Full rundown: Forza Horizon 5’s September Festival Playlist, Horizon Road Trip

Justin Melillo
Here’s the full run-down of what to expect in the Horizon Road Trip Series of Forza Horizon 5’s Festival Playlist.
Full rundown: Forza Horizon 5's September Festival Playlist, Horizon Road Trip

The newest Festival Playlist and new content for Forza Horizon 5 was announced on Monday (12th September 2022). The 12th series to hit the title will be dubbed Horizon Road Trip and will celebrate the various disciplines to race around Mexico included in the game.

Each week will focus on a different type of racing, from the general road racing found at the Horizon Apex in Summer, cross country racing at Horizon Baja in Autumn, street racing at Horizon Street Scene in Winter and getting dirty at Horizon Wilds in the Spring. New body kits, cars, challenges and races are in store for the next four weeks on the Forza Horizon 5 calendar.

In the Playlists, some Championship events are longer, there will be a focus on more endurance races, and the PR Stunts will less restricted with more options to complete the tasks with. The new playlist is set to drop later this week, on the 15th of September.


The new cars mentioned above will all be unlockable as rewards during this 12th season of festivities.


Headlining the trio is the 2021 Audi RS e-tron, an all-electric luxury and performance vehicle with over 600bhp and a pair of electric motors, one for the front tires and a more powerful one for the rear.

2021 AUDI RS 7

Another Audi, but this one with a combustible engine. The luxury RS 7 has just under 600bhp but sounds like a car I’d love to drive, all deep and throaty from what we could hear of it during the Forza Monthly livestream.

2021 LYNK & CO 03+

Made by a Chinese and Swedish combination of a company, the 03+ model might drive a little heavier than the Audis listed above, but still has 265bhp and a really modernistic design that looks pretty neat.


Both the 1991 Bentley Turbo R and the 2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO return to the franchise this week as well.

These two cars will also be rewards in the Season 12 weekly festivals.


The aforementioned Audi RS e-tron is one of the two ‘epic’ rewards for the full Horizon Road Trip festival. For only 80 PTS, this exclusive electric beast can be yours. Double that point total to 160 PTS and you’ll be able to drive in a ‘hard to find’ McLaren 765 LT.

There are two monthly events that can be completed at any time to add 4 PTS each to your total for each week. Monthly Rivals will take players to the Bola Ocho Circuit where a clean lap is needed to succeed. Forza EV takes place at Emerald Circuit where, again, a clean lap will be needed.


The first season, as always, is the Wet Season, aka Summer. Two ‘rare’ rewards are up for grabs in the form of the ‘exclusive’ Bentley Turbo R at 20 PTS and the ‘hard to find’ MG MG3 at 40 PTS.

In the first #FORZATHON Weekly Challenge of the festival, you’ll need a 2013 KTM X-Bow R to compete. The focus of the week is road racing, and the easiest point you’ll ever get in each week is to visit the Outposts for the theme of the week. Horizon Apex is first up.

If you’re in the Hall of Fame, conquering The Trial, titled ‘On The Road Again” will yield an Aston Martin DB11 as a reward.

During the stream, we were only able to see the Summer rewards before the UI was switched from rewards to Car Restrictions, signifying that such restrictions have been relaxed.

While you might be able to guess at what some rewards might be, some pictured cars might just be there in place of something like a Super Wheelspin or Forza Link reward. We’ll know for sure when the week arrives, so stay tuned for our weekly guides to see what rewards are on the table besides points.

A Treasure Hunt, Fast Track, is available in the Summer series. The #APEXSUPERSTARS Photo Challenge will need you to get into a 2013 Caterham Superlight R500 for some posing at the Apex Outpost.

If you compete in a Horizon Open racing event, you’ll get a fun Forza Link reward in the “You’re Winner” caption. For Hot Wheels expansion owners, there are seven more points available, plus a Super Wheelspin and a ‘common’ 1997 BMW M3.


