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Have a Merry Racing Season in Forza Horizon 5

4 December 2023 - Playground Games
'Twas night at Mexico when all through the Festival
every car was stirring, including the rentals.
The next update was coming with features galore:
Four new cars, and a collectible we had seen before.
Exciting new props for EventLab creations
and fitting Winter Wonderland decorations.
Four entire weeks of the Winter Season
Secret Santa returns with two cars to feast on.
New race routes, accolades, and a Car Pack from a movie
And a Winter Stadium to race in snow fluffy.
Winter Wonderland is here as the year culminates
As Forza Horizon 5’s latest update!

Release Notes & Game Fixes

The following list details some of the fixes and changes we are implementing with this new update:

  • New engine audio for the 2023 Corvette Z06

  • PC – Performance drop while driving in the Audi e-Tron has been improved.

  • PC - BMW i4 / Czsinger 21C’s Windshield works correctly under rain.

  • Solved 2022 Porsche GT4 RS’s hoods issues with liveries.

  • You are now able to tune the gear ratio of the 2023 Meyers Manx 2.0.

  • Fixed ASL/BSL videos missing in some chapters of Donut Media and Icons of Speed

  • “Purrrfect Collection” badge added.

You can find a list of issues we are currently investigating here. The Troubleshooting Hub is always open for you to leave any reports you have.

The Horizon Festival Gets the Chills

Winter All Day Every Day

The season of joy sets in the Horizon Festival and what better way to celebrate than with four weeks of winter. Enjoy the chilly and cozy ambiance of an all-winter Festival for holiday season.

A very frosty collectible shows up once again at the Horizon Festival.

The snowman collectible will be available once again this year for you to add to your ornament collection during Week 2 of the Festival Playlist.

Find this jolly, happy soul around the Winter Wonderland Stadium starting December 14.

Winter Makeover for the Stadium

The Stadium gets its share of holiday cheer and transforms to welcome the occasion. Watch it flourish with candy canes and Christmas trees all over it while you race through its snowy course.

Season of Giving, Making, and Collecting.

Spread the Cheer...and EventLab Creations

Gift the community new and amazing events with the six new props we are adding for EventLab. This new set of materials includes:

Racing:

  • Six types of curbs

  • Start Lights

  • Checkered finish line

Walls & Fences:

  • Three different race barriers

  • Two concrete barriers

Signs & Flags:

  • Brake markers (50, 100, 150, 200 meters)

But that is not all! If you are looking to create seasonal events, you will be able to add festive decoration items such as:

Decoration:

  • Wooden Tree (Small, Medium, Large) featuring eight different patterns

  • Igloo

  • Houses with three different patterns

  • Chimney with three possible patterns

Signs & Flags:

  • Winter Flag

We are sure your Winter Wonderland creations will not disappoint us, or the Forza Horizon 5 community, so get creative with the holiday spirit!

Secret Santa is Coming (Back) To Town.

Secret Santa is back on this season of giving featuring the 2022 Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 and a mysterious car.

In case you weren’t around to celebrate last year, here’s how Secret Santa works:

Starting December 5, players can fill a meter by giving gifts to each other. Once the meter gets 50% completed, everyone will receive the T.50. And once we hit 100% completion, the 2023 Aston Martin Valkyrie will be unlocked for all players.

Don’t miss out on the chance to unlock these two exclusive cars and to make other members of the community happy with your gifts during this holiday season!

Unlock this car with a 50% completion of the Secret Santa meter!

Run on the New Race Road and Hang New Accolades on the Tree

The doors of the Winter Wonderland Circuit are now open!

Take a lap at the new Race Road available from December 5. The Circuit will be available to run in Rivals Mode from that same time that, however, you will have to wait until December 7 to sleigh on it in the Open World.

Once Winter Wonderland ends, this new road race will become permanent in the game, however it will only be available during the Winter seasons of future series.

New accolades are also coming to Forza Horizon 5 this series, you will be able to unlock 3 of them running the Winter Wonderland Circuit and get another one for collecting every exclusive car on the Festival Playlist.

Name Description Career Progress
Racing
Winter Wonderland Circuit Rookie Complete Winter Wonderland Circuit 750
Winter Wonderland Circuit Pro Win Winter Wonderland Circuit 250
Online (Rivals Tab)
Winter Wonderland Circuit Clean Time Post a clean time on the Winter Wonderland Circuit leaderboard 500

A Very Automotive Holiday Season

Four New Additions Coming to the Autoshow

Starting December 5, you will be able to acquire four new cars in the Autoshow that we have introduced for Winter Wonderland.

This collection of retro racers will get the holiday spirit running and the racing going through the Horizon Festival.

These are the cars being added to the Autoshow in this update:

1958 Aston Martin DBR1

An absolute legend of a car, the 1958 Aston Martin DBR1 won the Nürburgring 1000km race and ran through Le Mans four times.

