It’s fair to say that recent Forza Horizon 5 series updates have been disappointing, with a reliance on recycled cars from previous games and uninspired Festival Playlist Challenges.
Following the Horizon Wilds Takeover series, which ends this week, Forza Horizon 5 Midnights at Horizon bucks the trend. This is easily one of the best series updates yet.
Starting this week and coinciding with the Rally Adventure expansion, Forza Horizon 5 Midnights at Horizon brings extended night-time to Forza along with four new-to Forza cars headlining the festival playlists alongside new rally-themed customisation items and tuning options.
Forza Horizon 5 Midnights At Horizon
Forza Horizon 5 Midnights At Horizon runs from 30 March until 27 April. Throughout the series, Mexico will have extended night skies, illuminated with neon decorations and drone shows in the evolving world.
A patch update will roll out later today containing several bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements. It’s worth noting that the Forza Horizon 5 Midnights at Horizon update is required to run the Rally Adventure expansion.
While the last few series have featured recycled cars from previous games, Midnights At Horizon is bringing four new brand cars never seen in Forza before.
The standout is the 2021 Rimac Nevera. A production version of the Rimac C_Two Concept that debuted in Forza Horizon 4, the Nevera is considered the fastest electric production car in the world after it set a record-breaking top speed of 258mph last year.
Limited to 150 units, the production version is reduced to 219 mph, though its top speed can be unlocked when fitted with specialised tyres in controlled conditions.
Joining the Nevera are the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing performance saloons and the 2021 Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe.
As for Series Progress cars, you can unlock the 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS4 at 80 points and Lamborghini Aventador J at 160 points.
Here’s a full breakdown of the reward cars on offer in the Forza Horizon 5 Midnights at Horizon Festival Playlists.
In the Summer playlist, the Rimac Nevera is unlocked for collecting 20 points, while the 2018 ID Zerouno can be yours at 40 points.
Other reward cars for completing challenges include the McLaren 570S, Maserati GT-S, 2012 Mini JCW, and Audi RS3.
Achieving 20 points in the Autumn playlist will unlock the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, while the 2013 Audi R8 is rewarded once you achieve 40 points.
You can also get the 2013 Aston Martin Vantage S, Audi RS 7, Infiniti Q60, Holden Sandman, and Porsche Cayman by completing challenges.
Winter’s Festival Playlist Season Progress reward cars are the 2021 Lexus LC 500 (20 points) and 2018 ATS GT (40 points).
Additional challenge reward cars include the 1959 Porsche 356, 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 427, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am and 2008 BMW Z4.
Season Progress cars up for grabs in the Spring season are the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V (20 points) and Radical RXC (40 points).
You can also win the 2018 Saleen S1, Lotus 3-Eleven, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, and 2010 Volkswagen Golf R.
Anti-lag and launch control
As well as the reward cars, the Midnights at Horizon series introduces new commonly-requested tuning options: anti-lag and launch control.
Available for all turbocharged cars, the anti-lag system can be fitted in the tuning shop and extracts more power while also producing spectacular flame effects and fire-cracker audio.
There’s also a Launch Control assist option that can be toggled on or off, allowing you to get the perfect start off the line.
Rally body kits
As if the Midnights at Horizon update wasn’t already packed enough, it also features new rally-themed customisation items.
In preparation for the Rally Adventure expansion, several cars can be fitted with rugged rally-inspired body kits to tear up Sierra Nueva. New kits from aftermarket brands Liberty Walk and StreetFighter LA are also being introduced.
The following cars can be fitted with the new rally body kits:
- 2017 Alpine A110
- 1985 Ford RS200 Evolution
- 1970 Ford GT70
- 2017 Ford M-Sport Fiesta RS
- 2017 Ford Focus RS
- 2016 Honda Civic Coupe
- 1978 Hoonigan Ford Escort RS1800
- 1986 Hoonigan Ford RS200 Evolution
- 1991 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A
- 1994 Hoonigan Ford Escort RS Cosworth 'Cossie V2'
- 2016 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Ford Focus RS RX
- 1992 Mazda 323 GT-R*
- 1986 MG Metro 6R4
- 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
- 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR 'Welcome Pack'
- 1990 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R
- 1984 Opel Manta 400
- 2007 Peugeot 207 Super 2000
- 1987 Porsche 959
- 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
- 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
- 2013 Subaru BRZ
- 2019 Subaru STI S209*
- 1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
- 1983 Volvo 242 Turbo Evolution
*This car is obtained through the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass or can be purchased standalone.
Increase tyre compound sizes
Tyre profile sizes can also be increased for buggies, trucks and performance SUVs, allowing players to increase the tyre height for improved ground clearance and a higher ride height.
This option can be enabled for every tyre compound for the following vehicles:
- 2016 Bentley Bentayga
- 2011 BMW X5 M
- 2015 BMW X6 M
- 2018 Can-Am Maverick X RS Turbo R
- 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
- 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
- 1975 Ford Bronco
- 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
- 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
- 2020 Ford Super Duty F-450 DRW Platinum
- 2021 Ford Bronco
- 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum*
- 1970 GMC Jimmy
- 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha
- 1970 International Scout 800A
- 2017 Jaguar F-Pace S
- 2018 Jaguar I-Pace
- 1976 Jeep CJ5 Renegade
- 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
- 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
- 2016 Jeep Trailcat
- 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
- 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
- 2019 Lamborghini Urus
- 1972 Land Rover Series III
- 1973 Land Rover Range Rover
- 1997 Land Rover Defender 90
- 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
- 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar First Edition
- 2017 Maserati Levante S
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG
- 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class
- 2004 Nissan Pickup #23 Rally Raid
- 2016 Nissan TITAN Warrior Concept
- 2021 Polaris RZR Pro XP Factory Racing Limited Edition*
- 2021 Polaris RZR Pro XP Ultimate**
- 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
- 2019 Porsche Macan Turbo
- 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon
- 2021 SIERRA Cars 700R**
- 2021 Sierra Cars RX3
- 1979 Toyota FJ40
- 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro***
- 1945 Willys MB Jeep
* This car is obtained through Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure.
**This car was unlocked through the Festival Playlist during the Horizon Wilds Takeover series.
***This car is obtained through the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass or can be purchased standalone.
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