Ford to Offer Complimentary ST Octane Academy Driving Experience for
Ford Fiesta ST, Focus ST Owners
Ford to offer Fiesta ST and Focus ST owners exclusive complimentary
driving instruction at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah
Classroom, karting and autocross courses will include precision
Owners interested should visit www.stoctaneacademy.com for details
Above the sound of screeching tires and racing engines, the school
bell is being rung for acolytes of Ford's Fiesta ST and Focus ST
high-performance small cars.
At the heart of this complimentary program provided by Ford and Ford
Racing instructors at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, initial
owners of 2013 and 2014 Focus ST and the 2014 Fiesta ST are being
offered the chance to learn firsthand the capabilities of their cars
and themselves. The schedule will be announced later this summer.
"We gave the all-new Fiesta ST the highest possible fun-to-drive
factor," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product
development. "It's fast, it handles brilliantly, but it won't
beat you up in daily driving. Add to that its affordability, and we
think enthusiasts have reason to rejoice. It's really that
Ford's ST Octane Academy provides Focus ST and Fiesta ST owners with a
full immersion into the Ford ST experience, with driving instruction
and extensive course time with professional instructors. The intent is
to demonstrate the performance capabilities of the owners' cars and to
improve their driving skills all while having fun.
The program is inspired by Octane Academy, the competition TV series
founded by Ford and featuring motorsports superstars Ken Block, Brian
Deegan, Tanner Foust and Vaughn Gittin Jr. On the show, amateur
drivers compete for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to jump-start
their racing careers. The four professional drivers put the
competitors through a variety of driving and action sports challenges
to determine the winner of Octane Academy.
Miller Motorsports Park will provide Focus ST and Fiesta ST cars
modified with full safety equipment for participants' use in all
exercises. All participants will need to do is arrange travel to Salt
Lake City to take advantage of the experience. An optional day of
instruction will include Ford Mustang GT on the track and off-road
driving in a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.
Following afternoon arrival in Salt Lake City, drivers will visit the
headquarters of Hoonigan Racing Ken Block's race shop in nearby Park
City for a tour of the facilities, a deep dive into ongoing
projects, and dinner and a reception.
The next day at Miller Motorsports Park, owners will start with a
dynamic classroom session with school instructors, and then spend the
rest of the morning learning car control, cornering, braking and
vehicle dynamic techniques. Lunch will be provided.
The afternoon session features more on-track driving including lead
and follow exercises, instructor ride-alongs and hot laps with
professional drivers. It also includes high-spirited precision driving
exercises and challenges featuring a custom circuit. The day will end
with participating owners receiving a special graduation pack from the
team followed by the ST karting challenge.
While owners will be responsible for their travel and hotel costs,
Ford will cover costs of the driving school in its entirety. The
optional-day Mustang GT and Raptor events would be paid for by the
participants. Options for owners to bring guests will also be
available. All interested in learning more about this program should
visit www.stoctaneacademy.com for complete details.
Ford ST global DNA
All Ford Motor Company performance vehicles are developed using Ford's
global performance DNA. This blueprint outlines the characteristics of
Ford's ST, RS, SVT and GT models, ensuring Ford customers around the
world benefit from a common strategy for performance vehicle tuning
and the same optimized driving dynamics regardless of market.
Ford recently won two awards for vehicle dynamics at the 2013 Vehicle
Dynamics International Awards Dynamics Team of the Year and
Dynamicist of the Year. The Ford vehicle dynamics department won for
development of Ford vehicles including the new Ford B-MAX, all-new
Ford Kuga, Ford Focus ST and all-new Ford Fiesta ST. Ford Team RS
vehicle dynamics specialist David Put star of the Ford Fiesta ST
versus legendary Lommel Track 7 video won for his work on Focus ST
and Fiesta ST.
Ford is committed to delivering vehicles with high levels of ride
quality that are also fun and rewarding to drive as part of its global
DNA. Ford is the first manufacturer to win each award twice since the
awards were launched in 2008.
"At Ford, we place driving dynamics at the heart of our vehicle
development programs," said Nair. "Awards like these are
proof that these efforts have been worthwhile, and Ford really does go
further to deliver the very best performance feel for our customers.
We are very proud of our products and the team for all they have
The new Ford Fiesta ST will be available in North America later this
summer. Interested buyers can place an order at their local dealer or
through Build Your Fiesta ST online. The hot hatch will feature a new
high-output variant of the award-winning 1.6-liter EcoBoost®
four-cylinder engine, delivering an estimated 197 horsepower and 202
lb.-ft. of torque making Fiesta ST a true standout among its
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company
provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For
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About Miller Motorsports Park
Miller Motorsports Park is a state-of-the-art racing facility located
just 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah. It is
considered the finest and most diverse facility of its type in North
America and was named "Motorsports Facility of the Year" by
the Professional Motorsport World Expo in Cologne, Germany, in 2006.
The 511-acre campus includes a 4.5-mile road racing circuit, a
0.9-mile kart racing track, an eight-acre rock-crawling course, a
22-acre high-speed Off Road Short Course and a 1.1-mile,
National-level motocross course. An adjacent 900 acres contains a
2.5-mile Off-Road Desert Course. Miller Motorsports Park is home to
the Ford Racing School and the Yamaha Champions Riding School, two of
America's top high-performance training programs, as well as the Larry
H. Miller Total Performance Museum, which houses some of the world's
most significant sports and racing cars associated with Ford Motor
Company and the legendary Carroll Shelby.