Forza Horizon 5 Launch Control: How to Use It

Author Alessio Lorandi
Alessio Lorandi
August 15, 2022

If you wish to have some of the best starts in Forza Horizon 5 then you’ll really want to master the art of using launch control.

As in any racing simulator as well as real life racing, the start is critical to having a good race.

In fact it will probably make or break your race in those first few seconds.

This is especially true in Forza Horizon 5 as the races are getting more and more competitive these days.

Forza Horizon 5 Launch Control: How to Use It

Fortunately, launch control makes getting a good start much easier than it otherwise would be.

In this guide we’ll show you how to use launch control as well as some tips and tricks to get the perfect start.

Is there launch Control in FH5 and how to activate it?

To activate launch control in Forza Horizon 5, players must first shift into 2nd gear, then back down to 1st.

Next, they will need to activate the handbrake and fully engage the drive-forward action (throttle).

Finally, as soon as they’re ready to start they will need to simply remove the handbrake and they will feel the big initial launch from the launch control system.

In fact the launch control in FH5 (as in real life) helps you to deliver high power to your wheels and gearbox to start off without any burnouts or losing traction.

That is precisely what happens in Formula 1 when they launch off the grid in 2.5s from 0-100 km/h!

Burnouts, also known as “wheelspin”, are deadly for performance as it will make you start very slow despite looking “Cool”.

How to Launch Control with Automatic Gear Transmission

Did you know that you could also have a launch control with automatic cars in Forza Horizon 5? Here’s how:

  • First make sure the car is stationary.
  • Then hold both brake and accelerator simulatenously
  • Now put in reverse and then back to 1st gear by slightly letting go of the LT button.
  • Now hold down the accelerator and brake again.
  • Let the brake go and you will feel the instant kick form the launch control.

As you can see it’s not a very complex process though it might take some time for us to practice and adapt properly.


So there you have it, a complete guide on how to use launch control in Forza Horizon 5 as well as some tips to get the perfect start.

We hope you found this guide helpful and that you’ll be able to put it to good use in your next race.

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About the autor

Alessio Lorandi

Alessio has been involved at the highest levels in racing since the age of 5 (2003). He won a CIK-FIA World Championship in 2013 and then raced in F3, F2, and finally GT3s before now dedicating himself to SOLOX. He’s now on a mission to help thousands of sim racers around the world achieve their fullest potential through his ACC setups.






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