Ford is giving the public at large a chance to jump behind the wheel of its upcoming 2013 Focus ST. The company is hosting a slew of consumer driving events around the country where consumers will be able to take the wheel for a little driving training and timed laps on an autocross course. The tour starts on June 30 in New York before moving on to Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Each event starts at 9am. and features a full day of getting cozy with the new sport hatch. Festivities close out at 6pm sharp.

If you want to get in on the fun yourself, you'll need to preregister for the event by heading over to shindig's site. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and considering it's free, we'd be willing to wager that spaces will fill up quickly. We can think of worse ways to spend a Summer Saturday. Check out the full press blast for yourself, including a complete schedule.
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Ford to Host Five-City Focus ST Performance Academy

• Consumer driving events to feature 2013 Ford Focus ST in New York; Washington, D.C.; Boston; San Francisco and Los Angeles this summer

• Event to feature two driving courses – first is performance training, second is timed autocross

• Consumers interested in attending can sign up at http://www.drivefocusst.com/


DEARBORN, Mich., May 30, 2012 – For sport compact fans, the only thing better than driving the new Ford Focus ST is driving the Focus ST on a course with professional instruction and timed autocross hot laps.

That, and more, is what Ford is bringing to driving enthusiasts in New York; Washington, D.C.; Boston; San Francisco and Los Angeles this summer, beginning June 30 in New York.

The events will happen on Saturdays in June, July and August in each market. Events will include 48-foot race trailers, a fleet of Focus STs for training, timed competition, as well as pre-event racing instruction.

Events will open at 9 a.m. and run all day through 6 p.m. Locations and dates are:

• New York, IZOD Center, June 30
• Washington, D.C., FedEx Field, July 14
• Boston, Gillette Stadium, July 21
• San Francisco, Candlestick Park, Aug. 4
• Los Angeles, Dodgers Stadium, Aug. 11
Pre-registration is live at http://www.drivefocusst.com/. Participation will be limited and will be honored on a first-registered, first-served basis.

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

"What better way to do it," she added, "than to bring the car to the people with the help of professional driver instruction on closed courses."

Focus ST, Ford's first global performance car, will integrate a collection of advanced and sport-oriented technologies previously unavailable to North American customers. The combination of these technologies into a refined, yet high-performance sport compact will elevate the category and further cement Focus as the most complete compact car range sold in North America.

Among the more visible options will be the Tangerine Scream metallic color that will be offered exclusively on Focus ST, as well as race-inspired Recaro® seats with matching color accents.

Ford is offering drivers who preorder a 2013 Focus ST the GoPro® HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition camera pack upon delivery. Already a staple in the motorsports and action sport communities, a GoPro is the ideal camera to capture a spirited drive or Focus ST track day. The first 1,000 presale orders placed between May 1 and Aug. 20 are eligible for the GoPro HD Hero2 camera system. Cameras will be sent after vehicle delivery.

