The Best Fan-Made Anime Cars In Forza Horizon 5 (2023)

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There’s only one place you’ll find a pristine 1957 BMW Isetta 300 cosplaying as a character from 1988 Miyazaki classic My Neighbor Totoro, and I don’t mean my personal garage. The Forza Horizon series has long been a place where anime fans and car enthusiasts come together, and Forza Horizon 5 is no different. Let’s check out some of the finest custom anime liveries in the game so far.

In real life, one doesn’t spend several hundred thousand dollars on a high-performance racing machine and then paint it to look like a Crunchyroll advertisement threw up all over the place...unless they’re into Japan’s Itasha scene, which is exactly that. In contrast, Forza Horizon 5 is a safe place to practice putting animated characters all over expensive vehicles without messing with your insurance premiums.

To scope Forza weebs’ latest creations, pick a car, any car, and when the custom design option pops up, filter the list with the description “anime” or choose the keyword “cartoon.” I have yet to encounter a car that hasn’t had at least one anime-style option.

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The Obligatory Panel Van

The Obligatory Panel Van

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If ever there was a vehicle that cried out for a colorful anime wrap, it’s the panel van. Here we have a 1983 GMC Vandura dressed up in a vintage Ghost Sweeper Mikami outfit, courtesy of creator Fluttershy6666. The design is such a bright contrast to the van’s default gray color, elevating it from a vehicle you wouldn’t want to follow you home at night to a vehicle you really, really wouldn’t want to follow you home at night.


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The Love Bug

The Love Bug

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You don’t have to know the anime to appreciate the aesthetic. I have never heard of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, the show from which creator Eternaliving pulled this image of the character Megumi Kato, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the way she seems to be giving this 1970 Volkswagen Bug a big old hug, like it’s a giant metal body pillow.


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The Demon-Slaying Spyder

The Demon-Slaying Spyder

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I have to admit, one of the first things I did after completing the Forza Horizon 5 opening was hunt for a car with Demon Slayer character Nezuko on it. While I probably wouldn’t make it very far carrying my demon sister on my back, I can see myself going places with my demon sister plastered across the side of my 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, as imagined by livery creator Torama6722. If she can fit in a backpack she can certainly fit in the passenger seat of an expensive sports car.


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Hello Datsun

Hello Datsun

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Creator Asphalt “Junk e” captures a little slice of my childhood with their Hello Kitty-covered Datsun 510. Before Nissan phased out the line in 1986, I was fascinated by these boxy Japanese imports. The cars kickstarted my fascination with Japanese culture, and when Sanrio shops began popping up in malls in the U.S., that fascination jumped to Hello Kitty, the iconic, mouthless mascot who is not a cat. Combining the two into one sensible Forza Horizon 5 ride is just perfect.


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The Touhou Trans Am

The Touhou Trans Am

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One of my favorite screens captured for this gallery, this 1977 Firebird Trans Am looks much better decked out in artwork from the Touhou Project. Livery creator PeskySprintcar combines a dangerous muscle car with dangerous youkai Nue Houjuu to create one sleek and deadly machine. Mind the motion blur, I had a hard time staying still driving this car around.


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The Anime Chief

The Anime Chief

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If only we could upload custom liveries to Halo Infinite, right? For this lovely light blue Warthog creator Venom50th showcases Rias Gremory from High Scool DxD, Mai Kawakami from Myriad Colors Phantom World, and I believe that is my beloved Hatsune Miku on the hood. Sadly, this vehicle lacks any hard points, so there’s no mounting a turret and taking out the competition, anime style.


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The Fated Gremlin

The Fated Gremlin

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I needed a 1973 AMC Gremlin. The compact little piece of garbage, released in the year of my birth, holds a special place in my heart. Fate character Astolfo obviously holds a special place in the heart of livery creator EmiliaLuden. If I were ever to own a Gremlin, I would like to own one with pink rims and one of the Twelve Paladins of Charlemagne on the hood.


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Of Course Hatsune Miku Makes The Cut

Of Course Hatsune Miku Makes The Cut

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My ongoing fascination with the character and musical stylings of Japan’s first and foremost virtual idol means I have a ton of Hatsune Miku-looking cars in Forza Horizon 5. The Vocaloid princess shared the spotlight on the Warthog a few slides back, but on creator Savour Pureone’s 2017 Ford GT she is the star.

Also, special shoutout to this 2020 Ford Super Duty F-450 from designer Venom50th, one of my favorite pickups in the game.

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The Understated Nami

The Understated Nami

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Anime livery designs don’t have to be bright and flashy. Take this 2015 Audi RS 6 Avant, designed by Mr Infinity. It takes Nami, an outrageous character from the outrageous One Piece, and presents her in a tasteful, understated black, orange, and cream design. I would hang this car on my wall, if only for the confused looks on the faces of my friends and family.


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The 15 Million Credit Pikachu

The 15 Million Credit Pikachu

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I cannot currently afford a 1997 McLaren F1 GT in real life or in-game, but if I could I would definitely dress it up in this Pikachu skin from creator Bidle. I love that Pikachu’s face isn’t just on the front of the car, but on the sides as well, as if multiple Pikachu were so jazzed to be part of this incredibly expensive vehicle they merged into one. This is what anime-covered cars are all about.

