Following a leak earlier this week on Steam, it’s true – the first Forza Horizon 5 expansion will indeed be Hot Wheels themed.
The new addition was formally unveiled during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022, and will feature the inimitable giant orange plastic tracks, weaving through the rocky, snowy and lava-filled Mexican environment.
A new Hot Wheels world and story
Horizon Hot Wheels Park will feature over 200km of orange track, with areas that will include magnets, ice, water flumes and rumble tracks. It all sounds more than a little reminiscent of Hot Wheels Unleashed…
There will be four new distinct map areas – or ‘biomes’ in Forza Horizon parlance: Giant’s Canyon, Ice Cauldron, Forest Falls and Horizon Nexus.
To go alongside this is a new five-part Horizon Story alongside the expected Accolades, Bonus Boards, Floating Piñata collectables, PR Stunts and new Hot Wheels Seasonal Events within upcoming Festival Playlists.
Alongside the new Hot Wheels tracks comes 10 new cars. From the diecast perspective are the 2000 Hot Wheels Deora II and 2013 Hot Wheels Baja Bone Shaker, now in a matching size to the other real-world cars in the game.
It will also include new road-going vehicles too, over and above the Car Pass. This will include the 2021 Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar and the 2006 Mosler MT900 GT3.
As you play through the expansion, you will work your way up through car classes before reaching the pinnacle: X Class.
Share your Hot Wheels creations
Building upon the in-game EventLab functionality, that allowed players to create their own challenges, the Hot Wheels Creation Kit comes with the expansion and allows the creation of unique tracks, from 80 pieces. These can then be shared amongst the Forza Horizon 5 community.
Looking at the brief reveal trailer, the scope looks to be significantly larger than the previous Hot Wheels expansion in Forza Horizon 3 – longevity of its appeal will be key after 2017’s addition fell a little flat after the opening few minutes.
We hope to have some hands-on time with Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels upon its launch. Let us know in the comments below your initial impressions.
Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels Expansion availability
Those who have the Premium Edition or Premium Items bundle for Forza Horizon 5 will receive the new Hot Wheels expansion for no further charge. For everyone else, there will be an additional fee.
Forza Horizon 5 Expansion 1 Hot Wheels release date
The Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horzion 5 will release on 19th July 2022.
Forza Horizon 5 Expansion 1 Hot Wheels car list
- 2018 Chevrolet Hot Wheels COPO Camaro
- 2012 Hot Wheels Bad to the Blade
- 2013 Hot Wheels Baja Bone Shaker
- 2000 Hot Wheels Deora II
- 2021 Hennessey Venom F5
- 2019 Brabham BT62
- 2006 Mosler MT900 GT3
- 2020 SIERRA Cars #23 Yokohama ALPHA
- 2018 SUBARU WRX STI ARX Supercar
- 2019 Italdesign DaVinci Concept