Get the Most Out of Ford’s Hot Hatches at the ST Octane Academy

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How much more fun would a Ford hot hatch be if you could really open it up? If you can make it out to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, you can zoom around in a Fiesta ST and Focus ST at the ST Octane Academy.

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There you’ll learn such things as how to pull off forward and reverse 180s. Instructors will teach you how to perform skidding and braking exercises. There will be a session in which you follow your instructor, one in which your coach rides along as you drive, and another in which you ride shotgun as your teacher drives some hot laps. You’ll even get to race the clock through the above UrbanX course.

The night before the track day, there will be a welcome reception at Hoonigan Headquarters in Park City, Utah. The next day, there will be a 30-minute classroom lesson, but the rest of the time, you’ll be out on the MMP track.

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Ford will provide helmets and racing suits; you’ll just need to show up and know how to drive stick. You’ll not only need that skill for driving the STs, but you’ll also need it if you choose to add a second day to your experience. You’ll spend it in the “Intro to Racing Program” – behind the wheel of a 2015 Mustang GT. According to the academy, in the four-hour program, “Students will have two breakouts, for heel/toe braking and cornering exercises. Then they will take the wheel for a lead-and-follow session around the track behind the instructor and a session driving with an instructor providing feedback as a passenger.”

The next ST Octane Academy runs May 27-28 (right now, the May 8-9 session is full). Hit the ST Octane Academy link below for more details and instructions on how to register. If you attend, let us know how it goes!

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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