The all-new Ford Focus ST was just revealed a few days ago and while its might has been established with 280 hp and 420 Nm, it’s also supremely intelligent.
You get an Borg Warner electric LSD that sends up to 100% of torque to the wheel that’s slipping, with greater precision than a traditional mechanical LSD.
As for the EcoBlue engines, they come with Torque Vectoring Control for better road holding and reduced understeer by automatically applying the brakes.
Speaking of brakes, the Focus’ Electric Brake Booster (EBB) helps build brake pressure faster than a hydraulic system for more progressive pedal feel and braking performance.
The system can also automatically adjust the brake’s performance according to different Drive Modes.
Also incorporated is Ford’s Continuous Controlled Damping (CCD) that monitors the suspension, body, steering and brake inputs every two milliseconds to adjust damping response.
In each of the five different drive modes – Slippery, Wet, Normal, Sport and Track – the car can automatically adjust the eLSD, CCD, throttle, electronic stability control, the Electronic Sound Enhancement (ESE) and even the climate settings to suit the driving conditions.
ESE serves to amplify the genuine engine and exhaust notes in Sport and Track drive modes – unlike the 3-door Volkswagen Golf R we tested recently.