Mercedes-Benz Trailer Stability Assist combats the dreaded fishtailing:
Trailer towing made safe
Stuttgart, Jul 07, 2005 Summertime is the traditional school holiday
period. In a number of Germany's federal states, the long summer
holidays have already begun, with the other states soon to follow.
Traffic on the country's major highways is increasing sharply - and
with it, so is the number of trailers.
Many of the passenger cars en route to holiday destinations will have a
caravan, a boat trailer or a load-carrying trailer in tow. It is
important to remember, however, that passenger cars handle very
differently with a trailer attached. Pulling away is an unusually
sluggish affair, cornering abilities alter and merely taking the time
to load the towing vehicle and trailer properly can have a major impact
on handling stability.
Most Mercedes-Benz models can be used to tow a trailer without any
problems. This is because the engineers take all aspects of trailer
towing into account as early as the vehicle design stage. The broad
Mercedes-Benz model portfolio includes vehicles with trailer loads for
any application, even up to a gross trailer weight of 3.5 tonnes for
anyone wishing to take a particularly heavy caravan or a large boat
with them on holiday. Customers ordering a factory-fitted trailer
coupling will also benefit from a whole package of technical measures
which are extremely complex or even impossible to retrofit.
Most of the models in the Mercedes-Benz range are available with a
handy, removable trailer coupling and many offer the option of an
ultra-convenient, swivelling trailer coupling too. Both the coupling
itself and the overall vehicle set-up are subject to extremely tough
operating requirements. The M-Class provides a prime example of just
how comfortably a Mercedes-Benz handles these requirements: only
recently, at Stuttgart Airport, this state-of-the-art four-wheel drive
vehicle proved itself capable of pulling an Airbus A319 aeroplane
weighing around 60 tonnes with ease.
The factory-fitted package of measures will in future include the new
Mercedes-Benz Trailer Stability Assist (TSA). This is an extra function
incorporated into the ESP® Electronic Stability Program that is
designed to offer drivers even greater safety when towing a trailer.
TSA is capable of detecting the dreaded fishtailing motion swiftly and
nipping it in the bud effectively. To do this, it uses the ESP®
program's own sensory system and initiates precision brake applications
at the front left and right wheels individually and alternately to
stabilise the car/trailer outfit. TSA will make its debut in the W
221-series Mercedes-Benz S Class, after which it will be made available
for further model series successively. It is due to be added to the
specification of the M-Class from late August 2005.