Forza Motorsport Update 5 Out Now: Nordschleife, German Performance, and More

Turn 10 has given Forza Motorsport players a St. Valentine’s Day treat by rolling out Update 5 for Xbox and PC.

The latest update comes in at 8.7GB on PC and 11.46GB on Xbox Series X, bringing more cars and events, plus another round of fixes on all platforms.

There is a lot that we’ll be covering in Update 5, so be sure to read on further.

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Forza Motorsport Update 5: Nurburgring Nordschleife

The latest track to be added to the growing roster is the highly anticipated Nurburgring Nordschleife. Its reputation as one of the most demanding and infamous circuits in the world remains unprecedented to this very day.

At 12.9 miles (20.8km), the Nordschleife has hosted Formula 1 and sportscars, and remains a go-to testing ground for car makers. As well as its ever popular tourist days, the Green Hell also plays host to the spectacular Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race.

Two layouts of the Nordschleife are available to drive as part of the Nurburgring, expanding the location’s options to four tracks:

  • Nordschleife
  • Full Circuit (GP + Nordschleife combined)

The tracks are available in most game modes, though they’re not part of the featured multiplayer rotation at present.

Forza Motorsport Update 5: New Cars

The latest cars for February and March see modern and classic machines for both road and track. Players who have the paid Car Pass add-on will discover it brings racing cars including the Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3 and a vintage Lotus Type 35.

Four Spotlight cars will also come to the showroom over the coming weeks, where each one will be available to purchase with a discount using in-game credits. Each car will also star in the latest tour that we will be covering later.

Car Pass

  • Lotus Type 35 Team Lotus 1965 – February 14
  • Cadillac ATS-V.R #3 Cadillac Racing 2015 – February 21
  • Ford Mustang TA #98 Breathless Pro Racing 2018 – February 28
  • Audi TT RS Coupe 2020 – March 6

Spotlight Cars

  • BMW M2 2023 – February 14-21
  • Audi RS 7 Sportback 2013 – February 21-28
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 2011 – February 28-March 6
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S 2014 – March 6-13

The four Spotlight cars are a very fitting theme for Germany’s most famous race track.

BMW’s 2023 M2 is the latest evolution of the entry level M car. Sharing the same platform as its bigger M3 and M4 stablemates, the new M2 also gains a broader range of abilities. The 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged straight six makes a hefty 460hp to give serious performance.

Audi’s 2013 RS7 Sportback was conceived as the sedan/fastback alternative to the RS6 Avant. Packing power as well as style, the RS7 shares its mechanicals with the RS6, meaning a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 with 552hp to blend supercar speed with effortless luxury.

The 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG is the first flagship supercar for Mercedes since the SLR. It was also developed as the first bespoke model from AMG, and takes inspiration from the old 300SL Gullwing. Under the long hood sits a 6.2-liter V8, mounted behind the front axle for better weight distribution. With 563hp on tap, you’ll need to be on your top level to tame the unpredictable AMG handling.

Rounding out the Spotlight cars is the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S. The ultimate non-GT 911 is sometimes considered to be one of the fastest cars in real-world conditions. Its blend of supercar speed, four-wheel drive traction and everyday usability make it virtually unmatched. The 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged boxer six puts out 552hp, combined with a sophisticated chassis to leave more powerful rivals in its wake.

Forza Motorsport Update 5: New Events

A new series of events in the Featured section of the Career mode brings new challenges and tests of player skill as you make progress.

The Ringer Tour will see you handle Germany’s four big brands, using each of the four Spotlight cars.

Ringer Tour

  • BMW M Showdown – BMW M2
  • Audi Sport Showdown – Audi RS7 Sportback
  • AMG Showdown – Mercedes SLS AMG
  • 911 Showdown – Porsche 911 Turbo S

Each of the series in the Ringer Tour comprises of showdown battles of the best of each brand from BMW M all the way to the Porsche 911. With the performance level increasing each time, you’ll need all of your skills to conquer these beasts.

