by the letters S and V. Ford’s 2003 Mustang SVT (for Special Vehicle Team) Terminator Cobra arrives in the former season, while the SVR (for Special Vehicle Rating) Jaguar F-Type is the final seasonal reward for the Series.

Forza Horizon 5 Series 32 New DLC Cars

There’s another new, four-car DLC pack available for players to pick up, priced at the usual $/€4.99 (£3.99) and not included in the special editions of the game. This carries the name “Acceleration Car Pack”, and it’s pretty well titled this time round.

It’s difficult to pick a star of the pack, but with 2,000hp on tap there’s not much to match the Ford Supervan 4. This quad-motor EV is the latest in a line of madcap Transit panel vans with high performance underpinnings dating back to 1971, and recently set an all-time lap record for anything other than F1 cars at Mount Panorama.

Alongside that sits the McLaren Sabre, a hypercar developed from the Senna while taking inspiration from the Vision Gran Turismo (which later became the Solus). Only 16 examples were produced of this 824hp, road-legal toy, each of which was custom-made for its owner by McLaren’s MSO division.

More old-school is the 1967 Shelby GT500, perhaps the ultimate first-generation Mustang courtesy of the legendary Carroll Shelby and a 355hp, seven-liter V8 under the hood.

The final vehicle is a slightly curious one, straddling both worlds. Ginetta only made three examples of the G10 back in 1965 but in 2019 announced it was going to build it again with the original looks and feel but in a more modern form. This handbuilt car hasn’t actually made it to production yet, so this first concept of the G10 RM might be the only way to drive it for a while.

Forza Horizon 5 Series 32 Other Changes

To go with the new bifurcated mini Outposts and the Series theme, there’s a bundle of new items available in the respective event coloring.

A total of 16 new props featuring the blue Asphalt colors, the orange Offroad colors, and the mix of both seen at the Outposts will be available for EventLab use. There’s also special race suits for each of the two disciplines, which will be available to redeem through your in-game messages for the four-week period.

In addition there’ll be collectible pinatas featuring helmets from Asphalt and Offroad too — forming part of the Autumn and Winter playlists. They’ll also be available in EventLab, which sees two fixes for bugs in the update.

We’re expecting the update itself, along with the DLC car pack, to land on Tuesday March 26, ahead of the official start of the Series 32 playlist on Thursday March 28.

PG has also already revealed the theme for Series 33, which begins on Thursday April 25. That’ll go by the name “Apex All-Stars”, so we can assume it’ll be related to the Road Racing “Horizon Apex” series. More details will come next month, so watch this space!

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