We’ve already gotten an exclusive video tour of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric and recently Jon putted around town in the silent hatchback in New Orleans. But I wanted more. Much, much more. This week I was in Dearborn, Michigan attending Ford’s Go Further event, and what do you know? They let us take 2012 Ford Focus Electrics on a closed course rife with tasty curves. While many of the other bloggers took leisurely strolls around the track, I decided to test the limits of the Ford Focus Electric. The verdict? The Ford Focus Electric is capable of being flogged viciously around corners without any hiccups.
Yes, I was blown away by how well the Ford Focus Electric handled the erratic driving. It hugged corners very similarly to the Focus ST, and that instant torque down low was a miniature rocket boost at times. I will say that the Focus Electric’s overall power was not as impressive as I would have liked, but what do you want from an all-electric engine that outputs 143HP and 184 ft.-lbs. of torque? And the 80MPH top speed was not a factor, thanks to the tight nature of the track. The bottom line here folks: the Ford Focus Electric is more than capable of delivering balls-to-the-wall sporty handling in a highly economical package.
*Special thanks to Jeffery Powers of Geekazine for filming!