by Alex Gibson


The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be available with a new ‘Performance Data Recorder’ (PDR), giving enthusiasts the ability to video and analyse their time behind the wheel.

Shown for the first time at this week’s 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Chevrolet says the Corvette Stingray‘s PDR technology is an industry-first example of a fully integrated telemetric system that enables drivers to record their driving session in high-definition video. The system then places telemetry overlays on top of the video footage, providing drivers with specific details about their experience.

Developed with the help of British motorsports-engineering company Cosworth and intended for on-track situations, the technology can be used anytime, including during everyday road driving.


Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter said the new PDR combines a professional-level motorsports telemetry system with the ability for drivers’ to record and share their experiences.

“In addition, with the included telemetry software, users can analyse their laps in incredible detail and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times,” Juechter said.

The system is composed of three components. Firstly, a 720p high-definition camera and dedicated microphone are mounted in the car’s windscreen header trim, recording footage from the driver’s point of view. Secondly, a self-contained telemetry recorder uses a GPS system to record data about each session, as well as information such as the Stingray’s engine speed, transmission-gear selection, braking force, and steering wheel angle. Finally, an SD-card slot in the glovebox allows drivers to transfer and share their recorded data.

Four telemetry overlay options are available for selection, including ‘track mode’, which shows the maximum amount of data (including speed, rpm, g-force, a map, and lap times), ‘sport mode’, which shows fewer though similar details, ‘touring mode’, which videos the drive without any telemetric overlay, and ‘performance mode’, which records acceleration data.

The US car maker says the system will be available on the Corvette Stingray from next year.


  • Todd

    Lol what is under the bonnet? A pushrod 9.0? Should be called Chevrolet corvette dinosaur not stingray

    • Phil

      overhead cam predates OHV, so which is the dinosaur? Which is more important, what it is or what it does. The C7 is by the reports I’ve seen an astonishingly good car, and this option looks like a useful tool for those weekend warriors who like to have fun on the track. It shows GM is being responsive to customers, which is a good thing.

    • You said it

      Yeah exactly PATHETIC Tech.
      Actually Chev wanted to put a 11 litre SIDE VALVE in the new model Corvette but Briggs & Stratton [the lawn mower company] had the patent.

      • Dennis

        Really, LOL Mate, It’s got Variable Cam Timing, Direct Injection, Alloy Heads and Block, Active Fuel Management.. Dinosaur? Push rods are better for centre of gravity. /end thread

        • That’s my bit

          G..w up Dennis the actual OHV design itself limits the operation & therefor efficiency of Variable Cam Timing.
          I’ll keep simple of you Dennis so you will be able to understand.
          If the cam timing is either advanced or retarded on the inlet side the same amount is equally applied to the exhaust side. Which as ever you would understand limits efficiency. Which you’d know all about.! LOL.Mate
          Push rods are better for……/end of story.
          In other words nothing.
          Chassis design & dry sump lubrication either/or will achieve a far better CofG. With improved front to rear balance.
          If OHV is so wonderful, why is it that You, you mate Phil & GM are the only believers & the rest of the Automotive World has long moved on from it.?
          Tell me Dennis all of Europe & Japan have no idea what they’re doing as designers & GM does.?
          As you said LOL Mate.

          • m80

            Gotta dumb it down for CA mate!! just keep it to: this car looks dumb, this car looks like this, those wheels are small etc. that’s the order of the day here. Just imagine your 16 again.

            After that you can move on to discussing the purist driving experience of the mazda3 or why cant a wrx look like a Ferrari? They could do that and still charge the same it just some extra plastic and panels… These are more advanced but also good starting points.

            Also no humor, try to be a drainer etc.

          • Lucky Eddie

            Yeah gotta agree m80, they GM, could have done a lot better job on the styling front. Front looks good but the rest is just about S..T.!

          • Sumpguard

            “Just imagine your 16 again.”

            No need to imagine with grammar like that .

          • m80

            Great. Here to discuss grammar are we? Real car enthusiast you are.

