Ford Says Focus RS ‘Drift Mode’ Was Discovered By Chance

Whether you like it or not, the Drift Mode of the latest Ford Focus RS is one of its real selling points, no matter how much of a gimmick it may be.

But if it wasn’t for some run-of-the-mill engine tuning and calibration, Drift Mode may have never existed.

While recently discussing the car’s development with Motoring, Ford Performance vehicle and engineering manager Tyrone Johnson revealed that the automaker never set out to include an oversteer-inducing driving mode into the Focus RS.

“It wasn’t like that it was more like one of my guys sitting in the car – the lead dynamics guys sitting in the car – and next to him is the guy who is doing the calibration of the all-wheel drive system with a lap-top on his knees.

“And they are talking and he says ‘oh let me try this out’ and he tries it and he says ‘oh that’s cool can you give me more of that’ and he gives him more and he says ‘that’s really cool’ and then it starts working,” Johnson said.

While the development team thought the feature was cool, it wasn’t signed off for production until given the thumbs up by global technical and development chief Raj Nair. He was so impressed with the system, that he insisted they should promoted it as one of the vehicle’s key selling points.

Even though it has raised some eyebrows down under, praise has been universal for the Focus RS and its drifty character. And remember, things are about to get even better.


  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Why do some car companies have to be this honest? Why not keep that one close to yourself and have it appear it was part of the plan?

    • rodriguez256

      So what them to be VW with their trust issues?

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Well that’s totally different. They were telling you you were getting something you weren’t. This is giving you what they are telling you your getting, they could just keep the “by chance” part to themselves. It just appears they are not really sure what they are doing. I have no doubt they do of course, it just makes them seem novice saying “we just stumbled on to this”.

  • smartacus

    now that they got a taste of power going to the rear axle…
    why not offer a full-time rwd mode for those times when awd just isn’t enough fun?

    • rodriguez256

      Enter the Mustang.

  • Vassilis

    The photoshoped picture with the wrong rear brakes never stops being funny :p

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