There are many reasons why people consider Forza Horizon 5 a great video game. Excellent graphics, nice soundtrack, seasonal challenges that explore all types of cars and races… and, of course, hundreds of car models available. There are options for pretty much all tastes, and customization items to make their appearance and performance just the way you want.
Now, when you play a game with over 500 cars, you cannot help but notice that we only know a tiny part of the automotive universe. This article compiles ten cars I saw for the first time on the Mexico-inspired roads of Forza Horizon 5 along with some background information. I have also taken the opportunity to take some screenshots resembling actual press pictures of each one. I hope you like everything!
You know how both the Ford GT40 and the entire Lamborghini were born after their creators argued with Enzo Ferrari? Add this to the list: Automobili Turismo e Sport is the creation of eight engineers who did not agree with Ferrari’s decisions. The GT is a modern interpretation of the 2500GT of the 1960s, which was the very first mid-engine car. The plan is to build 12 cars tailored to their owners exact preferences.
A total of twelve units were produced starting in 2017.
The modern-day GT is loosely based on the 2500GT, which was the first model ATS produced back in the 1960s. Even though the company only produced twelve units of that model, it made history for being the first mid-engined street car.
That acronym means Automobili Turismo e Sport.
The pride and joy of Briggs Automotive Company initially went on sale in 2011. Over the years, it received a new engine and revised sheetmetal, but preserved the track-car spirit. Low center of gravity, minimalist construction, aerodynamic body with a shark-inspired front end, 580 kg of curb weight and only one seat. The 2.5L engine made by Mountune is another attraction: it is naturally aspirated and makes 305 hp.
Early units produced 280 hp from a Cosworth engine. In 2015, a Mountune engine increased that figure to 305 hp.
Yes, it is. BAC used to sell the Mono in the US through independent companies up to 2017, when it opened its first official branch in the country
The first engine was a Ford 2.3L tuned by Cosworth. In 2015, the engine was replaced by a 2.5L unit tuned by Mountune.
Donkervoort D8 GTO
If this car makes you think of a sci-fi version of the Lotus Seven, you are not so far from the reality. Dutch automaker Donkervoort created a “no compromise” model which lets go of amenities such as ABS brakes, traction and stability controls, and even power steering to weigh only 700 kg. Paired to a modified version of the Audi TT RS’ engine, the company says this model offers a “brutal” driving experience.
The D8 GTO is still in production. Donkervoort has been active since 1993.
Dutch company Donkervoort, whose factory is based in Leyland. The company was founded in 1993.
When we talk about the halo model of a company known for making extreme performance cars, the sky is the limit. The Jesko uses a transmission with seven clutches, reaches 1600 hp when burning E85 fuel, and has a rear wing capable of generating 2,200 lb of downforce – which required an additional front damper to keep the car level. Needless to say, the 125 units were quickly sold out around the world.
The Jesko was designed to break the 250 mph barrier. It is claimed to reach from 330 mph to 350 mph.
The Light Speed Transmission (LST) was developed by Koenigsegg itself. It features nine speeds and a whopping total of seven clutches, yet it only weighs 198 lb. By overlapping the closure of one clutch with the opening of the next one, it makes shifts faster and with smooth power delivery.
Nothing but the most expensive street-legal car of its time. The Veneno celebrated Lamborghini’s fiftieth anniversary by featuring several aerodynamic enhancements, a beautiful naturally-aspirated V12 engine, and a design which could have easily come from a dystopian movie. The company kept one unit for itself and sold only three others to selected people – each one was painted in a color of the Italian flag.
Four. Lamborghini produced one unit in gray for itself and three to sell around the world. Each of the latter was painted in one of the colors of the Italian flag. Nine additional units were produced in the Roadster body.
The coupé model was sold at US$4 million, which made it one of the most expensive production car in the world at the time of its release.
All units have the same specifications. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and reaches the top speed of 221 mph. The roadster units have the same performance.
