Forza Horizon 5 Series 6 Update

Alan Walsh
Thursday, March 24, 2022

Update: As we investigate a connectivity issue, we’ve changed the release of the Forza Horizon 5 Series 6 Update to tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30. We will let you know once the update is available to download on our Forza Support Twitter handle. The Series 6 Festival Playlist will begin on Thursday, March 31 as planned.

Welcome to the Series 6 Update, officially named Horizon Customs as Forza Horizon 5 celebrates both the creative and racing talents of our amazing players with important upgrades to Horizon Open and EventLab which you can read more about below. Also, we are happy to welcome back our good friend, esteemed drift aficionado Robert Glenn who has arrived in Mexico to setup Drift Club Mexico as you’re invited to push the limits of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 in our first post-release Horizon Story.

As always, the Festival Playlist is serving up new clothing items, cars, and horns to unlock. All of this and more awaits when Series 6 becomes available to download on Xbox, Windows and Steam from Wednesday, March 30 with seasonal content rolling out in the weeks that follow. Let’s break it down.

Horizon Open Custom Racing

Custom Racing arrives to Horizon Open allowing you to matchmake with likeminded players based on your desired racing parameters, such as PI class and type of race.

We’re also introducing a new stand-alone progression system into Horizon Open. This will apply to Open Racing, Drifting, Playground Games and Custom Racing. It doesn’t count for The Eliminator, and we’ll be moving this game mode from Horizon Open to the Online tab in the pause menu.

Starting in Series 6, any XP earned in Horizon Open contributes towards both the traditional player level and the new Horizon Open level. Each level has a specified XP target, which you can view alongside upcoming rewards in the Horizon Open tile. You’ll also find a new additional XP bar for your Horizon Open level on the post-race screen.

Badges are a new reward type earned by completing special challenges or by levelling up in Horizon Open. These add a small colorful icon beside your Gamertag and are visible in Horizon Life Free Roam, race standings and Leaderboards. Complete challenges to unlock new Badges and redeem those already unlocked via the dedicated Badges menu under the Campaign tab.

Finally, we’re also introducing a new Horizon Open Leaderboard which displays your total Horizon Open XP – it's also a great place to show off your unlocked Badges and compare XP earned with your friends and the global Forza community.

EventLab

New original props are coming to the Blueprint Builder in Series 6 to inspire your creative instincts. Look out for new concrete and plaster walls; concrete, dirt, and asphalt platforms; neon shipping containers and directional arrow decals; a tyre stack wall and concrete pillar, as well as festival-inspired towers and Lunar New Year lanterns.

Within the Rules of Play, a new «Scale Gravity» rule allows creators to either increase or decrease the gravity forces applied to a player car – from 10% impact to 200%.

On Xbox Series X|S and PC, we’ve made improvements to terrain visibility at high altitude to provide a better visual experience when playing elevated EventLab creations.

Drift Club Mexico

Drift Club is expanding to Mexico! Welshman Robert Glenn, a kindred spirit of drifters who share a real love for controlled oversteer, has flown over from Horizon’s Britain, bringing with him a new set of challenges that celebrates the engineering and technical delight of going sideways.

Players who have built the Horizon Rush Outpost will be able to start playing Drift Club Mexico immediately, taking you behind the wheel of seven of the world’s coolest drift cars – each tuned and tweaked to celebrate the past, present and future of drifting.

There are also new Drift Club themed clothing items available to unlock and playing this Horizon Story will contribute to your Festival Playlist completion in Series 6.

Additionally, by completing all six chapters, the all-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 will be added to your garage, and you’ll learn some fun insights on just how revolutionary this car is courtesy of Formula Drift champion and RTR Vehicles founder Vaughn Gittin Jr. Players can also seamlessly swap between RWD and AWD at any time when driving it in Forza Horizon 5.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400

Complete all six chapters of the Drift Club Mexico Horizon Story.

The future of drifting is here. Packing 1400hp under the hood with seven electric motors and incredible downforce – more than 2,300 lb. at 160mph! – the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 unlocks the true potential of electric vehicles. Created in collaboration between Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles, this car is built for everything RTR founder Vaughn Gittin Jr. loves doing most – from drifting and gymkhana to road racing and time attack. The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is fitted with a unique chassis and powertrain for different layouts, including AWD, RWD and FWD, as well as extreme steering angles for drifting, split power delivery between the front and rear of the car, Brembo brakes akin to the Mustang GT4 and a hydraulic handbrake system. Utilizing a 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery that is cooled while charging, the Mustang Mach-E 1400 reinvigorates the thrill of driving and ensures no moment is wasted on the track.

