The new Focus ST will make its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed tomorrow. Ford’s new performance model headlines the “First Glance” category, with professional drivers showcasing its abilities on the world-famous hill climb on all three days.
Benefiting from the technology and quality improvements revealed earlier this year for the new Ford Focus, the new Focus ST – available for the first time in diesel-powered version – also will be displayed on the Ford stand at Goodwood. First launched in 2002, Ford has now sold more than 140,000 Focus ST models in over 40 countries.
Ford also is teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment to stage the first-ever “virtual vs real” race on the Hill. On its first run each day, the new Focus ST will compete in real time against the Focus ST featured in the Gran Turismo®6 game for PlayStation®3. I know which wheel I'd rather be behind, that's for sure...
A designated gamer at the Ford stand will match skills against Ben Collins – formerly “The Stig” from Top Gear – with the action displayed on big screens throughout the festival. Visitors to the Ford stand also have the chance to record their own times on the Gran Turismo 6 simulators.
Also starring at Goodwood will be the all-new Ford Mustang that makes its first U.K. appearance. A 5.0-litre V-8 Fastback will take part in the Supercar Class, with Ford Team RS vehicle dynamics specialist David Put (www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-KempOrImw) at the wheel. Ford will also be displaying a Mustang convertible, which is definitely something to look out for.