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Christopher Bruce2012-05-31 13:23:49

Ford Taking Focus ST on 5 City Free Performance Academy

This will be the first chance for the US to get a Focus ST

FordFordFordUnited States of America, 1903 > present92 models
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is about to launch the Focus STFocus ST EcoBoostFord Focus ST EcoBoostUnited Kingdom, 2012 > present9 photos
in the United States for the first time ever. To promote the hot hatch, Ford is taking it on a five city tour throughout the US for a completely free performance driving academy. 

The Focus ST will stop in five cities through late June and early August:

Focus ST Performance Academy
Place Date
New York, Izod Center June 30
Washington D.C, FedEx Field July 14
Boston, Gillette Stadium July 21
San Francisco, Candlestick Park August 4
Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium August 11

The events include a fleet of cars for training, timed events, pre-race instruction and race trailers for classrooms. 

If you live in the US near one of these cities, you can pre-register at Drive Focus ST. If you are interested, pre-register quickly because spots will probably fill up fast. 

“Our fans have expressed extremely high interest in this car, but we know the proof is in the pudding. We want ST fans, as well as drivers of competitive vehicles, to be able to taste this car firsthand," said Lisa Schoder, Ford Focus ST Marketing manager.

The only surprising thing about this academy is that Ford decided to stage each event in a major city rather than an established road racing venue. More people can attend in the center of a major city, but the venue might be better equipped at a track. 

Ford is really aiming the ST at performance and track drivers in the US. The first 1000 people who pre-order a Focus ST will receive GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition camera, a $299 value.

Ford has never sold a real Focus ST in the US. It sold an SVTFocus SVTFord Focus SVTUnited States of America, 2002 > present3 photos
model from 2002 to 2004 with 170hp from a 2.0l Zetec engine. The cars were considered great handlers but did not stand up well against the Mini Cooper SCooper SMINI (BMW) Cooper SGermany, 2004 > present4 photos
and Volkswagen GTIGolf GTiVolkswagen Golf GTiGermany, 2001 > 20045 photos
in the US. They were badged as the ST170Focus ST170Ford Focus ST170United Kingdom, 2002 > present2 photos
in Europe.  From 2005 to 2007, Ford sold a Focus STFord Focus 2.0 ZX4 STUnited States of America, 2004 > present in the US, but the model was not special in any way. It had a 151hp, 2.3l four-cylinder and basically just added a sporty body kit. Neither car could stand up to the Focus STFocus RSFord Focus RSUnited Kingdom, 2002 > present3 photos
that Europe got at the time with a 212hp, turbocharged engine and significant performance modifications. 

Encyclopedia
FordFord
Focus (UK)Focus (UK)
Ford Focus (UK) Gen.3Ford Focus (UK) Gen.3
Focus ST EcoBoostFocus ST EcoBoost
Engine
Straight 4
Displacement
122 cu in
Top Speed
154 mph
Transmission
6, Manual
Maximum power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
Type
Hatchback
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
32.67 US MPG
price
$ 58.386
* based on Portugal prices
annual ownership cost
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