Without the restrain of having to compete with cars that were available to the public or based on a road-legal car, Aston Martin went on and designed a champion and hero of British automotive in the DBR1.

A complete 2.9-liters and 255 bhp of racing’s finest history could be yours in the Autoshow of Winter Wonderland.

1953 Jaguar C-Type

Remember this well: the “C” Stands for competition, and the 1953 Jaguar C-Type sure knows how to burn rubber and take home the crown.

Having been a two-time winner of the gruesome Le Mans race, the C-type has earned its place in racing’s hall of fame.

Pioneering disc brakes and striping off as much weight as possible from places such as the gas tank, the 1953 Jaguar C-Type still has some force left in it to pounce its way through the Horizon Festival.

1970 Ferrari 512 S

The 1970 and 1971 winner of Sebring and Kyalami, the 1970 Ferrari 512 S knows racing even before it had hit its first track. Back in 1970, to be able to compete in the World Sportscar Championship, 25 units had to be built against the clock in just 3 months.

Having raced in the world’s finest courses with some of the greatest drivers of all time behind its wheel, this classic Ferrari is a true challenger for the best in automotive history.

1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6

The winner of its class at Monza, Daytona, Spa, and Nürburgring, the 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 had the challenge of being the best when it mattered the most.

Originally destined for the 904, the 906’s flat six engine along with the wind tunnel-designed body made this car reach a top speed of 280kmh on Le Mans.

A winner from any angle you look at, the Carrera not only held Porsche’s racing legacy, but it also heralded a new era for the German makers.

The Fast X Car Pack

From the big screen to your game, some of our favorite cars from the latest installment in the Fast & Furious saga show up at the Horizon Festival. Enjoy driving Dom’s supercharged Hellcat, Dante’s custom purple Impala, and more with the Fast X Car Pack available for 9.99$ / 9.99€ / 7.99 £.

(Not included in the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass or Premium Edition)

1970 Dodge Charger Fast X

Main character energy

We can still remember how we felt when we first saw Dominic Toretto take off in this icon of the 1970s for the first time in the Fast & Furious saga. The signature black color and air scoop supercharger is the dream of many car fans all over the world!

At a massive 980 horsepower, the 1970 Dodge Charger is well deserving of being the poster car of your garage as it is for the movie. Become the main character of your own adventures in the Horizon Festival with this Fast X version of the Dodge Charger.

1966 Impala Super Sport 'Fast X'

Simply purple

For the evil mastermind (with gorgeous hair) that lives inside all of us, the 1966 Fast and Furious Chevrolet Impala is here in all its purple glory.

Aside from the flamboyance and sheer size of the Impala SS, this car packs a big block V8 engine that produces 1100 bhp to take on your opponents one race at a time.

Being custom built from a drag racer, this Impala is a unique take of an all-time classic that can now drive you to victory at the Horizon Festival.

1973 Datsun 240Z 'Fast X'

Customized classic

A customized Japanese wonder takes its spot for the street race of a lifetime. The 1973 Datsun 240Z Fast X makes its way to Forza Horizon 5 in the Fast X Car Pack!

Fitted with a widebody kit and a turbocharged engine to play the part, this car is sure to leave its mark putting its 737 bhp to work on the streets of the Horizon Festival.

2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody 'Fast X'

Wide body, massive engine

Massive power from a V8, rear wheel drive, 1000 brake horsepower, the 2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody has all the features you are looking for in a modern muscle car.

You might not need its power to catch a rolling bomb, but it will come in handy in your adventures through the Horizon Festival. This soon-to-be-classic muscle car looks, sounds, and drives like the powerhouse it is, being able to reach a quarter mile in just 10 seconds.

2022 Flip Car 2.0 'Fast X'

Now with three axles

A car capable of ramming into other cars and turning them upside down is exactly what we would expect from car fans’ favorite movie franchise. And now, the 2022 Fast and Furious Flip Car 2.0 Fast X is at the Horizon Festival too.

Not only is this car unique in its shape, but its specs are nothing to ignore. This car’s V8 engine can produce 700 horsepower which will make them a protagonist in every race you enter (in a tunnel or not).

First for Forza, this car has steering on all three axles! The rear axle is steered via a hydraulic ram and controlled by the driver and theoretically allows it to move sideways. It is a unique ride that’s a must have for lovers of cars and of the Fast & Furious franchise.

Festival Playlist

All four weeks of chilly, cozy Winter season blizzard the Horizon Festival! Each week brings one of four exclusive hypercars to unlock for your garage.

Make your way through the forest of pines and candy to find the Snowman collectible in Week 2 then bring it over to your EventLab creations!

Carol away with Winter Wonderland’s most festive Playlist Rewards starting December 7.

