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    R8 ESC switches on automatically from sport

    I have 2017 R8. The ESC switches on itself at high speeds from sport setting. This started after I installed an aftermarket spoiler. To remove the stock spoiler I used VCDS. First I did this “ Use the Long Coding helper top uncheck Byte 6, Bit 7. This should change your Coding from:

    011A0E8000B18081E330CA0000050000000000000000000000 0000000000

    to:

    011A0E8000B10081E330CA0000050000000000000000000000 0000000000

    After doing that above the spoiler opened and a warning light in the dash in red illuminated which said that spoiler de activated limited stability adapt driving style”. I went ahead and installed a fixed wing. However, now the ESC switches on itself from sport mode at high speeds. If I completely switch off the ESC then it doesn’t. How can I fix this where the ESC doesn’t switch on on its own from sport mode. I always drive the car in sport mode. . No fault codes at all.

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    Hello,

    .... How can I fix this where the ESC doesn’t switch on on its own from sport mode. I always drive the car in sport mode. . No fault codes at all.

    "You can't have your cake and eat it (too)" or at least I do not think you can.

    It would appear that the Audi engineers (and lawyers) may be trying to cover their assists and without the stock rear spoiler installed and the coding change, they have designed the vehicle/systems to behave this way and have the Electronic stabilization control (ESC) on for safety reasons.

    See page 81 of the 2017 Audi R8 Owners manual for more information about the ESC system. Another reference is the "Self Study Program 990363 The 2017 Audi R8 Introduction", this is in addition to the Official Factory Repair manuals.

    This maybe the trade off when making these types of modifications, you can always contact Audi and ask them,

    Be safe and hope this helps,

    drpeter


    Audi SSP 990363
    "Please note that the stabilization functions of the ESC and TSC systems are limited after activating performance mode.You should only activate performance mode if you have the necessary driving skills and the traffic conditions permit."

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    Very useful information. Although I must admit that I was fearing already what you wrote. But needed a confirmation. It’s not too bad I love the wing so can live with it. Tks so much.

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