Mercedes-Benz readying a new ESF model

Mercedes-Benz will revive the ESF nameplate under a modern approach via a whole new concept that is to be unveiled the following week.

We are talking about the Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009 Concept, based on the recently revealed 2010 S 400 HYBRID. The ESF is the german acronym for 'Experimentier-Sicherheits Fahrzeuge', meaning Experimental Safety Vehicle. The three letters have a long history at Mercedes-Benz, but strange as it may sound, there has been no other car to carry this badge since 1974, when the last concept of the range, the ESF 24, was shown to public, as the finish point of the Experimental Safety Vehicle Programme. Prior to it, there were the ESF 05 in 1971 and ESF 13 in 1972. You can read an interesting story about these concepts by following the next link: Mercedes-Benz-Blog TRIVIA: Safety research test lab on wheels .

Sticking to the point, the ESF 2009 Concept is simply a miracle of 21st century technology which shows the latest advances of the Mercedes-Benz Safety Department in the active and passive safety field. As a pioneer in this segment, the Stuttgart-based carmaker has prepared a range of clever systems that can make you and the passengers stay safe & sound when being at risk. Under the car, you will be able to find an inflatable bag that will act as a progressive brake, rising the friction with the road surface and, along with the conventional braking system, taking care to diminish as much as possible the braking distances. Inside the car, the Stuttgart boys have prepared a set of crazy airbags, placed between the front seats. Their main role is to avoid a possible, painful contact between the driver and the passenger during an accident. The ESF 2009 will also display a beltbag(that's obviously an airbag placed on the seat belts), an improved PRE-SAFE system, the usual ESP, BAS & DISTRONIC PLUS, better connected one with the other, an Active Lane Keeping Assist(wonder what's this doing better than the current non-active lane assistant?) and many, many more.

Stay tuned to Mercedes-Benz-Blog to find out more details about Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009 Concept when they will be available!

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