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Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
11/2/17 3:50 p.m.
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Ford and Ken Block are working together to make it even harder to resist irresponsibility in your Focus RS. They just released a factory upgrade dubbed the Drift Stick.

What is it? It's a stick. It makes you drift. When you pull on this magical handle, power is cut from the rear wheels and pressure is applied to the rear brakes only. When the handle is released, it's business as usual–but sideways.

What's the price? $999.

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The0retical
The0retical SuperDork
11/2/17 4:15 p.m.

It's the ultimate "Do not under any circumstances buy this vehicle used" (or at least take it to a frame shop first for inspection) flag.

ssswitch
ssswitch Dork
11/2/17 4:16 p.m.

It's a pretty cool idea. I wonder what the performance-tuner USB port part of it is all about.

If you could configure the car to change its AWD/e-diff lock-up curves that would be pretty neat.

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
11/2/17 4:27 p.m.

Since the RS has a standard handbrake lever, it appears this activates the brake lever warning switch and the USB reprogram alters the Drift mode to activate the rear brakes via the ABS whenever the warning switch is activated.

Count me as one who will not be buying one for his RS, but to each their own.

itsarebuild
itsarebuild Dork
11/2/17 4:47 p.m.

Aaaaaannnnd why is this being put in a street car?

rslifkin
rslifkin SuperDork
11/2/17 5:01 p.m.
itsarebuild said:

Aaaaaannnnd why is this being put in a street car?

Because ricers

Driven5
Driven5 SuperDork
11/2/17 5:14 p.m.
itsarebuild said:

Aaaaaannnnd why is this being put in a street car?

The same could (should?) just as easily be asked of anything being put in street cars that makes them excel at drag, autox, or track days.

NickD
NickD SuperDork
11/2/17 5:23 p.m.
Driven5 said:
itsarebuild said:

Aaaaaannnnd why is this being put in a street car?

The same could (should?) just as easily be asked of anything being put in street cars that makes them excel at drag, autox, or track days.

Yeah. Why do you need 350hp and all-wheel drive in a Focus? The speed limit is only 55mph/65mph/70mph

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
11/2/17 5:28 p.m.
itsarebuild said:

Aaaaaannnnd why is this being put in a street car?

The proper answer is: Because people will buy it and Ford is in the business of selling things. 

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
11/2/17 5:31 p.m.

And once you use it they will pull the ECU and tell you any drivetrain claims are denied.

Trackmouse
Trackmouse SuperDork
11/2/17 5:40 p.m.

Now you need to carry TWO canbus systems, that way one is for stupid head driving, the other for regular not stupid head driving. 

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
11/2/17 5:40 p.m.

$1k for a hydraulic handbrake with a rear driveline clutch, just like the Hoonicorn has? That's actually not bad.

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago SuperDork
11/2/17 6:03 p.m.

In reply to GameboyRMH :

It isn't hydraulic so much as it tells the ABS module to lock the rear brakes, rather than having it's own master cylinder. 

Kreb
Kreb UltraDork
11/2/17 6:04 p.m.

I wonder if we can just buy the cool handle and swap it with the ordinary e-brake handle? Forget the drifting, I just want the billet! 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/2/17 6:18 p.m.
Kreb said:

I wonder if we can just buy the cool handle and swap it with the ordinary e-brake handle? Forget the drifting, I just want the billet! 

I'm sure that they'll be on eBay in about a week. 

Ovid_and_Flem
Ovid_and_Flem Dork
11/2/17 6:47 p.m.

The lawyer in me says that's a product liability suit waiting to happen.angry

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
11/2/17 6:50 p.m.
z31maniac said:

And once you use it they will pull the ECU and tell you any drivetrain claims are denied.

Nah this isn't Nissan we're talking about!

poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
11/2/17 7:04 p.m.

Sooooooooo it's a thousand dollar parking brake?

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
11/2/17 7:31 p.m.
poopshovel again said:

Sooooooooo it's a thousand dollar parking brake?

Not really.  It’s a thousand dollar parking brake button lock.

ZombyCougar  Woofencamp
ZombyCougar Woofencamp PowerDork
11/2/17 7:34 p.m.
dculberson said:
z31maniac said:

And once you use it they will pull the ECU and tell you any drivetrain claims are denied.

Nah this isn't Nissan we're talking about!

You really meant Subaru, right?

stanger_missle
stanger_missle Dork
11/2/17 8:07 p.m.
itsarebuild said:

Aaaaaannnnd why is this being put in a street car?

To increase the number of owners who want to be famous on Youtube.

 

Apple Cougar Mellonseed
Apple Cougar Mellonseed MegaDork
11/2/17 9:15 p.m.
ZombyCougar Woofencamp said:by
dculberson said:
z31maniac said:

And once you use it they will pull the ECU and tell you any drivetrain claims are denied.

Nah this isn't Nissan we're talking about!

You really meant Subaru, right?

I think he means Mitsubishi.

759NRNG
759NRNG Dork
11/2/17 9:38 p.m.

Will there be an increase of those so inclined to do the handbraky parallel  parking twostep ya think???

I see viral ytubes  at an iphone near you........

Armitage
Armitage HalfDork
11/3/17 7:43 a.m.
stanger_missle said:
itsarebuild said:

Aaaaaannnnd why is this being put in a street car?

To increase the number of owners who want to be famous on Youtube.

 

That's one strategy to sell more cars...

Armitage
Armitage HalfDork
11/3/17 7:45 a.m.
759NRNG said:

Will there be an increase of those so inclined to do the handbraky parallel  parking twostep ya think???

I see viral ytubes  at an iphone near you........

Ford teaches you how to do this at the octane academy when you buy an ST.

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