A Mustang and an F150 parked next to each other in front of a Festival Outpost
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Race Towards the Finish Line in Horizon Race-Off!

26 March 2024- Playground Games
A new timed event has arrived at the Horizon Festival. This time, the entire Forza Horizon 5 community will race together to unlock rewards in every player’s garage. The Horizon Festival will also receive a new moving outpost for you to locate in Free Roam. 18 new props will become available for your EventLab creations including the latest collectible to join Forza Horizon 5’s gallery of smashable items. Aside from the cars unlocked by completing the Race-Off goals, 4 exclusive Festival Playlist rewards will be available to obtain as well. The race is on in Horizon Race-Off!

Release Notes & Game Fixes.

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

  • Fixed an issue with EventLab where “Disable Standard Scoring” rule was not working

  • Fixed an issue with EventLab where Players made events were automatically set to 5 minutes when launched from the shared events menu

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.

3, 2, 1...and the Horizon Race-Off is on!

A Mustang and an F150 parked next to each other in front of a Festival Outpost

Horizon Race-Off pitches two new community-wide goals for our players to complete, one for Asphalt Racing and one for Off-Roading. After each goal has been met every player will receive a reward in their Message Center.

Add points to the Asphalt Racing goal by completing events in the following categories:

  • Mexico -- Drag Racing -- Road Racing -- Street Racing -- Midnight Battles

  • Hot Wheels -- Speed Racing

  • Rally Adventure -- Apex Predators Races

When the Asphalt Racing goal has been completed, every player will unlock the 2024 Ford Mustang GT.

Ford Mustang driving on an asphalt road surrounded by foliage during the sunset
Unlock the 2024 Ford Mustang GT completing the Asphalt Racing goal.

You will be able to contribute to the Off-Roading goal by clearing these types of events:

  • Mexico -- Dirt Racing -- Cross Country Racing

  • Hot Wheels -- Hazard Racing

  • Rally Adventure -- Horizon Raptors Races -- Grit Reapers Races

Once enough points have been gathered for the Off-Roading goal, the entire community will receive the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R.

An F-150 Raptor drifting on a rocky road
Complete the Off-Road challenge to unlock the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R for every player.

Please bear in mind that Rivals, Monthly Rivals/Forza EV, Showcases, Horizon Stories, Expeditions, or EventLab events will not count towards the contribution of either goal.

The entire Horizon Festival teams up to beat the goals and unlock rewards for every member in the community!

Don’t forget to check each goal’s progress and look at your Message Center when they are cleared.

Wear Your Team and Go for the Win!

We couldn’t let the opportunity to let you show off your favorite team in style, so as early as March 28, you will receive the Horizon Race-Off outfits via in-game message as soon as the season switches.

Hit the tarmac and feel the blue racing in the Asphalt Racers race suit.

Get ready to get dirty with the Off-Road Racers race suit.

Both outfits will be available to redeem during the four weeks of Horizon Race-Off. Get yours and represent your team’s colors.

An Adventuring Outpost Arrives.

The new festival Outpost featuring both team's branding with shining spotlights at night

Horizon Race-Off will feature a new, unique Outpost in this series.

The Horizon Race-Off Outposts will be decorated with the distinctive colors and logos of each racing division featured in the same name; the blue is for Asphalt while the orange represents Off-Roading.

What sets these Outposts apart from others found at the Horizon Festival is that these new ones will change locations on each week of the series.

Once inside the Race-Off Outposts, you’ll be able to check up on the progress of the Asphalt and Off-Road challenges.

Chase after this moving Outpost and share where you found it with the community!

Piñatas for All, No Matter Your Team

Piñata helmet decorated with the Asphalt team's motifs

After you are done chasing and finding the moving Outpost featured in this series, the Horizon Festival will also get two new collectible items to search for.

On week 2, find and collect the Offroad Helmet Pinata Collectible. Look for it in Playa Azul’s sands

An Asphalt Helmet Pinata will also be available to collect, this one will be available during week 3. Start going round Ópalo de Fuego to find it!

Off-Road team decorated piñata helmet over a dirt road

Racefy Your EventLab Creations

EventLab props featuring flags, barriers, and more placed on a grassy area between mountains

Creators will also be able to get their share of the Race-Off with the brand-new EventLab props added to the game in this series.

