A Head-Up Display (HUD) used to mean a physical tachometer bolted to the hood of your 1960s-era muscle car. Today, a HUD is so much more. That’s just one example of how modern technology has transformed the driving experience. Another is the Performance Data Recorder (PDR), thanks to which we now have some of the very first video footage from a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
For those not familiar with PDR, the technology can record the forward view of a vehicle’s driving, overlay some vital information on top of the camera footage, and then give you a file of the video that you can then upload to a website to share, or simply view for your personal edification. In fact, the footage from the PDR reminds us of watching someone play Gran Turismo thanks to it showing the engine RPMs, vehicle speed, current gear, plus 0-60 and 0-100 mph acceleration, quarter mile and 0-100-0 times.
And now, here’s a video of a lucky owner of a new C7 Corvette Z06 testing out his new car by running the quarter mile on an isolated backroad, and recording the whole thing using the PDR. The Z06 clocks the quarter at 11.5 seconds, though the driver admits to a ho-hum launch, which is well-documented in the footage.
Check out the video to see the recorded footage and watch the PDR system in action.