Ford Performance Drift Stick Available for Focus RS Starting in December
Were you of the opinion that the Ford Focus RS could not possibly get any more nuts? Well, prepare to have that opinion dismantled quicker than a theory about the world being flat and also pastry-like in texture.
Ford has unveiled the new Ford Performance Drift Stick, a rally-inspired handbrake that makes drifting a breeze and makes the already-bonkers Focus RS hot hatch all the more so. The Drift Stick—internally and aptly dubbed the Project Wicked Stick—was developed under the watch of Ford Performance program manager John Wicks (and, no, he’s not a Mustang-driving Keanu Reeves) and rally legend Ken Block.
“The passionate engineers at Ford Performance are also enthusiasts,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “Everyone here is encouraged to think outside the box, so project ‘Wicked Stick’ was born. Our engineers will leverage the learnings from its development for many future products for Ford Performance and, ultimately, take back even more of an innovative spirit when they rejoin our mainstream engineering teams.”
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“I think it’s really cool that Ford Performance is offering customers a way to create large-angle drifts in the Focus RS. Obviously it’s something that I’m really passionate about having been a part of the development of the production vehicle, so it’s exciting to see it come to life,” said Block. “It definitely makes the car even more fun to drive.”
The Ford Performance Drift Stick rests in between the driver’s seat and the shifter and works in conjunction with the Focus RS’ Drift Mode. When pulled, the rear-drive unit clutches are opened up to apply hydraulic pressure to the rear wheels, locking them for some sweet, sweet drifts. But don’t take my word for it. Just watch it at work:
The Ford Performance Drift Stick will be available by December 1st through Ford Performance Parts distributors and is priced at $999. With the holiday just over the horizon, why not go ahead and treat yourself?