Upgrade Heroes is the new Forza Horizon 5 playlist
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NEW: FH5 Upgrade Heroes Playlist and DLC

Forza Horizon 5

It’s that time of the month again. A new Forza Horizon 5 playlist is on its way and July is all about upgrades thanks to a Donut Media collaboration.

We all know the Forza Horizon 5 drill by now. Every month, the game gains a new overall theme with fresh challenges, races and rewards. These break down into week-long seasons giving players the chance to win rare cars by competing in weekly events.

This week during its latest Let’s Go live stream, the Playground Games team unveiled the next Forza Horizon 5 playlist details. With an interesting theme that will excite most petrol heads to an epic selection of reward cars and even the announcement of a new DLC pack. This community stream certainly had a lot to offer. Here’s all you need to know.

Upgrade Heroes

For the month of July, the Festival Playlist is called Upgrade Heroes and is themed around YouTube channel Donut Media’s series, Hi-Low. In this series, the team modifies a pair of cars with polar opposite budgets.

This will provide the premise for this month’s Series Intro. A full-on story mode featuring many members of the Donut Media team will guide players through the challenges of car modification. Expect the chance to drive several of the series’ car builds. This includes the Nissan 350Z drift cars that feature on many promotional screenshots.

The story mode features two separate routes allowing fans to role play as Hi team or Low team. In each case, six chapters will see you upgrade your car using either very expensive parts or very cheap ones. Throughout the story, test out your creation on the Horizon test track which returns after several months in the shadows.

FH5 Playlist Rewards

Aside from the overall theme and series intro story mode, this Forza Horizon 5 playlist has plenty to do. From 22 June when the series becomes live, fans can take part in numerous activities over the four seasons winning some very cool cars.

The first week of the new Forza Horizon 5 playlist kicks off on 22 June and lasts seven days. During this time, fans can earn up to 76 points. But for just 20, they can win a brand new car to the game in the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Black Series. The Lynk & Co 03+ sits alongside the Merc requiring a 40-point tally.

Win the new-to FH5 Mercedes AMG GT Black Series next week
Win the new-to FH5 Mercedes AMG GT Black Series next week. Image credit: Playground Games

When Autumn comes around on 29 June, fans will fight to win the 1991 GMC Syclone. This sporty V6 pick-up will cost 20 festival points. 40 points in Autumn will earn players the HDT VK Commodore, a Rare vehicle in the game.

A pair of surprising muscle vehicles are available to win during the next series
A pair of surprising muscle vehicles are available to win during the next series. Image credit: Playground Games

Winter takes place from 6-13 July and sees another heavy American SUV feature as a reward. This time, 20 points earned throughout the week’s challenges and events will net players the 1992 GMC Typhoon. This rapid SUV is certainly a cool prize to win although fans will no doubt push for 40 points this week. In fact, the top reward will be a 1990 Porsche 911.

40 points in Upgrade Heroes Winter wins you a stunning Porsche 911
40 points in Upgrade Heroes Winter wins you a stunning Porsche 911. Image credit: Playground Games

The Upgrade Heroes series caps off with a week of Spring. For sports car fans, this is surely the most exciting week when it comes to rewards. The legendary ex-F1 safety car, the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series will be available at just 20 points. An extra push to 40 points will provide players with the gorgeous Eagle Speedster, a hand-built recreation of the original E-Type Jag.

Upgrade Heroes comes to a close with Spring and a pair of lookers
Upgrade Heroes comes to a close with Spring and a pair of lookers. Image credit: Playground Games

The series will last for a total of four weeks giving players lots of time to win the overall series rewards. Whilst earning points in each season, you also rack up an overall series tally. This goes towards a pair of stunning motors. The first being the Pagani Huayra BC hypercar for 80 series points. The second reward will be a Nissan 400Z Drift Car which players will need to earn 160 points for.

Horizon Racing Car Pack

Whilst last FH5 Festival Playlist came alongside a major update to the game, this series doesn’t. A small list of hotfixes is all players can look forward to in the base game. However, it does come with the release of an all-new DLC, the Horizon Racing Car Pack.

The pack brings four new cars to the game, each of which has its unique appeal. The pack costs $4.99/€4.99 on the Steam and Microsoft Stores and is available to purchase now, as of 20 June.

The Forza Horizon 5 Racing Car Pack is out now
The Forza Horizon 5 Racing Car Pack is out now. Image credit: Playground Games

Included in the pack is a great selection of vehicles from pick-ups to hypercars. Filling the racing car criteria is the 2021 Forsberg Racing Nissan ‘Altimaniac’. This 2000hp modified Altima features the engine from a GT-R and was built by three-time Formula Drift World Champion, Chris Forsberg.

Making a sizeable sidestep is the 2020 Saleen Sportruck XR Black Label. With a 5-litre V8, this heavy duty truck produces 700 ponies and enough suspension travel to roll over every other car in the pack.

In fact, the little Lotus Emira is next on the list. With styling similar to one of the fastest cars in Forza Horizon 5, the entry-level Lotus is much like a little sibling to the Evija. A 3-litre V6 pushes 400hp to the rear wheels. Finally, the Pagani Huayra R will be the perfect companion to the Huayra’s BC iteration obtainable in the FH5 Festival Playlist.

What is your favourite part about the new FH5 Playlist? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!

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