Chrysler recently introduced an interesting new feature in the Challenger Hellcat which is a valet key that limits the performance of the car, thus denying deceitful valets the opportunity to have fun with the car at your expense. Now GM decided they want something similar for the Corvette Stingray, but they are taking a different approach.
The Corvette Valet Mode for 2015 Stingray models is a secret feature built into the car’s infotainment system. It is turned on through the settings menu and activated by entering a unique four-digit code. A confirmation entry of the code simultaneously locks the storage bin behind the center stack display, the glove box and disables the radio and infotainment system.
Corvette Valet Mode utilizes the vehicle’s Performance Data Recorder which can record HD video, in-car audio, and vehicle data – including speed, engine RPM, gear position and g-force – when Valet Mode is active. So the valet is still fully able to do donuts and race your Corvette while you’re having dinner, but at least you can watch it later on and use the footage as evidence when you sue them!
The Cosworth-developed PDR system includes a 720p camera, advanced microphone, and a GPS-enabled telemetry system. It also comes with a SD card slot for downloading the recorded footage if you don’t want to view them on the car’s 8-inch display.