At the 2014 CES Chevrolet revealed an awesome new option for the Corvette Stingray in form of a personal telemetry box. Called the Corvette Performance Data Recorder, the system allows you to record high-definition video with telemetry overlay, which provides highly detailed info for analyzing your driving skills.
This system works best on the track and lets you review your performance and improve things like braking points, gear change and racing line. But you could also use it when you are going to the shops to get some milk! Next time round you can shave a couple of seconds off it and set new milk getting records. What’s more, Corvette PDR also lets you download the videos you made and share them on social media. Track day enthusiasts are going to love this feature.
Developed by Cosworth, the British motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics system, the PDR system includes a 720p high-def camera mounted within the windshield header trim, a microphone inside the cabin (so don’t swear), a dedicated GPS receiver that operates at 5 hertz (much faster than normal units), and Controller Area Network (CAN) integration to access vehicle information, ranging from engine speed and transmission-gear selection to braking force and steering-wheel angle. It also comes with an SD card slot to download your films.
Corvette Performance Data Recorder, available for 2015 Stingray models, operates in four different modes of Track (the most detailed one), Sport (fewer details, but shows speed and g force), Touring (simply a dash cam feature with audio), and Performance (which measures performance metrics, such as 0 to 60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-100-0 mph runs).
The videos made by the PDR can be downloaded or viewed on the Stingray’s 8-inch color display when in park. For more serious track drivers, they also offer the “Cosworth Toolbox” software, which combines Cosworth’s professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface.