Horizon Backstage

Horizon Backstage

Announced for Series 28, Horizon Backstage is a new feature that offers more choice in collecting exclusive reward cars from the Festival Playlist. See the announcement article and Series 28 livestream for an overview. Here’s how it works:

Voting, now weekly
Daily voting to determine reward car choices for Series 28 began on October 15th, and converted to weekly voting when Series 28 Summer season started.
The community’s vote between a pair of cars will add the winning car to the group of cars you can choose with a Pass. Go to the Cars tab of the pause menu and select Horizon Backstage to vote by 6:10am Pacific each Thursday.

Vote results:
Car 1: 1999 Lotus Elise Series 1 Sport 190
Car 2: 2012 Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione
Car 3: 1965 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Ford Hoonicorn Mustang (Hoonicorn V2) with ~62% vote
Car 4: 2005 Hot Wheels Ford Mustang with ~71% vote
Car 5: 1970 Porsche 914/6 with just over 50% vote
Car 6: 2018 Honda Civic Type R with ~73% vote
Car 7: 2001 TVR Tuscan S with just over 50% vote
Car 8: 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo with ~64% vote
Car 9: 1965 Pontiac GTO with ~55% vote
Car 10: 1952 Hudson Hornet with ~71% vote
Car 11: 1969 Hot Wheels Twin Mill
Car 12: 2018 Ford #25 Mustang RTR with ~56% vote
Car 13: 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster with ~56% vote
Car 14: 2018 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5 with ~63% vote
Car 15: 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class
Car 16: 2018 Ford #88 Mustang RTR with ~85% vote
Car 17: 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS ~55% vote
Car 18: 2017 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Ford Fiesta ST with ~55% vote
Car 19: 1984 Honda Civic CRX Mugen with 59% vote
Car 20: 2011 DS Automobiles DS 3 Racing with ~54% vote
Car 21: 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker with ~63% vote
Car 22: 2002 BMW M3-GTR with ~66% vote
Car 23: 1994 Honda Prelude SI with ~55% vote
Car 24: 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 with ~59% vote
Car 25: 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible
Car 26: 1970 Buick GSX with ~55% vote
Car 27: 2008 Maserati MC12 Corsa with ~77% vote
Car 28: 2018 KTM X-Bow GT4
Car 29: 2018 Apollo Intensa Emozione
Car 30: 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4
Car 31: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL
Car 32: 723 Quartz Regalia
Car 33: 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista with 65% vote
Car 34: 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha Open Top with 52% vote
Car 35: 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Deberti Design
Car 36: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
Car 37: 2011 McLaren 12C Coupe with ~58% vote
Car 38: 2018 MINI X-RAID John Cooper Works Buggy
Car 39: 1970 AMC Rebel “The Machine”
Car 40: 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Coupe with ~74% vote
Car 41: 2018 Italdesign Zerouno
Car 42: 1986 Hoonigan Ford RS200 Evolution
Car 43: 2017 Maserati Levante S
Car 44: 2019 Rimac Concept Two
Car 45: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport 396
Car 46: 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe
Car 47: 2019 Bugatti Divo
Car 48: 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS
Car 49: 2019 Mosler MT900S
Car 50: 2019 Porsche Macan Turbo
Car 51: 2018 Volkswagen #94 Volkswagen Motorsport I.D. R Pikes Peak
Car 52: 2006 Koenigsegg CCX
Car 53: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Car 54: 1951 Porsche #46 356 SL Gmund Coupe wins with ~79% of the vote
Car 55: 2008 Koenigsegg CCGT wins with ~66% of the vote

Earn a Pass, Collect a Car
In the Festival Playlist menu you will see that 50% completion of the Series events will earn a Pass. Completion percentage comes from seasonal events as well as the Monthly Rivals and Online Ranked Adventure qualification. You can see a preview of the Series 28 Festival Playlist in the livestream here. 50% Series completion may take more than two seasons to reach depending on your play time.

