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It all happened so quickly.

I'm at the end of my break-in period and decided to hammer it on a familiar intersection taking a right turn. It has handled tight turns so well that I wasn't concerned. The hard stock tires began to give and it started to push as expected and I planned to let the power pull me around. Then I found out how much more power she makes at 6,000 RPM when the front wheels broke loose and she torque steered on me. The outside curb had my attention and before I could regain my composure a red light below the speedometer flashed briefly. It was the ESC indicator light.
 

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I see mine flash on every now and then when I start the car in the mornings.
 

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I'm not sure how others feel about it, but the first thing I do after starting mine is turn off ESC :) I reserve that system for a rainy day when I'm not interested in actually "driving".
 

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I don't think you can turn off the ESC.
 

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Traction Control does have an on/off. I wish there was a way to set it so that it defaulted off instead of on.
 

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The VT has traction control? That's news to me and my hard front tires. I've spun them a lot when launching and as I mentioned before when hammering a corner.

ESC is required in America and Europe now and it is something different from traction control. ESC is Electronic Stability Control and its only purpose is to keep you from losing control and spinning around when you are skidding when doing emergency lane changes or being too aggressive on a country road. It reads the ABS sensors and G sensors to figure out that you are skidding and then limits the throttle and applies the brakes to the inside wheels to make sure that you don't spin.

I don't see any reason to turn it off. The VT is a fun little car but it is not a race car. I can't see where ESC limits my ability to drive my VT hard or slows me down. It helped keep me off that curb - or at least tried. 40% of fatalities are from cars spinning out at high speeds and you never know when that is going to happen to you. It doesn't matter how good of a driver you are when you are faced with this situation. The ESC trick of pulsing the inside brakes keeps you on the road and pointing the right direction.
 

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Looks like 2 snakes chasing a car. Switch is located by the dash gauge brightness control.
 

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I've looked for the button, people says its near the ECO button but I dont have it.. its actually blank..
 

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The button by the seat heater for A/T is for ESC and Traction. It is clearly shown and talked about on page 4-59 in the owners manual.
 

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The button by the seat heater for A/T is for ESC and Traction. It is clearly shown and talked about on page 4-59 in the owners manual.

You don't say... I wonder why it does that? I guess if you press it once its for traction and if you hold on to it a few seconds later the ESC must turn off. Otherwise, Its never shown on the dash
 
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