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Break Speed Records with High Performance in Forza Horizon 5

21 April 2023 - Alan Walsh
Drive at speed on the Horizon Oval Circuit with four incredible new-to-Forza cars boasting High Performance.

The latest Forza Horizon 5 series update is all about High Performance. That means fast cars, a new and permanent race oval and the opportunity to set new speed records in returning PR Stunts.

Game Fixes & Release Notes

Download the new Forza Horizon 5 series update starting on Tuesday, April 25 and you’ll be ready to jump into the High Performance content two days later from Thursday, April 27.

This version introduces some fixes to community reported issues in Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure:

  • The 2001 #4 Ford Focus RS has been added to the Autoshow for reacquisition.
  • An issue that caused the Arzate Sprint Challenge and Forest Trail Master to not be marked as completed has been resolved.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Apex Predators “Let it B” mission from being completed.
  • We’ve addressed an issue that saw the stock PI rating being shown in various menus and event leaderboards despite the player’s car being upgraded.
  • Pinned Challenges showing unintendedly doubled requirements have been fixed.
  • On PC, improvements have been made to performance degradation that occurred in two scenarios: while driving through the deformable sand dunes, and while driving the 2021 Audi RS e-tron GT.
  • On Steam, we've fixed the mismatched achievements unlocked in the Xbox app.
Lamborghini Huracán STO with the High Performance label

In addition to those fixes, we continue to make improvements to the base Forza Horizon 5 experience using your feedback. Here are some of the fixes you can look forward to in this update:

  • Requirements to bind ANNA and Forza LINK on the d-pad while creating Custom Controller Profiles have been removed.
  • We’ve made improvements to EventLab Rules of Play to alleviate issues where rulesets would not correctly function in multiplayer and cause players to desync.
  • Festival site objects have been removed from select Race Routes as those couldn’t be shown to all players.
  • An issue where roads would not be marked as discovered on the map has been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Auction House searches filtered by “Car Type” to not return results.
  • An issue that caused Forzathon Weekly Challenges to reset after a game restart has been fixed.
  • On Xbox, the HUD is no longer stuck in the center of the screen if playing on an ultrawide display.

As always, we’ll share the full list of fixes in our release notes, which will be published once the update has been released. Click here to see a list of the issues that we’re currently investigating. You can also report any bugs that you’re encountering on the Troubleshooting Hub, our dedicated issues tracker.

Gear up for the High-Speed Horizon Oval Circuit

This series, the Horizon Stadium is transformed into an Oval Circuit decorated with various Horizon race-inspired props. While this area can be fully explored in Free Roam for the High Performance series only, the track itself has been permanently added as a race route to the game.

Evolving Wilds Oval Stadium from further back

Players can launch the Horizon Oval Circuit as a Road Racing event for solo, cooperative and competitive play, set their fastest leaderboard lap time on it in Rivals and even use it as a new EventLab build stub.

20 new accolades have been added for the Horizon Oval Circuit along with the new series car collector accolade. Check them out below:

Title Description Career Points Reward
An Ellipse of the Heart Visit the Oval Track at the Stadium in Freeroam 100
Rally-go-Round Drive 1 mile around the Oval Track in any Modern Rally Car while in Freeroam 100
Cirque de Skill Earn a total of 25,000 Skill Score in any American Car at the Oval Track in 1 minute while in Freeroam 100
Through a Circular Lens Take a photo of your car at the Oval Track while in Freeroam 100
Whorl of a Time Earn 3 One-Eighty Skills at the Oval Track while in Freeroam 100
Drop the Ball Earn 5 Awesome Drift Skills or E-Drift Skills at the Oval Track in any Classic Muscle Car while in Freeroam 100 Clothing “Light Blue High Tops”
Spherely Stocked Reach a speed of 100mph (160km/h) in the 1972 Ford Falcon XA GT-H0 at the Oval Track in Freeroam 100
Stadium Snapshot Take a photo of any Retro Muscle Car at the Oval Track while in Freeroam 100
Disc Drifting Earn 3 Awesome Drift or E-Drift Skills at the Oval Track while in Freeroam 100 Forza LINK: “Preparing for Take-Off”
Spin the Wheel Earn 4 Ultimate Burnout Skills in any Retro Rally Car while at the Oval Track in Freeroam 100
Friendly Circle Complete a Race at the Oval Track Event 100 Horn “Tape Rewind”
All-Around Winner Win a Race at the Oval Track Event 100
Centrifugal Force Earn 10 Speed Skills in any Classic Muscle Car at the Oval Track Event 100
Polished off the Competition Earn 5 Clean Racing Skills in the Oval Track Event 100
Rally Ring Reach a Speed of 100mpj (160km/h) in any Modern Rally Car while in the Oval Track Event 100 Clothing “Leaf Pattern Leather Boots”
Pivot and Pace Drive above 200mph (321 km/h) in any Porsche while in the Oval Track Event 100
Passing the Perimeter Earn 5 Triple Pass Combos while in the Oval Track Event 100
Slingshotted Out of the Ring Earn 3 Slingshot Skills while in the Oval Track Event 100
Perfectly Tuned Turn Win a Race at the Oval Track Event while in a Super Hot Hatch upgraded to 'S1' Class 100
Cool, Collected, Concentric Earn 3 Awesome Speed Skills while in the Oval Track Event 100
High Performance Collector Own the 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant, 2020 Lamborghini Huracán STO, 2019 Porsche #70 Porsche Motorsport 935, 2021 Porsche Mission R 1000

In addition to the Horizon Oval Circuit, look out for the return of six returning PR Stunts with four Speed Traps including Horizon Baja, East Resort, Pantano Pass and Tulum, as well as two Speed Zones including Green Hills and River Run. These are visible on the map with a unique purple and blue hue icon. You’ll have to drive fast to get 3 stars in all of them as they’ll only be available until the end of the series.

