Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels is here! Available to play on Xbox consoles, PC via Windows and Steam, and Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) alongside the Series 10 Update, Forza Horizon 5’s first expansion is full of unmissable new driving experiences. Read on for details on how you can take on our fastest, most extreme, gravity-defying tracks and emerge as a Hot Wheels Legend!
Blast off to Hot Wheels Park
Players who own the Forza Horizon 5: Premium Add-ons Bundle, Premium Edition, Expansions Bundle, or the standalone Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels expansion can get started on their journey by locating the Hot Wheels Expedition icon by Mexico’s Gran Caldera. This high-speed introduction to Horizon Hot Wheels Park is only a taste of everything you can expect from this whole new world of racing in the clouds high above Mexico. Sit back and experience the fastest speeds you’ve ever seen in Forza as you get behind of the wheel of the 2012 Hot Wheels Bad to the Blade.
Your reward for completing the Hot Wheels Expedition? The 2013 Hot Wheels Baja Bone Shaker, the perfect off-roader to explore the diverse biomes of Hot Wheels Park, where new driving experiences await at every turn. Hear the growl of your engine as it bounces back off intricately detailed rock formations in the rugged Giant’s Canyon; watch as the frozen tundra drips into the glistening molten lava in the Ice Cauldron; and see the tree canopy towering over epic waterfalls in Forest Falls. All of it is brought together under the stunning and exhilarating Horizon Nexus, where the Horizon Festival is suspended among a web of Hot Wheels tracks.
To compliment the iconic orange track, we’ve introduced new track types that will shake up and augment your gameplay experience. Maintain control of your car on the slippery and snowy Ice track, watch out for hydroplaning on splash-filled Water Flumes, take care when driving through the rugged bumpiness of Rumble, and defy gravity on the futuristic Magnet tracks, which attach cars to the surface no matter the driving angle! In addition to the instant acceleration push granted by Speed Boosts, the all-new Air Tracks give you consistent speed through time, allowing you to progressively get faster and faster before reaching the highest possible speeds!
Click on the above image to download and view a full 8K resolution version of the Hot Wheels Park game map.
In total, there’s 212 km – that translates to just over 131 miles – of Hot Wheels tracks for you to race on, and you can even drive off the beaten path to explore our biomes in more detail. Each environment feels connected to the track, and there’s no shortage of discoveries in Horizon Hot Wheels Park. Keep your eyes peeled for our close friend Tank who’s bringing 20 new airborne collectibles. You’ll also find a fresh set of 25 Bonus Boards rewarding XP upon being smashed. Just watch out for the dragons!
Enlist into the Hot Wheels Academy
It won’t be easy to become a Hot Wheels Legend. You’ll need to prove that you can master the extreme speeds of Hot Wheels Park before progressing onto faster and faster car classes. The Hot Wheels Academy introduces a new progression system that’s divided into five tiers with rewards, events and Missions associated to each.
Start in the Rookie Rank with B Class cars and complete Missions to earn Hot Wheels Medals and fill the Rank meter. Each Rank features a set of Major and Minor Missions, consisting of races, PR Stunts, and unique challenges that reward Medals, new cars, and valuable rewards such as car horns and cosmetics.
Earn Medals to unlock new Qualifier events and prove your driving ability to progress to the next Hot Wheels Rank in your journey, including Pro (A Class), Expert (S1 Class), Elite (S2 Class) and Legend (X Class). Remember that you won’t be able to use your high PI-rated cars in free roam until you’ve unlocked and beaten the associated Qualifier!
Races in Horizon Hot Wheels Park are divided into Speed and Hazard events. Speed Races are designed around high-speed track racing while Hazard Races utilize each of the biomes to take the action off-road. You’ll be able to set record times on both in Hot Wheels Rivals.
There’s also a new Horizon Story. Hot Wheels: A History of Speed features five chapters, which are unlocked alongside your Hot Wheels Rank, taking you on a comprehensive journey of the history of Hot Wheels as you perform fun stunts and challenges along the way.
Race Your Friends and the Community
Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels features numerous options for online play. In a first for the franchise, you can now join friends and play the entire expansion from the very beginning in co-op, including the introductory Hot Wheels Expedition. You can also team up and race Drivatars in Horizon Tour – located in the Forest Falls biome – or compete against the world in Horizon Open with Open Racing, Custom Racing, Leaderboards and Badges.
Due to the more enclosed nature of Hot Wheels tracks, as well as their increased speed and extreme verticality, it became clear to us during the development of Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels that online racing on Hot Wheels Park is more fun and enjoyable when player-to-player collisions are disabled. This setting only applies to Open Racing on Hot Wheels Park and doesn’t impact the base game.
You can also create your own Hot Wheels adventure in EventLab. The Hot Wheels Creation Kit features over 80 track and stunt pieces that can be instantly snapped together. Unleash your imagination and bring your most innovative ideas to life anywhere in the world of Hot Wheels Park or Mexico. What’s more, Blueprints created on the base game map that utilize Hot Wheels props can even be played by non-expansion owners!
It’s All About the Cars
What new cars can you look forward to driving in Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels? Here’s a look at the vehicles obtainable throughout your semester in the Hot Wheels Academy:
- 2013 Hot Wheels Baja Bone Shaker – Complete the Hot Wheels Expedition and arrive at the Horizon Hot Wheels Park.
Rookie Rank (B Class)
- 1957 Hot Wheels Nash Metropolitan Custom – Complete "The Beginning" chapter of Hot Wheels: A History of Speed.
- 2000 Hot Wheels Deora II – Complete the Pro Qualifier "Surf's Down."
