At the Corvette Museum’s 2014 Bash, Steve Wesoloski from Cosworth was on site to talk about the 2015 Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder. The Performance Data Recorder (also called the PDR) features a high def camera that records front-facing video of the car onto an SD card and then you can overlay a variety of telemetry data over the video. That telemetry ranges from speed and RPMs to a G-Force meter or location on the track via GPS.
But there is more to the PDR than just recording yourself and sharing the video on youtube.
Cosworth worked with Chevrolet to create the PDR tool box which will be available as a download. The tool box contains many of the similar data points that the Corvette Racing team uses to analyze the Corvette race cars. From steering wheel angle to throttle response to a GPS record of your location through turns and straights, the tool box will help you become a better driver by allowing you to see exactly what you were doing at the track and then you can take steps to lay down even faster laps with that knowledge.
One of the most powerful uses of the PDR is the recording of multiple laps and then using the comparison feature which presents the data side-by-side. In the video walk-though below, Steve shows us how laps from a professional race car driver (in this case, it’s Tommy Milner at Sebring) can be used to improve the lap times of non-professionals just by analyzing how the professional drives a lap and then working to emulate that performance.
We have two videos from the NCM Bash about the Performance Data Recorder to share. The first video is the full 30 minute presentation by Steve Wesoloski from the Bash. The second video is where we go one-on-one with Steve as he demonstrates how the Cosworth tool box for the PDR can make you a better driver.
The Cosworth tool box for the PDR will be offered as a free download to Corvette owners. The tool box currently is available on Windows but a version is being developed for Mac/IOS.
The Performance Data Recorder will be available on 2015 Corvette Stingrays and Z06s. The PDR system is integrated with the Navigation option which is available as an option on all 1LT, 2LT or 3LT Stingrays. For the 2015 Z06, The NAV/PDR option will only be available on the 3LZ equipment package. Pricing for the NAV/PDR hasn’t yet been released.