Selectable Drive Modes add even more versatility for the all-new Fiesta ST, enabling drivers to optimise the driving experience to suit scenarios from school run to the race track:
In Normal mode, engine mapping, traction control, ESC, active exhaust valve and electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) are configured to deliver natural responsiveness and a connected feel
In Sport mode, engine mapping and throttle pedal response are sharpened, and EPAS settings adjusted to deliver more feedback and finer control for fast road driving. The active noise control valve opens to intensify the sporty exhaust note
In Track mode, all vehicle dynamics features are tuned for the fastest possible lap times, traction control is disabled and ESC interventions are set to wide-slip mode for hard circuit driving
Three-mode ESC enables drivers to choose between full system intervention; wide-slip mode with limited intervention; and full system de-activation.
I don't have a MK8, but I'm going to assume that in terms of electronic assists, it's similar to the "sport" Vs "off" mode in the MK7.
On the road you notice no difference, but as soon as you start sliding around corners on track, it's instantly noticeable. Sport mode allows a little slip (more than assists on), but if you go too far it absolutely snaps you back into line (even if you were still in control).
It'll save your bacon in an accidental slide, but can be quite disconcerting when you're not expecting it.
Full off will happily allow the car to spin and will make no effort to correct itself. I assume track mode in the MK8 would do the same.