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Old 01-13-2017, 05:46 PM   #1
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Back Road Blast!

Hi everyone, just thought I would share my first experience with driving my car pretty hard on a local twisty back road here in West Virginia. I've had on my car since March 2016, and it's taken me this long to find a decent back road to romp my car a bit seeing as how I just moved to a new city. So here are my thoughts and impressions!

First of all, The temperature here was about 45 and misting rain so the roads were a bit slick. I turn traction control off and put the transmission in sport mode for this run. The road was very curvy with multiple hairpin turns and I'll tell you guys what, I had a BLAST! I've read in many articles online about reviewers praising the chassis of the MK3 Focus but this is the first time I truly was able to see that for myself.

Pushing the car to its limit was much easier and accessible due to the wet roads (which were also covered in brine from the snow). As far as power, the 2.0 did a decent job of pulling me out of the corners as long as the transmission kept the revs no lower than 3k rpms.

What truly surprised me was just how responsive the Automatic transmission was during my runs. When I was coming into a corner with speed I would hit the brakes and the car would have the rpms ready at 4K (sweet spot) to exit the corner. I only managed to catch the tranny up once when I was entering an uphill hairpin curve. I slowed down to about 15 mph because of the grain on the road and when I pushed on the gas pedal nothing happened for a solid 2 seconds. I had actually thought I killed it but I just caught it on its heels I suppose.

The car did an excellent job of putting its power down and I must say the torque (brake) vectoring actually did its job well enough for me to know when it was activated. After driving it as hard as I did, I know see the need for a firmer RMM and I'd like to get some better brake pads to resist the heat but nothing really to complain about.


Overall, Reba my Race Red Hatchback did a fantastic job. Especially considering that she is one of the lucky ones that is NOT plagued with any transmission issues. Hell, she is even still on the original software, seal and clutches at 70k miles and I have no troubles with her. I thought I'd share my experience with you guys as I hope to read some of your own stories.





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It's refreshing to see a very well written positive post in the forum regarding the DCT. lol. Thank you for sharing this.

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Do the non-STs have torque vectoring? Or is it different on the ST?
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Do the non-STs have torque vectoring? Or is it different on the ST?


Yes they do.
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Do the non-STs have torque vectoring? Or is it different on the ST?


I do think that the system in the ST is more aggressive and acts more like a performance feature than a "safety" feature in the NA MK3


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It's refreshing to see a very well written positive post in the forum regarding the DCT. lol. Thank you for sharing this.

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I went on another drive this Sunday morning and the torque vectoring really likes to cook the brakes. I had a blast again and thought I'd share a few pics of the from today's drive.








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I went on another drive this Sunday morning and the torque vectoring really likes to cook the brakes.
ST even with bigger front brake still fade on the track because of the heavy torque vectoring.

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I had more issues in track/ off mode - but that's because I set them there when I felt I had the control and proper aggression Full power and long turns are where I suspect the most abuse - eTVC can't be disabled.
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ST even with bigger front brake still fade on the track because of the heavy torque vectoring.

Source: my ST and the interwebbbs


I know this is the first time I've ever smelt cooked brakes before


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Great Write-up, I have to say that after owning Hondas for the last 26 years(I still have my 91 CRX Si with a B16 J-spec swap) that I simply love this car's handling, and it's very strong Chassis. I have watched Hondas go from what i have to something more in line with a spongy, bloated Buick Lesabre. The Focus really feels like the tight little Hondas of old, and that's why I'm considering buying one.
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