Support team Asphalt, Off-Road or both using the themed flags, billboards, and other decorations featuring the colors and branding for each team.

Furthermore, you will be able to include both Piñata Helmets scattered throughout the Festival to your EventLab races and events.

The complete list of new props features:

  • 8 Signs & Flags -- Asphalt Billboard -- Off-Road BillBoard -- Asphalt Flags --- White --- Blue --- Dark Blue -- Off-Road Flags --- White --- Orange --- Dark Orange

  • 2 Gameplay -- Asphalt Helmet Piñata -- Off-Road Helmet Piñata

  • 6 Festival -- Horizon Race-Off Display -- Horizon Race-Off Entrance -- Asphalt Entrance -- Off-Road Entrance -- Asphalt Festival Tower -- Off-Road Festival Tower

  • 2 Walls & Fences -- Asphalt Barrier -- Off-Road Barrer

Both barriers include Snap Functionality!

Acceleration Car Pack

McLare Sabre, Ginetta G10 RM, Ford Shelby GT 500, and Ford Supervan 4 parked in front of each other on a Festival Outpost

Get four new rides to conquer the many races featured in Horizon Race-Off.

The Acceleration Car Pack features four limited-build cars created to achieve the highest speed possible in the shortest amount of time.

One classic drag-race titan and three modern super-fast racers are available for purchase starting March 26 for 4.99$ / 4.99€ / 3.99 £ on the Acceleration Car Pack!*

*This Car Pack is not included in the Premium Version or in the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass

2021 McLaren Sabre

McLare Sabre about to take a corner on an Asphalt road with some mist ahead

What goes beyond a hypercar? We believe the answer to that question is “2021 McLaren Sabre”. Only 15 units of the Sabre will ever be produced, and each one will arrive at their owner’s garage with a unique livery. However, styling isn’t what makes this car shatter our hypercar parameters.

The Sabre comes equipped with a twin turbocharged V8 engine that puts out 824 HP and can produce close to 800 Nm of torque. Put this engine into action to achieve this car’s top speed of 350 kmh, making it the fastest non-hybrid McLaren ever made.

Of course, no hypercar is complete without a supreme exterior design. The Sabre takes some inspiration from previous McLaren designs (mainly the Senna) and adds a few upgrades that give the car the insurmountable aerodynamics it needs to make the best out of such a magnificent engine.

2019 Ginetta G10 RM

Ginetta G10 RM lifting dust as it rushes through a open road

The closest Forza Horizon 5 will get to time traveling is taking a ride in the 2019 Ginetta G10 RM. Just in case you were wondering, the RM stands for “remastered”, meaning this high-speed classman is a new take on the already amazing original G10.

Built to put the modern touch into Ginetta’s already extraordinary racing pedigree, the RM brings the finest contrasts between vintage and modern. For starters, the finishes on the inside of the car are made from wood and leather, the entire car is built by hand; while its glorious 6.2-liter V8 comes from the brand’s most recent prototypes.

Get a sense of what it feels like to travel to the past with the latest technology and atention to detail in the 2019 Ginetta G10 RM.

2022 Ford Supervan 4

Ford Supervan 4 decorated with neon details in front of a neon lit cityscape

A Ford utility vehicle fitted with a 2,000 hp producing electric train? Sounds like a superhero hiding behind the outfit of a reporter.

It might not be faster than a speeding bullet, but the 2022 Ford Supervan 4 power train can still cover massive amounts of distance in a very limited time, Four electric motors fitted underneath a built-for-the-track body make the most out of the 50 kW producing battery included in the Supervan give this van the power to sprint from 0-100 kmh in just under 2 seconds.

Rather than holding a symbol of hope on its front, the “S” in Supervan represents Speed.

1967 Shelby GT 500

Shelby GT 500 running on a dirt road surrounded by crops

Driving off a huge victory at Le Mans, Ford took a bunch of the lessons they learnt and applied them to a performance-focused version of their next powerhouse, the 1967 Shelby GT500.

Powering Carrol Shelby’s latest creation was a 7.0-liter V8 engine called the Cobra Le Mans, a for-the-road version of the already great 427 cu- in. Engine made by Ford. It came with 355 bhp and a rumble that very few cars of the era could match. The GT500 could run a quarter mile in 15 seconds and go from 0 – 100 kmh in just 6.5 seconds.