2009 Lotus 2-Eleven

Earn 20 PTS during Week 1 on the Winter Wonderland Festival Playlist. Available from December 7 until December 14

Mightier than the collective power of nine magical reindeer, the tiny track master 2009 Lotus 2-Eleven is a light and nimble wish come true.

It comes with a supercharged, 1.8 - liter, four-cylinder engine mounted on a super light aluminum tub, this makes it so that this car can reach 100kmh from zero in 4.3 seconds.

Built for the racing enthusiast that exists in all of us, the unmatched experience of Lotus quality in a modern track day car is an experience car fans must try at least once.

2019 Morgan Aero GT

Earn 20 PTS during Week 2 on the Winter Wonderland Festival Playlist. Available from December 14 until December 21

A large and charge GT racer with a classic look? The 2019 Morga Aero GT is the true Polar Express in our eyes.

Morgan’s most extreme and intense road car released was designed with every note they took on their years taking over the GT3 world. These learnings are reflected in the improved body of the car with augmented aerodynamics and air flow.

The engine isn’t too far from the original Aero 8, it is almost the same 4.8-liter V-8 we all know and love and sometimes, sticking to the classics is the right move to make.

Find out how fast this retro-inspired extreme racer can reach the North Pole with 20 PTS on the Festival Playlist.

2022 Subaru BRZ

Earn 20 PTS during Week 3 on the Winter Wonderland Festival Playlist. Available from December 21 until December 28

Ditching the rear wing and the hood intake was a bold move, but certainly the right one when designing the 2022 Subaru BRZ, an ice-cold successor to a 2020 classic.

This revamped version has superior grip and handling as well as an overhauled outside that significantly improved the aerodynamics of the car. Built in collaboration with Toyota, Subaru made the decision of increasing the capacity from 2.0 to 2.4-liters which now produces 228 bhp of pure jingle bellin’ fun.

The weather might be frightful, but the BRZ’s so delightful. Even if you have nowhere to go, let it run, let it run, let it run!

2000 Lotus 340R

Earn 20 PTS during Week 4 on the Winter Wonderland Festival Playlist. Available from December 28 until January 3

We are closing out the Winter Wonderland Festival Playlist like we started it: with another Lotus pocket rocket ready to pa rum pum pum pum the track.

The 2000 Lotus 340R was created with the Lotus Elise as reference, which is one of the best places to start when creating a new model. The 340R came equipped with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, the perfect tag team partner for its almost non-existent weight.

Only 340 units of this frosty ride were made, however the chance has come for you to have a wonderful life with your very own Lotus 340R on the Festival Playlist!

#Forzathon Shop Sale!

The Forzathon Shop will be hosting a huge sale on December 24 – December 26 and December 31 – January 2!

Get cars featured as previous Festival Playlist rewards from 50-200 PTS in the Forzathon Shop on these four days of the holiday season.

December 24 – December 26

  • 2022 Toyota GR86 – 200 Forzathon Points

  • 1965 Toyota Sports 800 - 150 Forzathon Points

  • 1977 Chevrolet K10 Custom – 100 Forzathon Points

  • 2010 Renault Clio R.S – 50 Forzathon Points

December 31 – January 2

  • 2021 Mercedes AMG Black GT – 200 Forzathon Points

  • 1989 Toyota MR2 GT – 150 Forzathon Points

  • 1980 Subaru Brat GL – 100 Forzathon Points

  • 1991 Bentley Turbo R – 50 Forzathon Points

Complete your Forza Horizon 5 car collection with the Forzathon Shop Sale!

Golden Tank Awards: Honorable Mentions.

We just wanted to take a moment to say a special thank you from everybody at Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios to all of you in the EventLab community who published events this year.

You all continue to amaze us with your passion, creativity, and artistic talents with many of your creations being shared amongst the development team throughout the year. Picking the nominee list was incredibly difficult, with many great events unfortunately not making it through, so we wanted to give a special "Honourable Mentions" shout out to just some of those creators, however there are many more out there.

We love checking out what you've all been building, and we can't wait to see what you create in 2024.

  • China4567690

  • CryonicAxis66

  • Don Joewon Song

  • DrInsanity8543

  • Friedrich M8

  • Houshouxmarin

  • HSKMeets

  • Milles82

  • Mojo5290

  • Petrolhead55823

  • Pfen9080

  • TypeHardFark

What’s next

We asked for your help to create the Festival Playlist you wanted to see with Community Choice!

We gave you a list of options to put into our next series featuring returning decorations, PR Stunts, reward cars, and hard-to-find Autoshow cars, and you will be able to see the results in the next series’ Festival Playlist.

The “Purrrfect Collection” Badge will be available for all players that have collected 800 unique cars.

Get ready for our greatest hits collection this January.