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ESP : It Works :-)

Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:56 pm

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.

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Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:57 pm

ABS, dark winter UK mornings...yessss!
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 4:01 pm

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.
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 4:02 pm

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.
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 4:34 pm

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.
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:12 pm

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
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:14 pm

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
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:23 pm

my car doesnt have ABS or ESP or any fancy gadgets  Sad Wonder how long it will take me to total it  Sad
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:01 pm

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.
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 9:34 pm

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.
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Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:07 pm

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

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Thu Dec 08, 2005 3:11 pm

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.
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Thu Dec 08, 2005 3:16 pm

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!
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Thu Dec 08, 2005 4:04 pm

For those of us who don't have cars  Sad, what is ESP?
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Thu Dec 08, 2005 4:14 pm

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Thu Dec 08, 2005 6:25 pm

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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