Ford Announces Summer Test Drive Events for New Focus ST

Ford recently announced that performance fans will soon get the chance to get behind the wheel of one of the automaker's newest compact sports cars – the 2013 Ford Focus ST. This summer, the car company will host events in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles where driving enthusiasts can test out the upcoming car. Each event will feature two separate driving courses sure to make anyone with a need for speed a bit weak in the knees.

The first course will be all about performance training and the second is a timed autocross. Those who sign up for the event, which must be done ahead of time, can learn how to better handle the sporty model and then put their new knowledge to the test.

"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 than to bring the car to the people with the help of professional driver instruction on closed courses."

The Ford Focus ST hit showroom floors across the nation in May. It offers 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of torque from a 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine. It was designed to work wonders as an everyday driver and still allow the motorist to unleash power on the track. The new car starts around $24,500, so not everyone will be able to afford this sporty new compact.

However, those looking for powerful used cars in New Jersey can head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The used car dealer has a wide variety of makes and models, from traditional sports cars to the unexpected powerhouse. Drivers can always opt for something a bit more modest and tack on aftermarket accessories to enhance the vehicle's performance.