Forza Horizon 5 Reveals Hot Wheels Map

Since Playground Games announced its plans for Forza Horizon 5the first DLC expansion of, a return to the Hot Wheels franchise, players wondered how it would fit into the open-world racing game. Forza Horizon 5 takes place in Mexico, after all, so it would be somewhat odd to have Hot Wheels tracks built around the city of Guanajuato. Playground has now unveiled the map of the Hot Wheels expansion, confirming that players will soon be leaving Mexico for somewhere a bit more fantastical.


For those who guessed that the new Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 5 would take place in heaven, that is correct. The map revealed by Playground shows a massive structure floating in the air, with cloud cover seen far below. Whereas Forza Horizon 5 proud of its huge Mexican open world, it seems that the Hot Wheels the expansion will be completely separate from the main game. If there is an intersection between the two parameters, it does not appear on this revealed card.

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The most striking aspect of the Hot Wheels expansion card, beyond the fact that it floats in the air, is that it is composed of three different floating islands. Each of these Forza Horizon 5 the islands on the map seem to have their own respective biome. The North Island is a lush green biome with forested areas, rivers, and an overall abundance of foliage. The southwest island is rocky, covered in snow, with lava pits and what could be an active volcano. Finally, the southeast island is a desert biome with semi-arid shrublands and canyons.

Spread across these three unique islands is an intricate network of iconic Hot Wheels orange track and blue track connectors. Close inspection reveals all sorts of features in the tracks of the Hot Wheels expansion, including flips, drops, jumps, tunnels, etc. It’s safe to assume that Playground got creative to make the most of the limited Hot Wheels track bits.

The mix of natural biomes and Hot Wheels track is a very exciting idea. Players will, in principle, be able to leave the Hot Wheels tracks and explore each island at their leisure. Otherwise, just having the natural biomes as a background detail is also exciting in its own way. This would allow Playground to get very creative, without having to worry about whether players are driving on their land.

A descending card from the next Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 5 is one thing, but Forza gamers are probably eager to play for themselves. Hot Wheels will officially launch for Forza Horizon 5 July 19. It can be purchased individually for $19.99, through the Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Bundle for $34.99, or as part of the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, which includes the base game, for $79.99. Fans can expect more Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels news in the coming days.

Forza Horizon 5 is available now on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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