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Cosworth turns to Kimball Electronics Group when speed and performance are essential!
Jan 17, 2014

Kimball Electronics has been awarded an automotive electronics assembly contract with Cosworth. The contract includes manufacturing of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) as well as full system assembly of the camera and telemetry system used in the Cosworth Performance Data Recorder for the Corvette Stingray. The multi-year, multi-million dollar contract will be manufactured at Kimball Electronics – Jasper, located in Jasper, IN. These assemblies will support Cosworth production of their Performance Data Recorder beginning with the Model Year 2015 Corvette Stingray.

"As one of the finest automotive contract manufacturers in innovation and quality, Cosworth is thrilled with their partnership with Kimball in manufacturing the Performance Data Recorder for General Motors," stated Jeff Schlieder , Program Manager for the Performance Data Recorder at Cosworth.

With this award, Kimball Electronics expands their partnership with Cosworth and is proud to continue to support Cosworth on their award winning design and innovation.

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Kimball Electronics – Jasper Production Team members getting their first look at the Cosworth Performance Data Recorder in the Corvette Stingray.

About the Cosworth Performance Data Recorder:

The Corvette Performance Data Recorder is an integrated audio/video recording system which allows Corvette drivers to record high definition video with telemetry overlays while driving both on and off the track. The telemetry can include data ranging from speed and rpms as well as a G-force meter and showing the location on a track via GPS. The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level motorsports system.

Three major components make up the Performance Data Recorder system – the camera, telemetry system and the SD card.

Recording a driver's view of the action is a 720p high definition camera which is mounted within the windshield header trim. Audio is also recorded via a dedicated microphone in the car's interior.

The telemetry system, developed with Cosworth who also supplies similar equipment to Corvette Racing, uses a dedicated GPS receiver and operates at 5Hz which Chevrolet claims is five times faster than the in-dash NAV system for more precise positioning. The recorder is hard wired into the Stingray's Controller Area Network to gain access to vehicle's information including speed and rpms, transmission gear selection, braking force and steering wheel angle.

The final piece of the system is the dedicated SD card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring the driver's exploits and the vehicle's data. Recording time is estimated to be up to 800 minutes of video on a 32 GB card. That's more than 13 hours of drive 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– no data overlay; it simply records and displays video and audio of the drive.
  • 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.

For those that track their Corvettes, the PDR can be used to gain a greater understanding of their performance driving. Cosworth is including a "software toolbox" which will combine professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy to use interface.

The Cosworth application will give drivers the ability to compare selected laps in detail, from any point on the drive. Comparisons include corner traces, vehicle speed and cornering force.

In addition to downloading the video for later viewing, the video can be viewed on the Corvette Stingray's eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked.