Further giving us reason to want to drive the 2014 Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet says it has interior tech features that can provide the driver with up to 69 sources of information — everything from different kinds of shift timing lights to a tire temperature display.
According to the press release from Chevrolet, this capability stems mostly from the Corvette Stingray’s “advanced cluster display,” or, if you prefer popular automotive website slang: digital disco dash. Its eight-inch liquid crystal display mounted centrally in the gauge cluster can display different themes according to the mode selected via the Corvette Stingray’s Driver Mode Selector. The driver can configure which information is displayed in each mode by configuring applications found in what Chevrolet called the car’s “app tray.”
General Motors Interaction Designer Jason Stewart said, “The new Corvette Stingray features many advanced technologies, so our challenge when designing the driver’s displays was to ensure that those technologies could be easily found in common driving scenarios.”
He continued: “The touring theme places more emphasis on multimedia and infotainment; the sport theme emphasizes performance features with a prominent shift indicator and a large radial tachometer; track theme offers a race-inspired layout containing a sweeping tachometer, Corvette racing inspired shift lights and permanent lap-time displays. Each of these three themes can also be configured so that drivers can personalize their experience in the Stingray.”
To wit, the release named 10 customizable display features the Corvette Stingray features:
1. Tour theme – Displayed when the Stingray is in Weather, Eco, or Tour drive mode, this is the most modern display, providing essential vehicle information drivers want for commuting or long-distance driving and includes key vehicle information and multimedia displays
2. Sport theme – Displayed when the Stingray is in Sport mode, this theme is designed to recall the classic sports-car experience, with a single, radial tachometer dominating the display
3. Track theme – Inspired by the cluster of the Corvette Racing C6.R, this theme prioritizes the information vital for a successful track outing, including a “hockey stick” style tachometer, large gear indicator and shift lights
4. Adjustable redline – All themes feature an adjustable redline that shows the suggested maximum engine speed as low as 3,500 rpm when the engine is cold
5. Tachometer ‘halo’ – The Sport theme features a ring around the tachometer that glows from yellow to amber to red as engine rpms increase
6. Shift lights – The track theme features shift lights influenced by the C6.R, which illuminate from the outside-in, transition from green to yellow to blue and flash at redline providing an easy-to-see shift notification at high speeds
7. Friction-bubble/cornering force – The friction bubble that displays lateral and longitudinal G-forces allows drivers to measure how close they are to the Stingray’s limits
8. Tire temperature gauge – Leveraging the existing Tire Pressure Monitoring System, this patented system informs the driver as the tires warm up from cold to warm to hot, with hot being the optimal temperature for peak grip and track performance
9. Acceleration timer – The interactive timer features programmable start/end speeds, which enable drivers to measure any acceleration run, from a traditional 0-60 mph to acceleration from 70-100 mph in top gear
10. Lap timer – Shows current, previous and best lap times, enabling drivers to measure their consistency while lapping a road course
Sounds like some really cool things we’d like to play with. Perhaps with the on-sale date of the Corvette Stingray approaching — Chevrolet says third quarter 2013 — we’ll get a turn at the wheel.