Autumn has rolled into play in Mexico, and with it comes a whole new week of Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges in Forza Horizon 5 for Series 19. It’s stormy season, apparently, and this means we will need to try and cling on to the road as best we can – in case we get blown away!
With more challenges than we can shake a stick at, including two new ones in the Rally Adventure Expansion, you’d do well to join us as we deliver the cars and tunes you need to beat these weekly challenges.
Let’s kick off with the traditional weekly car challenge, shall we?
Part 1: Weekly Car Challenge – Corvette Racing
I’m not a huge fan of American Muscle cars, preferring a car that isn’t flummoxed by even the shallowest bend in the road. However, even I have to admit that the more modern offerings in this market are a lot better than they used to be, and so we move on the subject of this week’s challenge – the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
Apparently, you no longer need to live in a trailer and wear a white vest to drive a Camaro, and this is the car that did it. It can be picked up from the Autoshow for a mere 86,000 credits.
Chapter 1 – Fifth Generation
Get in and drive your shiny new Camaro. Step one complete!
Chapter 2 – New York Auto show
Pretty straightforward second step this week – we merely have to take a photo of the car at the Street Scene outpost. Shouldn’t be an issue?
Chapter 3 – V8 Monster
The Z/28 comes with a pretty potent lump under the bonnet (or hood as Americans wrongly call it) with a 7.0 litre V8 making its presence felt.
We have to win a drag race in the beastie, and so I tuned mine a tad to make this share code: 105445368. I kept it to a nice, manageable S1 Class.
Chapter 4 – Shelby Showdown
To prove that the Camaro is a match for the Shelby Mustang, we have to win a total of nine stars at speed traps. Pick an easy one and get speeding!
The above tune should be pretty good as long as there are no bends involved, so maybe the one on the highway would work?
And with that, the weekly challenge is complete and we are five points closer to the first car reward for Series 19.
Part 2: Weekly Challenges, Championships and PR Stunts
As Series 19 progresses, it’s a new week and that means there are lots of new things to try out. There’s the usual mix of The Trial and Eventlab nonsense, alongside PR Stunts and racing.
The Trial – Stock showdown Vauxhall Corsa 2016
They are making it easy for me this week, with no tuning allowed as we simply have to take a stock Vauxhall Corsa from 2016, find a bunch of “helpful” other racers from the internet, and line up against some so called Unbeatable driverbots.
I’m going to have to make my intermittent plea for some cooperation here – Please don’t smash your teammates off the road, as we need to work together to take the driverbots down, and fighting amongst ourselves just makes them win.
Anyways, going out and winning the best two out of three races in the championship will see us walk away with an Aston Martin Vantage S, which is a pretty nice car for such a short job.
Eventlab 1 – DMFDXGAMER Presents Slippery When Wet
Once you’ve got over the flashbacks to Bon Jovi and truly massive hair, you’ll need to grab an S1 Class 900 Rally Monster to have a crack at this course, and what could be more Rally or Monsterish than the stock Audi Sport Quattro S1?
No point tuning in a one horse race, right? Plus this thing looks proper brutal sat on the start line.
The track this week is okay for an Eventlab, a bit long but one of the better efforts I’ve played recently.
For winning, we can take away an Audi RS7 Sportback.
Eventlab 2 – VUUKUU Presents Midnight Scene
Take any A Class 800 car, and then go crazy.
The car I chose was first alphabetically, an Acura Integra Type R, share code: 671828283. I kept this front wheel drive only to keep its USP intact.
The course? Well, it is really hard to see where to go and trees randomly stick up out of the road. Honestly, I’m not a fan.
We can claim a Super wheelspin for completing this event though so you may as well give it a go.
PR Stunt 1 – Danger Sign – Hotel
The best approach to this Danger Sign is across the open ground behind the hotel, in as straight a line as you can manage, and so we need a car that isn’t shy about going fast off road. Step forward the BMW X5M Forza Edition, with share code: 519084427.
This certainly isn’t shy, and it fits the rules about car class – S2 Class 998. Flying off the ramp and soaring more than 180m will see us take the prize. I hit the ramp at 150mph and jumped 200m, so you should find this pretty easy.
What prize you ask? Another Super wheelspin will be yours if you fly far enough.
PR Stunt 2 – Speed Trap – Oceano Azul
If speed is required, I always reach for the same car – the Koenigsegg Agera RS, and my share code is: 109282883.
We need to blaze past the camera at higher than 250mph, and this car should be okay to do it. Approach from the right, mind the deceptive bend and it is a piece of cake.
Should you manage it, another Super Wheelspin will be winging its way towards you.
PR Stunt 3 – Drift Zone – Giro Encorvado
Now we are talking, although I wish the restriction was S1, not S2, so I could bring my Supra.
Ah well, we have to play cards we are dealt, and in the S2 class, it has to be a Hoonigan I feel. RS200 or Hoonicorn? Well, as the surface is tarmac, I went with the Hoonicorn in stock trim, and as it is the world’s shortest drift course, you need to hit the gate sliding!
Be careful not to miss the exit of the zone too as it is easy to slide wide.
