It may be hard to believe, but we’re into Series 12 of the Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges. And as such, new changes are afoot – we got ourselves a Road Trip. 

Series 12 of Forza Horizon 5’s challenges all come under the Road Trip banner but basically all you need to know is that should you go and complete what is in place, you’ll be well rewarded with new cars and tons of cosmetics. 

It’s all set up in the usual way, with PR Stunts, races, and more to partake in – and that’s where we come in with our little weekly guide, detailing the easiest way for you to complete each challenge with the best cars and tunes in the game. 

Let’s get started…

Part 1: #Forzathon Weekly Challenge – Arbalist

The subject of this first week’s challenge is the KTM X-Bow R, an ultra light sports car that isn’t known for creature comforts or luggage space or, you know, little things like a windscreen or a roof! Maybe not ideal for a road trip, eh?

Still, we have to drive it, and if you don’t already own one, it is either the prize for completing the “Track Toy Story” championship in first place, or its a hefty 105,000 credits at the Autoshow. I know which I’d rather do.

Chapter 1 – Track Weapon

Get in your KTM, however you obtained it, and pin the throttle. Step one complete.

Chapter 2 – Right on Target

We need to score 12 stars at Speed Traps with this car.

Now, out of the box, it’s not awfully fast, so one swift engine transplant later I came up with this share code: 969564725. This isn’t shy, so go nuts!

Top tip: this doesn’t seem to track if you try it in the Hot Wheels park, so come back to Earth before going for it.

Forza Horizon 5 Series 12 Summer KTM

Chapter 3 – Carbon Tub

Now, for a car with a carbon tub and fancy race derived suspension, you’d think that jumping about like a flea would be far from the list of priorities. But, weirdly, that’s what we need to do, with five air skills needed to pass the next step.

I’m fully expecting the next challenge to be getting a week’s worth of shopping from Tesco in the boot.

Chapter 4 – Quarrel Wreath

Luckily, it wasn’t that!

Now we just have to win a road race, and with the speed this thing has with the above tune, it should be no problem. Pick up the gold medal and relax. And complete the Treasure Hunt at the same time!

Part 2 – Weekly Challenges

A new season, a new week, a new set of challenges. A bit of the Trial, some championships and PR stunts, and the obligatory wasps nest at a picnic, the Eventlab, all make a return this week. Stay tuned while I work through and see what we need, won’t you?

The Trial – On The Road Again

The Trial this week is Super Saloon flavoured, with a maximum tune of A Class 800.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when someone says Super Saloon, I always think of a BMW M5, and so this is my weapon of choice. The one from 2009, to be precise. A little fettling and the share code is: 485527590.

The prize for getting a ragtag bunch of internet drivers together and forging them into a lean, mean racing machine (or at least not taking each other out on each corner) is a very pretty car, the Aston Martin DB11.

Forza Horizon 5 Series 12 Summer M5

Eventlab – LUPODERWOLF9404 Presents High Speed Ring 5 Runden

Ah, Eventlab. How many different ways are there to make me despise your very existence? Well, here’s another.

With the limit set to GT Cars of A Class 880, the field isn’t massive, and so I went with a bone stock Maserati Gran Turismo, as it’s in the name. No point tuning a car for this as it is just us on the track…

Your prize for this punishment? A white modern Puebla dress. I hope you’ve got the legs for it!

Speed Trap – Coast View

220mph. That’s how fast we need to pass this speed trap at, in an S2 Class 998 car, of any description. Now, 220 is known, in technical terms, as “pretty bloody fast”, and so I reached for the serious machinery, a Koenigsegg Agrea with a share code of: 109282883.

Blasting past at a suitable speed will net us a Super Wheelspin. Maybe a bonnet to go with the lovely dress from the Eventlab, eh?

Danger Sign – Hotel

The Hotel Danger Sign is a tricky one, with a restricted run up on road. We need to get into an S2 Class 998 car, of any class, and try and fly more than 155 metres. This will be a challenge, and as the best approach ins in a straight line across rough ground, I think an off road vehicle will make sense.

Then I went completely loco and built a VW Camper to do the job! Yes, a Type 2 De Luxe, with a share code of 124892756 did 158 metres at the first trial run, so try that.

You’ll get a nice Super Wheelspin should your camper fly far enough.

Seasonal Championship – The Colossus

The Colossus is the stuff of nightmares, a stupidly long race that we have to complete in Super GT cars, to a maximum of S1 Class 900. I went with a car that has its credentials in its name, the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Let’s hope it can live up to its billing, eh?

I tweaked it a little to give a share code of: 261040765.

This is a long race, and the driverbots aren’t shy, but at least it’s only one lap, eh? Winning will get you a BMW M4 from 2014.

Seasonal Championship – Track Toy Story

This championship is centred around Track Toy class cars. I know, you wouldn’t think it from the title, would you?

We are restricted to S1 Class 900 as well, and so I went with a Porsche 911 GT2 RS from 2012, share code: 129256081. All I’ll say is that even making this thing AWD, you still get the impression that it wants to kill you.

Winning best two out of three races in a convoy, or the championship solo, will get you a KTM X-Bow, as required for the weekly car challenge.

