January 13, 2014
There are also some neat fuel-saving tricks available too. There is a supercharger that deactivates, and cylinder deactivation, giving you four cylinders, eight cylinders naturally aspirated or eight cylinders supercharged depending on requirements. I was curious about the magic supercharger, with visions of Mad Max hitting the switch and turning off the supercharger in my mind, as well as the memory that we scoffed at that bit of show-business silliness. It turns out that when the supercharger isn’t needed, a bypass valve sends air directly to the engine without it passing through the supercharger first.
To further enhance the track experience, and excite the techies, Corvette will bring to market a Performance Data Recorder.
Corvette Performance Data Recorder. Click image to enlarge
The system was produced in conjunction with Cosworth (yes, Ford’s long-time BFFs). Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer, says “Drivers can easily record and share their experiences driving down the Tail of the Dragon or lapping Road Atlanta. In addition, with the included telemetry software, users can analyze their laps in incredible detail and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times.”
Based off the car’s telemetry, cameras in the windscreen and GPS information, the PDR will record 720p HD video with data overlays that can be played back or copied to a computer/tablet for upload to the web. It will also pick up in-car audio via a dedicated recorder. The GPS is hyper-accurate and dedicated to only the PDR. It operates at five cycles per second (navigation GPS is one cycle per second), that allows the PDR to record your exact corner position – no more, “But I did turn in there!”
That’s right, with your brand new Corvette, you get enough torque and horsepower to frighten Hulk, and a digital driving coach to tell you how good you are at using it! There are hundreds of screens, graphs and displays available to the data junky within.
All that so you can master the beast.
Delivery will be early 2015, and while pricing hasn’t been released, Chevrolet claims that if you can afford a Stingray, you will be able to afford the Z06.