Autumn’s Storm Season is representative of the Horizon Baja festival, so cross country racing will be the forefront. Once again, the season provides a pair of ‘rare’ cars for earning enough points. Another new reward car in the 2021 Audi RS 7 can be earned with 20 PTS and the Toyota 4Runner is yours at 40 PTS.

A 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert Dingo Racing Stock Bug (that’s a bit of a mouthful) is needed to complete Autumn’s #FORZATHON Weekly Challenge, and as previously mentioned, just visiting the Baja outpost gets an easy points in the first Daily Challenge of the week.

The Trial for Hall of Famers is Cross Country Sports and an Alumni Craft C. 10 is the reward for completion.

Make sure you check in on 22nd September for Oasley’s guide to the Autumn seasonal playlist to see what rewards are available to earn in the seasonal events.

Autumn also has a Treasure Hunt called ‘Dune Buggy’. The picture makes it look like you’ll need that same Volkswagen Buggy from the Weekly Challenge.

The #INTOTHEBAJA Photo Challenge is set at the Baja outpost stage and you’ll need a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT to be the focus of the photo. A “MWAHAHAHA” Forza Link Reward is gotten for finishing 30th or better in The Eliminator in the Autumn.

Finally, seven more points and probably two rewards are available to Hot Wheels players.


Moving on to the Dry Season, it’s Winter and once again, there’s a neat new car available to own that was discussed earlier on in this article. The ‘rare’ and ‘exclusive’ Link & Co 03+ is earned at 20 PTS. An ‘epic’ and ‘hard to find’ Donkervoort GTO is yours at 40 PTS.

This is the Street Scene season, so the playlists will take place around the street racing theme. The #FORZATHON Weekly Challenge involves a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX and the easy first Daily Challenge to take care of is a visit to the Street Scene festival outpost.

A Mosler MT900S is earned by Hall of Fame players if they’re able to win the Street Safari Trial.

Everything else in the Seasonal, make sure you come back here on the 29th of September for the weekly guide to inform you about.

Three weeks, three Treasure Hunts with the Super Street event. A #STREETSCENE Photo Challenge requires a 2008 Renault Mégane R26.R and the Street Scene outpost in the background.

Also… “It’s Morbin’ Time” if you perform five Ultimate Drift Skills in Horizon Open Drifting. Yeah. Memes.

Hot Wheels Expansion players, guess what? You can get seven more points again in the Winter.


The fourth and final season, the HOT Spring, has one last ‘rare’ and ‘exclusive’ car to earn at 20 PTS – The 2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO. At 40 PTS, an ‘epic’ and ‘hard to find’ Ferrari 512TR is earned.

Wilds are wild in the Spring, and the Horizon Wilds outpost is the place to be for many parts of the season, including the first Daily Challenge as usual. The #FORZATHON Weekly Challenge needs players to own and drive a 1990 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R.

The #65 911 Desert is the reward for The Trial, again only for those in the Forza Horizon 5 Hall of Fame.

The rest of the rewards for the season, check back 6th October to see what’s good in Oasley’s weekly guide for the Spring.

Treasure Hunts go four-for-four with the Rally On The Wild Side event which will be rally related. The #RUNNINGWILD Photo Challenge will need a 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR and the Horizon Wilds outpost in the background.

“This Isn’t Even My Final Form!” is the quip for the Forza Link reward available for another round of top half finishing in The Eliminator.


The 12th Seasonal Festival will also see some needed game fixes included in the update.

  • An issue that prevented progression of the Weekly Forzathon if challenges were not completed in order has been fixed. 
  • A fix to allow Steam players to unlock the “One for All” and “Back in the Saddle” achievements. 
  • Low framerates for PC players using AMD Radeon 6×00 series graphics cards with AMD SAM enabled. 
  • A fix for the “Not Connected” message incorrectly popping up in EventLab when creating a route or selecting a track to play. 
  • Audio would cut out when applying upgrades or tuning setups to your car. This has been fixed.

Images thanks to Forza.net

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