Focus RS gets Drift Stick handbrake

Ford Performance Launches Drift Stick for Focus RS

Developed by Ford Performance and tested by Ken Block in the video at the top, the Drift Stick seems to work quite well. It doesn't just look cool, because a micro-switch inside talks to the RS's electronics and lets you do some big e-brake slides, just as if the auto was equipped with the kind of hydraulic handbrake system you'd get in a rally vehicle.

There's no word yet on whether Australian enthusiasts will be given access to the Ford Performance catalogue, though you suspect budding enthusiasts will find a way to land the technology Down Under. The results are clutch-free drift turns very similar to the experience of a real rally auto. As the new organization took shape, the Focus RS engineering team started developing a rally-inspired handbrake based on the all-wheel drive, drift mode enabled Focus RS they developed. Anyways, the Drift Stick was created by Ford Performance engineer John Wick, meaning the device was internally called the Project Wicked Stick. "Obviously it's something that I'm really passionate about having been a part of the development of the production vehicle, so it's exciting to see it come to life".

Installation of the e-brake (or Project Wizard Stick in Ford speak) appears straight-forward - clamp the e-brake over the car's existing handbrake, bolt a rod into the existing front seat mount and plug the chord into the diagnostic port.

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But Ford says it has a solution with its Drift Stick, a lever connected to the electronic brake on the Focus RS that enables drivers to drift the auto - provided they know how to drift a vehicle.

Since no drilling or welding is required either, the whole thing can be whipped off again in a jiffy; a particularly handy feature when (of course) Ford is selling it as a "track-only" accessory and doesn't consider it grounds for voiding the RS's warranty. Ford will offer it to customers in the U.S. and Canada only, priced at $999, with the kit including the Drift Stick lever, mounts and circuit board with professional calibration functionality.

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