If you are interested in buying a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette you’ll be happy to know that when you borrow your car it will be completely safe thanks to the new Valet Mode with performance Data Recorder. This system allows 2015 Corvette owners to lock your interior storage, disable the infotainment system and record video, audio and vehicle data.
The Valet Mode can be activated by entering a unique four-digit code and after that, you can handle over the keys to your car to almost anyone, except your dog of course. Meanwhile, the Performance Data Recorder (PDR) was developed with Cosworth, the company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics system.
Performance Data Recorder includes a 720p, high-definition camera that is located on the windshield header trim (recording the driver’s point-of-view), a self-contained telemetry recorder that uses a GPS receiver and a dedicated SD-card slot located in the glove box that includes an 8-gigabyte card that can record almost 200 minutes of driving.
For those who don’t know, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine developing 450 hp and 450 lb-ft (610 Nm) of torque. As a result, the vehicle is capable to zoom from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds, while providing a top speed of 190 mph or 305 km/h.
Ken Parkinson, executive director of global design, remarked that the aggressive exterior styling of the new Corvette Stingray is both functional and elegant. He noted that although it is the dream of every designer to develop a new Corvette, doing so is not an easy task.
Parkinson quipped that the goal for the design was to create a bold design statement that doesn’t just embrace the advanced technology of the new Corvette, but also enhances its overall performance. He called the new Corvette C7 Stingray as a fantastic car that, while groundbreaking, still remains faithful to the basic elements that define a Corvette.
In terms of design, the new Corvette C7 Stingray doesn’t repeat any detail from its predecessors. But still, it boasts of a distinctive profile that is defined by its long dash-to-axle ratio as well as by its greenhouse that seems like a canopy of a fighter jet with dual-element tail lights. Thus, in a sense, the design vocabulary of the newest Corvette is derived from both aerospace and nature.
Tom Peters, exterior design director, remarked that just like the 1963 original, the new Corvette could only be called a Stingray if it could deliver an incredible visual impact, which is apparent in both fighter jets and stingrays. He noted that the beauty of fighter jets and stingrays comes from their purpose, which is to slice through air or water quickly and efficiently. He added that just like these forms, the new Corvette Stingray has a design that puts a purpose to every detail, as executed with beauty and proportion.