Ford Sends ST Owners to Octane Academy

Octane Academy

2014 Ford Fiesta

Ferrari and Jaguar send buyers of their most exotic racecars to racetrack lessons; what’s the point of owning a Ferrari and not knowing how to tame the beast? These automakers don’t want you making a fool of their cars while you’re out and about, trying to strut your stuff.

Not all of us can afford a Ferrari or a Jaguar, but for driving enthusiasts in the market for a more reasonable sports car, Ford is offering a free day of training at the ST Octane Academy to anyone who buys a Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ST.

Ford Fiesta ST Specifications

Focus ST Specifications

Located at Miller Motorsports Park near Park City, Utah, the Octane Academy happens to be one of America’s longest, most lavish racetracks, according to Yahoo Autos. The Miller Motorsports Park opened in 2006 and has been ground zero for Ford driver training, including extreme off-roading.

Octane Academy

2014 Ford Focus

The training day begins with a classroom session which outlines safety, the track, and an overview of the program. Everyone then heads to their cars and the real fun begins. Drivers practice rotating the cars around cones at 90 and 180-degrees using steering, clutch and handbrake, and even go so far as to practice reverse 180-degree spins.

Next up: an intense timed autocross course where drivers wind and sprint through orange cones, including slalom and figure 8’s.

After lunch, drivers are hooked up to outriggers that raise the car’s tires slightly off the pavement, creating a simulation of driving on ice. It can’t all be fun and games, can it?

The day wraps up with a visit to the East portion of the Miller circuit. Instructors get in the passenger seats and offer invaluable tips over the course of six laps. After that, drivers get wide-open free time to put their new skills to work and push their cars to their limits.

All in a day’s work, right?

Stop by Friendly Ford to learn more and check out a Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ST for yourself!

Redesigned Focus for 2015

Redesigned Focus for 2015

Current Ford Focus

The results are in and the Ford Focus was the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate in 2013! The Focus really boosted sales with a 50% sales growth in China and with registrations in the US up 8.1%.

The Focus’ next stop is the New York International Auto Show where it will debut its four-door sedan and its electric version. The Focus hatchback and wagon both debuted at the Geneva Motor Show back in March sporting improved performance and many great upgrades.

The 2015 Ford Focus will feature MyKey®, a heated steering wheel, and 10 different wheel options available for all trim levels. New for 2015 is the SE Sport Package, a performance enhanced Focus featuring paddle shifters, advanced suspension, new body treatments, and 17-inch black wheels. The SE Sport Package is a great option for those who love the Focus, but also value performance and uniqueness.

Ford is thrilled that the Ford Focus was the number-1 selling nameplate in 2013. They hope to keep the momentum running for years to come. At Friendly Ford, we are proud to carry the best-selling nameplate and we look forward to the 2015 making its way to our lot in Roselle!

Restyled Ford for 2015

The 2015 Ford models are slowly coming to light as we brought you a peek at the 2015 Expedition last week. Over the past couple of years, Ford has been restyling and redesigning their models so that they all have a unified style. So far all of the new Ford models we have seen have been sporting a fresher look all with a unified grille design.

This week, Autoblog got a first look at the redesigned 2015 Ford Focus which is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Autoblog reports that the Focus will be sporting only some slight changes as the majority of the body lines remain the same. They did note a new rear bumper and taillights on the back of the car and a reshaped hood and new headlights on the front. Head on over to Autoblog to get a glimpse of the restyled Ford for 2015.

Restyled Ford for 2015

The 2014 Ford Focus will be getting a slight makeover for the 2015 model year!

At Friendly Ford we are excited to see the new models and trim levels for 2015. Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for the latest on 2015 releases and updates!