Another Super wheelspin could be yours for skidding about sufficiently.
Seasonal Championship 1 – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Porsche
Guess what car we need to use this time? Yes, it is a Porsche, believe it or not, and the class restriction A Class 800.
So, which way to go? An older Porsche that we can tune, or a newer one with only a bit of tuning headroom? I went with a 914/6, and while it isn’t the fastest, I’ve tuned it to grip and go. The share code is: 696649027.
For winning the championship solo, or best two out of three if you can find a friend with time to game, we will take away an Infiniti Q60, mainly famous for not being a Porsche. Nice.
Seasonal Championship 2 – Racing in the Moonlight
Retro Sports? In a B Class 700 flavour? Well, the only choice has to be a Nissan Fairlady Z from 2003, and the share code for mine is: 106041750. Is 2003 retro now? It seems like only yesterday….
For fulfilling the same criteria as before, we will this time win a Porsche Cayman.
Seasonal Championship 3 – In the Air Tonight
Putting aside visions of gorillas playing the drums (I love that advert!) we now have to take an Unlimited Offroad car, tune it to the top of A Class 800, and then win some races.
I went with my old stead, the Jeep Trailcat, and the share code is: 118411445. This will cope easily with whatever the track throws at it.
For winning outright, or best two out of three as usual, we can walk away with a Holden Sandman. Nope, I’ve never heard of it either!
Part 3: Other Challenges
Photo challenge? Check. And a little bit of smashing stuff up? Also Check.
Photo Challenge – #NeonCity
We need to photograph any Track Toy, any one at all, next to the neon Tank in Guanajuato University. I’ll include the location of this tiny thing below, and also post my artistic effort.
One thing to note, the Tank isn’t awfully neon in the daytime!
We will get a new song, Porter Robinson – Language for our trouble.
Collectibles – Lights Out
We have to go to the Valle de las Ranas to find, and drive into, some Horizon Neon cubes. 10 of them, to be precise, and as usual I shall post a little picture of what you are looking for and a rough idea of the location below.
For doing this, we will receive a Festival Sombrero. Just what I always wanted! It’s like socks for Christmas…
Part 4: Hot Wheels Events
Are you an Elite level player in the Hot Wheels expansion? If so, there are a couple of extra events to try.
Seasonal PR Stunt – Danger Sign – Ice Crash
There is really only one car for the job when it comes to jumping around in the Hot Wheels park, and that is the same Koenigsegg as before – the Agera RS, and my share code is: 109282883.
Clearing more than 580m, otherwise known as a “bloody long way!” should be no problem. Hitting the ramp at around 220 mph saw me do this easily
A Super Wheelspin is the prize.
Seasonal Championship – Night Swift
We need to use a Super Saloon for this series of races, and so I went with a BMW M5 from 2009, and as the limit is A Class 800, the share code is: 485527590. This should cope with the rigours of racing, I hope!
The prize? An Audi RS2 from 1995.
Part 5: Rally Adventure Events
Now that the Rally Adventure expansion is live, we have an expanded roster of events to try. However, in order to take part, we need to be the Horizon Badlands champion, which I actually achieved this week, and let’s face it, if I can do it, anyone can! Assuming you have also triumphed, the following events become accessible.
Seasonal PR Stunt – Speed Zone – Reservoir View
A speed zone always brings challenges, and with this one being tarmac based, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is called for, and my share code is: 109282883.
The target seems low, at only 95 mph, but there are some tricky bends to watch out for, so go steady. Approaching from the south, over the bridge seems easier, but this is tricky.
Yet another Super Wheelspin will be ours should we do it.
Seasonal Championship – Mini-Utes to Midnight
We need to use a Mini car, tuned to the top of B Class 700, and as always I went with a Mini , XRAID all4 Racing Countryman with a share code of: 183453347. Make sense to use an offroad car in a Rally Adventure race, yeah?
For winning, whether solo or in a convoy, we will get a Grit Reapers Cap. Makes it worthwhile, no?
And that’s your lot in terms of the new challenges to be found in Forza Horizon 5 and the Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges for Series 19 Autumn.
Of course, there are the usual Monthly Rivals events to tick off if you didn’t do so last week as the Series 19 Summer challenges took place. If you need to grab the points for those, just hit up the relevant tile in the Festival Playlist, attempting to run some fast, clean, laps around Bolo Ocha and Bahia de Plano.
From there, free cars await and should you have followed our guide will discover that the Autumn weekly cars of the Cadillac CT5-V and Audi R8 ’13 can be yours. You should also now have a decent amount of points going towards the full Series 19 offerings of the 911 GT3 RS4 ’12 (80pts) and Aventador J (160pts).
We’ll be back with another guide to help you through the Series 19 Winter (and then Spring) challenges found in Forza Horizon 5.
As always, if you want to take in the Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges, you’ll need a copy of Forza Horizon 5 to hand. It’s available on Game Pass, playable on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC and even on the cloud via mobile. The Xbox Store will sort you out.
Let us know if our tips, tricks and tunes help you with the completion you are after.