DSC Sport Controller Autocross Comparison #2: Different Yet the Same

On September 23, 2018 I went to my local autocross club (ERSCC) event. Not completely convinced with my results from my last time autocross testing the DSC Controller for my 2016 Focus RS, I decided to keep control testing the stock controller vs the DSC Sport suspension controller. The results I got this round was similar and different at the same time. Contradictory, I know, but let me explain.

I changed up my testing variation this time around. I started with the DSC controller installed in my car on the first run and then alternated to the stock controller, opposite of what I did last time. We also changed locations of the BB&T Center parking lot that is normally used for autocross. For this event we ran on a different lot, less beat up with less undulations that our club was normally accustomed to here.

So here’s the timed results:

Run 1 (stock) Run 2 (DSC) Run 3 (DSC) Run 4 (stock) Run 5 (DSC) Run 6 (stock)
51.415 DNF 47.343 47.754 49.217(1) 46.300

I alternated controllers from stock to DSC this time. On Run 2, we had some timing difficulties and got a re-run for Run 3, which is why the DSC was used twice in a row. Run 5 I encountered a cone penalty which added 2 seconds to my time, which potentially gave me the best time with the DSC controller.

I received some feed back from friends and other spotters on the course near the beginning of the slalom stating that I entered “Tri-pod Mode”.

tripod

The car was three-wheeling during the transition from a left hand sweeper into the longer slalom on the course. This is normal during these types of transitions on an autocross course, especially with front wheel drive type vehicles, but I think this was also more pronounced due to the Steeda adjustable rear sway bar I have installed.

Let’s get back to results. So my results were the same as my first autocross test with the suspension controllers, that my lap times improved fairly consistently (ignoring the cone penalties). This time, I didn’t get to have 3 runs on each controller, but the best time I received was paired with the stock controller. I’d have to say that this, was probably more of a result of my amateur level of autocross driving, because each run I noticed I was slower in different corners of the course. I’ll have to concentrate on improving one section at a time for the next time I’m out there. Overall I’m still not convinced that handling is decreased with the DSC Controller as others on the FocusRS.org forum claim.

I’ll have another chance to review and compare again this weekend at two different Autocross events. Let’s see if the results will remain different, yet the same.

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