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Video: Chris Harris Drives The Porsche 911 Carrera S And Corvette Stingray

By   January 30, 2014

Porsche 911 Carrera S or Corvette Stingray

Porsche 911 Carrera S or Corvette Stingray

Both the Porsche 911 Carrera S (991) and the Corvette Stingray (C7) are great performing cars. For years the two have been compared, but more recently the pricing of the two has grown further apart.

The Corvette is the value proposition. How many other 455 horsepower sports cars can be purchased for around $60,000? The 911 on the other hand can be purchased with options that cost about the same as the American sports car.

So, these two cars aren’t truly rivals from a cost stand point, but they still are from a performance stand point.

In this video Chris Harris puts the two cars to the test on the track. Will the very powerful Stingray be able to compare to the more expensive Carrera S?

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Question: Nissan GT-R Or Corvette Stingray

By   January 28, 2014

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R and the new C7 Corvette Stingray are both very fast and powerful cars. Both have powerful engines located in the front, but how they manage to be so fast is quite different.

While the new Stingray is the most technically advanced Corvette ever made (at least until the Z06 is on sale) it is like an abacus compared to a supercomputer when compared to the GT-R. The Corvette is still all about American muscle, although with a much more refined interior than before. This lack of computers doing everything for you actually helps keep the driving experience more pure and possibly more fun.

The Nissan on the other hand is like driving the latest top of the line iPhone. It is very fast, but can leave one a bit cold as you don’t always feel as involved as you do in other sports cars.

So, which would you rather drive, the American sports car that is all muscle or the Japanese rocket? Let us know in the comments.


Video: 2014 Corvette Stingray Caught In Parking Lot

By   January 20, 2014

2014 Corvette Stingray

2014 Corvette Stingray

2014 Corvette Stingrays are just starting to be seen more on the road. The styling of the American sports car now has a very Ferrari look to it. In fact when you see one you may find yourself doing a double take to make sure it isn’t a car wearing a prancing horse.

Recently, we caught a white Stingray parked near us. Since it was one of the first that we had seen in town, we recorded a walkaround of the car to capture the styling. From the video you can see the exterior styling very well, but unfortunately the camera didn’t pickup the interior quite so well. Having said this the interior looks much more upscale than the outgoing Corvette’s did.

Let us know what you think of the Corvette Stingray in the comments.

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CES: Get Full Racing Data From Your Corvette Stingray

By   January 6, 2014

Corvette Stingray

Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet appears to be very serious about the new Corvette Stingray being a track day machine. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the American automaker showed off their performance data recorder.

The device will recorded information that is important on the track as well as record a video of the drive. This is the type of equipment that professional racing teams use to improve their driver’s performance.

Chevrolet announced at the Consumer Electronics Show today an industry-first Performance Data Recorder for the 2015 Corvette Stingray. The fully integrated system enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track.

“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 telemetry software, users can analyze their laps in incredible detail and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times.”

The Performance Data Recorder, or PDR, system was developed with Cosworth, the British motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics system. It will be available with the start of regular 2015 Corvette production, later in the third quarter of 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

The PDR system includes three major components, all seamlessly integrated into the Corvette Stingray’s interior. First is a 720p, high-definition camera, mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver’s point-of-view through the windshield. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin.

Second is a self-contained telemetry recorder. The system uses a dedicated GPS receiver that operates at 5 hertz, or cycles per second. That is five times faster than the in-dash navigation system and allows more precise positioning and corner traces. The recorder is also hard-wired into the Stingray’s Controller Area Network, or CAN, to access vehicle information, ranging from engine speed and transmission-gear selection to braking force and steering-wheel angle.

Finally, the system features a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. Recording time depends on the capacity of the memory card, but an 8-gigabyte card can record approximately 200 minutes, while a 32-GB card stores up to about 800 minutes – more than 13 hours of driving time.

The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options, each rendered in real time:

Track Mode – shows the maximum level of data on the screen, including speed, rpm, g-force, a location-based map, lap time and more.
Sport Mode – shows fewer details on the overlay but includes key data including speed and g-force
Touring Mode – simply records and displays video and audio of the drive with no data overlay
Performance Mode – records performance metrics, such as 0 to 60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-100-0 mph runs.
The video can be viewed on the Corvette Stingray’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked, or downloaded to a computer for further editing, and sharing video via social media sites.

For users who want a more in-depth understanding of their performance, the PDR vehicle data can be opened in the included “Cosworth Toolbox” software, which combines Cosworth’s professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface.

The Cosworth Toolbox application overlays recorded laps on a Bing-enabled satellite map of the track, and compares 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 their lap times.

“The ability to review laps between track sessions can identify immediate adjustments for quicker laps in the next session,” said Juechter. “It’s like having a 32-GB crew chief trackside providing you with real-time feedback to improve your driving skills.”

Video: How Car And Driver Selects Its 10 Best List

By   December 2, 2013

Car and Driver's 10 Best

Car and Driver’s 10 Best

The annual Car and Driver’s 10 Best list is one of the most coveted honors in the automotive industry. The list includes what the publication thinks are the beat cars from multiple segments of the market. This years list includes the Corvette Stingray, Porsche Boxster and Cayman.

Have you ever wondered how the cars are chosen to be on the list? This video features interviews from the staff of Car and Driver talking about how they pick the best cars. It also includes footage of the Porsche Cayman (as well as a few other cars) as they talk about what makes it such a good sorts car.

Check out the video and then let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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