Forza Horizon 5 is the only place in the world where you can drive this car on the streets – the real one is not street-legal. Chinese NIO sold six units to its investors and made ten others for the general public, but they are all intended to be track toys. Fortunately, that is the ideal place to enjoy its setup of one electric motor per wheel, 100% carbon-fiber construction, and an advanced suspension of adjustable height.
The model was released in 2016. NIO produced a total of 16 units.
The first six units were sold to NIO’s investors for £2,500,000 each. The company produced ten other units and sold them to the general public.
While the Sagaris is rather radical for the average driver, it is the most balanced model that the Blackpool-based automaker produced before its bankruptcy. It pairs lightweight construction and an imposing style made with muscular shapes to a six-cylinder engine and not much else. TVR refused to use basic safety items so as not to make drivers overconfident and increase their risk of being involved in accidents.
TVR strives to deliver a pure driving experience to its clients. While the car does not offer even basic safety systems, such as front airbags and ABS brakes, the company firmly states that its body is strong enough to resist typical collisions.
All TVR cars are manufactured at the company’s headquarters in the British city of Blackpool.
Ultima Evolution Coupé 1020
Fans of LS swaps are going to like this one. The Evolution has three engine options, all of them from GM’s famous line. Besides, you can also have it as a kit car if you prefer. The range-topping model employs the 6.8L unit plus a supercharger while keeping the curb weight below one ton to offer unique performance. It may not be the prettiest in this list, but you are surely going to have a lot of fun at the track with it.
The model is available in coupé and roadster and comes in three powertrain settings. The top-tier option costs $122,332.
Ultima assembles the model in the British city of Hinckley. However, the company sells the model as both a finished car and kit cars for external assembly.
What could be a better addition to Forza Horizon 5 than a track car developed in Mexico? The 05RR is the upgraded version of the 05 released in 2013 and offers more power and less weight. Just like some others on this list, it uses mid-engine layout and rear-wheel drive and trades comfort and entertainment items for a barely street-legal raw driving experience. The car is currently available in the United Kingdom.
This is probably the first Danish car you have ever seen. Zenvo made this car from 2009 to 2016 primarily by hand, using a small team of engineers and a CNC router. The company is still active and produces only five units per year in order to allow full customization to the owners. The ST1 is a particularly interesting model because its 6.8L V8 engine was both supercharged and turbocharged, which gave it its name.
Zenvo charges $1.8 million per unit of the ST1.
The model uses a 7.0L V8 engine with both a turbocharger and a supercharger. It reaches 1,104 hp of power and 1,054 lb-ft of torque.
Real-life technical specifications
|Name||Year||Power||Torque||0–62 mph||Top speed|
|ATS GT||2019||641 hp||498 lb-ft||3.0 s||200 mph|
|BAC Mono||2011||305 hp||227 lb-ft||2.7 s||170 mph|
|Donkervoort D8 GTO||2013||380 hp||350 lb-ft||2.8 s||168 mph|
|Koenigsegg Jesko||2019||1280 hp||1,106 lb-ft||N/A||304 mph|
|Lamborghini Veneno||2013||740 hp||509 lb-ft||2.9 s||221 mph|
|NIO EP9||2016||1341 hp||1,092 lb-ft||2.7 s||194 mph|
|TVR Sagaris||2005||406 hp||349 lb-ft||3.7 s||185 mph|
|Ultima Evolution Coupe||2015||1020 hp||679 lb-ft||2.3 s||240 mph|
|VUHL 05RR||2016||400 hp||369 lb-ft||2.7 s||170 mph|
|Zenvo ST1||2016||1089 hp||1,055 lb-ft||3.0 s||233 mph|
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Danillo Almeida has explored his passion for cars in two distinct ways. The first one is his graduation course in Mechanical Engineering, which will hopefully lead to a job position in the field. The other one is expressing his knowledge and opinions on the matter through writing. Almeida has already contributed to blogs, stores, and websites in general writing automotive content in many formats.