Chevrolet used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to announce that it would be adding one more bit of cool tech to the 2015 Corvette Stingray's option list in the form of an ultra-sophisticated Performance Data Recorder (PRD) that will provide professional level motorsports telemetry to any owner. Developed with Cosworth, the British motorsport-engineering partner of the Corvette Racing team, this fully integrated system will allow drivers to record their experiences on and off track in high definition video as well as log a comprehensive array of detailed operational information in real time.
The Corvette PDR system consist of three major elements: a 720p HD video camera with audio mounted inside the car's windshield header, a self-contained telemetry recorder that uses a dedicated GPS receiver capable of functioning five times as fast as the GPS in a conventional navigation system and a dedicated SD card slot in the glovebox that allows the driver to store and easily transfer up to 13 hours worth of detailed data on a 32GB SD card. Hard-wired directly into the Corvette's Controller Area Network, the main recorder can gather and sort out everything from vehicle and engine speed to transmission gear selection, steering wheel angle and braking forces. The video can then be played back on the car's 8.0-inch color touch screen - but only while the vehicle is stationary - or downloaded to a remote computer or other viewing device as well as shared online.
The PDR can record and display video in Touring, Sport, Track and Performance modes which present increasingly greater amounts of on-screen data. In addition, the system includes pro-grade Cosworth Toolbox software that will allow a driver to more comprehensively analyze comparative telemetry readouts. "The ability to review laps between track sessions can identify immediate adjustments for quicker laps in the next session," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. "It's like having a 32GB crew chief trackside, providing you with real-time feedback to improve your driving skills."
The new Performance Data Recorder will be available later in the third quarter and coincide with the start of 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray production. Pricing will be announced closer to that date.
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