Forza Motorsport 8 - Tips for Beginners

Tips for beginners in Forza Motorsport 8 (2023), including general tips and tricks for new players on choosing the best starting car, farming car XP, farming money (credits), Featured Tours, how to improve car performance, and other useful advice.

Forza Motorsport 8 - Tips for Beginners

Tips for Beginners in Forza Motorsport 8

General Tips and Tricks

Choose your starting car.

When choosing your first car in Forza Motorsport 8 (2023), try to go for the 2019 Subaru STI S209 (AWD) or the 2018 Honda Civic Type R (FWD). These vehicles are generally smoother to drive for new players owing to the characteristics of their drivetrain, with the S209 having more power and the Type R enjoying better handling.

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The 2018 Ford Mustang GT (RWD), meanwhile, requires a bit more skill to drive and is more suited to series veterans. Beginners might find the GT particularly difficult to drive around corners due to its tendency to spin out from oversteering and bad throttle control.

Grind car XP (CXP) and car points (CP)  to unlock and apply car upgrades.

Car upgrades are unlocked individually for each car by leveling them up during races. The options you gain access to often allow you to drastically change and improve your car’s overall performance by being able to change out parts or apply modifications to suit your driving style.

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You can earn XP through a number of ways during a race, such as overtaking rival cars, meeting track segment times, and clearing bonus objectives.

One way to earn a lot of XP in Career Mode is to start at the last grid position (starting line). This will require you to pass all other rival cars in the race at least once to win it. To make this farming method easier, try lowering the difficulty of AI-controlled Drivatars in the pre-race menu (under Settings).

It is also possible to passively level up your car in Free Play mode by enabling all specific Driving Assist settings (essentially letting the car drive itself around a course to earn XP).

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Leveling up also rewards you with Car Points (CP), the resource required to purchase and apply upgrades to you car via the Upgrade Shop.

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Farm money (credits) to buy new cars.

You can earn money by simply progressing through Career Mode. Try to aim for podium finishes in each event to earn as much credits as you can. You can also sell cars you own to get extra credits.

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Racing events also give you a chance to receive Podium Bonuses based on your grid Position, AI difficulty, and ruleset applied which can be set before the race.

The further your position at the starting the line, the higher the chances of you getting the bonus if you finish with a podium placement. You are also more likely to take home higher Podium Bonuses by racing against higher-difficulty AI and playing on Sport or Expert Rules.

Forza Motorsport 8 How to Farm Credits

Join Featured Tours to earn exclusive cars not available at the shop.

Featured Tours are limited-time events that consist of a series of themed races you can join during their availability periods. Completing all races in the Featured Tour series rewards you with special cars that cannot be bought at the shop.

Forza Motorsport 8 Featured Tour Schedules and Rewards

The exclusive vehicles obtained from Featured Tours serve as nice collection pieces in addition to being very good cars themselves so try to complete these special events when they become available.

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Lower the difficulty to win races.

You can choose to adjust the AI Drivatar’s level if you find it too hard to place well during racing events in Career Mode. Be warned, however, that Podium Bonuses earned are lower when competing against low-level opponents.

Forza Motorsport 8 Game Difficulty Guide

Enable Driving Assists.

Turning on different Driving Assists can also help you learn the basics of driving if you have little to no experience with Forza or other simulation driving games. Eventually, you will want to disable these settings to hone your driving skills if you are aiming to compete against other players online.

Forza Motorsport 8 Accessibility Support Guide

Tips to Improve Car Performance

Reduce fuel load to increase speed.

Carrying less fuel allows your car to be lighter which results in faster acceleration. Before each race, try carrying just a little over what you need to complete all laps of the race as having a full tank will actually slow you down.

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Engine swaps can raise your car’s overall performance (PI).

Engine swaps, which are unlocked at car level 40, may improve your car’s power and overall performance (indicated by its Performance Index or PI). Just be sure to feel out other changes to the car’s top speed, toque, and weight distribution which often come with the conversion.

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Drivetrain swaps can improve your car’s handling to suit your preferences.

You can also apply a drivetrain swap to change your car’s default configuration to either all-wheel drive (AWD), front-wheel drive (FWD), or rear-wheel drive (RWD). This conversion process is among the most effective ways to drastically change the behavior of your car outside differential tuning or other adjustments.

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This upgrade, however, only becomes available at car level 50 (max level) so you may already be comfortable with your car’s current drivetrain and setup by the time this option is unlocked.

Use the Quick Upgrade feature.

