Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP)

Your electronic guardian angel

ESP puts your safety first in all critical situations by automatically applying the brakes at individual wheels to keep the vehicle heading in the right direction. Whether you are faced with debris on the road or some other unforeseen event - when you are forced to make an evasive manoeuvre, ESP helps you to retain better control and stay on track.

The Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) builds on other electronic systems such as the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) or the Traction Control System (ASR). The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) has already proved its effectiveness in many vehicles. The ESP takes driving safety a stage further. While ABS acts on the vehicle in a longitudinal direction, ESP serves to control its lateral dynamics. To do so, there are two critical situations ESP has to deal with:

 

Oversteer:

The rear wheels lose contact with the road surface and the vehicle rotates slightly about its vertical axis, turning it towards the inside of the bend.


Understeer:

The front wheels lose contact with the road surface and the vehicle rotates slightly about its vertical axis, turning it towards the outside of the bend.

 

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