The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class returns with Crosswind Stabilization
According to the pros, very few courses anywhere in the world get as much wind as The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, so while Mercedes-Benz is showcasing several new vehicles at the tournament (like the new SL550 Roadster), it's the all-new seven-passenger 2013 GL-Class that can really strut its stuff on the course.
The golf course is located on the east end of the island featuring more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere – the other eight run parallel to the waterside 10. It is said from one round to the next, a player may notice an 8-club difference, depending upon the direction and strength of the wind on a particular morning or afternoon.
Those piloting the new GL-Class need not fear wind gusts as the new control systems compensate for airborne assaults keeping the luxurious SUV comfortably on track. The systems apply efficacious brake pressure to wheels in order to thwart the wild wind’s apparent intention to blow you off the road.
This invisible intervention is handled by an Adaptive Braking system that measures the need to ameliorate wind pressure by assisting through brake application on the front and rear wheels of the upwind side, resulting in a reduced steering effect from the crosswind. The system filters out minor crosswinds and only becomes operational when wind velocity is sufficient to impact tracking.