the ultimate street corvette
Chevrolet flipped the concept of test
drives on its head when it used the 2014
Corvette Stingray as the centerpiece for
the world’s first reverse test drive.
Here’s the premise: the Stingray is a car
that’s designed to enhance driving ability,
no matter what the skillset of the driver. It’s
a finely-honed performance machine that
delivers a precision driving experience,
so instead of testing the Stingray, why
not let the Stingray test its drivers?
Chevy took a pro driver and five diverse
individuals, including the producer of the
Gran Turismo racing simulator series, to
Nevada’s Spring Mountain Motorsports
Ranch to see if they could handle the
Stingray’s abilities and to explore what’s
possible between driver and machine.
Thanks to a BrainAvatar brainwave
monitoring system and other biometric
measuring devices, Dr. Ken Steele and
his team were able to determine the
real-time reactions of the participants
in the reverse test drive. Head to
vimeo.com/corvette to see how the
chosen drivers performed and reacted,
and test your own performance in a
series of interactive precision challenges.
For the first time, a video-, accelerometer-and GPs-based data acquisition system will
soon be available on a production road car,
the 2015 chevrolet corvette stingray.
Developed with cosworth, the corvette
Performance Data recorder integrates
video with GPs, accelerometers and
oBD-ii information such as throttle and
brake position, steering angle and rPms
to provide club racer-level data
acquisition in an integrated solution.
“the system combines the ability to
record and share drive videos with the
power of a professional-level motorsports
telemetry system,” says tadge Juechter,
corvette chief engineer. “With the included
telemetry software, users can analyze laps
in incredible detail, and find opportunities
to improve their driving and lap times.”
the hardware is fully integrated into the
car, with the camera mounted in the
windshield header trim. a cabin microphone
can record the driver and passenger. an 8 GB
card will record about 200 minutes of video.
the high-def, 720p video can be played
on the stingray’s infotainment system when
parked, or downloaded via included cosworth
toolbox software and viewed as an mP4.
2014 Stingray gives its drivers a scientific workout
Race-based data acquisition ready for 2015 Corvette
REVERSE TEST DRIVE
In Track Mode the
RPM, throttle and
steering angle and
a G-circle, along
with lap times.
Three other modes
a usEfuL TOOL
Efficiency has not been sacrified on the altar
of performance. The LT4 engine uses the same
trio of advanced technologies introduced on
the Corvette Stingray – direct injection, active
fuel management (cylinder deactivation)
and continuously variable valve timing.