Festival Playlist

A new Series Update means a new Festival Playlist! Over the next month, look out for new collectible Paint Barrels and miniature T-Rex dinosaurs and in celebration of the Horizon Customs theme, two EventLab events will be featured every week. We’re also giving one Seasonal Championship every week in Series 6 a custom tile featuring community captured photos.

Furthermore, going forward, completing Seasonal PR Stunts will reward Super Wheelspins.

In total, 27 new clothing items are available to acquire from the Series 6 Festival Playlist, Drift Club Mexico and the Customize Character interface. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Drift Club

Horizon Customs

Short Sleeved Shirts

Prosthetic Legs

Tank Tops

Drift Club Tee

Builder’s Outfit

Natural Bird

Farid Rueda Bear

White Leopard

Drift Club Race Helmet

Builder’s Helmet

White Leopard

Colourful Leaf Pattern

White Bird

Drift Club Racesuit

Builder’s Gloves

White Leaf

Teal Pattern

Colourful Bird

 

Creative Tee

Natural Leaf

Red Doodle Pattern

Grey Leopard Pattern

 

Painter Hoodie

Yellow Pattern

Doodle Pattern

Grey Leopard

 

Tuning Hoodie

Triangle Pattern

   
 

Photo Hoodie

Doodle Pattern

   

Five new car horns can also be acquired in Series 6:

  • Mechanical Whizz
  • Paint Spray
  • Pinball Machine
  • Wheelspin Win
  • Piñata Pop

As always, the Festival Playlist introduces four new cars to Forza Horizon 5 available to unlock throughout Series 6 – including the #NewToForza 2021 McLaren 765LT Coupe, the latest addition to the legendary Longtail family.

Here’s the full line-up:

2012 Ascari KZ1R

Earn 20 PTS during the Summer “Wet” Season on the Series 6 Festival Playlist from March 31 – April 6.

A track-tuned version of the race-bred supercar of the road, the KZ1R is capable of a top speed of 200 mph and 0-60 acceleration of three seconds. Ascari cars are hand-built on a state-of-the-art, carbon-fiber, monocoque adding to their potential as track superstar. Powered by the naturally aspirated BMW M5, 5.0-liter V8 and feather light at less than 3,000 lbs., despite luxury appointments such as electric windows, the KZR1 delivers an intensely exciting ride. The interior is all business and stripped to the bare essentials while still providing comfort inside the built-in safety cage. Outside, the front splitter and rear-wing generate additional downforce while complimenting the aerodynamic smoothness of the elegant body. Ascari built only 50 KZ1R models so the best way to enjoy this magnificent track toy is in Forza Horizon 5.

2021 McLaren 765LT Coupe

Earn 20 PTS during the Autumn “Storm” Season on the Series 6 Festival Playlist from April 7 – April 13.

A new legend to live up to the Longtail name. That’s what McLaren delivers with the 2021 McLaren 765LT Coupe – a car that is entirely focused on the driver. Iterated upon the iconic 720S, this new addition to the Longtail line innovates across every facet of the car. It’s a lighter supercar that weighs 80kg less than the already lean 720S and more powerful with 765PS and 800Nm of torque from a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8. With optimized aerodynamics, a perfect mid-engine, rear wheel drive balance and track-focused dynamics, the most innovative McLaren LT ever made will have your pulse bouncing with 0-62mph speeds of 6.2 seconds and 0-124mph in only seven seconds. As indicated by the name, only 765 models will ever be produced, and for those lucky few, a sensational driving experience like no other awaits.

2018 ATS GT

Earn 20 PTS during the Winter “Dry” Season on the Series 6 Festival Playlist from April 14 – April 20.

In 1961, eight technicians and engineers were fired by Enzo Ferrari. They went on to build their own race team and production cars under the name Automobili Turismo e Sport. While the Formula 1 team failed, they did develop one of the first mid-engine road cars. There were 12 and they were called the 2500 GT. The new ATS GT was designed to re-envision that original groundbreaking design. At the heart of the new ATS GT is a McLaren 650S, a very capable V8 engine that allows this beast to accelerate from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. What sets it apart is the unique styling details such as the opaque engine cover and a token shape in the rear pillar that presents the aerodynamic profile of the original 2500 GT.

2014 McLaren 650S Spider

Earn 20 PTS during the Spring “Hot” Season on the Series 6 Festival Playlist from April 21 – April 27.