Seasonal Championship – Road Endurance

Endurance is so called, in this case, because the series is five races instead of the usual three. We need a Modern Muscle car for this series, and a maximum of A Class 800. As always when the word “Muscle” is mentioned, the solution is inevitably a Mustang of some description, and so it proves here. I took a Shelby GT500, share code: 402868577.

Winning this series will gift us a Chevy Camaro from 2015, adequate recompense for the amount of time these races take.

Seasonal Championship – Grand Tourers

Believe it or not, we need to use GT class cars in this event. Shocking, I know. To a maximum of A Class 800, no less, and so I went with a Bentley Continental Supersports, mainly because it had AWD as standard! 

A little light fettling gave me this share code: 102502146.

Winning will net us a Caterham R500, the very car we need for the photo challenge this week.

Part 3 – Other Challenges

Only three extra challenges this week, and they are all pretty straightforward.

Photo Challenge – #APEXSUPERSTARS

Time to channel our inner David Bailey and take some pics now, and this week the Horizon Apex Festival site is the venue, over on the east coast.

Take a Caterham R500 to the site, and snap away. I’ll include my photo and the location below for your viewing pleasure.

The prize is a Star 27 Jumper – just the thing with energy bills going the way they are.

Forza Horizon 5 Series 12 Summer Photo 1
Forza Horizon 5 Series 12 Summer Photo 2

Treasure Hunt – Fast Track

Another Treasure hunt this week, and the clue reads “Stop playing around and be the first to get this toy to the end of the road”. I take that to mean we need to win a road race in a Track Toy class car, and so you may have already completed this step by finishing off the weekly challenge in the KTM. That’s how I did it, anyway!

I’ll include a photo of the location of the chest to help you out. It contains 100 FP, which is nice.

Forza Horizon 5 Series 12 Summer Treasure 2
Forza Horizon 5 Series 12 Summer treasure 1

Horizon Open – A Winner Is You

The weekly Horizon Open challenge returns, and this week it is purely a participation prize, as all you need to do is complete any Horizon Open event.

I can’t recommend a car as it depends on what comes up in rotation, but merely competing will get you the prize.

What prize? A “You’re Winner” Forzalink phrase. That’s not even good English…

Part 4 – Hot Wheels Events

We love the Hot Wheels events and Series 12 doesn’t disappoint. You may need to be Elite Rank to take in one of them, but the fun they bring is off the scale. 

Drift Zone – Turbo Knot

Sliding time at last, and this time the challenge is to take any car that is tuned to S2 Class 998 and slide it around, scoring some points in the process. How many points? Well, many!

215,000 points are needed to complete this challenge, and so a serious vehicle will be required. I chose a car from the Hot Wheels pack, to make it a bit more interesting. The car in question is the Hennessey Venom F5, a truly ridiculous car .It will take some practice, but even in stock trim it is more than capable of shredding its own tyres.

The prize for sliding is a Super Wheelspin.

Seasonal Championship – Orange Track Mind

This championship requires us to use an Extreme Track Toy class car, tuned up to S2 Class 998. No regular Track Toys here!

S2 Class car plus Hot Wheels track usually equals stupid speeds, so lets rock. I went with a real weapon, the Hot Wheels “Bad to the Blade”. 

I have tweaked it a tad, and the share code is: 163373866. Might as well use a Hot Wheels car while we’re here, eh?

The prize for winning is a BMW M3 from 1997. Somewhat dull after this beastie.


With the arrival of a new season and series comes the opportunity to take in a couple of new Monthly Rivals challenges. These are simple enough – drive around a track, don’t crash and ensure your lap is ‘clean’, and you’ll be rewarded. Series 12 covers the Bola Ocho Circuit and the Forza EV Emerald Circuit. Just jump in, complete a lap and claim your reward. Simples. 

There are 4pts on offer in each of the Monthly Rivals events and so when you add them to those you’ll get throughout Series 12, will discover a host of new cars can be yours. This Summer week focuses on the Bentley Turbo R for 20pts and the MG MG3 for 40pts, whilst full Series rewards come in the form of the Audi RS e-tron for 80pts and the McLaren 765LT for 160pts. Obviously you’ll need to work through the challenges coming in Autumn, Winter and Spring of Series 12 for those – but we’ll be back on the weekly to deliver the cars and tunes you need again then. 

Please remember to head into the comments if you like this guide. Or if there are things we can change that will make it easier for you, give us a shout. We’re on the usual socials too.  

If you don’t yet have a copy of Forza Horizon 5 then it is playable on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or PC via the Xbox Store. It’s on Game Pass too whilst the Hot Wheels expansion costs real money. 

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Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn
11 days ago

Nice guide. The “You’re Winner” thing is a reference to “Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing” — largely considered one of the worst games of all time.

Paul Renshaw
Paul Renshaw
Reply to  Harley Quinn
9 days ago

Thanks for the knowledge, I managed to avoid that game so it passed me by completely!

Kyle
Kyle
15 days ago

Thanks for these. I find these guides to be quite concise and accurate. I use them every week!

Last edited 15 days ago by Kyle
Paul Renshaw
Paul Renshaw
Reply to  Kyle
9 days ago

Thanks for the kind words, mate!