Chevrolet will integrate a video game-style HUD system called the Performance Data Recorder (PDR) into the 2015 Corvette Stingray in Q3 2014, the company announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.
The system, whose telemetry overlay options bear striking resemblance to a HUD in a generic racing title, allows users to record high-definition video of their driving performances. According to Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, drivers can analyze laps "in incredible detail and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times" using the telemetry software. Recordings can be viewed on the car's 8-inch touchscreen
"The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level motorsports telemetry system," said Juechter said in a prepared statement. "Drivers can easily record and share their experiences driving down the Tail of the Dragon or lapping Road Atlanta."
Rendered in real-time, the PDR system features four data options. The maximum level of data is shown onscreen with Track Mode, such as speed, RPM, G-force, a location-based map, lap time and more. Sport Mode only displays key data including speed and G-force, while Touring Mode records and displays video with no data overlay. Performance Mode records performance metrics, such as acceleration, speed and elapsed time.
Developed in conjunction with British motorsports company, Cosworth, the PDR system consists of three parts, including the 720p camera, which mounts within the windshield and records the driver's point-of-view; the telemetry recorder that uses a dedicated GPS receiver; and an SD-card slot that rests in the glove box. Drivers can further analyze their performance with the Cosworth Toolbox software, which overlays and compares previously recorded laps on a "Bing-enabled satellite map" of the track.