The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be outfitted with a new system that helps drivers take their performance to the next level. Chevrolet announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that America’s Sports Car will be outfitted with a Performance Data Recorder (PDR). The fully integrated system will allow owners to not only record video of a run, but also will generate telemetry overlays for deeper analysis of driving skills. The system can be used on the track and road.
Cosworth worked with Chevrolet to develop the new PDR system. The British motorsports engineering company has worked on numerous projects with Chevrolet throughout the years, including outfitting the current Corvette Racing team with data acquisition and telemetry systems.
The PDR system will be standard equipment on all 2015 Corvette Stingrays. It consists of a 720p high-definition digital camera, which is mounted inside the upper portion of the windshield trim. The telemetry recorder is hard-wired into the car’s Controller Area Network, allowing it to gather data about transmission gear selection, steering wheel angle, brake force, engine speed, etc. The telemetry recorder uses a GPS receiver that operates five times faster than a car’s stock GPS navigation system. Owners will be able to record video and data using the SD car slot located inside the glovebox. According to Chevrolet, an 8 GB card will be able to hold about 200 minutes of video.
Three overlay options are available for recorded video. The Track Mode shows the most data, displaying g-force, vehicle speed, lap times, etc. The Performance Mode setting overlays information like 0 to 60 acceleration time, quarter mile time and speed, etc. The Sport Mode shows g-force and vehicle speed. A Touring Mode will also be available, which records video but does not overlay any data.