If you've seen a video of a Ford Focus RS in Drift Mode, you'll know just how sideways it can get.

Drift Mode is unquestionably effective at creating big yaw angles, but I’ve been wondering for some time now - can it also be used more delicately to make the RS extra agile on track?

The question first came to my mind way back in the spring, when I took an RS to Spa-Francorchamps for a track session the day after the World Endurance Championship (WEC) round. I asked Ford’s racing drivers for advice on tackling Spa, and all recommended using the drift setting for a quick lap.

“I’d use Drift Mode all the time,” was the advice of Ford GT racer Billy Johnson. “It’s more fun and agile that way.”

Inspired as I was, the following day I never managed to test Drift Mode at Spa, firstly, because I didn’t fancy the prospect of swapping ends halfway up Eau Rouge, and secondly because I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of the pros. I decided to leave the car in the less lively Race Mode, albeit with the electronic stability programme (ESP) off, and that proved to be highly effective.