The exterior of this car matched its speed and loudness, precisely what you need to stand apart from other Mustang models. Its new fiber glass front and back, as well as headlights, and characteristic grill made this car a street racer with a very sportive, modern look.

A classic muscle car ready to take on the challenge offered by its more modern counterparts will hit the Horizon Festival on the Acceleration Car Pack.

Festival Playlist

Six reward cars in two lines of three next to their release dates

A few examples of the next generation of machines looking to become synonymous with extreme speed and awesome power will be available to unlock on the 4 weeks of Horizon Race-Off's Festival Playlist.

2023 McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura poised on an open road as lightning strikes on the background
Earn 20 PTS during Week 1 “Summer” Season on the European Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from March 28 until April 4.

McLaren’s newest line of hybrid vehicles has its sights set on the Horizon Festival, and it’s ready to race.

Putting together the loud and proud power of a twin-turbo V-6 and a silent but deadly electric power train, this car makes a combined bhp of 671 horsepower. Sitting in the highest level of performance, the Artura has a 0 – 100 kmh time of 2.6 seconds.

To make the best use of the combined gas and electric systems, the new Artura was built using the brand-new Carbon Lightweight Architecture on its body as well as fitting air vents and the signature McLaren scissor doors.

Experience the feeling of mad power that only a car maker with McLaren’s pedigree could imprint into a hybrid with the 2023 McLaren Artura.

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

Audi TT RS taking a sharp turn on a stone road surrounded by houses
Earn 20 PTS during Week 2 “Autumn” Season on the European Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from April 4 until April 11.

The 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe isn’t only the fired-up version of Audi’s small showpiece, it is also a joy to drive and ride into.

The bubbly design we know, and love comes revamped and ready to roll with a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces the very fun-inducing amount of 394 bhp. Paired with a fantastic seven-speed gearbox and the famous AWD Audi is famous for, this car provides a heck of a time behind the wheel.

This car’s excellent power transfer and marvelous grip will surely become your greatest allies when clearing the races featured on the Race-Off this series!

2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

Mustang SVT driving on a dirt road in front of ancient ruins kicking dust as it passes
Earn 20 PTS during Week 3 “Winter” Season on the European Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from April 11 until April 18.

One of humankind’s most terrifying mythological creatures is coming soon to the Horizon Festival: A Mustang with the venomous fangs of a Cobra.

The 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra is a supercharged monster of a car; it has been fitted with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that puts 390 horsepower that includes an Eaton blower to give it the bump in power the Cobra needed to outperform its 2001 sibling.

Strategic changes to the Cobra’s build were made to enhance its performance. To handle its brutal power, the SVT had to replace its aluminum cast engine with an iron cast one to improve durability. On the other hand, aluminum replaced heavier metals to reduce its acceleration times that clock in with a 0 – 100 kmh of 4.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds.

With an exterior built to let in cool air from almost anywhere and that invites you to do some serious racing, the SVT Cobra is an accelerating experience you cannot miss.

2020 Jaguar F-TYPE SVR

Shiny F Type SVR rushing on a road in front of a forest landscape
Earn 20 PTS during Week 4 “Spring” Season on the European Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from April 18 until April 25.

We encounter yet another specimen of the asphalt’s top cat, the 2020 Jaguar F-Type SVR. This particular feline shows off exquisite coating with its modern, aggressive lines, hood vents, and impressive aerodynamics.

However, the most prominent characteristic of this wild animal comes from its roar. Produced by a purring 5.0-liter supercharged V8, the F-Type SVR can easily intimidate prey and mark its territory on the track.

When on the hunt, this car puts its 575 bhp and marvelous AWD system to work, spitting out a 0-100 kmh time of 6.4 seconds. Coupled with a supreme grip and driving experience, and you we find ourselves in front of quite a predator for the Horizon Festival.

What’s next?

Apex All-Stars are approaching Forza Horizon 5!

This next series will feature new sets of EventLab props, an all-new collectible item, and new reward cars to add to your garage will be available to unlock on the Festival Playlist!

See you on our next series, Apex All-Stars.