The product manager, Harlan Charles, has termed this Performance Data Recorder as a “baby monitor”. Many people who perceive their vehicles only as their baby, and have felt uneasy whenever it goes out of sight, will appreciate its worth.
Introduced in 2014, the Corvette Valet Mode system is to be accessed through the settings menu and activated by typing in a personalized four-digit code. Once the code is confirmed, the storage bin (behind the center stack display) as well as the infotainment and radio tech and the glove box will be automatically locked and disabled.
With the pioneering Performance Data Recorder for 2015 combined with an active Valet Mode, those who own Corvette drives will document, in HD quality, the in-car audio, video, and vehicle data that would include engine RPM, speed, g-force, and gear position. If the person is parked somewhere and need to view the video instantly, they can do so on the eight-inch color touchscreen or if they wish, after downloading it onto their computer.
Where initially PDR was intended to be a tool for drivers to note their laps on tracks, it was developed to cater to multiple functions. The team partnered with Cosworth to build its three major components: a 720p, HD camera over the windshield header trim, a self-contained telemetry recorder that is connected with the Stingray’s Controller Area Network, and a SD-card slot located in the glove box. The microphone is placed separately in the cabin.
An 8 GB card will be ideal for an approximate 200 minutes of driving while video options such as Sport Mode, Track Mode, Touring Mode and Performance mode and the Cosworth Toolbox software enable greater understanding of the performance.