Chevrolet is bringing industry-first combined telematics and movie-making features to the Corvette.
Called the Performance Data Recorder, the new system, unveiled ahead of the official opening of the 2014 CES in Las Vegas, will allow Corvette owners not only to gather real-time data about their performance, be it lap times or g-force in the corners, but also capture it in 720p HD video.
“The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level motorsports telemetry system,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer.
“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.”
Co-developed by British performance engine builder Cosworth, the system combines driver point of view video from a camera mounted within the windshield header with audio from a cabin-installed microphone and information from a dedicated telemetry box. The results are recorded to an SD card which can be accessed via the glove compartment.
Users can choose between different types of recording mode. For instance, when set to Track mode, the video is overlaid with all recordable data — speed, RPM, g-force and physical map-based location. Meanwhile touring mode does away with all data overlay in favor of capturing video and audio.
The road movies can be watched on the Corvette Stingray‘s integrated 8-inch cabin screen (when the car is stopped) or can be downloaded to a computer for editing and sharing.
Serious track-day enthusiasts can also use Cosworth’s enhanced suite of software to further drill down and analyze their performance after a hard day at the track.
“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.”
The system will make its debut on the 2015 Corvette Stingray, which will hit the streets in the third quarter of 2014. Chevrolet is yet to confirm pricing.