Following it’s global debut, Ford has been showing off the ability of the new Focus RS at the Geneva Motor Show today, including its unique new Drift Mode.
An industry first, Ford says that the new mode is one of four selectable Drive Modes, and has been designed by engineers “to help achieve controlled oversteer drifts in track conditions”.
While the mechanical specifics behind how Drift Mode works haven’t yet been revealed, in a practical sense it’ll make it easier for drivers to put the RS sideward, and keep it there comfortably.
Most thrilling RS model yet
Although it probably won’t turn the average commuter into a rallying sensation like Ken Block, the Drift Mode is just one of a range of new additions to the new Focus RS to make it the most thrilling RS model yet.
Powered by the same 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine as in the new Mustang, the Focus RS generates upwards of 320bhp, and also features the most powerful braking system ever fitted to an RS car.
Raj Nair, Ford’s vice president for global product development, said: “The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets new benchmarks for driving exhilaration on the road and track.”
Along with the Drift Mode, drivers can select three other driving modes to deliver optimum performance for the environment, with a choice of Normal, Sport or Track settings.
Each mode is selected via switch that sits beside the gear lever, and each has specific settings for the car’s all-wheel drive system, damper controls, steering and engine response, plus exhaust sound.
Not just engineering the new Focus RS to be lithe in the corners, it also features a Launch Control feature like the Mustang to deliver the fastest possible acceleration in a straight line.
Engaging first gear and applying full throttle with the Launch Control selected and the clutch down, all the driver has to do then is to raise the clutch and Launch Control does the rest.
Launch Control for ultimate acceleration
Delivering optimum drive and torque through each of the wheels, Launch Control also engages an overboost from the turbocharger to keep the power application steady as the car speeds off.
Engineering hooliganism also meets sharp and dramatic styling in the new Focus RS, with performance features like a deep front splitters, flared wheel arches and a large rear spoiler.
Riding on 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels with a gloss black finish, drivers will also be able to specify the RS with a choice of everyday tyres or optional racing tyres for the first time ever on an RS.
Pricing has yet to be released, but the all-new Ford Focus RS is due to go into production in Germany later this year, before going on sale globally early next year.