The Ken Block-approved handbrake is said to require much less force to lock the tires and send the car into a drift.Ford Performance has revealed the Drift Stick, an electronically controlled handbrake for the Focus RS.Designed to complement the RS' Drift Mode, the new handbrake requires just five to six pounds of pressure to operate -- significantly less than a hydraulic handbrake, which would have required extensive modifications to the vehicle.
Installation is said to be easy, requiring no drilling or additional parts to be installed on the brake system. Pictures suggest it is simply a bolt-on handle that connects to the existing electronic control systems via a wiring harness.
"The Drift Stick ... uses the innovative Ford Performance all-wheel-drive system in conjunction with the antilock braking system, opening up the rear-drive unit clutches and applying hydraulic pressure to lock the rear wheels to induce drift with the simple pull of a lever," Ford explains. "The results are clutch-free drift turns very similar to the experience of a real rally car."
The Drift Stick will be available for $999, with orders beginning December 1.