More information regarding Focus ST can be found at http://www.ford.com/cars/focus/focusst/ or https://www.facebook.com/OfficialFordST.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      What happened to your own back yard in Michigan do you think that ,the whole country is on the east and west coast cmon people get real.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        I agree, but if I had to take a guess as to why they are only going to those parts of the country, I would say it's because Ford is really trying to win over loyalists and fans of import brands. In general, it seems people in those parts of the country have a much less favorable view toward domestic brands than folks in the Midwest and South. When you take that and the fact that those areas tend to be a lot more densely populated, it actually makes sense that they would choose to market this new sporty compact to those parts of the country first.
        JR Goehring
        • 2 Years Ago
        I agree completely. All of us in the Midwest and South are just a bunch of simple farm folk that don't understand these idiotic hatchbacks because we can't throw bales of hay and a pig in the back. Of course no one in Chicago or Texas would ever consider purchasing this car. I was looking forward to this car, the first time I've been interested in a Ford in years mind you, but now that a company once again left out the entire middle of the country, I'll go elsewhere. Thanks, Ford.
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I made a wisecrack comment on their Facebook post regarding the locations and how all the events may as well be in LA. There is no geographic diversity at all. South? Midwest?
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think we know where the designer of the Azteck went...to Ford and "designed" this Focus. Such a vulger little appliance. There isn't one cohesive design element in the entire car. Just a blob here, triangle there, gaping fish mouth over there. Oh well...Ford hasn't designed a good looking vehicle since 2008....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
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          • 2 Years Ago
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        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Hey guys, I'd like you all to meet this new guy.......except he's not new. He has been trolling AB for over 3 years, under the names "Matt", "P71 CrownVic" "Matt(that likes Ford)" "Z71_Silvy" "True Voice" and finally, "That Guy." Same troll, different names. A leopard doesn't change its spots.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        It's one thing to not like the looks of this car, but it is beyond absurd imply that this looks like the Pontiac Aztek. The Aztek, was a much riskier look, while this Focus tends to be a little more conservative, the way a sport compact should be. ...And I would say it looks better than anything Honda and Toyota have in their current lineups.
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        It is somewhat generic in its aggressiveness, but it's not fair to disparage it considering the 3rd-world rental grade styling of the previous model.
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      If only this came in an automatic...
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark
        Why would you want a sport compact with an automatic? That would be like wishing you could have a 2WD Wrangler. It kind of defeats the purpose of this vehicle.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark
        unic.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for them. May all the not-so-serious drivers love them.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Everyone is tired of your same comments. We get it, if it isn't an Evo, it isn't worth owning. Can't you go back to your Evo forums where you, and other like-minded fanboys can gather and not bother the adults. Thanks.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        so, based on that comment youve driven one no?.....your import AWD bias rears its head YET again....hows the Evos future looking?......
      EcoBooster
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would ask why they never host anything in FL. Then I remembered the drivers in FL. Then I decided "Nevermind".
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        Florida is about to become a zombie wasteland, that's why!
        bchreng
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        The drivers in LA aren't much better. If I ever get around to installing a dashcam, I'll show you.
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bchreng
          true, so true, how the hell some deserve a Drivers licence is beyond me....
      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      We midwesterners get really annoyed by the common attitude that "only the coasts matter". There are loads of cities with fun-loving, young, affluent populations in this country that are not on the East Coast or in California. If Ford brings this academy to Chicago, I'll sign up. Until then, Ford can forget about me as a potential customer for any of their vehicles.
        Room13
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        I'm not so sure that there is a bias against the midwest here. They're only going to 5 cities. There are a lot of people in a lot of areas around the country being left out.
      fancy sauce
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw this on the road the other week and it looks great, not too ricey.
      Fuzzy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is there not a Detroit/Chicago area event? :(
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fuzzy
        We get to see all the spy vehicles roaming around in Detroit. Not sure why chicago gets no love.
        jvshenderson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fuzzy
        I'm wondering the same thing. Autoblog, please update this story if Ford decides to let the rest of the country in on the fun!
        Rover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fuzzy
        For real! Disappointed.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Signed up. Looking forward to it. Wish Mazda still had their events.
      Claudio Aguilar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice! Signed up for Los Angeles.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome. Signed up for the DC event.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        I'd be interested to know how the torque vectoring feels like, or how it holds up to multiple use.
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          interestingly enough, it seems several manufacturers are utilizing or going to utilize similar systems...but thee will still be those blind to gains in technology and stick to the tried and true....I remember when ABS was first introduced to an uproar, hell, same with fuel injection.....
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          That's one of the main reasons why I'm going, but I am sure they've got a course that won't let it tax the system too much. They are usually pretty short auto-x courses.
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          gorge, me too, but i wouldnt poo poo the tech as being immediately inferior, they have tested the bejesus out of this car so there sno doubt in my mind it will be fine, and two additional plus points, I bet the car has regenerative braking to enable a smaller charging system AND its ultimately Lighter...how will it perform, my money is on fantastic. And for all those bringing up potential issues like brake fade and overheating, Im quite sure Ford was well aware of potential sore points and adressed them....so we will have no ABS and drum brakes in the rear and 4 inch rotors in the front....( sarcasm believe it or not )
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          in relative terms a LSD is simplistic in comparison...for instance heres another quote, remain sceptical if you wish, i have all the confidence the system will rock and acheive more than any LSD can...Through the corners, Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control is an essential help for Focus ST drivers, a tuned version of the Torque Vectoring Control found in the base model Focus. The standard system uses torque vectoring by braking, in which brake torque is applied to the inner wheel of the Focus through a corner, reducing the understeer behaviour and allowing for more traction, much like a traditional limited slip differential. The Focus ST system applies this more aggressively and also adds Cornering Under Steer Control (CUSC), which applies torque to create yaw torque based on the vehicle's understeer behavior prior to ESP, both in power-on and power-off conditions. Combined, they ensure that Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control is a crucial element in helping the front-wheel-drive Focus ST be a true driver's machine, able to tackle any corner with supreme confidence.
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          @Dean Progress is good. Substitution of one system for another without equivalent drawbacks (or less) is another thing altogether. In other words, brake based differentials vs true LSD - which one is better? I have my own opinion, but I would rather see the tech in action.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          @ Dean VW put a ton of effort and research into the same system in the MK5 and MK6 GTI, same issue. You can't fix a problem that has an inherent flaw in the way the system operates, by using its brakes.
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