And that’s a wrap, or somewhere around a dozen anime- and manga-inspired wraps, covering classic and modern vehicles in colorful characters with big eyes and spiky hair. With more than 500 cars available in Forza Horizon 5 at launch, there’s bound to be a design or two that tickles your fancy. Share your favorites (or your own creations) in the comments below, and happy driving.



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  • 4 / 12. The Demon-Slaying Spyder. ...
  • 5 / 12. Hello Datsun. ...
  • 6 / 12. The Touhou Trans Am. ...
  • 7 / 12. The Anime Chief. ...
  • 8 / 12. The Fated Gremlin. ...
  • 9 / 12. Of Course Hatsune Miku Makes The Cut. List slides. ...
  • 10 / 12. The Understated Nami. List slides. ...
  • 11 / 12. The 15 Million Credit Pikachu. List slides.
Dec 1, 2021

What is the rarest car in Forza Horizon 5? ›

Ferrari 250 GTO

The rarest car in Forza Horizon 5 is also the most expensive vehicle in the game at 50 million credits. It's not surprising at all, since this car cannot be purchased or acquired in any other way except finding it in the wilderness of Mexico.

What is the fastest car in Forza Horizon 5? ›

Ranking The Fastest Cars In Forza Horizon 5
  • 8 McLaren Speedtail (250 Mph)
  • 7 Bugatti Chiron (269 Mph)
  • 6 Hennessey Venom GT (270 Mph)
  • 5 Porsche Taycan Turbo S (270 Mph)
  • 4 Koenigsegg One:1 (273 Mph)
  • 3 Koenigsegg Agera RS (280 Mph)
  • 2 Rimac Nevera (294 Mph)
  • 1 Koenigsegg Jesko (300+ Mph)
Jan 24, 2022

Is Forza Horizon 5 based in Japan? ›

Forza Horizon 5 is now a certain thing after the official announcement at E3, and one of the most important tidbits is the game takes place in Mexico, not in Japan as previously speculated.

Does Forza Horizon 5 have Tesla? ›

TESLA Coming to Forza Horizon 5 - NEW INFO & Cars List! - YouTube

How do I get AE86? ›

It's one of the game's rarer cars, but there are multiple ways to get it.
  1. Earning the AE86 Through Wheelspins. ...
  2. Earning the AE86 Through the Auction House. ...
  3. Earning the AE86 Through the Series 1 Challenge. ...
  4. Earning the AE86 Through a Gift Drop.
Nov 18, 2021

Is there Rolls Royce in Forza Horizon 5? ›

Finally, a Rolls-Royce in Forza Motorsport! Wraith is making its debut in Forza Motorsport 5, the first time a Rolls-Royce has ever appeared in a racing game. And where better to showcase this legendary car-maker than in Forza 5, where all of this magnificent car's beauty and detail can be showcased to perfection?

What is the slowest car in Forza Horizon 5? ›

The slowest car award goes to the BMW Isetta 300 Export 1957, known as the Bubble Car.

Is Koenigsegg faster than Bugatti? ›

Koenigsegg Agera RS Beats Speed Record Held by Bugatti

The Swedish supercar attained speeds of 272 mph and 284 mph during a recent attempt in Las Vegas, for an average speed of 277 mph (or 446 km/h), bettering the mark of 267 mph (430 km/h) previously set by its French rival Bugatti with the Veyron.

What car can jump the river in Forza 5? ›

While the BAC Mono is a reliable car on the track, it took the player a week to find the right build to clear La Salva's river jump which got plenty of praise from fellow FH5 players. “Tbh this is a lot more satisfying than all the jokers saying 'just get Jesko lolol,'” another user said.

Why did Forza pick Mexico? ›

We needed a country with incredible natural diversity,” says creative director Mike Brown. “We discovered while researching that Mexico is almost the whole world in one country – it has canyons, beautiful coastlines, about four different types of desert, ancient beautiful cities, volcanoes and mountains, ski resorts.

Why is Forza 5 Mexico? ›

In creating Forza Horizon 5, Playground sent teams to Mexico to visit all of the games' locations for inspiration and to ensure they are accurately representing the land, the weather, the change in seasons, the sounds, and more.

What car is Japanese? ›

The country is home to a number of companies that produce cars, construction vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs, and engines. Japanese automotive manufacturers include Toyota, Honda, Daihatsu, Nissan, Suzuki, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Isuzu, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Mitsuoka.

Is there motorcycles in Forza 5? ›

The best spot to find bikes in Guanajuato in Forza Horizon 5 is on the western side of the city. Along the road where the Urban Cross Country Circuit race event is, you will find a park square. Along the edge of this park, one or two racks of bikes will spawn.

Does Forza 5 have split screen? ›

While you can't play Forza Horizon 5 split screen, you can still play with your friends in an online setting. And playing with friends is relatively simple to do, as you can take on almost every single race in the game together.

Will Tesla come to Forza? ›

Tesla is a North American car manufacturer that appears in Forza Motorsport 4 as part of the VIP Car Pack and in Forza Motorsport 6, as well as in Forza Horizon 2 as part of the VIP Car Pack and in Forza Horizon 3.

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