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Ford ST Octane Academy : Videos


I remembered how incredibly awesome the Focus ST is – such a darling performer. While I still think I'd rather own a more daily-driver-friendly Volkswagen GTI for year-round hot hatch use, I reaffirmed my assessment that the Ford is still the best-performing vehicle in the segment. The Fiesta ST, though, is perhaps even more fun. That shorter wheelbase means it's handily the more tossable car, and even with less power from its 1.6-liter turbo-four, felt every bit as engaging on the Miller track.

Hot laps upon hot laps were amassed, and as the day came to a close, we headed back to the classroom for one last time, to debrief on the experience. Owners are given goodies like participation trophies and some cool ST swag, including a unique, black ST badge for their cars – something you can only get by participating in the Octane Academy.

So, is it worth it? Considering the cost, absolutely. Sure, airfare isn't always cheap, and you have to foot the bill for a cheap motel, but for enthusiastic ST owners looking to see all that their cars can do, it sounds like a pretty solid vacation, to me. The instructors, of course, absolutely know their stuff, and they really push the students – nothing you aren't capable of, but eking out a driver's full potential is the key here, while helping them understand the finer points of car control and generally having a great time.

I'm pretty sure we all felt like rock stars after completing the ST school, the owners heading off in their personal STs (or rental cars) with newfound confidence. Even more experienced drivers like my journalist colleagues and myself learned a thing or two at Octane school – stuff that's always good to brush up on, and can be applied to general car control, not just Ford ST control. The fact that the cars used here are hilarious hot hatches really is just icing on the cake.


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