If you’re a Focus RS owner, chances are you’ve tried out the car’s infamous Drift mode at least once. But if sliding around in big circles isn’t enough for you, Ford Performance has just the add-on: The “Drift Stick,” an electronic handbrake mechanism that locks the rear wheels when pulled, allowing for even tighter angles and quicker slides.
The Drift Stick was developed to mimic a hydraulic handbrake (the kind used on rally cars) that would lock both rear wheels, giving the driver even more control while getting sideways. Installing a true hydraulic mechanism would’ve been nice, but since the Focus has an electronic handbrake from the factory, it was far easier for engineers to create a handle that would work with the existing electronic system, while creating the same effect.
Ford brought out factory driver and drifting legend Ken Block to show off the Drift Stick, and it looks like a whole bunch of fun.
The $999 kit includes the aluminum lever, all necessary mounts (no welding or drilling is required), and a USB calibration tool to make sure the handle plays nice with all of the car’s electronic systems.
As with Drift mode, the Drift Stick is intended for track use only. Buyers can order the kit starting December 1st through authorized Ford Performance parts distributors.