            YOU’RE. happy?

            Please wake me when you have some car discussion.

          • Just Saying

            I think you mean “are you happy?”

          • Sumpguard

            PMSL. He’s only awake when cars are being discussed. Boring lifestyle.

          • Chad

            What about the Chrysler 6.4 and 5.7 are they quad cam or pushrod?

          • m80

            hemi is pushrod again I believe,

            No doubt GM would have the potential to make more power with a quad cam as my bit is saying so they get past this by increasing displacement. Pushrod engine advantage is cheaper to manufacture more compact and lighter weight. But that’s about it.

            There is way more to it than this (obviously) but its awesome to hear some real car discussion not lets all go talk about corolla and Mazda3 and yawn at performance cars.

        • Phil

          give it up Dennis, it’s an ideological argument, not a rational one. Let them argue about how inefficient pushrod is, while in the real world proof is there that GM have build a Corvette that costs less than a Cayman, performs at least as well as a 911 4S and is almost on par with the Ferrari F12, and yet uses less fuel than either of those much more expensive cars.

          As they say in racing, when the flag drops the BS stops…

          • Sumpguard

            Common sense at last. Thanks Phil.

          • Phil

            I know as well as any GM engineer that multivalve heads offer more flow. I also know there are other design considerations, and that 2 valve designs offer some opportunities for chamber shape and quench area for optimal homogenous charge. And I know that 6 million hours of computer simulation of chamber design went into the LT1 to optimise the combustion efficiency. Hence a torque curve that very nearly matches the LS7. Normally I’ll just ignore the rantings of the ignorant, but this was getting ridiculous.

            Can’t wait for the reaction to a pushrod engine making it onto Ward’s 10 best engines list for 2014…

    • Yeeep

      LMAO so true Todd, Corvette POS bl..dy lawn mower engine.!

      • Sumpguard

        Yeah because your dad’s Kombi is way better.

        • Yeeep

          I’d expect a comment nothing less than that, from a good GM Holden man like yourself, Sumpguard.?

          • Sumpguard

            Haven’t owned a Holden for a decade. However last time I looked Holden didn’t build corvettes.

          • Yeeep

            Ah.. better get back to driving dad’s “Fritz” and have a bit of fun.! LMAO.

          • m80

            Just ask stumpguard about something you cannot understand fully from a magazine or casual forum….that will scare it away quickly.

            It is so full of opinions, no real world experience…no google doesn’t count mate.

          • Sumpguard

            Yeah because you were so right about the WRX. Rallying team support? That’s a sign of weakness kid.
            I doubt you’re old enough to drive.

            Is that the same google you got your “looks like a clay model” comment from?

          • PosterPerves

            Ignore them sumpy. Obviously two kids drooling over posters on the wall.

          • m81

            m80 obviously believes Holden make corvettes too as he is agreeing with the other fool.

          • m80

            What are you talking about Rally team support? you have really lost me on that one.

            It is common knowledge not all concepts are fully functioning models the clay model was a reference to that meaning not functioning not even close to fully designed.

            Whats your address? ill drive over there and prove im old enough to drive mate. Kid?? accuse me of the same thing as I accused you earlier….Clever

          • m82

            You still banging on about nothing m80? FFS give it up child.
            Cyber tough guy. Grow up. Sumpguard has made far more worthy contributions to this site than you have .Enough is enough. You cast the first stone ignoramus.

          • m80

            Yeah im over it. You can stop logging in as others now stump.

          • Sumpguard

            My account is registered like yours is kid.

          • real hard

            Yeah real hard mate well done. Your writing style is very obvious.

            You have bigger issues than i can ever imagine. I feel sorry for you. I am glad this gives you some enjoyment.


          • Sumpguard


  • Hmmmm

    Common cr.p at last. Thanks Phil.

    • Sumpguard

      Classy Response Phil?

      • Hmmmm

        LOL but don’t get so desperate, this is just a Chev we’re talking about.