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 – about 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.
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.