Helmet pinata at sunset

In the second week of the Festival Playlist, smash through the Pinata Helmet Collectible found around the Horizon Festival Mexico to complete the “Safety First” challenge and unlock the “It is the way” chat phrase for Forza LINK. The Pinata Helmet prop has also been added to the EventLab Blueprint Builder, under the Gameplay category.

New Badges and Character Cosmetic Improvements

Players can unlock new Profile Badges based on the number of unique cars stored in their garage:

  • Ghost Badge: Own 500 unique cars
  • Blue Heart Badge: Own 600 unique cars
  • T-Rex Badge: Own 700 unique cars

Please note that duplicate cars will not count towards unlocking these new Badges.

Evolving Wilds Oval Stadium with crowd

In addition, we’ve added a new feature to Character Customization which automatically adapts the color of a prosthetic or hearing aid to the character’s skin tone.

Festival Playlist

Four unmissable new cars all centered around High Performance are available on the upcoming Festival Playlist, and even better, they’re all new-to-Forza. Let’s check them out!

2020 Lamborghini Huracán STO

Lamborghini Huracán STO parked on a side road with its lights turned on
Earn 20 PTS during the Week 1 “Summer” Season on the High Performance Festival Playlist. Available from April 27 – May 4.

To elevate the Huracán into a super-sports car with the prowess of a track machine, Lamborghini built the Huracán STO with one clear priority – give the world a high-end, road-legal supercar that fuses the innovative technology and unmatched driving experience of a modern race car. To achieve this, the Italian manufacturer's talented team of engineers created a bespoke design that includes extreme aerodynamics to produce incredible downforce, custom handling honed from the racetrack, special carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes derived from Formula 1, a race-ready lightweight chassis and a powerful V10 engine infused with Squadra Corse learnings that enables the Huracán STO to reach 0-62mph in 3 seconds with a top speed of 192mph (310km/h). In short, it’s blistering quick, representing decades of Lamborghini excellence and a winning motorsport heritage in a spectacular car like no other.

2019 Porsche #70 Porsche Motorsport 935

Porsche #70 Porsche Motorsport 935 driving inside the city
Earn 20 PTS during the Week 2 “Autumn” Season on the High Performance Festival Playlist. Available from May 4 – May 11.

In celebration of its legendary 935/78 Le Mans racecar, Porsche reignited the storied legacy of the often dubbed “Moby Dick” with the all-new 2019 Porsche #70 935. While its heritage is deeply rooted in motorsport, the car itself isn’t homologated for competition, which gave its engineers and designers the freedom to create something truly special. Porsche DNA is written all over this car with technology based on the 911 GT2 RS, rear wing endplate LEDs from the 919 Hybrid LMP1, side mirrors taken from the 911 RSR, and exposed titanium tailpipes modelled on the 1968 908. Its 3.8-litre 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine is also nearly identical to the unit found in the 911 GT2 RS and can produce 700-horsepower with increased downforce courtesy of all-new aerodynamics. While only 77 units have been produced and are already naturally spoken for, Forza Horizon 5 players can join those lucky buyers in getting their hands on the 959’s robust carbon wheel, fittingly inspired by the 2019 911 GT3 R.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant

A red Audi RS 6 Avant parked on a beach
Earn 20 PTS during the Week 3 “Winter” Season on the High Performance Festival Playlist. Available from May 11 – May 18.

Combine a 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with the chassis of a station wagon and you get the car that Audi enthusiasts have always desired. Indeed, the 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant is dream come true for fans of the German automaker, and it's backed by high-speed performance numbers that are staggering for a vehicle of its class. Its high-end Tiptronic transmission delivers the engine’s 591 horses to the signature Quattro all-wheel drive system to achieve a top speed of 189mph and it reaches 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds. With notably aggressive yet nuanced RS-specific styling including a wide body design and flared wheel arches, a classy modern interior, and a large capacity trunk to secure all your road-trip essentials, the RS 6 Avant has it all, and is undoubtedly a road champion in true practicality.

2022 Porsche Mission R

Porsche Mission R driving during a thunderstorm from the back
Earn 20 PTS during the Week 4 “Spring” Season on the High Performance Festival Playlist. Available from May 18 – May 25.

Pioneering the incredibly exciting future of electrified Porsche GT4 race cars, the 2022 Porsche Mission R makes a clear statement by bringing together everything that the Porsche lineage has always set out to achieve and doing it with astounding performance numbers. While the car is proof of concept and won’t enter production, the vision behind the all-wheel drive, lightweight and fully electric car has been to show how racecars could evolve over the next five to six years. Its two electric motors deliver over 800 kW (1,088 PS), which translates to 1,000 horsepower, and the car itself achieves 0-62mph in less than 2.5 seconds with an overall top speed of 186mph (300km/h). Porsche also patented the car’s distinct carbon fiber Exoskeleton roof. As for the fast-charging, thermal efficient and high-capacity 82 kWh battery powered by 900-volt technology, the car can be charged from 5% up to 80% in just 15 minutes which makes it perfect for high-intensity sprint racing. The Mission R is a testament of Porsche’s innovative engineering and technology, a truly astonishing piece of craftsmanship that is as unique as it is forward-looking because put simply, today, there’s nothing else quite like it.

What’s Next

Lamborghini Huracán STO and Audi RS 6 Avant on a streer road

Explore the Horizon with exciting new Photo Mode improvements and unique overlanding modifications for select vehicles that will be essential for completing new Pathfinder accolades. We’ll have more to say about this Forza Horizon 5 update closer to its release in May, stay tuned!