As announced at the opening of the International CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, the Bowtie brand will soon be addressing one of the very few flaws on the new 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray: As things stand currently, if you want to show off your latest laps at the local track, or a particularly outstanding example of hoonery, you still have to buy your own GoPro-type camera setup.
Well, that will change for the 2015 model year, when the Stingray will offer its new Performance Data Recorder (PDR). The system will be seamlessly integrated into the Corvette’s running gear and include a windshield-mounted, high-def video camera that shoots from the driver’s point of view, a dedicated in-cabin microphone, and a cutting-edge telemetry recorder that also features “Cosworth Toolbox” software.
Thanks to that last feature, drivers can go beyond posting their own ’Vette videos, too. According to Tadge Juechter, chief engineer of the Corvette: “With the included telemetry software, users can analyze their laps in incredible detail and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times. … The ability to review laps between track sessions can identify immediate adjustments for quicker laps in the next session.
“It’s like having a 32-GB crew chief trackside providing you with real-time feedback to improve your driving skills.”
Drivers will be able to review the results on the Corvette’s own 8-inch color touchscreen—but only while the vehicle is in “park”—and also download the video using an SD-card slot that’s located in the glove compartment.
More information about the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray and its new Performance Data Recorder will be provided closer to the vehicle’s release date, which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2014.