Corvette data recorder by Cosworth tracks lap times, films HD videos

UK engineering firm Cosworth has developed a high tech data recorder for the C7 Chevrolet Corvette that’s able to both record high definition video, and lap times and telemetry data.

Dubbed the Performance Data Recorder, it will debut at this year’s CES in Las Vegas and will be available in 2015 model year Corvettes, which will enter North American showrooms from the third quarter of 2014; pricing has yet to be disclosed.

The Performance Data Recorder features a 720p video camera built into the top of the front windscreen and a microphone in the Corvette’s cabin. Also part of the package is a telemetry system that can access the car’s CANBUS (or controller access network) to see the position of the throttle, which gear is selected, braking pressure, and steering wheel angle at any given moment. It also has its own dedicated GPS receiver that logs the car’s position five times a second — Chevy claims that this is five times more often than the GPS receivers typically used in satellite navigation packages.

These systems combined can be used to create point-of-view driving videos with telemetry info added in real time. An SD card slot located in the glove box is used to record all of this video and data. As you can tell in the video above, imagery from the pre-production Performance Data Recorder is a little washed out colour-wise and the smoothness of the telemetry updates leaves a little to be desired.

Four different recording modes allow the driver to adjust the type and quantity of information laid onto the vision.

Alternatively drivers can choose to download raw telemetry data from the car and view it on a PC via the Cosworth Toolbox app. This application tracks the Corvette’s position and telemetry data, and places it on maps provided by Bing.


Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]