The C7 Corvette Stingray received a number of major updates for the 2015 model year including the all-new eight-speed automatic transmission and Chevy’s new Performance Data Recorder. The PDR uses a high-definition camera facing out towards the front of the car to record your lap time at the track and can also overlay it with telemetry data. The technology allows drivers to look back on their laps and see where they made mistakes and where there is room for improvement, in turn making you a better driver.
The question is, can studying an on board video of you driving on the track while it is overlaid with your speed, a G-force meter, throttle positioning, steering wheel angle, RPMs and more really make you faster around the track? GM wanted to find out, so they gathered Corvette Racing ace Tommy Milner and Canadian racing legend Ron Fellows and two inexperienced performance driving enthusiasts to see how much better of a driver they could make them in one day.
First, the two amateur drivers were given laps around Watkins Glen by Fellows and Milner. They then were put in the hot seat to set a base lap. After their benchmark lap was set, the group went back to the pits to review their footage and data on the PDR to see where they could improve. We’ll tell you that the drivers definitely improved, but we won’t reveal by how much. To find that out, check out the video below.