Spring has sprung and Forza Horizon 5 moves from the land down under to the wet and windy UK, as Series 13 continues the Anniversary theme to bring back memories of Forza Horizon 4

Yet again, with the move to Spring comes a host of new Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges, with races, PR stunts and more for racers to enjoy. Let us help you nail those challenges with a guide to the best cars and tunes you’ll need in order to succeed once again. 

Forza Horizon 4 was where the series of games became that bit more personal for me. Set in the British Isles, the game featured not only the series trademark speed and craziness, but also real world locations that I had actually been to visit. With the ability to buy Edinburgh Castle, a place I visited a lot as a young boy, and then to scream around familiar streets at warp speed, the game was a delight from start to finish.

And of course, the LEGO Speed Champions expansion remains one of my favourite DLC packs to this day. So, let’s relive the glory days of Forza Horizon 4 – pip pip, jolly hockey sticks and so on!

Part 1: #Forzathon Weekly Challenge – Welcome to the UK

There were two hero cars on the cover of Forza Horizon 4, the Land Rover Defender and the subject of this week’s challenge, the McLaren Senna. I’m glad they chose to go with the speedier of the two, as I know from bitter experience that spending any length of time in a Defender is tantamount to child cruelty. 

Now, the Senna isn’t a cheap car, so luckily the “smash all the boards” reward is again able to deliver the car we need. Otherwise, a trip to the Autoshow beckons, and parting with a hefty 1,000,000 credits.

Chapter 1 – New Beginnings

Whichever route you took to get the car, get in and drive. It’s not as much fun as the LEGO version, but it is still a hoot to drive.

Chapter 2 – No Limits

Now we have to pin the throttle and keep it pinned, by earning five Ultimate Speed Skills in the car.

Stock trim is more than fast enough, and a quick trip along the highway in the centre of the map should be enough to nail this challenge. Next!

Chapter 3 – Horizon History

Again, as with last week, I’m not sure that I’d be doing stupid stuff if this was my real car, but we need to earn a total of 12 stars from PR Stunts. Speed Cameras, drift zones, whatever takes your fancy.

Simply rack up the stars and move on to the next.

Chapter 4 – The Great Race

Given that this car was built to not only be fast but also to be a great driver focussed car, it would be a shame not to take it for a race, wouldn’t it? Well, clearly the developers agree, so for the final challenge is to simply win a Road Racing event in the hypercar.

And that’s the week off to a good start.

Part 2 – Weekly Challenges

I can see, on the Horizon (see what I did there?) the hulking shape of the Eventlab making a comeback this week, which has filled me with optimism as always. Who knows, this week it may be good? Other than that, the weekly PR stunts move on to Trail Blazers, there is The Trial to try and some other racing to do. Lets go!

The Trial – Stock Showdown: Land Rover Velar

Ah, the Trial. What can I say that I haven’t said before? Given how long I’ve been writing these articles, not much.

Still, as we all know, grab five random drivers from the internet, and try to beat the Unbeatable. This week we are in a Land Rover Velar, and we are restricted to stock trim only, so I don’t have to come up with a tune. 

Basically, just go out there and do your best.

If you don’t have a Velar, it can be won for doing the Playground Games session this week, so a quick stop there may be worth your while.

Winning will net you a car that famously scared Jeremy Clarkson when he drove it around Spa in the wet, the McLaren P1. Be careful in the rain, won’t you?

Eventlab – Dionfire Speedway Hot Wheels

Another Eventlab to take part in, and this time the only restriction is that the car has to be S1 900 Class. That’s all.

So, in these situations, when I’m not quite sure what I’m going to have to deal with, I call on the mighty Nissan GT-R, and my share code is: 972597860.

This will get us the “Rawr” emote. Excellent.

Seasonal Playground Games – Survival

This is, without doubt, my favourite of the Playground games that are available – screaming around as the sole survivor being chased by the whole enemy team does get the blood pumping.

We need to us a B Class 700 car for this, and as it is largely offroad – I went with a Ford Escort #5 from 1977, with a share code of: 793610371.

Win or lose ( it doesn’t matter here) will see you walk away with a Land Rover Velar for your trouble. Handy for The Trial.

forza horizon 5 series 13 spring Escort

Drift Zone – Reservoir

It’s no secret that I love to go sideways in Forza Horizon 5 (not so much in real life, as I get scared) and this time we have to use a car that usually prefers to attempt to kill it’s drivers. Yes, we have to get a TVR, tune it to S1 Class900, and try not to die. 

I went with a Speed 12, a car I have been obsessed with since seeing one at a car show, and almost having my ears blown off by the noise it made. My tune is: 104006888. Getting this thing to slide is really not a problem. 

Scoring over 120,000 points will get us a Super Wheelspin.

forza horizon 5 series 13 spring tvr

Trail Blazer – Desert Descent

Now it is time to offroad, and in a Land Rover no less.

We have to take one of the company’s cars, tune it to A Class 800, and then attempt to fly through the Trail Blazer and hit the target with more than 12 seconds on the clock.

I used a Range Rover from 1973, and the share code is: 820731923. Try to hit the start going straight, and watch out for boulders on the desert floor. Rewind is your friend here.

Another Super Wheelspin will be ours if we make it.

