A new Festival Playlist is live in Forza Horizon 5 and Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels, and we've raced across Mexico to bring you the latest Festival Playlist challenges, tips, and tricks for the winter season in Series 12.We've played through this season's Trial, Seasonal Championships, and PR Stunts to give you our recommended car selections and tunes for each event. We've also detailed the winter season's complete list of challenges, including vehicle restrictions, to make things easier to parse.
By completing every event this month's Festival Playlist has to offer, you'll unlock the Min, Meet Max achievement.
Series 12: Horizon Road Trip
Forza Horizon 5's 12th Series gives us a fresh batch of cars to unlock. In Series 12: Horizon Road Trip, nabbing 80 points across the Series will net you the exclusive Audi RS e-tron. If you collect 160 points, you'll bag the hard-to-find McLaren 765LT.
Winter: Dry Season
This week's Festival Playlist season is winter, and as always, two cars are up for grabs. For accumulating 20 points, you'll unlock the exclusive Lynk & Co 03+, and for 40 points, the hard-to-find Donkervoort GT0.
Forzathon Weekly Challenge — Total Eclipse (5 Season Points and 80 Forzathon Points)
|Chapter 1: Tuna, No crust||Own and drive a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX|
|Chapter 2: Buster||Earn three Lucky Escape Skill combos in the 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX|
|Chapter 3: Winning's winning||Win a Drag Race in the 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX|
|Chapter 4: Warning!!! Danger To Manifold||Earn a total of 100,000 Skill Score in the 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX|
Forzathon Daily Challenges
|Challenge||Challenge requirements||Season Points||Forzathon Points|
|Making a Scene – active: 29/09/2022||Visit the Street Scene Festival Outpost||1pts||10 FP|
|Bandit – active: 30/09/22||Win a Street Race in a 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455||1pts||10 FP|
|Overnight Parts – active: 01/10/22||Spend 75,000 credits on upgrades||1pts||10 FP|
|A Quarter Mile at a Time – active: 02/10/22||Win a Drag Race||1pts||10 FP|
|Undergrounder – active: 03/10/22||Win the Tunnel Run Street Race in any ‘S1’ Class car||1pts||10 FP|
|Festival of Speed – active: 04/10/22||Complete Round three of a Speed themed Horizon Arcade||1pts||10FP|
|Takedown – active: 05/10/22||Win a head-to-head||1pts||10 FP|
|Event||Event requirements||Vehicle restrictions||Season Points||Reward|
|The Trial: Street Safari||Win two out of three races as a team against Unbeatable Drivatars||Vans and Utility, Class: C600||10pts||Mosler MT900S|
|Seasonal Playground Games: Survival||Complete the series of Seasonal Playground Games events||Super Saloons, Class: A800||3pts||M-B Unimog|
|Danger Sign: Colina||Jump 518m or more||Anything Goes, Class: S2998||2pts||Super Wheelspin|
|Speed Trap: Los Arboles||Beat the 170mph Speed Trap target||Anything Goes, Class: S2998||2pts||Super Wheelspin|
|Seasonal Championship: The Marathon||Win the Seasonal Championship against Highly Skilled Drivatars||Modern Supercars, Class: S1900||5pts||Audi TT RS|
|Seasonal Championship: Street Endurance||Win the Seasonal Championship against Highly Skilled Drivatars||Modern Sports Cars, Class: A800||5pts||Eclispe GSX|
|Seasonal Championship: On The Move||Win the Seasonal Championship against Highly Skilled Drivatars||Trucks, Class: A800||5pts||HSV Maloo '14|
|Seasonal Championship: Retro Street||Win the Seasonal Championship against Highly Skilled Drivatars||Retro Hot Hatch, Class: C600||5pts||Megan R26.R|
How to beat Forza Horizon 5: Winter Festival Playlist Season EventsFor this week's Trial, Street Safari, you are restricted to a Class C Vans and Utility vehicle. For this one, we went with the 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan and tune: 143 939 236. The Trial is an easy one this week, and the Transit is an absolute beast with this tune. It will easily get you out in front at the start of the race, leaving everyone in the dust. While the Transit is pretty speedy for a Class C vehicle, it has shocking brakes and pretty poor handling, so you will need to take it easy and gently ease it around bends, or you will slide out, especially as the races are in the wet.
