Focus RS Drift In New York Ends With A Mammoth Repair Bill: Video

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The new Ford Focus RS’ exclusive “Drift” mode is a fantastic feature. Through cleverly routing the torque, softening the dampers (relative to “Sport” mode), and turning off stability control until the car senses trouble, the 2016 Focus RS can allow normal, everyday drivers to live out their Vaughn Gittin-esque fantasies without too much effort.

The thing is, Ford says that the Focus RS’ new Drift mode is intended only for closed courses, and we’ve seen enough crashes and close calls already that we tend to think that’s for the best.

We see such a crash in the above video, when a driver fails to get his sliding, squealing Ford Focus RS around a hairpin turn in New Paltz, New York Рabout 80 miles north of New York City. The driver likely would have been fine had he not tried to carry quite so much speed through the corner, but we still have to caution against attempting anything like this on a public, two-lane road.

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According to Car Throttle, the driver was taking part in a cruise organized by the NY ST club, and was kicked out for his dangerous driving. As he should be.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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