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The new Ford Focus ST debuts on the Hill Climg at the Goodwood Festival of SpeedThis weekend sees the Goodwood Festival of Speed (starting in Thursday), and with all the major car manufacturers there ready and willing and very eager to show off their wares, it’s no surprise to see Ford there too!

One of the main attractions for visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the famous Goodwood Hill Climb where professional drivers show off not only their prowess and undoubted skill but also the abilities of the cars that they drive over the three days of the Hill Climb bit of the festival. And Ford is making sure that they have a presence on the incline with both the new Focus ST and the all-new Ford Mustang making their global debuts

The new Ford Focus ST is Ford’s new performance model - headlining the “First Glance” category – will also be shown off in a more sedate way on the Ford stand, proudly showing off the figure that has sold over 140,000 models over 40 countries since its launch in 2002, and now available for the very first time in a diesel-powered version.

And the all-new Ford Mustang in show in the UK for the very first time with its appearance at Goodwood is a 5.0-litre V-8 Fastback that will be taking part in the Supercar Class, with Ford Team RS vehicle dynamics specialist David Put at the wheel. (anyone with doubts as to David’s credentials should take a look here as he takes the Focus ST through its paces.) You’ll also be able to catch a look at a Mustang convertible on the Ford stand too.

You may want to emulate David Put in some way or another (hopefully in a safe environment if you are on the road!), and Ford are making that possible as they team up with Sony Computer Entertainment to stage the first-ever “virtual vs real” race on the Hill. Using the Gran Turismo 6 simulators on the Ford stand, visitors will be able to grab the controls and record their own times.

Ford themselves are taking part in the ‘virtual’ race with the new Focus ST in the Gran Turismo® 6 game for PlayStation®3 competing in real time against the Focus ST on its first run up the Goodwood Hill Climb. A designated gamer at the Ford stand will be racing against Focus ST driver Ben Collins – formerly known as Top Gear regular “The Stig” – with the action being shown on big screens throughout the festival.

Details of what is available at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from Volkswagen can be seen by clicking on the brand name)