Once you have your Backstage Pass, head to the “H” icon on the map in the Horizon Festival area and enter the Backstage menu (also found within the Festival Autoshow menu) where you can use one pass to collect one of the car choices for your garage. You can earn additional Passes in future series and either redeem them or save them. Series 31 Note: the Horizon Backstage menu should show the count of your passes but currently does not show a number - this shouldn’t affect your ability to select a car and redeem a pass for it. Series 32 Note: you can now earn multiple passes from the Festival Playlist starting with this series.


Looking forward for the Big Launch of Horizon Backstage - Redeem Exclusive Cars.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Preorder Car
2013 McLaren P1 ‘Owens’s Edition’

These are the exclusive cars that I don not have yet…

The Owen’s P1 will never be made available to the general public. It was a one-off made for a Make a Wish child, I believe.


I’m not sure this feature will be what you think it is. They said it would be a “selection” of cars, not every exclusive there is. I think there will be a list of a few random exclusive cars that can potentially feature any of them.

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Yeah, they tried to hype it up by saying it would be based on community votes, but glossed over the fact that the two options in the vote are still handpicked by the devs. I’m really not expecting to see the PO cars in there. Hoping, but not expecting.

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Might still be worth it, if there’s the odd car that’s unlockable though the level system or the stories or something like that. The Huracan, the Trailcat. Some folks sold those cars before they were locked out of the auction house, not realizing that there was no other way to get them. Or the Monty Carlo.

I don’t know. I’ll check it out regularly. But I’m not expecting it to have much I don’t already have. I expect it to eventually go kinda like the Specialty Dealer in Forza 7; worth it early game to fill out your garage, but eventually becomes a rotating list of repeats.

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I’m hoping for this as well, that way I don’t have to grind through the Eliminator for the Cougar…

“Starting today, you’ll see a new area of the Festival: the Horizon Backstage!
This is the spot to vote on hard-to-find cars you’d like to see return.
The winner will be available for download with Backstage Passes.”

Voting until 7:30am Pacific Oct. 16:

  • 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  • 2012 Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione


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FYI It would not let me vote on the Porsche in the backstage.

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I’m unable to vote on the backstage. I just get an error message “We are busy getting the Horizon Backstage ready for the big launch! Please check again soon.”

Wtf? I am literally watching the stream of STEVIO and he is able to open the backstage menu and vote. So why my game does not let me access it? Is this a USA only thing and I am excluded from participating because I am on a European server?

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Nah, think it’s just the sluggish servers, I’ve just been in and voted (UK) but when I started the game up about half an hour ago I couldn’t reclaim credits from an auction, nor search as “No Forza Horizon 4 servers could be found”.

Fixed itself, but still… rolls eyes

It wouldn’t let me vote for the Ferrari at all despite numerous attempts but would for the Porsche first try. Good thing I already have both, but that was odd as the Ferrari was winning anyway.

Nothing yet here in Canada. Just Message saying “We are busy getting Backstage ready. Check again later”

To vote you have to press left or right and HOLD and confirm with the A button. This way it worked for me.

Why did they add this? It doesn’t seem to add much of value and I wish they hadn’t moved the very often-used ‘My Cars’ option from the menu to incorporate this gimmick. Sorry.


Moved within the menu, to the left side.

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Yes I know, it just needs an extra press now and after playing the game for two years and thousands of hours, it just will take a bit of getting used to in its new home is all :stuck_out_tongue:

Seems to me they should put the most used things in the most prominent and easy to access places, and the less important / less accessed things more out of the way.

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My Cars should have always been in your Home menu, and not outside the house menu.

It looks to me like they feature (placed in most prominent position) those items they WANT us to use rather than the items that really are the most used. This is not the first time they have pulled this stunt.


Like switching my car’s turn on/off button with the one of the roof light. I am searching a word for that but none I find would be allowed here