Some might call the 650S a McLaren 12C with a facelift, but that would sell its performance far too short. With the 650S, McLaren delivers a car that is even more refined than the 12C. The 650S is lighter, faster, and nimbler than the 12C and draws cues from the now legendary P1. In the supercar horsepower battle the 650S stands its ground with horsepower worthy of its namesake (641 to be exact). True to McLaren form, acceleration is at the forefront, with 60 mph achieved in less than three seconds and more than 120 mph in a little over eight seconds. With features like brake-steering, an F1-influenced drag reduction system, and a body that increases downforce by 40 percent at speeds of 150 mph and above, the 650S is at the top of its game. It’s also a convertible, so put down the roof, take in the natural sights and enjoy a cool Mexican breeze on your next road-trip.

Car Pass Calendar

Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass holders can look forward to four new cars in Series 6. Here are the rides you can look forward to adding to your garage over the next four weeks – and they’re all #NewToForza:

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

Available March 31 in the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass.

The Oldsmobile Toronado is renowned by many automotive enthusiasts for being a step forward in car design. It began life as a design painting by Oldsmobile stylist David North in 1962 who created a “Flame Red Car” – a compact sports car that was never intended for production. After Oldsmobile was informed by parent company General Motors that it’d be building a competitor to the Buick Riviera and the Ford Thunderbird, the division opted to go forward with North’s design and the rest of the story is history. Oldsmobile had been developing front-wheel drive since 1958 and the Toronado incorporates this with a “Unitized Power Package” powertrain. It also has an Oldsmobile-produced, performance-boosted “Super Rocket V8” rated at 385hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, as well as automatic transmission fitted as standard – an expectation of U.S.-built luxury cars of the time.

2021 McLaren 620R

Available April 7 in the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass.

Two worlds collide as the racetrack finally meets the road. That’s the promise of McLaren’s latest supercar, the 620R, which is based on the 570S GT4 – considered the most successful GT race car in the world. Since its 2017 debut, it has won races in every championship across the world, racking up more wins and podiums than any other McLaren to-date. As a race car, the 570S GT4 must adhere to strict motorsport regulations to compete. However, freed from those restrictions, the 620R retains the DNA of the fully homologated track car and is unleashed onto the road. Not only does it look like a race car, but it handles, performs, and feels like one too. It also lives up to McLaren’s lightweight design ethos with adjustable aerodynamic elements – including a carbon fiber rear wing, race suspension components and a powertrain recalibration – all to increase power output to 620PS. Whether you’re on the road or track, the 620R achieves 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds, which are speeds we’d consider to be lightning fast.

2021 MINI John Cooper Works GP

Available April 14 in the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass.

MINI vehicles adorned with the John Cooper Works moniker have always embodied the essence of motorsport. In fact, these cars are developed and tested on racetracks like the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The 2021 JCW GP is the fastest MINI ever and has been stripped for maximum acceleration and agility with a top speed of 165mph, 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and an engine power output of 306 PS. Its dampers, stabilizers and springs have been specifically developed and fine-tuned to suit the vehicle’s handling characteristics. Combined with powerful design elements such as precise lines and edges all throughout the bodywork, the latest MINI makes a confident statement and is certain to impress.

2019 Porsche 911 Speedster

Available April 21 in the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass.

The last of the 991.2 series 911 GT cars to be produced by Porsche is here. Celebrating the seventieth anniversary of its history in building some of the world’s most iconic sports cars, the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster is powered by a naturally aspirated, motorsport-based 4.0-liter flat-six engine delivering 502hp and 346 lb-ft of torque. It achieves 0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds, with a top track speed of 192 mph. With a low-cut front windshield and side windows, two carbon fiber streamliners atop the rear decklid as well as a manually operated lightweight fabric top, this Speedster is instantly recognizable and stands out from other 911 models. It’s also the first developed by Porsche Motorsport and characterized by its purist focus on the driving essentials.

To add the Car Pass rides released thus far to your Forza Horizon 5 garage, simply visit any Horizon Festival outpost or Player House and select “Car Pass” under the “Buy & Sell” menu.

The Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass can be purchased separately, and is included in the Deluxe Edition, Premium Edition and Premium Add-ons Bundle. With 34 cars delivered to your game weekly, one per week with an additional eight Formula Drift cars to get you started, there’s no better way to kickstart your Horizon adventure today.

Release Notes

We continue to listen closely to your Forza Horizon 5 feedback as we introduce new fixes with each game update. Check out our release notes for the Series 6 changelog and as a reminder, here’s when you can stay up to date on the issues we’re currently investigating.

Thanks to everyone who continues to share their feedback and reports with us.

What’s Next

That’s everything you can look forward to in Series 6 when the Horizon Customs Update drops on Wednesday, March 30. Looking ahead, festival organizers at Horizon Mexico are preparing to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Series 7. Stay tuned for details in April!