One of the cornerstones of the gameplay of Forza Horizon 5 it is certainly “car collecting”, that eagerness to indulge in unbridled collecting and amass dozens of racing cars of every era and type. Just like in the fourth chapter, there are really many ways that allow you to unlock new cars, from winning specific competitions, to Wheels of Fortune. However, there are some automotive legends which must be hunted, because they are to be found inside well-hidden barns scattered throughout virtual Mexico. Let’s talk about Forgotten Jewelry which – albeit in a state of neglect – once restored, come back to roar with determination, just as one would expect from pieces of automobile history on wheels. Hence the decision to discover the history of the most significant jewels among the 14 present in the game, with a very personal selection that could not fail to include both the Ferraris of the package and some European and American legends. Before continuing, pull the brake and read ours Forza Horizon 5 review.
Chevrolet Corvette (1953)
Having become the USA sports car par excellence and a synonym of freedom and adventure, the Chevrolet Corvette came down to us through 8 different generations but made its debut way back in 1953. Famous automotive designer Harley Earl started the legend when he convinced General Motors to make a two-wheeled sports car, named after that corvette (which is a small military vessel).
To overcome the problem of quotas on steel, which were still in force after the end of the Second World War, it was decided to build it in fiberglass and to use standard Chevrolet parts to make the mechanical components. Calls “solid axle“(rigid bridge) until 1963 because they lacked independent wheel suspension, the first Corvettes were equipped with a battery of three carburetors for the benefit of performance but were in any case less performing than the Italian and British cars of the time. That said, after an initial period of uncertainty, these models have been a great success and it is no coincidence that theHorizon Festival has dedicated a special place to them.
Ferrari 250 GTO (1962)
The Ferrari 250 GTO – which stands for Gran Turismo Omologata – is one of the most iconic cars in automotive history, as well as the most expensive ever. In 2018, a refurbished ’62 GTO was auctioned for $ 48 million, while a few months ago one went up for sale for over € 54 million. The design of this dream car was declared “unrepeatable” by the Court of Bologna in 2019 and protected by copyright protection, which is not surprising given that we are talking about a real work of art.
Born from an idea of Enzo Ferrari, who wanted to create a small sports car, light but equipped with a V12 engine, the 250 GTO was developed for racing use but also to respond to the indisputable elegance of the Jaguar E-Type, considered moreover, like the most beautiful car ever made by Ferrari. When the engineer Giotto Bizzarrini was fired following a quarrel with Enzo in 1961, the gestation of the 250 GTO was entrusted to the then young engineer Mauro Forghieri and to the coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti, the magical duo that would have made it a masterpiece. . Capable of reaching 283 km / h thanks to its 300 horsepower, the car won numerous competitions and was the last to carry the GTO acronym until 1984, the year in which the Ferrari 288 GTO was presented. , another great protagonist of the Forza Horizon 5 machine park (here you will find the complete list of Forza Horizon 5 cars).
Ford Mustang GT2 Fastback (1968)
With its debut in 1964, the Ford Mustang it has become one of the best-selling cars ever and has been imitated countless times over time. Considered one of the first pony cars, that is an economical car, compact but with evident personality and sporting performances, it underwent an evolutionary process not yet completed, which in 1967 saw the release of the first substantial redesign. Net of the commercial success of the original, Ford’s designers have come up with a larger car, with a V8 engine and a more refined interior.
Among the various versions made by Ford, it was the GT2 Fastback of ’68 that gained great popularity, thanks to the appearance in the film Bullitt con Steve McQueen. The actor drove a modified version of the Fastback in a chase scene set in San Francisco, which also featured an iconic Dodge Charger. This specimen of the Mustang was sold at auction in 2020 for the record amount of 3.7 million dollars, proof of the timeless charm of this stars and stripes marvel.
