Ford ST Octane Academy Debuts
- Ford is offering owners of the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST and 2013-'14 Ford Focus ST a new complimentary driving instruction program.
- The Ford ST Octane Academy is designed to give buyers "the chance to learn firsthand the capabilities of their cars," the automaker said.
- The program's schedule will be announced later this summer.
Meant to help drivers learn firsthand the capabilities of the performance-oriented versions of the Focus and Fiesta, the Ford ST Octane Academy schedule will be announced later this summer.
Professional driving instructors run the program, slated to be held at Miller Motorsports Park here. It includes precision-driving instruction, karting, autocross courses and classroom work.
"The intent is to demonstrate the performance capabilities of the owners' cars and to improve their driving skills — all while having fun," said Ford in a statement on Wednesday.
The program is inspired by Octane Academy, the competition TV series founded by Ford and featuring a bunch of motorsports icons, including Ken Block.
Miller Motorsports Park will provide the Focus ST and Fiesta ST instruction cars, which will be modified with full safety equipment. Participants must pay for their own travel to Salt Lake City.
An optional day of instruction will include the Ford Mustang GT on the track and off-road driving in a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.
Ford said it will cover the costs of the driving school, but the Mustang GT and Raptor events must be paid for by participants. Pricing has not been announced. The Web site says "the exact upgrade details are not finalized yet."
The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST arrives in showrooms later this summer.
Edmunds says: A great way to get to know your Fiesta ST or Focus ST, providing you can afford the travel costs.