A select group of those fortunate enough to own Ford Performance’s hottest hatch—the Focus RS—will soon be able to learn what this car is truly capable of doing. That’s because the first session of the Focus RS Adrenaline Academy enrolled owners for its classes at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Grantsville, Utah. When registration opened, the full slate classes filled up in a matter of days.
RS Adrenaline Academy provides an opportunity for drivers to learn the capabilities of their cars…—Henry Ford III, Ford Performance
“Focus RS combines high levels of torque and horsepower, and all-wheel drive with Dynamic-Torque Vectoring, for a high level of handling, grip and cornering speed,” Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager, said when the school was announced. “RS Adrenaline Academy provides an opportunity for drivers to learn the capabilities of their cars on a closed road course with professional instruction and ample course time. This will be an exciting experience, one that owners will never forget!”
These one-day classes include a lot of track time—including braking/cornering exercises, skid-car exercises, lead-and-follow laps, solo track laps and laps with instructors—as well as classroom sessions, a catered lunch and a reception dinner.
Adrenaline Academy Schedule
This is the complete schedule of Adrenaline Academy events, which area already filled up. The dates with asterisks allow for adding a second day of schooling, which you will definitely want to consider if you signed up for one of those dates!
• April 2017: April 3-4, April 6-7, April 10-11*, April 17-18, April 27-28
• May 2017: May 1-2*, May 4-5, May 9-10*, May 11-12*
• June 2017: June 5-6, June 7-8, June 11-12, June 29-30
• July 2017: July 3-4, July 24-25*
• August 2017: Aug 1-2, Aug 7-8
• September 2017: Sept 12-13, Sept 18-19, Sept 26-27*
• October 2017: Oct 1-2*, Oct 8-9*, Oct 15-16*, Oct 23-24*
Speaking from firsthand experience, we can tell you that a single day at the school is not enough. By the time your first day is over, you will want to hit the track again. Fortunately, the school allows you to buy an extra day at the school at a discounted rate for Adrenaline Academy students. However, the extra day is only available during certain sessions, so be sure to check the schedule and sign up early if you want to extend your stay at the track.
For more on the Focus RS Adrenaline Academy you can visit the site here. (You can call and get on a waiting list if someone drops out, but that seems unlikely.) Owners of STs can still register for the ST Octane Academy registration here, while GT350 owners can learn more about the GT350 Track Attack here. We’d love to attend all three!