For car enthusiasts, a manual transmission is always the answer. But when it comes to off-road enthusiasts, that’s not always the case. That’s because automatics can actually be a huge benefit in the rough stuff, as the folks from the Team O’Neil Rally School point out in this video.
The Ford Focus RS has a second electronic brain in its butt, which it needs to control its new all-wheel-drive system. Sometimes this brain gets confused, and this has some consequences.
A few weeks ago my coworker Mike Ballaban and I got to learn the most hardcore driving technique I can possibly imagine. We learned what to do if your driver gets killed.
Anti-lock brakes are a godsend for everyday driving, but what happens when you’re driving on a snow-covered road this winter? Does ABS actually help you stop any better? Well, it does and it doesn’t. It turns out you do need some technique.
We recently got our hands on a Ford Focus RS to see if the much-ballyhooed Drift Mode is actually any faster than the car’s more normal high-performance Track Mode, or if Drift Mode was just a bunch of pointless powersliding. As it turns out, on loose surfaces, Drift Mode is way, way, way faster than we expected.
Ok, yeah, so this is extremely awesome.
There is no doubt in my mind that a kid who learned to operate a car using rally techniques would be the fastest driver in existence.
The first thing that you discover when you do a rally is that it’s just about the most fun you can have in a car. The second thing you discover is it is a humongous amount of work to even begin to run an event.
Racing in rallying means dealing with shit that any sane driver would avoid: jumps, stumps, rocks, ruts, all taken flat out. Over the years, rally suspension has grown to be about the best suspension in racing, and here’s a video explaining how it all works.
Want to be a rally driver? It just got cheaper.
Rally wannabes and Ken Block disciples will now be able to buy a Ford-blessed kit that turns their Fiesta into a race-ready machine, complete with 40% power boost. There's now more than one way to build a flying car.