If you’ve seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the mistreatment that Cameron’s Dad’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California received from a pair of valet drivers, you would likely understand the need for Valet Mode in modern sports cars. More and more powerful cars are featuring this mode, and the Corvette Stingray actually featured a rather simple Valet Mode when it debuted in 2014.
The Stingray’s initial Valet Mode only limited a valet driver’s access to parts of the car by locking all interior storage and limiting use of the infotainment system via a four-digit PIN. This may not have prevented Mr. Wannabe Racer from hooning your precious Vette around town, but it at least kept your speakers from getting blown out and kept your $1,000 Versace sunglasses safely tucked away. Fortunately for Corvette lovers, things are getting a little more advanced for 2015.
On the 2015 Corvette, the Valet Mode system will use the Performance Data Recorder to also record the speed of the car, the level of Gs it endured and the revs it was subjected to while in the care of a valet. It also takes high-definition video of its stay with the valet and records audio, so you can see if The Sting’s fourth cousin once removed tried to prove that racing is in his bloodline in your new Vette.
Unfortunately, the Corvette’s valet mode doesn’t limit performance, like the Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat, but it does give you proof of any wrongdoing. I am sure this system will become more advanced through the years and eventually include a performance limiter, but there is a lot of legal red tape in this area to cut through first.