Forza Horizon 5 is a huge and open world, and it has a lot going on. There’s a lot to learn for new fans coming to the series. And even for old fans returning, there’s a lot to get used to. The new game has added new events and race types, and redone a lot of technical aspects. Forza Horizon 5 also added some new mechanics to wrangle. And in case you were confused, let’s talk about drifting. One of the things you need to know about this driving technique is that it’s scored in this game.
Score for drifting is based on how well you execute on the track, and it entirely depends on how good of a driver you are. There are also specialized events that allow you to show off your skills. Drift zones have returned in Forza Horizon 5.
How to unlock drift zones in Forza Horizon 5
In order to unlock drift zones, you will need to complete the Canyon Expedition. This is part of the tutorial section of the game, and is included with the Horizon Rush adventure. This game mode is basically a structured path through the various races and events. And this is part of a wider series within the game. To get the drift zones, you need to complete an event at Fiesta Del La Luna within the Riviera Maya region.
to unlock the event itself, you need to spend 2 accolade points and unlock the First Rush PR Events on the main map. Accolade Points are earned by playing the game and finishing events, as well as challenges. There are a ton of these in the game, and you’ll have 2 in no time.
The one thing to remember about drifting in Forza is that traction is everything. The minute control you need to keep tight turns under control is best with certain cars over others. It’s best to use a vehicle that has rear-wheel drive (RWD), as this gives you better traction control.
When you push into a turn, you should get a notification on-screen that you’re drifting. That’s the thing you want to try and perfect. Performing drifts in Forza Horizon 5 can be a great way to rack up Skill Points, which help you become a better driver.
How to Drift
To change this setting, go to the Difficulty settings. Then, set Shifting to Manual or Manual with Clutch.
If you’re new to manual shifting, you will need to know how that works as well. You need to shift up in gears in order to build up speed going into the corner. Turn into the corner sharply, but not too much, then shift down to slowly ease into the turn. The path you take through each turn will vary based on the track, so try to learn how to get into each type of turn at a lower rate of speed. Going into a turn at a wrong angle or too high speed can send you spinning into the wall. When you reach the apex of a turn, begin to build speed again and shift up to come out of the drift with explosive acceleration.
Don’t be too concerned though, you can always adjust the game options to reduce difficulty. If you’re new to racing sims, feel free to mess around with things until you find a driving style you like.
Forza Horizon 5 is out now for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.