As inevitable as death and taxes, the end of Series 23 in Forza Horizon 5 has rolled around. As Spring prepares to, um, spring, we go into the last week with hopes high and a new, steely determination in our hearts. Or is it just me?
As always, the dawning of a new week brings many new challenges and stunts to the festival world of Forza Horizon 5, all via the Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges. Come with me as I check out those for Series 23. Who knows, I may be able to recommend you a car or tune you might just like!
Part 1: Weekly Car Challenge – New and Improved
In Series 23 the cars for the weekly challenges have all been as American as apple pie and gun violence. But this time we are treated to a change. Yes, for the first time this season we are looking for a Japanese car, and it is the Lexus RC F that gets the nod.
Launched in North America (so I guess it counts) this is a high performance version of the standard Lexus RC.
Should you not have this particular car in your garage, a quick trip to the Autoshow will let you swap 75,000 Credits for one.
Chapter 1 – RC Pedigree
Get in your new car, take it for a spin. Step one complete!
Chapter 2 – With Great Power…
We know the rest of the quote, right Uncle Ben? To celebrate the fact that the RC F came with a big V8 engine, and 472 BHP, we need to drive a mile in a minute. Average of 60mph, maths fans!
Chapter 3 – Lexus Celebrate
Groan… Ignoring the awful pun, we now need to take a photo of our Lexus at the Street Scene outpost. Get snapping!
Chapter 4 – Clean Sweep
Finally, we need to take to the streets and earn five Clean Racing skills in Street Races. Don’t crash into anything and you’ll be fine. Easy, no?
And with that, the weekly challenge is complete and we again move five points closer to some more reward cars for Series 23.
Part 2: Weekly Challenges, Championships and PR Stunts
Spring is here, and the party must be starting to wind down now, people will be looking for their jumpers and so on.. With that are a host of new challenges for Series 23. This week’s collection in the Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist is as follows…
The Trial – Seeing the Sights
The Trial for Series 23 Spring has a restriction to cars built in the 2010’s, and then only tuned to A Class 800. Of the cars on offer, I went with a BMW Z4 Roadster, and the share code for the car is a closely guarded secret. Search for the name “Pink” in association with my GT, Red620Ti, to find it.
Hoping against hope, but maybe you will find people who are interested in racing. Although that is getting increasingly tricky. Did anyone else have trouble finding people to race in the Trial with last week? I think we limped into a win with three people on our team…
Should we manage to win two out of three races, a lovely Opel Manta 400 will be yours as a reward.
Eventlab 1 – MN KOSHIRO Presents Mulege Street Circuit Open
For this Eventlab, we need to use a Retro supercar tuned to only A Class 800, and so I went with the classic Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV. Share code is: 797737461.
The track layout is very good, with a mix of high and low speed corners to keep you on your toes. The corner just before the start/finish line is a doozy!
The prize for completing this race is a Super Wheelspin.
Eventlab 2 – CHAPOLINTURBO Presents Airplane Graveyard Circuit
For this challenge, we need a Super Saloon tuned to A Class 800, and so the obvious choice has to be an Audi RS6 Avant from 2015, most well known for not being a saloon, of course!
The share code for mine is : 736888629.
This is another well designed course. The shortcuts are fun, but if I had a criticism it is that the choice of car didn’t really match the course – why not a rally car?
It’s amazing how far these EventLabs have come over the series though. I remember the bad old days in which they were nothing but a pain, but in this new Series I have actually come to not entirely hate them!
But hey, a Hoonigan Escort will be yours for completing the course. How lucky!
PR Stunt 1 – Danger Sign – Eagle’s Perch
We are back to using S2 Class cars for the PR Stunts this week, and so it may be time to let some old faves run amok.
As the runup to this Danger sign is on road, it is time for my Koenigsegg Agera RS to make a comeback. Share code : 109282883.
We need to fly more than 350 metres to clear this challenge. And watch the landing, as there are some inconvenient buildings. If you fancy a challenge, 3-starring this jump in a Ford Supervan will get you an achievement…
A Super Wheelspin? It’ll do.
PR Stunt 2 – Speed Trap – Drag Strip
Speed requires a quick car, obviously, and with the target for this being 260 mph, I went with a Porsche 911 Carrera S from 2019, share code : 115257476.
This can crack 275 and should be fast enough!
Another Super Wheelspin awaits.
PR Stunt 3 – Trailblazer – La Marisma
Same class of car, but a different challenge this time – let us drive off road!
We need to hit the finish line with over 25 seconds on the clock, and the car of choice is the BMW X5M FE. Share code is : 519084427.
Off Road surfaces ? No problem! What may be a problem is the course, as it is rough going. Practice makes perfect!
Yet another Super Wheelspin to add to the pile.
