Continental Rolls Out Next-Gen Brakes in Budapest

Continental has begun production of its MK 120 ESC braking system in Budapest, marking the first time this advanced technology has been manufactured in Europe. This new generation system, optimized for both performance and weight, is poised to play a crucial role in the future of electrification and automated driving.

Budapest Takes Center Stage

Continental’s Budapest plant, already a hub for electrical control units, drive and mechatronics systems, and comfort and safety features, has now added a new feather to its cap: the production of the MK 120 ESC. This strategic move not only highlights the plant’s growing importance within Continental’s operations but also signifies the system’s potential impact on the European automotive landscape.

Continental Rolls Out Next-Gen Brakes in Budapest
Eduardo Lopez Arce Vivas, director of Continental’s ASC factory in Budapest | Pálinkás Tivadar, production segment manager of Continental’s ASC factory in Budapest

MK 120 ESC: A Compact Powerhouse

The MK 120 ESC boasts several key advancements:

  • Lightweight and compact design: Compared to its predecessors, the MK 120 ESC is 5% lighter and 7% smaller, making it ideal for both fuel efficiency in combustion vehicles and range optimization in electric cars.
  • Enhanced cybersecurity: The system features an embedded hardware security module and cryptographic functions for secure key management, ensuring robust protection against cyber threats.
  • OTA (Over-the-Air) updates: The MK 120 ESC supports software upgrades and iterations via OTA technology, allowing for continuous improvement and adaptation to evolving needs.
  • High performance: The system meets the highest international standards for functional safety, supporting AUTOSAR-based software and multi-channel control area networks for reliable and efficient operation.

Leading the Charge in Europe

The first MK 120 ESC units manufactured in Budapest will be available to prominent car manufacturers across Europe. This marks a significant step forward in Continental’s commitment to developing cutting-edge braking technologies that pave the way for a safer and more sustainable future for the automotive industry.

Looking Ahead

With its advanced features and focus on performance, efficiency, and safety, the MK 120 ESC is poised to make a significant impact on the European automotive market. Continental’s decision to produce this system in Budapest further underscores the plant’s growing importance as a center for innovation and excellence. As the demand for electric and autonomous vehicles continues to rise, the MK 120 ESC is well-positioned to play a vital role in shaping the future of mobility.


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