The Quick Upgrade at the Upgrade Shop is a useful feature for beginners who might be overwhelmed with tuning their car for the first time. Selecting Quick Upgrade applies recommended parts and changes to your car based on your available Car Points (CP) and unlocked upgrades to allow for the most stable handling that the game can come up with.

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Other Forza Motorsport 8 Guides

Forza Motorsport 8 Basic Information

▼Forza Motorsport 8 Basic Information
Game Editions Is the Game Coming to PS5?
Does the Game Have Cross-Play and Cross-Save? Do You Need Online Connection to Play?
Supported Steering Wheels and Peripherals Accessibility Support
PC System Requirements PC Exclusive Features
Game Controls Game Difficulty
Is the AE86 Trueno in the Game?

Forza Motorsport 8 Game Guides

Best Cars Rankings

▼Forza Motorsport 8 Best Cars Rankings
Best Starting Car to Choose Best Cars by PI (Performance Index)
Fastest Cars by HP (Horsepower) Best Cars for Drifting

Game Modes Guides

▼Forza Motorsport 8 Game Modes Guides
Career Mode Guide Rivals Mode Guide

Career Mode Event Guides

▼Forza Motorsport 8 Event Guides
Featured Tour Schedules and Rewards Featured Multiplayer Events and Schedules
Featured Rival Events and Schedules VIP Events and Schedules

Useful Guides

▼Forza Motorsport 8 Useful Guides
All Achievements List (Xbox and Steam) All Cars List
All Unlockable Cars All Limited-Time Cars
Best Starting Car to Choose Best Upgrades
Tips for Beginners Should You Get VIP Membership?
How to Level Up Cars Fast Money Farming Guide
How to Farm Car Points (CP) How to Increase PI (Performance Index)
Car Pass Rewards List All Car Upgrades List
All Tracks List Differential Tuning Guide
Pitting Guide Tires Guide
How to Tune Cars How to Increase Horsepower (HP)
How to Reduce Car Body Weight Weight Reduction vs. Horsepower Increase
How to Drift How to Sell Cars
Car Class List and Guide How to Get Car Discounts
How to Change Driver Suit All Driver Suits List
How to Unlock Engine Swap How to Unlock Drivetrain Swap
How to Change Language How to Change License Plate
How to Enable Leaderboard in HUD Is Slipstream Effect in the Game?
How to Skip Practice Time of Day and Weather Effects Guide
Photo Mode Guide Car Design and Paint Guide
How to Share Car Designs

Forza Motorsport 8 Cars List

By Manufacturer

▼Forza Motorsport 8 Cars List (Manufacturers)
Acrua Alfa Romeo
Alpine AMC
Apollo Ariel
Aston Martin Audi
Austin-Healey Automobili Pininfarina
Auto Union BAC
Bentley BMW
Brabham Bugatti
Buick Cadillac
Caterham Chaparral
Chevrolet Chrysler
Datsun Dodge
Donkervoort DS Automobiles
Eagle Exomotive
Ferrari Ford
Ginetta Holden
Honda HSV
Hyundai Infiniti
Jaguar Koenigsegg
KTM Lamborghini
Lexus Lola
Lotus Lynk & Co
Maserati Mazda
McLaren Mercedes
Mercury Merkur
Mitsubishi NIO
Nissan Oldsmobile
Opel Pagani
Peugeot Plymouth
Pontiac Porsche
Radical RAESR
Renault Rimac
Saleen Shelby
Subaru Toyota
TVR Ultima Sports
Vauxhall Volkswagen
Volvo VUHL
Xpeng Zenvo
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By Division

▼Forza Motorsport 8 Cars List (Division)
Early Factory Racecars Early LMP Cars
Early Sport Compact Cars Exotic GT Classics Cars
Formula 60s Cars Formula 70s Cars
Formula Mazda Spec Cars Forza GT Cars
Forza P1 Cars Forza P2
Forza Proto-H Cars Forza Touring Cars
GTP/C Cars GTX Sportscars
Hot Hatch Icons Cars Mission R Spec Cars
Modern Exotic GT Cars Modern Factory Racecars
Modern Hot Hatch Cars Modern Hypercars
Modern Sport Compact Cars Modern Sport Coupe Cars
Modern Sport GT Cars Modern Sport Touring Cars
Prototype Group Racing Cars Sport Coupe Icons Cars
Sport GT Icons Cars Sport Luxury Cars
Sport Touring Classics Cars Street Drag Cars
The Birth of Grand Prix Cars Track Toys Cars

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