Chevrolet’s Corvette Performance Recorder Is an In-Dash Racing Coach

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Though the Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Corvette’s major overhaul was done for the 2014 model year, the 2015 will have a few additional options of its own, that are so far unavailable. For 2015 Corvettes (and presumably later), Chevrolet will be offering a performance recorder as an option, will enable the diver to record high-definition footage of the driver’s trip, and will also add telemetry overlays.

This technology has generally only been available for more professional applications, as Chevrolet is calling its decision to put it in its retail models an “industry first.” The system was developed in cooperation with the famed racing tuner and performance company Cosworth, which provides Chevrolet’s Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry system as it is.

“The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level motorsports telemetry system,” Automotive News quoted Tadge Juechter, who is the Corvette chief engineer, as saying in a statement at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “Drivers can easily record and share their experiences driving down the Tail of the Dragon or lapping Road Atlanta. In addition, with the included telemetry software, users can analyze their laps in incredible detail and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times.”

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The 2015 model year Corvette is slated to begin production later this year, towards the Fall. Pricing for the new model — and the performance recording option — will be revealed closer to the launch date.

The system utilizes a high-def camera that is mounted in the windshield-header trim, Auto News says. In addition to capturing the road ahead, it also records the sound within the cabin, much like a similar recording system found on commercial aircraft.

A telemetry recorder that uses a GPS receiver to pull vehicle information — engine speed and gear selection, brake force and steering-wheel angle — will work with the camera, and all the information is sent to an SD-card slot in the glovebox where the video and data will be inscribed onto a memory card, the size of which being the driver’s choice. Reportedly, 8GB will buy about 200 minutes of driving time.

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Further, drivers have the choice of three different overlay modes to set the recorder for. For the hardcore, track-going enthusiast, there is Trakc Mode, which “shows the maximum level of data on the screen, including speed, rpm, g-force, a location-based map, lap time and more.” Sport Mode isn’t quite as comprehensive, and shows fewer details on the overlay, but includes key data such as speed and g-force.

Lastly, there is Touring Mode, which only records and shows the video and audio of the drive, but with no data overlay. There is also a Performance Mode, which measures 0 to 60 miles per hour time, quarter-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-100-0 mile per hour runs. All the information is available on the Corvette’s in-dash interface, but it can also be downloaded to a computer if so desired. By being able to compare performance and lap times immediately, Corvette owners can improve their driving by isolating specific points of the drive to look for improvement.

“The ability to review laps between track sessions can identify immediate adjustments for quicker laps in the next session,” said Juechter. “It’s like having a 32-GB crew chief trackside providing you with real-time feedback to improve your driving skills.”

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