Forza Horizon 5 guide to help you become the ultimate racer

Our Forza Horizon 5 guide has all the essential information you need to help you make it to the Horizon Festival Hall of Fame and become the best racer in Mexico. It’s a massive game with a huge variety of activities to complete, cars to collect, and leaderboards to master, so knowing where to start and what’s best can be a bit tricky. Below you’ll find hints, tips on which cars to buy, explanations of some key activities, and where to find those elusive Barn Find cars. Here’s everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5.

tips

Forza Horizon 5 Review

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Whether you’re a novice driver or a podium pro, these Forza Horizon 5 tips will help you get comfortable in the driver’s seat. It includes tips on what aids to use, how to progress through the race series, and how to spend your Skill Points and Credits.

best cars

Forza Horizon 5 Cover Cars

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By spending your hard-earned credits to get some of the best cars in Forza Horizon 5, you’ll be able to dominate the competition and make even bigger profits in races. Some of these cars are extremely expensive and difficult to unlock, so you should definitely save up some or hope you get lucky with a Wheelspin prize.

All cars in the game.

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Forza Horizon 5 has a lot of cool cars, but they are only a small part of the vehicles available in this game. Take a look at Forza Horizon 5’s huge car list to see all the cars in the game – there are over 500 for you to collect!

Auto Mastery Explained

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As you race through Mexico, you’ll pull off daring tricks and earn skill points. You can then spend them on all kinds of Forza Horizon 5 Car Mastery perks for each individual vehicle, allowing you to unlock credit boosts, things that improve your Skill Chains scores, or even entirely new cars.

Drift zones explained

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Forza Horizon 5 Drift Zones is a fan-favorite challenge in the Horizon series, letting you test your ability to maintain control of an out-of-control car while turning it on its side into a corner. Longer and faster drifts mean more points, which means a higher rating at the end, but you’ll have to progress a bit in the main series to unlock Drift Zones in the first place.

barn finds

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As one of the most coveted collectible types in the game, you’ll really want to know where you can find all of Forza Horizon 5’s barn finds. There are 14 in total, and each one unlocks an exclusive vintage banger that’s in serious need of restoration. The only problem is that they’re locked inside hidden barns all over Mexico, and you’ll need a clue to find each one. However, once the old car has been salvaged and restored, it’s yours to keep and drive.

Solar panels

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There are a lot of things to smash in Forza Horizon 5, mainly cacti if you’re not in a city, but a challenge could task you with destroying solar panels. There aren’t many places to find Forza Horizon 5 Solar Panels, but we’ve featured a great option in this guide.

Cars at reasonable prices

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Forza Horizon 5 has a lively weekly schedule of challenges, rotating races, and new championships with exclusive rewards. Some of these challenges ask you to drive a “reasonable priced car.” While it’s an obvious Top Gear reference, you’ll need to know exactly what counts as a reasonably priced Forza Horizon 5 car if you want to compete.

lion mural

Forza Horizon 5 Series 3 Photo Challenge Herding Cats

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There are all sorts of artistic murals scattered throughout Mexico in Forza Horizon 5. There are certain accolades and challenges that will help you find them, one of which is this Forza Horizon 5 lion mural in Playa Azul.

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