ADAPTIVE ESP® is a dynamic handling control system that also takes the vehicle load into account. It actively intervenes in certain dangerous driving situations by means of targeted brake applications at individual wheels, and affects an adjustment of the engine output based on current requirement to aid the driver in being able to master the dangerous situation. ADAPTIVE ESP® integrates the functions of the ABS anti-lock braking system, ASR acceleration skid control, EBD electronic brake force distribution, Brake Assist (BAS) and Hill-Start Assist with an added handling stability aid. ESP® trailer stabilisation (only in conjunction with optional trailer coupling or pre-installation for trailer coupling) furthermore enhances handling safety in trailer operations.
What's more, ADAPTIVE ESP® distinguishes itself by two innovative functions which help to shorten the stopping distance. ESP® Brake Disc Wipe periodically removes the film of water which forms on the brake discs when it rains and thus speeds up braking in wet conditions. Thanks to ESP® Electronic Brake Prefill, the brake linings are applied lightly to the brake discs as soon as the driver takes his foot abruptly off the accelerator. As a result the reaction time - and thus the stopping distance – are shortened when braking.
Caution: ADAPTIVE ESP® can only act within the laws of physics. It is therefore impossible for ADAPTIVE ESP® to prevent skidding as a result of aquaplaning, for example. If the driver exceeds the physical limits, even ADAPTIVE ESP® will not be able to prevent an accident!