Evan J. Smith
June 26, 2014
Photos By: Ford Motor Company

Ford’s created quite the industry buzz with its EcoBoost line of efficient turbocharged four and six-cylinder engines. They power a multitude of Ford and Lincoln road iron including the light and nimble Fiesta ST to the Flex, SHO and even F-150 trucks. Mustang enthusiasts will experience Ecoboost in 2015, as the 300-plus hp 30-mpg turbo-four models hit the streets in just a few months.

Meanwhile, Ford is busy improving the brand with the latest popular Focus St, which has a slathering of upgrades for the 2015 model year.

The new Ford Focus ST will make its global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom tomorrow, June 27. Ford’s new performance model headlines the First Glance category, with professional drivers showcasing the car’s abilities on the world-famous hill climb on all three days of the event.

First launched in 2002, Focus ST has now seen sales of more than 140,000 units in more than 40 countries. Ford is also teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment to stage the first-ever “virtual versus 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.

A designated gamer at the Ford stand will match skills against Ben Collins—formerly The Stig of 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-liter V8 fastback will take part in the Supercar Class, with Ford Team RS vehicle dynamics specialist David Put at the wheel. Ford also will display a Mustang convertible. The Focus ST retains the 252 hp engine and Mustang 360 is excited to get one soon for testing.

  • Ford premieres new Focus ST at Goodwood Festival of Speed in United Kingdom, June 27
  • New Focus ST makes debut on world-famous hill climb; Ford and Sony Computer Entertainment stage first “virtual versus real” race at Goodwood – with Gran Turismo®6 gamers going head-to-head with actual drivers of Focus ST
  • New Ford Mustang makes first dynamic driving appearance in Europe