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AUG 18, 2021 | Ford Performance Racing School Press Release

Ford Performance Racing School to Debut One-of-a Kind Extreme SUV at Woodward Dream Cruise

Ford Performance Racing School Explorer ST on the track

CONCORD, N.C. – In a bold move to draw attention to the programs it offers  to all driving enthusiasts and the exclusive programs it offers to Ford performance vehicle  owners, Ford Performance Racing School is unveiling a unique, specially-modified performance  version of the Explorer ST on August 21, 2021,at the 26th annual Woodward Dream Cruise  presented by Ford. This exciting new 4-passenger track vehicle will be featured in the Ford  Performance Racing School’s display in the middle of “Mustang Alley” – a gathering of the  Mustang faithful and over 600 privately-owned Mustangs. 

“Based on our experience with the production vehicle in the no-charge program we and Ford  offer Explorer ST and Edge ST owners exclusively, the ST SUV Experience, the Explorer ST is  a phenomenal vehicle. Already fast and nimble, our goal with our modified vehicle is to take this  already capable platform and turn up the volume a bit… further unleashing the beast into one  capable of thrilling up to four people on the track - all in a safe and controlled manner. Working  closely with Ford engineers and with our valued partners we are on our way to accomplishing just that – and this vehicle is scheduled to see plenty of track time starting shortly after the  Woodward Dream Cruise”, said Dan McKeever, president, Ford Performance Racing School.  “This is a work in progress. The vehicle will undergo more performance tuning as we learn its  full potential.” 

Vehicle Highlights 

  • 3.0L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 engine 
  • Custom fabricated, MIG welded 4-passenger, 4-door dual main hoop SUV full safety  cage, featuring 1.75” OD DOM tubing 
  • Four RECARO Cross Sportster CS seats with custom FPRS trim and Safecraft 4-point  safety harnesses 
  • Racing window nets in all door windows 
  • The only school to wear the Ford oval 
  • Brembo six-piston monobloc aluminum calipers (front brakes) 
  • Shelby GT500 16.5” vented rotors (front brakes) 
  • Castrol Edge 5W-30 engine oil 
  • Castrol SRF racing brake fluid 
  • Michelin 315/30ZR21 Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires 
  • Signature Wheels SV503 Track Series wheels 
  • Vehicle graphic design and graphics package from Lue Creative  

Established in 2006, Ford Performance Racing School provides instruction in high-performance  driving to drivers of all levels. In addition to offering traditional driving instruction to all, the  school is home to business and product training programs conducted for Michelin/BFGoodrich,  as well as the complimentary programs offered to first owners of new Ford Performance  vehicles exclusively. Starting with the Boss Track Attack program in 2012, these programs have expanded to include the following for their respective owners: ST Octane Academy (for  Fiesta ST and Focus ST owners – now complete), GT350 Track Attack, RS Adrenaline  Academy (for Focus RS owners – now complete), Raptor Assault, ST SUV Experience (for  Edge ST and Explorer ST owners), GT500 Track Attack, and the just-launched Mach 1 Track  Attack. 

Ford Performance Racing School has regional headquarters in Tooele, Utah, and at the  Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, with satellite venues in each region  hosting the ST SUV Experience. Along with Ford and Michelin/BFGoodrich, official marketing  partners of Ford Performance Racing School are Brembo, Castrol, and RECARO.