Cosworth technology in Chevrolet’s new Stingray
Chevrolet, the iconic US automotive brand, is using technology from Northampton engineering business Cosworth for the 2015 Corvette Stingray.
The companies have partnered to create a motor racing quality analytics system – a video data analytics pack that will help drivers achieve maximum performance from their new-generation car.
With the innovation Cosworth says that driving has finally joined “the social revolution.”
Cosworth, has developed state of the art data acquisition and telemetry electronics for the Corvette Racing team for over a decade (since 2000). It has drawn on this experience to develop an easy to use, factory-installed performance data system for the 2015 Corvette Stingray built on the acquisition and analytics technologies that power its professional motor racing products.
The Corvette PDR is a world-first in the high performance sports car market, integrating high-definition video with high resolution vehicle data, to produce overlay graphics that can be viewed on the vehicle infotainment display.
“The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level motorsports telemetry system,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer.
“Drivers can easily record and share their experiences driving down the Tail of the Dragon or lapping Road Atlanta. In addition, with the included software users can analyse their laps in incredible detail, and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times.”
The Cosworth Toolbox application included with the PDR, overlays recorded laps on a Bing-enabled satellite map of the track, and features an easy-to-use interface to compare selected laps in detail, for any requested point on the drive. Comparisons include corner traces, vehicle speed, and cornering force to help drivers improve their driving consistency, and ultimately lap times.
Cosworth’s CEO, Hal Reisiger, explained the concept behind the PDR: “Drivers want professional-quality information and analysis,” he said. “They want to improve their driving performance with state-of-the-art tools, and they want to share that information with their social networks. Quality data, personalised, from your own dashboard. Driving has joined the social revolution.”