Porsche 911 Carrera RS (1973)
Born in 1963, the historian Porsche 911 it was the mother of a line of cars that has undergone many changes over the years, although it is possible to distinguish between the 911s with an air-cooled engine and the “modern” ones. Towards the end of the 1950s, the Porsche 356 began to feel the weight of the years, which is why Ferry Porsche decided to make a completely new model. Ferry’s son, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, would have taken care of the unprecedented aesthetic aspect, but it took him a few years to give the car its definitive look.
Once the technical development of the car was completed – which was fitted with a 6-cylinder boxer engine – and the stylistic relationship with the 356 was defined, the new model was baptized 901 and received praise from the public and the specialized press. Following the warning of Peugeot, custodian of the three-digit numbers with zero in the center, the Porsche logo was changed to 911, the number that has consigned it to history. Then, in the early 1970s, the time came for the 911 Carrera RS (RennSport), which became famous for its “duck tail“and the adhesive strips on the side.
Ferrari F40 Competizione (1989)
Wanted to celebrate 40 years of Prancing Horse sporting activity, the timeless F40 captured the attention of the press and fans at the end of ’87 and was the last to be built under the direct supervision of Enzo Ferrari. The design of the bodywork of this unparalleled car – which until 1991 was confirmed as the fastest road car even outside the borders of Maranello – was signed by the Pininfarina studio, Aldo Brovarone and Leonardo Fioravanti, who worked under the guide of Nicola Materazzi. It is to him that we owe the design of the engine, gearbox and other mechanical parts of the F40, which was built with various composite materials.
We think of the kevlar for the frame, the glass fibers for the bodywork and the aeronautical resins for the tanks. Even today, more than 30 years after its debut, it strikes the most demanding eye with its futuristic lines and amazes with the roar of its 8-cylinder V and a power of 478 hp. The maximum speed of 326 km / h of the basic model has reached 370 km / h in the case of the F40 Competizione, the championship model that can be found in the barns of the Playground Games course.
Jaguar Sport XJR-15 (1991)
While the Jaguar XJ-220 was in Forza Horizon 4, in the fifth chapter it is possible to find the car that preceded it in a barn: a very rare Jaguar Sport XJR-15. Produced by JaguarSport, a subsidiary of the main company, and by Tom Walkinshaw Racing, the XJR-15 was based on the famous XJR-9, already winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its elegance and performance – which made it a perfect race car for driving on the road – are not the main reasons that prompted us to mention it. In fact, we are talking about the first road car made entirely of carbon fiber, a record that he snatched from the legendary and monstrous McLaren F1, which came out shortly after.
The XJR-15 reached 307 km / h, had a powerful V12 engine and was able to develop a power of 456 hp, so as to be able to fit into that niche of dream supercar in which the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 were also located. For marketing reasons, the Jaguar XJ220 was sold as a road car while the XR-15 was listed as a homologated race car. Among other things, its buyers had to participate in a one-make championship called the Jaguar Sport Million Dollar Intercontinental Challenge, or entrust the task to professional drivers, as has often and willingly happened.
Viper GTS ACR (1999)
The Dodge Viper is certainly an automobile icon of US production and was conceived at Chrysler Advanced Design Studios in the late 1980s. Its traits, reminiscent of those of a viper, have become popular all over the world, starting with the North American International Auto Show in 1989. The enthusiastic reaction of the public has prompted the chief engineer Roy Sjoberg to want to produce it in series but the Chrysler president did not immediately give the “go ahead“, fearing the commercial flop.
Sjoberg, however, did not give up and assembled the Viper Team by personally selecting 85 engineers, who for a period worked on a prototype in collaboration with Lamborghini. This was the first step towards the birth of Dodge Viper, whose success overshadowed some less fortunate projects and pushed the American giant to create ever new models, starting with the Viper GTS. In the barns of Mexico’s Forza Horizon 5 it is possible to find the American Club Racing (ACR) version of this racing car, which needless to say is even more performing than the basic version.