Pro Rank (A Class)
- 1949 Hot Wheels Ford F-5 Dually Custom Hot Rod – Complete the "The Iconic Orange Track" chapter of Hot Wheels: A History of Speed.
- 2012 Hot Wheels Rip Rod – Complete the "The Snake & The Mongoos" chapter of Hot Wheels: A History of Speed.
- 1993 Schuppan 962CR – Complete the Expert Qualifier "Now this isn't Pod Racing."
Expert Rank (S1 Class)
- 2018 Chevrolet Hot Wheels COPO Camaro – Complete the Forest Edge and the Horizon Nexus Speed Traps within 1 minute 30 seconds in an S1 class car.
- 2018 Hot Wheels 2JetZ – Complete the "Treasure Hunting" chapter of Hot Wheels: A History of Speed.
- 2005 Hot Wheels Ford Mustang – Complete the "Hot Wheels Today" chapter of Hot Wheels: A History of Speed.
- 2018 SUBARU WRX STI ARX Supercar – Start at the Hot Wheels Outpost in an S1 Class car then complete the Treetops Speed Trap within 1 minute 30 seconds.
- 2012 Hot Wheels Bad to the Blade – Complete the Elite Qualifier "Bad to the Blade Runner."
Elite Rank (S2 Class)
- 2019 Brabham BT62 – Complete the Supersonic Spiral and the Frozen Rush Speed Zones within 2 minutes in an S2 Class car.
- 2006 Mosler MT900 GT3 – Maintain a speed of 250 mph (403 km/h) for 5 seconds in an S2 Class vehicle.
- 2020 SIERRA Cars #23 Yokohama ALPHA – Win the Hot Wheels Goliath event and become the Hot Wheels Legend.
Legend Rank (X Class)
- 2021 Hennessey Venom F5 – Discover All Roads in Hot Wheels Park.
As part of the Series 10 Update, all Forza Horizon 5 players can utilize new car customization options, including the Hot Wheels signature redline tire compound and 12 new Hot Wheels Spectraflame colors.
Check out this previous blog post to learn about the real-life backstory of the cars included in Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels.
Get Your Skills On
Horizon Hot Wheels Park features a new UI reticle that we’re calling G-Forza! This roll indicator dynamically changes based on the car’s rotation while driving on Hot Wheels tracks with skills being triggered based on the car’s speed and tilt angle. You can bank skill after a certain minimum distance of being consistently tilted, or you can keep the skill chains going by driving extreme but clean!
The new G-Forza UI reticle can be visually deactivated by navigating to Settings > HUD and Gameplay > Hot Wheels Roll Indicator > On/Off. Doing so will not prevent you from earning G-Forza skills.
We’ve also introduced new accessibility options to Forza Horizon 5 as part of the Hot Wheels expansion. Exclusive to when playing on Hot Wheels Park, new camera FOV options are coming to console for the first time, including Chase Cam FOV and Far Chase Cam FOV. By default, these are set to maximum and will not be reflected when driving in Mexico. PC users can also customize these settings as well as Driver Cam FOV, Dashboard Cam FOV, Hood Cam FOV, and Bumper Cam FOV.
Additionally, we’ve added a Motion Blur toggle on console allowing players to choose between Short and Long Motion Blur or disable the feature entirely.
A new Hot Wheels Stunt Steering assist can also be toggled which helps steer you away from track edges when driving through highly tilted or inverted Hot Wheels track pieces.
New Hot Wheels Festival Playlist Events
Hot Wheels events are coming to the Festival Playlist starting in Series 10. These activities are exclusive to expansion owners, though completion of them is not required to unlock the Min, Meet Max achievement nor new seasonal car and cosmetic rewards introduced as part of series updates. Furthermore, players are not required to complete Hot Wheels events to achieve Gold for a series when viewing Series History.
To access Hot Wheels events on the Festival Playlist, players must unlock the respective Hot Wheels Academy Rank.
Fresh Hot Wheels Style
Make sure you look the part by wearing these new clothing items, available to unlock by completing Missions in the Hot Wheels Academy:
- Hot Wheels Elite Race Suit
- Hot Wheels Expert Race Suit
- Hot Wheels Legend Race Suit
- Hot Wheels Pro Race Suit
- Hot Wheels Rookie Race Suit
- Hot Wheels Elite Race Helmet
- Hot Wheels Rookie Race Helmet
- Hot Wheels Legend Race Helmet
- Hot Wheels Pro Race Helmet
- Hot Wheels Expert Race Helmet
- Hot Wheels Summer Skirt
- Hot Wheels Blue Hoodie
- Hot Wheels Elite Tee
- Hot Wheels Expert Tee
- Hot Wheels Legend Tee
- Hot Wheels Pro Tee
- Hot Wheels Rookie Tee
- Hot Wheels Space Suit
- Hot Wheels Space Helmet
- Hot Wheels Flame Shirt
- Hot Wheels Canvas Shoes
- Hot Wheels Beanie
Beep, beep! Four new Hot Wheels themed car horns can also be unlocked from Missions, these include:
- Hot Wheels Dragon
- Hot Wheels Guitar Warm Up
- Hot Wheels Speed
- Hot Wheels Toy Slide
In addition to the Missions as part of the Hot Wheels Academy, new Accolades and Achievements can be unlocked along your Hot Wheels journey. The full list of those is available here.
Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels – Play Now
If you’ve been playing Forza Horizon 5 since day one, or you’re joining us in Mexico for the first time with the release of Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels – included in the Premium Add-ons Bundle, Premium Edition, Expansions Bundle, and available for standalone purchase, we’re excited for you to experience the high-speed thrills of our latest Forza experience! See you on the tracks.