Tech Spotlight: 2015 Corvette Stingray Performance Data Recorder
It seems like just yesterday we were discussing the debut of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, and now GM is releasing information on the 2015 model year. No, we do not have any hard details on the 2015 Stingray, but GM did reveal the Performance Data Recorder (PDR) , which will be available starting with the 2015 Stingray.
General Motors teamed up with the folks at Cosworth top develop the PDR system, which includes three main components: a 720p camera mounted near the top of the windshield, a self-contained telemetry recorder and an SD memory card slot in the glove box to store the data and video on your own memory card.
The 720p camera eliminates the need to pick up a digital camera capable of withstanding the wear and tear of the track, as it takes high-quality, first-person footage of your track session. There is also a microphone in the cabin, so you can elaborate on what’s going on. You can watch the video either on the eight-inch display in the car when it is parked, or you can upload it to your computer, using the SD card.
The telemetry recorder makes use of a GPS receiver to track the car’s positioning. This is not your standard, choppy, in-dash GPS; rather, this bad-boy operates at 5 hertz — five times faster than a standard GPS — which precisely tracks the Stingray’s positioning and draws a precise driving line that allows you to see how well you tackle turns. Also weaved into this recorder is the Corvette’s Controller Area Network, allowing it full access to the engine speed, gear selection and steering angle, giving you an in-depth look at how these aspects affect your performance on the track.
There are three overlay modes for the video, with each one displaying only the data you need. The Track Mode displays all of the possible data on the screen, including speed, rpm, G-force, a location-based map and tons of other pertinent info. The Sport Mode reduces the clutter on the screen, but still shows important data, like speed and G-force. Touring Mode only records video and audio, rendering a dash cam useless. The final mode it the Performance Mode, which includes all of the key performance details, including 0-to-60 mph time, quarter-mile time and speed, and 0-to-100-to-0 time.
Using the included Cosworth Toolbox, which shows your lap times on a Bing satellite map, and allows you to compare each lap corner-by-corner.
GM didn’t reveal the price of the PDR, but it made it pretty clear that this will not be a standard feature. This will simply add to the popularity of the Stingray rolling into the next model year. Hat’s off to GM for really putting all it has into the Stingray!
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Stingray.
The 2014 Stingray made its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and it was nothing short of a hit. Sure, the revival of the "Stingray" name took a while to get used to, but its 455-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 certainly relieved any of our issues with the recycling of the iconic nameplate. Add to that the optional exhaust system that adds five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque to the mix, and we welcome the Stingray with open arms.
Also available is a Z51 package, which adds in staggered 19- and 20-inch wheels, a dry-sump oil system, electronic limited-slip diff, larger front rotors, a fully upgraded suspension, and much, much more.
The 2014 Corvette starts at $51,000.