Focus RS Drift Mode Urged to be Disabled by Australian Law Makers


Focus RS Drift Mode is said to be a dangerous and unnecessary feature to use in a road car by safety experts

Ford Focus RS’s ‘Drift Mode’ might be a performance enthusiast’s delight. But Australian law makers and authorities want Ford to disable this feature immediately. The safety experts say, this feature is a dangerous one and unnecessary to use in a road car. The Pedestrian Council of Australia has urged Ford to disable the feature in the car.

In Australia road safety rules are very much strict. Earlier Ford had to disable the line lock burnout mode in the Mustang. The Ford Focus RS is just facing the trend. The safety experts believe this feature will encourage the drivers to perform four wheeled drift. And this might cause serious troubles on roads.


On the other side, many performance enthusiasts believe, this ‘Drift Mode’ will actually make drifting safer. So, how does the feature work? The Ford Focus RS comes with a twin clutch All Wheel Drive system. This system channel up to 70% torque to the rear wheels. Then it sends 100% torque to the front, therefore enabling torque vectoring.

Meanwhile the American automaker is reluctant to disable the ‘Drift Mode’ in Focus RS. It says the dashboard already comes with disclaimer saying ‘Drift Mode’ is only appropriate on racetracks. The all new Ford Focus RS was showcased at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. The ‘Drift Mode’ is one of the most interesting features enhancing the appeal of this car.


The new Ford Focus RS gets power from a 2.3 litre four cylinder turbocharged engine. A 6 speed manual gearbox does the transmission duty in the car. It churns out 350 hp of peak power and 474 Nm of peak torque.


The car has been designed and developed with inputs from Ken Block. It can accelerate 0 – 100 kmph in 4.6 seconds. The car takes on Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX etc. The hot hatch is a perfect car for the wannabe rally drivers.