Grip, gripper …ST
On a wet Dezzii Raceway AMIL UMRAW diiscovers ST stands for Smooth driiver and Tattooed hoolliigan
CRISPER, sharper, and with looks that will send shivers down the spines of GTI drivers, Ford’s new face-lifted Focus ST has arrived and is ready to tear up the tarmac.
Ford said in its press kit that it is not just the power that sets the new ST apart — the competing hatches match up easily. Instead, said Ford, it is what you don’t see that gives it the edge.
For example, engineers included an industry-first Enhanced Transitional Stability (ETS) system as part of the vehicle’s advanced Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
The ETS senses vehicle stability and driver inputs, predicts when a skid or loss of control might occur, and intervenes as required to maintain optimal precision and control X giving the novice driver added confidence behind the wheel.
We tested all this theory at Tuesday’s launch of the ST at the tricky Dezzi Raceway in Marburg
X in the rain. Around wet hairpins the handling is simply phenomenal.
The car stuck around corners at high speed with the ease of a single hand on the steering wheel.
This can also be attributed to Ford Performance engineers having revised the Electronic Torque Vectoring Control settings that optimise wheel torque distribution, to further maximise traction through corners, reduce understeer and increase agility on a straight or after a tight bend.
Back to that power X it is breath-taking. Never before could I pull away from a corner in third and still go wide-eyed in a car in this segment. But it is not all for bad-ass tattooed hooligans either.
There is a smooth operator under the hood, as I found on the N2. At R421 900 the Focus ST3, can rival every other big motoring brand with a extra features at a lower price tag.
• Read all about the wet ST test at Dezzi’s in the Weekend Witness Motoring on Saturday.
Throwing an eagerly powerful Ford Focus ST around wet hairpins are a lot less scary than you’d think, thanks to ETS and ESC.