Trail Blazer – Over the Dune

Sticking with the British theme, now we have to offroad in an Jaguar, and one tuned to A Class 800. Well, in an attempt to reduce my carbon footprint, I used an i-Pace, and the share code is 117874204. The approach to and path through the festival site is crucial here.

Getting to the finish line with over 8 seconds on the clock will get another Super Wheelspin.

forza horizon 5 series 13 spring jag

Seasonal Championship – Well-Seasoned

A championship aimed only at British cars throws up a few interesting choices as to cars. The fact that it is restricted to A Class 800 does cut the choice down somewhat, but which direction to go? Well, given it is a Street Race championship, something with grip and pace would be favourite, so I went right back to the old school with a Vauxhall Corsa VXR, every boy racer’s weapon of choice back in my day. The share code is: 709648455.

Winning the championship, or best two out of three races if you have a convoy buddy (mine seems to have gone missing, too much to edit or some such feeble excuse) and you’ll get a new song from some popular beat combo, no doubt.

Seasonal Championship – Mini Mayhem

No prizes for guessing what car we need to use here. Yes, a Mini, tuned to B Class 700, and off road to boot.

I went with an X-Raid Mini, with share code: 183453347. Off road races are pretty much pot luck most of the time, but this car is pretty capable.

Winning this will get us a very pretty car, the Aston Martin DBS.

Part 3 – Other Challenges

Photos to take, treasure to find, racing to do – it is all kicking off this season. So, without further ado, let’s look at what’s in store.

Photo Challenge – #HorizonAnniversary

The weekly ‘take a photo of a car’ challenge, and this time we have to take the McLaren Senna to the new Horizon Festival site in Tierra Prospera.

Helpfully, this site isn’t marked on the map, so I’ll do the exploring so you don’t have to. The images below will not only show you where you need to go, but also my artistic efforts.

This will get us the “UK Cover Car” horn. Still no idea what this actually sounds like…

forza horizon 5 series 13 spring Photo 1
forza horizon 5 series 13 spring Photo 2

Treasure Hunt – Fame and Fortune

“The Airfield Speed Zone is said to be silly, especially when driven by a Jeep named Willy”.

Not exactly Times crossword level clues this week, are they?

So, get in your Willys Jeep, get a star on the speed zone at the Airfield, and Bob will be your uncle. I did tune mine a bit, and the share code is: 817673040. Just hold on tight.

I’ll include the location of the chest in the pictures below, which contains a handy 250,000 credits this week.

forza horizon 5 series 13 spring Treasure 1
forza horizon 5 series 13 spring Treasure 2

Collectibles – Alex Delivery

Around the new Festival site I showed you the location of above, there are some Bonus Boards to find and smash. See the below picture to show you what they look like.

Smashing ten of the boards will get you a rather sexy McLaren Senna, so worth a try I reckon!

forza horizon5 bonus board

Horizon Open – Muddy the Waters

Do you fancy a little Online Racing? Well, if you do, try it in the Dirt Racing Custom playlist to win a fabulous prize.

I can’t really recommend you a tune for this, as it could be almost any class, but the good news is this is a prize for participation, not winning, so what have you got to lose?

The fabulous prize? Some Snow Crew Socks. Blimey, my outfit is now complete!

The Eliminator – Battle Royale

My nemesis also makes a “welcome” return. Simply get into the top 30 competitors in The Eliminator in order to complete this challenge.

As to tips, well I’m afraid I have none – just do what I do I do and hide in a bush and hope.

A Karaoke emote will be yours should you manage to stay alive.

Part 4 – Hot Wheels Events

Want to get involved in some Hot Wheels expansion events too? You can do so in Series 13 – Spring. Just remember – Elite rank in the expansion is needed.

Drift Zone – Water’s Edge

More sliding about this week, and this time we are given a free hand with choice of car, as long as it is S2 998 Class, and so I reached into the garage and pulled out a Hoonigan Hoonicorn from 1965. 

Being a car built to slide, stock trim worked just fine, and so this is my tip.

Score more than 130,000 drift points to walk off with a Super Wheelspin.

Seasonal Championship – Hot Wheels-Athon

More British cars, but with the bar raised this time around to include S1 900 Class cars, so all the options are on the table.

I went with a McLaren, just because they are awesome, and I chose a McLaren 570S, with a share code of: 179226463.

Winning the championship will get you a Range Rover from 1973, the same year I was born.

Spring signals the end of Series 13 and that means you should have completed the new Horizon Story and the two Monthly Rivals clean laps. If you haven’t, get them ticked off asap. From there, you can go and grab your car rewards for the week, with Series 13 – Spring offering up the AM One-77 (20pts) and the Peel P50 (40pts) to your garage.

Series 13 as a whole brings the rewards of the Wuling Sunshine which will set you back 80pts and the 650S Spider for 160pts. If you’ve followed our guides, you’ll have plenty enough reward points for those. 

So what’s next for Forza Horizon 5 and the Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges? Well, Series 14 is just around the corner and this one promises some tasty Donut Media fun, with a new Donut Media Story, playlist, new cars and some Rocket Bunny Body Kits. 

Remember, you’ll need a copy of the base game of Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or PC via the Xbox Store in order to enjoy these challenges. It’s on Game Pass too whilst the Hot Wheels expansion costs hard cash. 

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.

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