Production of the new 2016 Ford Focus RS now underway, some examples of the car are now making their way into journalists’ care. That means that we can finally answer what is possibly the most nagging of all lingering questions: How well does “Drift Mode” actually work?
To that end, the video above shows the folks at Autocar trying out the new Focus RS’ hoonage-enabling Drift Mode at the local skid circle, in the hands of Deputy Reviews Editor Vicky Parrott.
The result: Drift Mode looks like barrels of fun.
Like any other drive mode on the 2016 Ford Focus RS, Drift Mode changes up the behavior of the steering, dampers, stability control, and a few other settings, including the front and rear torque distribution. Stability control remains off right up until yaw sensors detect that the driver has lost control of the car, meaning that a safety net is always in-place to catch the driver if he or she makes a miscalculation. That’s good news for anyone not-Ken-Block.
Be sure to watch the video above for an independent test and evaluation of the 2016 Ford Focus RS and its exciting Drift Mode.