2015 Chevrolet Corvette receives Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder

Article by Christian A., on August 18, 2014

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.

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Corvette Valet Mode: A Baby Monitor For Your Baby

Owners of 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes will feel better about handing over the keys to their car, thanks to the new Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder.

The industry-exclusive system allows drivers to lock the interior storage, disable the infotainment system and record video, and vehicle data when the Valet Mode is active.

“Think of it as a baby monitor for your car,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager. “Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.”

Introduced in 2014, the Corvette Valet Mode is turned on through the settings menu and activated by entering a unique four-digit code. A confirmation entry of the code simultaneously locks the storage bin behind the center stack display, the glove box and disables the radio and infotainment system.

With the introduction of the industry-first Performance Data Recorder for 2015, Corvette drivers can also record HD video, and vehicle data – including speed, engine RPM, gear position and g-force – when Valet Mode is active.

The video can be viewed instantly on the Corvette’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked, or downloaded to a computer.

“Performance Data Recorder was initially designed as a tool for track days, allowing drivers to record their laps and improve their driving skills,” said Charles. “We soon realized the system could have many more applications, such as recording a scenic drive up Highway 101, or recording when the Valet Mode is activated.”

The Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – system was developed with Cosworth, the British motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics systems.

The system includes a 720p, high-definition camera mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver’s point-of-view through the window.

The system also includes is a self-contained telemetry recorder, which uses a dedicated GPS receiver hardwired into the Stingray’s Controller Area Network to access vehicle information.

Finally, the system features a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. An 8-gigabyte card can record approximately 200 minutes of driving time.

The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options including Track Mode, Sport Mode, Touring Mode and Performance Mode. Also included with the system is the “Cosworth Toolbox” software, which combines Cosworth’s professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface for users who want a more in-depth understanding of their performance.

Valet Mode with the Performance Data Recorder will be available on all 2015 Corvette models.

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