Geneva 2015: New Ford Focus RS to have Launch Control, Drift Mode

Geneva 2015: New Ford Focus RS to have Launch Control, Drift Mode image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress UK | posted March 05, 2015 15:08

Ford to deliver better controlled drifts for the all-new Focus RS

The 2016 Ford Focus RS made its official debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show after the company revealed it last month in Cologne, Germany. In line with its premiere in Switzerland, Ford also announced that the all-new Focus RS will come with launch control and a 'Drift Mode', an industry first according to the automaker.

Ford's launch control seems straightforward but the company explains that it will deliver better acceleration off the line by maintaining maximum torque by using a turbo overboost function, managing the traction control system and specifically setting the damping system.

Drift Mode on the other hand is one of four modes that the company has set for the all-new Focus RS; the other modes included are: Normal, Sport and Track. Each mode has specific settings that the car applies to the AWD system, damping system, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), steering, engine response and exhaust note.

On Drift Mode, the AWD system will be adjusted in such a way that it modifies torque distribution through all four wheels, allowing the driver to control oversteered drifts under circuit conditions according to the automaker. In helping the driver find the optimal shift point, Ford has placed a Performance Shift Light at the instrument panel that lights up whenever the car reaches 5,900 rpm. The light will also flash multiple times if the driver reaches the 6,800 rpm limit.

The rear of the 2016 Ford Focus RS

In review, the all new Ford Focus RS is fitted with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine also found in the Mustang that produces over 319 PS and more than 433 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox connected to a unique AWD system that uses an electronically-controlled twin clutch pack on each side of the rear axle. On normal conditions, 70% of the power is sent to the rear wheels. In addition, it also has a torque vectoring system that can deliver 100% of available torque to each wheel depending on the situation.

Underneath, it has a sports suspension with adjustable spring rates and two-mode switchblade dampers while helping it stop better are lightweight aluminum Brembo four-piston monoblock calipers with 350mm front discs.