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Ford Hosts Octane Academy for Extreme Motorsports Fans

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Later this year, Ford will host the Octane Academy for a select few driving enthusiasts, and one of those people could be you.

The Octane Academy will be divided into four camps, each of which will be led by a different motorsports celebrity.

Off-road truck racer and dirt bike champion, Brian Deegan, will host the first event, where participants will get a taste of Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor pickup. Ford fans will be able to push the 320 horsepower Raptor as they race each other in a series of challenges.

Ken Block will host a separate event that will feature the subcompact Ford Fiesta. Block is a successful rally car racer, but he is probably most famous for his 'Gymkhana' series of internet videos. Block and his company, DC Shoes, have earned tens of millions of hits for the three videos that show Block putting on an impressive display of drifting skills.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. will be on hand for another event that aims to show participants the joys of driving sideways in Ford Mustangs. Gittin Jr. competes in Formula Drift, a series where drivers slide cars around corners and are rated in style points rather than by time.

Finally, X Games gold medalist Tanner Foust will host the final camp. Foust has hosted several automotive TV shows, including Top Gear, and he is a stunt car driver, rally racer and drifting champion. He will lend his expertise in Ford's Focus compact sedan.

Ford will kick off the event at this year's X Games in Los Angeles on July 28, and the company is accepting video auditions for the camp now on the Octane Academy website.

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