These days performance driving – insane drifting, if you will – is more popular than Formula 1 in the world of motorsports. So Ford launched the Octane Academy challenge, which is sort of like American Idol, but a bit more manly!
The idea is, fans will come up with videos of themselves performing cool tricks and submit them to the academy to be reviewed. Those who get elected will go to next round, involving on- and-off road challenges, running with Octane Academy’s founding members – Ken Block, Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan and Vaughn Gittin Jr.
This video submission thing will almost certainly result in lots of funny videos as well, of things going wrong for the participants trying to impress the judges. Can’t wait for that!
Four camps will be hosted over the course of the year, one by each founding member of Octane Academy. In each camp, contestants will go head-to-head in a battery of creative challenges and daunting dares over one long weekend. Ford’s action sports drivers will design their ultimate playground, hosting their respective elite winners on their terms and their turf. Each camp will give participants a crash course in how to fearlessly master the road while testing their attitudes, athleticism and audacity.
At the end there will be only on winner, who will get a one-of-a-kind vehicle created by Block, Foust, Deegan or Gittin Jr. and possibly becomes the next big thing in the sport.
The first fantasy camp will kick off in November, hosted by Ford RallyCross and Off-Road truck racer Deegan. This video below will give you a better understanding of what’s the Octane Academy all about: