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ESP : It Works :-)  
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Posted (9 years 4 days ago) and read 1192 times:

So lately we have been having sub-0 temperatures during the night here at DUB.

As I start early in the morning roads are usually empty and at that time of year, dark and slippery.

Today I took a corner a little too fast and before I knew it, ESP light was flashing and the electronics were keeping the Willoumobile on its desired heading (with no input from my sleepy self).

Long live Bosch, inventors of ABS, ASR and ESP among other things  

Have you ever inadvertently tried out the electronic guardian angels in your car ?


Edit : rhaa, typo.

[Edited 2005-11-24 07:59:03]

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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 days ago) and read 1188 times:

ABS, dark winter UK mornings...yessss!

User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 days ago) and read 1184 times:

ESP in the BMW, yes. Flying, I mean flying, through this one sweeper, I thought it hindered me, so I shut it off. I like to steer with the throttle - it wouldn't let me.

"Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy..."
User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 days ago) and read 1183 times:

ABS and Electronic Traction Control get used more often than I'd like on the Yukon.

One of the best parts of the police academy was driver training. Not just the pursuit driving, but braking with and without ABS. The skid pad was useful for wet-weather driving (though I still totalled a brand new unit in the rain). I'm much more confident in my vehicles' abilities and thresholds now.

User currently offlineMrHarlot From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 33 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 days ago) and read 1174 times:

The first time it rains in Seattle at the beginning of fall the roads tend to be pretty greasy and TC will kick in on the Porsche. Last week it really came in handy during a freak hail storm, preventing me from ending up in my neighbours front yard.

The most fun I've ever had with both TC and ABS was at a performance driving school - hard braking into turn 1 at SIR from 140+ and then coming around turn 8 at full throttle onto the straight. Both times I thought I would end up doing some serious damage, but the car held things together.

I reject your reality and substitute my own.
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1166 times:

Quoting MrHarlot (Reply 4):
but the car held things together.

Now where's the fun in that Mr H? Bring back drum brakes, leaf springs and 6 volt electrics I say!  Wink

User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

Well my car does not have ESP, only ABS...

But the other day I did inadvertedly test my drifting skills (who said Need For Speed Underground 2 does not come in handy for real life situations  Wink ) when I went into a curve on a slippery Road. It was more slippery than I had anticipated and I was only doing 30-40 kmh  scratchchin 

After having my heart sink down into my ass, I realised that if I hadn't been playing this game as much as I was, I wouldn't have known how to come out of the drift, so there's another example where being a geek is a good thing Big grin

Not drinking, also isn't a solution!
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5178 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1153 times:

my car doesnt have ABS or ESP or any fancy gadgets  Sad Wonder how long it will take me to total it  Sad

That'll teach you
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1132 times:

ESP... only when I accelerate a bit too fast.
ABS, well it can go off whilst braking on wet leaves on the street - or when you're in dense traffic, at night, on the A5 near Darmstädter Kreuz, turning your head back for a fraction of a second to verify if that space in the right lane is really big enough for you. Tough luck if the guy ahead of you starts braking at the same time; I'm really glad the car has ABS and I'm not afraid of using it.

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1120 times:

ESP (called DSC in my car) saved my ass last year when I took a tightening corner way too fast and I really felt how the car started to lose it when it was suddenly catched by the ESP. Hadn't it been for ESP I would have slammed the back of the car into the barrier.

User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

Lol - I opened the thread thinking it was about the psychic ESP until I saw it was all about cars!  Smile


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

Nighthawk, a Lada?

What now?
User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1022 times:

I'm bringing back an old thread but Mr. Harlot and I had some fun with our cars a week or so ago that I wanted to share. It had snowed here and our cul de sac was covered in a couple of inches of slushy snow. We got home around 9 pm and I was seized by the urge to do donuts in the cul de sac. In my Mercedes. Which has 342 hp and rear wheel drive.

I turned off the traction control and off I went. Oh my God, it was an absolute blast.

Then Mr. Harlot decided he wanted to share in the fun so he got the Boxster out and did the same thing. One of our neighbours was outside with his dog and I do not know what he thought of what we were doing. He was quite a ways up the street though - our neighbours right in the cul de sac don't seem to have noticed.

The Boxster is lighter than the M-B so it whipped around quite nicely. Again he had to turn off his traction control to get it work.

I stood in the driveway (quite a bit up, just in case the car caught some pavement) and laughed my arse off.

But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1018 times:

I don't get to drive it often...But my dad has a 2000 Honda Odyssy van..And that thing's TCS system is a life saver. You parter it up with the ABS system, and you have to really be stupid to wreck that thing!

User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1007 times:

For those of us who don't have cars  Sad, what is ESP?

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User currently offlineSudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1004 times:

ABS- Another Bastard Sliding
ESP- Electronic Stupidity Protection

Only wimps drive around with these systems!

Aim for the sky!

When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 993 times:

Quoting Noelg (Reply 10):
Lol - I opened the thread thinking it was about the psychic ESP until I saw it was all about cars!

Yeah me too !!


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