Ford Drift Stick Electronically Controlled Performance Handbrake
If you’re a driving or racing enthusiast and want to drift like a pro, you’re in luck, for Ford just unveiled the “Drift Stick” — the first-ever electronically controlled performance handbrake. The new Drifts Stick was designed for the high-performance Ford Focus RS, with oversight from rally car racer Ken Block.
The Drift Stick was developed completely from scratch from a project titled “Project Wicked Stick,” which was led by Ford Performance program manager John Wicks. Ken Block — who is one of the most prolific users of the hydraulic handbrake in rally cars — suggested that Ford create an electric handbrake instead of a hydraulic one, for it would enable every-day drivers to more easily get the Focus RS sideways for large-angle drifts.
Features and Benefits of Ford Drift Stick
The Drift Stick features entirely electronic technology, with an aluminum lever between the driver’s seat and manual transmission, which uses the Ford Performance all-wheel drive system in conjunction with the antilock braking system. A USB cable is plugged into the Drift Stick to pull select diagnostic data and upload powertrain calibrations for the Focus RS. Benefits of the electrictronic design include instantaneous engagement and release, with minimal pressure needed for operation, enabling easy and precise use. Installation and removal is easy, as there is no welding, hole drilling or calipers as necessary in a hydraulic kit. Also, the Drift Stick connects to the onboard diagnostics port on the car, allowing it to function as a professional calibration tool.