These series are each four races long as opposed to five, and you’ll receive a 2022 Porsche Cayman GT4 RS as a reward to use in the final showcase. The Ringer Tour begins on February 15 with the BMW M Showdown, and each of the following series afterwards will be unlocked after a seven day period. You have until March 28 to complete the tour, so you won’t be pressed for time.

Open Class Tour

Germany continues to be center stage for the Open Tour in the Builders Cup. You’ll get to drive some of the most iconic German cars as you work your way from D-Class to A-Class.

When you have completed the Open Tour, you’ll win a 1974 Porsche 911 RSR to drive in the final showcase event. You’ll need to watch your scheduling for this one because this tour will be available until March 14.

Forza Motorsport Update 5: Multiplayer Events

The new schedule for Featured Multiplayer across February and March will see plenty of action across every discipline, with the Spotlight cars available to use in their own Showdown Series events. Each of these events will be available for periods of seven days, where players can do them as many times as they like.

Meanwhile the next rounds of Spec Series events cover iconic grand prix cars all the way to highly strung prototypes:

  • Grand Prix Rivals – February 15-22
  • Mustang Shelby GT500 Spec Series – February 22-29
  • GTX Sportscar Series – February 29-March 7
  • Forza Proto-H Series – March 7-14

Each Spec Series will be available to play for seven days before they are rotated.

Forza Motorsport Update 5: Rivals

Players looking at chasing lap times will enjoy the latest Rivals update for this month. The Spotlight cars in this update will each have their own Rivals event available for seven days. The circuit Spotlight will see you wrestle with a BMW M1 Procar around the fearsome Green Hell.

If you are a VIP player, you’ll get a month-long event where you can drive the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Forza Edition on the Club circuit at Mugello.

The Rivals list for Update 5 is below:

  • Featured Track – Nordschleife – BMW M1 Procar #6 BMW Motorsport 1979 – Nurburgring – Nordschleife (Feb. 15 – Mar. 14)
  • VIP – Body Builder – Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE 2018 Forza Edition – Mugello – Club Circuit (Feb. 15 – Mar. 14)
  • Spotlight – BMW M2 2023 – Laguna Seca – Full Circuit (Feb. 15-22)
  • Spotlight – Audi RS7 Sportback 2013 – Virginia International Raceway – North Circuit (Feb. 22-29)
  • Spotlight – Mercedes SLS AMG 2011 – Hockenheimring – National Circuit (Feb. 29 – Mar. 7)
  • Spotlight – Porsche 911 Turbo S – Nurburgring – Full Circuit (Mar. 7-14)

Forza Motorsport Update 5: Other Changes

There’s another extensive raft of fixes across all platforms, including further PC optimizations.

Stability is improved where there were several cases of crashes when entering Forzavista, selecting race replays or re-entering events after skipping practice. Numerous gameplay fixes now include the addition to skip doing practice sessions in the pre-race menu for the Builders Cup.

Multiplayer includes fixes to ghosting for driving the wrong way, infinite loading screens and uneven tire wear when driving in certain series. Tracks such as Spa, Daytona and Hockenheimring have received graphical tweaks. Some cars including the Lexus LFA, Mercedes AMG GT R and Ford Focus RS have addressed modelling, graphical and sound issues.

One curious note is that Turn 10 has removed the Liberty Walk bodykit option for the 2009 Ferrari 458, with any so-modified player car reverting to stock form. Players will discover a free Acura ARX-05 #6 DPI 2020 in their garages “as a gesture of goodwill”…

PC performance includes reducing CPU spikes and improving framerate consistency. Crashes caused by multi-threaded rendering have been fixed, and mouse navigation has been improved.

Turn 10 have also stated that there will not be a circuit coming with Update 6 in March, but there will be be one as-yet un-named track with Update 7 in April. Major changes to car progression are also due to arrive with Update 6.

The full list of patch notes can be found here. Be sure to also head to our Forza Motorsport forums for more community discussion about Update 5 as well as any changes discovered that may not have been documented.

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