The reveal of the new 2014 Stingray Corvette last January generated a lot of excitement and interest in the new model and Chevrolet is already starting to drop hints and news about what to expect from the 2015 Corvette.
Cars, including the Corvette, are getting more and more technologically advanced. Chevrolet recently announced that the 2015 Corvette will include its own dash cam called the Performance Data Recorder (PDR).
The 2015 Corvette Performance Data Recorder will be a factory add-on. On the 2015 Corvette Camera’s 8-inch display screen, a driver can select one of four modes (Track, Sport, Touring or Performance) and set a start/finish line and begin recording a driving session. The system collects information from a GPS receiver, a 720p camera mounted at the top of the windscreen and connects to the car’s network for all of the performance data.
The PDR in the Corvette dash cam records speed, throttle position, brake force, rpm, g-force, lap time and also includes a location-based map. When the 2015 Corvette comes to a stop, the driver can replay the video on the car’s display or take it offline and view it on a computer.
“The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level motorsports telemetry system,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Drivers can easily record and share their experiences driving down the Tail of the Dragon or lapping Road Atlanta. In addition, with the included telemetry software, users can analyze their laps in incredible detail and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times.”
Here is a list of the data available in each of the 2015 Corvette Performance Data Recorder modes:
- Track Mode – shows the maximum level of data on the screen, including speed, rpm, g-force, a location-based map, lap time and more.
- Sport Mode – shows fewer details on the overlay but includes key data including speed and g-force
- Touring Mode – simply records and displays video and audio of the drive with no data overlay
- Performance Mode – records performance metrics, such as 0 to 60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-100-0 mph runs.
“The ability to review laps between track sessions can identify immediate adjustments for quicker laps in the next session,” said Juechter. “It’s like having a 32-GB crew chief trackside providing you with real-time feedback to improve your driving skills.”