The school bell is being rung for acolytes of Ford’s Fiesta ST and Focus ST high-performance small cars.
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 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.
Miller Motorsports Park will provide Focus ST and Fiesta ST cars – modified with full safety equipment – for participants’ use in all exercises.
All Ford Motor Company performance vehicles are developed using Ford’s global performance DNA.
This global performance DNA blueprint outlines the characteristics of Ford’s ST, RS, SVT and GT models.
The global performance DNA blueprint ensures that Ford customers around the world benefit from a common strategy for performance vehicle tuning and the same optimized driving dynamics.
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.