Seasonal Championship 1 – Number 1 Rule
In this championship, the challenge is to take a Retro Saloon, tune it to only B Class 700, and go slowly racing. I went with a Sierra Cosworth RS500 from 1987. No other choice, right?
The share code for mine is : 156659146.
For winning outright solo, or best two out of three in a convoy, we can take home a Jaguar Mk II, just like Inspector Morse used to drive. That’s pretty tidy.
Seasonal Championship 2 – The Little Things
We need a Classic Rally car, tuned to C Class 600 for this championship, and in my book that means a Mini Cooper S from 1965, and the share code for mine is : 176823547.
We can walk away with another car for coming out on top – a Corvette. From 2009. Plasticky!
Part 3: Other Challenges
There’s always more to get involved in than just the racing, and that is the case again this week. There’s the Photo Challenge, a Treasure Hunt, the old Eliminator and some Horizon Open racing.
Photo Challenge – #DecoratedandDeluxe
We need a Ford D Luxe Coupe from 1932 for this photo, the Five Window one. And we need to take a photo at the Raul Urias mural in Colinas Aridas.
I’ll post the location and my artistic effort below. Can you do better? Do you have a dinosaur outfit? If you don’t have a dinosaur outfit, there is no chance you can do better.
The reward? A newTiger Roar horn. Can’t wait to hear it!
Treasure Hunt – Rip and Tour
The clue this week reads “Have a grand tour and cause some wreckage, after ten times they might get the message”.
Well, the picture is a Bentley continental GT, so I guess the class of car will be Grand Tourers. I’m also guessing we need to get 10 wreckage skill call outs? Well, I drove into a bunch of stuff and guess what, I was right!
I’ll post the location of the treasure chest below. It contains 100FP.
The Eliminator – Battle Royale
Let’s go and play a battle royale, shall we? Well, at least we only need to survive into the top 30, so it shouldn’t take too long!
Hide, fight, race, do whatever it takes to win through!
We can win our second Jag of the week, a CX-75.
Horizon Tour – Co-op Championship
The Tour is this week’s bonus challenge, and while the reward is rubbish, the actual Tour itself can be fun. Three races against driverbots, two point to point races in between, and Bob may well be your mother’s brother.
I can’t recommend a tune as it could be any class, but do your best!
The rubbish reward? A measly three points to the weekly total.
Part 4: Hot Wheels Events
If you have the Hot Wheels expansion and are an Elite Level player, then you get to enjoy a couple of extra events.
Seasonal PR Stunt – Danger Sign – Canyon Jump
S2 Class and speed (and speed makes distance, as we all know) means it is Koenigsegg time! Agera RS and the share code is 109282883.
We need to clear a distance of more than 450 metres, so a good run is needed.
A Super Wheelspin is your reward.
Seasonal Championship – Feel the Loops
This week it is the turn of the Porsches to come out to play, and the tuning limit is S1 Class 900. I chose a 911 GT2 RS, and the share code is : 129256081.
Winning all the races, or two out of three in a convoy, will get us a new car – a Porsche Cayman.
Part 5: Rally Adventure Events
The Rally Adventure expansion brings even more events to the roster and provided you are already a Horizon Badlands champion, you’ll get access to…
Seasonal PR Stunt – Drift Zone – Canyon Sweep
S2 Class 998 and drift means a stock Hoonigan Hoonicorn gets the nod this week.
We need to score over 132,000 drift points to win, which seems oddly specific.J ust keep those wheels spinning!
The prize is another Super Wheelspin.
Seasonal Championship – Nitty Gritty
For this series of races, we need a Honda, and one only tuned to B Class 700. I went with a Civic, the 2007 model, and the share code is : 122431574.
For winning out, we can take away a new bit of clothing – a Honda Hoodie. Woo.
With Series 23 finishing imminently, there are more cars on offer. 80pts for the month will get you a Ford Mustang DD, while saving up 160 points will see you grab a Dodge Super Bee, exclusive to this contest. You should have these by now if you have been following the guide…
The new monthly Rivals challenges are also still live – last chance warning! Grab some clean laps around Cathedral Circuit (another week passes and I still hate this track) and the other around Arch of Mulege circuit.
Grab enough points and Series 23 Spring will also see you gifted with the exclusive Pontiac T/A from 1973 for 20 points and the somewhat quicker Ferrari SF90 Stradale.
And what’s to come? Well, my crystal ball is a bit cloudy, but I’m predicting an Italian flavour to Series 24, so stay tuned!
To enjoy these events in the Festival Playlist Weekly Challenges, you’ll need a copy of Forza Horizon 5. It’s available on Game Pass, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC and on the cloud via mobile. The Xbox Store will sort you out with a download.
As always, the comments section is below. We’d love to know if these cars and tunes have helped you out. Perhaps you have a better tune or car? Let us know about it.