Enthusiasts have access to a wealth of information via GM’s Performance Data and Video recorder technology, which offers the ability to pour over a track session and pinpoint where the pilot could improve their lap times and sharpen their skills behind the wheel. However, this feature shouldn’t be exclusive to GM’s performance cars – rather, it could be a good fit for GM SUVs and GM trucks as well.
Let’s start with the basics. GM’s Performance Data Recorder (or PDR for short) captures a number of important real-time data points during a high-performance driving session, such as engine rpm, ground speed, cornering G force, steering angle, selected gear, throttle / brake inputs, and lap times, all of which paint a clear picture of what the car and pilot are doing at any one particular section of the track. This data combines with high-definition video and audio to provide even greater clarity when analyzing a track session.
Introduced with the 2014 Chevy Corvette, GM’s PDR is currently available on the eighth-generation Chevy Corvette C8, sixth-generation Chevy Camaro, and a selection of Cadillac models, such as the previous-generation V-Series and current Cadillac Blackwing sedans. So then, how might it apply to something like a GM SUV or GM truck?
Well, for starters, both segments are now replete with performance models and off-roaders. For example, take the Chevy Colorado ZR2 or Silverado ZR2, or perhaps the new GMC Sierra AT4X – each of these pickups are designed specifically for off-roading. So, if a customer decides to try exactly their hand at the rough stuff, they may appreciate having onboard data collection and video to figure out where they are strong and where they are weak with regard to exploring the local trails and rock crawling.
Then there are performance models, like the new Cadillac Escalade-V, which would also benefit from some information on how the vehicle is performing, especially in terms of acceleration.
Finally, there’s a safety element to all this, as well. Back in 2020, GM Authority covered the story of a C8 Corvette owner who narrowly missed a head-on collision with motorcyclists who crossed the double yellow on a twisting two-lane road. No one was injured, but the bikes did clip the Corvette. The bikers claimed they hadn’t crossed the line, but the PDR video recording told a different story. Now, apply all that to a GM SUV or GM truck, and the applications become pretty clear.
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