For the Colina Danger Sign, you'll need to jump 518m or more in any S2 class car. A fair few cars here will get the job done, but we opted for the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder and tune: 100 858 250, which saw us crush the Danger Sign. Get a good run-up from just beyond the Fuera Del Camino Trail race marker, and you'll easily beat the target. The hardest thing about this one is the landing, so you may have to rewind and adjust a few times before you stick it.
The Los Arboles Speed Trap asks you to beat a speed target of 170mph in any Class S2 car. To keep things simple, we stuck with the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder and tune: 100 858 250, which we used for the previous PR Stunt. If you start your approach from the hairpin turn, you should pass through the trap in the Porsche at around 180mph or more.
Our first Seasonal Championship is The Marathon, where we're restricted to a Class S1 Modern Supercar. For this lengthy Championship, we used a stock 2015 Ferrari 488 GTB, which is more than capable of getting you a first-place finish here. The Ferrari is an excellent car in its stock setup — it's fast, it handles well, and it's hot on the brakes, so it should get you out in front in no time at all.
For the next Seasonal Championship, Street Endurance, you can only use a Class A Modern Sports Car. We dominated this Championship with the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, which we left stock. The Porsche is a good all-rounder with decent handling and speed, though it doesn't do so well in the wet. You can easily lose the Porsche on bends in the wet, especially if you're hitting the brakes hard, so be careful!
The third Seasonal Championship, On The Move, restricts you to a Class A Truck. For this one, we opted for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz #24 Tankpool24 Racing Truck and made it more bearable with tune: 228 271 928. This tune beefs up the Trucks overall speed and acceleration, making it a bit more fun to drive. Of course, that added speed means you'll need to get on the brakes early if you want any hope of making it around a corner. Visibility is also a bit of an issue with the Tankpool, depending on your camera preference, so keep an eye out for oncoming cars and other traffic.
In the final Seasonal Championship, Retro Street , you can only use a Class C Retro Hot Hatch. We used a stock 2001 Acura Integra Type R, which comfortably gave us three wins. Being restricted to Class C cars, this Championship is naturally going to be slow, so to build up some decent speed, make sure you're drafting as much as possible in each race until you get out in front, and don't be afraid to ram into the CPU in some of the tighter bends to get an advantage. Much like the Tankpool in the previous Championship, the brakes on the Acura aren't great, so get on them early in the wet.
|Challenge||Challenge requirements||Season Points||Reward|
|Treasure Hunt: Super Street||Win a Street Race in any Super Hot Hatch||3pts||100 Forzathon Points|
|Photo Challenge: #StreetScene||Photograph the 2008 Renault Megane R26.R at the Horizon Street Scene Outpost||2pts||Watermelon Ankle Socks Clothing Reward|
|Horizon Open: Critical Success||Perform five Ultimate Drift Skills in Horizon Open Drifting||2pts||"It's Morbin' Time" Forza Link Reward|
|Event||Event description||Season Points||Reward|
|Monthly Rivals: Bola Ocho Circuit||Post a clean lap to complete||4pts||N/A|
Hot Wheels Events
|Event||Event requirements||Vehicle restrictions||Season Points||Reward|
|Speed Zone: Frozen Rush||Beat the 170mph Speed Zone target||Anything Goes, Class: S2998||2pts||Super Wheelspin|
|Seasonal Championship: Paint the Streets Orange||Win the Seasonal Championship against Highly Skilled Drivatars||Hypercars, Class: S2998||5pts||VW Golf R '14|
For the Frozen Rush Speed Zone, you need to blast through the zone at a speed of 170mph or more in any Class S2 car. This one is a bit tricky because of the ice and bends, but we saw success with the 1986 Hoonigan Ford RS200 Evolution and tune: 524 289 079. It may take a couple of attempts and a little drifting, but the Hoonigan has just enough power and traction to squeeze you past the target.
This week's Hot Wheels Seasonal Championship, Paint the Streets Orange, requires you to win the Championship in a Class S2 Hypercar. We went with the Porsche 918 Spyder and tune: 100 858 250, which is what we used for some of the PR Stunts this week. While pretty much any S2 Hypercar will do the job here, the Porsche in this setup is a rocket with its excellent speed, handling and acceleration. The only thing you'll need to watch out for is that it tends to get a bit twitchy at really high speeds, so keep her steady!
Got any recommended cars or tunes for completing this season's challenges that differ from ours? Give the community your suggestions down in the comments below, and let us know if you found our round-up useful!