All the vitriol that issued forth from the Automobile Mag guys who tried out the Volkswagen Golf R on the track seems to be for naught; mostly. A Volkswagen/computer nerd managed to crack the car's troublesome ESP-on-constantly program in the engine computer and disable it.
Let the drifting begin. Here's how to do it.
It doesn't look super simple — lots of computering that looks like it would be tricky for someone who isn't used to messing around with digital engine management systems. But at least it's been done, and that's a step in the right direction.
UPDATE: Here's another take on it. As always, perform at your own risk.
(Hat tip to Peter!)
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