3. Taking Corners Like no Other Front-Wheel Drive Car
The Focus ST starts with a well-balanced chassis. But that isn’t its secret to success.
Up front it has an electronic differential that uses the brakes independently to control wheel spin. This helps pull the car through corners by allowing the outside wheel to turn faster.
If that weren’t enough, the ST is able to individually brake each of the rear wheels as well. This means it will brake the inside rear-wheel to help the vehicle rotate through a corner, or brake the outside wheel to stop it from rotating too much.
All this adds up to a front-wheel drive (FWD) vehicle that cuts around tighter corners, and performs mild four-wheel drifts around faster ones. There is a distinct lack of front-end push associated with most FWD cars and at no time does the vehicle get out of control or become unstable. The Focus just goes about its business, hustling all 3,223 lbs. of mass around faster than expected.