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Old 07-17-2016, 09:34 PM   #1
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Talking Ford Focus RS illegal...

Not sure how it was received in the US but this is the stupidest thing going around right now on our news channels...

Idiot Australian News Calls Ford Focus RS 'Illegal'

Ford Explains the Focus RS's "Drift Mode" ?*News ?*Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog


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Yep, caught it in a news flash over in General Car Chat.

Didn't see that Ford was going to have to DO anything about it yet.

Aussie "anti-hooning" laws can be pretty severe, more so than any U.S. driving statutes.
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Isn't Drift mode basically just turning off traction control? Which you can do in most cars..


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Isn't Drift mode basically just turning off traction control? Which you can do in most cars..


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Not quite. I believe it transfers more power to the rear tires as well as allows drifting.
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Isn't Drift mode basically just turning off traction control? Which you can do in most cars..
"The Drift Mode features a specially developed calibration for the AWD system which modifies the torque distribution to help the driver achieve controlled oversteer drifts under circuit conditions."
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"The Drift Mode features a specially developed calibration for the AWD system which modifies the torque distribution to help the driver achieve controlled oversteer drifts under circuit conditions."


Ahhh. Sounds like a lot of fun.


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You can still end up sliding it sideways to an uncontrolled stop.

It just makes it easier to drift without as many of the normal learning blunders of either nothing or spinning out.
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They don't teach defensive driving courses as part of driving learning, so Ford has basically put in the technology that helps you control a slide.
Sure, you can put the car in a slide and control it, but what about those times when you lose traction due to wet weather or some other factor? This car ensures you'll be able to control that situation and safely get out of it.

That's how I see it anyway.

Applying their logic every car that isn't the base model and has more power would then be encouraging hooning...after all, all base cars do get you from A to B.

A lot of young drivers despise this kind of reporting because it paints them all with the same brush. Most drivers with high performance cars are very responsible but old people like to have a whine and "get off my lawn" type moan every now and then to make them feel good about themselves.

I know not all old people are like this, but when you generalise young people like this, they just generalise back. :/
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Std. mode controls the car without allowing a slide.

Drift mode is officially a track mode to set it up specifically to make a drift easy. Added power to the rear wheels with torque bias to encourage a drift and stability control set to allow a healthy slip angle - up to getting sideways if you let it go that far.

Once you spend enough to get a higher power car these days they all include stability control along with the traction control & ABS systems. You can't get it out of shape unless those systems are turned to a less controlling mode, even track mode on many is a step short of turning them off.

Work hard enough at it and you can manage to "lose it" still, but it takes real work and/or slippery conditions to manage it.
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