The stick opens the rear-drive unit clutches while the antilock brake system locks the rear brakes.Ford has released a video demonstrating the Focus RS' new Drift Stick.Drift legend Ken Block puts the stick to test on a closed course, resulting in plenty of sideways action and presumably a bit of accelerated tire wear.
The unique electronic actuator apparently connects to the diagnostic port, simultaneously opening the rear-drive unit clutches while the antilock brake system works in reverse. With just a few pounds of pressure on the vertically-oriented stick, the ABS pump applies 180 bar to the rear brakes.
Using the existing electronic brake and drivetrain management systems allowed Ford engineers to replicate the function of a true hydraulic handbrake without requiring extensive modifications.
The company will begin taking orders for the Drift Stick upgrade later this year, with a $999 price tag.