So you don’t want the valet pulling any “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” shenanigans in your new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette? Thank God and GM’s Performance Data Recorder you can keep an eye on your baby while she’s in the hands of another.
A press release from GM said the 2015 Corvette not only has the Performance Data Recorder to allow you to keep tabs on how your car was treated, but also has a dedicated Valet Mode that locks interior storage compartments and disables the infotainment system, to boot. That little feature would have been nice to have a couple of years ago when an unscrupulous Valet took my GMC Acadia Denali tester and acted like a true balla in downtown Nashville. My ride came back 20 minutes after I requested it with the driver’s chair reclined to an extreme angle and the radio switched to an XM rap station turnt up to maximize bass penetration. No, homeboy did not get a tip. But I digress.
The press release said the 2015 Corvette’s Valet Mode is enabled through the settings menu and activated by entering a unique four-digit code — which also happens to be the only way to defeat the system, so (a) don’t forget it, and (b) make it something hard to guess so you, too, don’t come back to a Corvette that’s been “rode hard and put up wet,” as we say in Tennessee.
Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles said, “Think of it as a baby monitor for your car. Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.”
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder is a technology we told you about some time ago. It immediately struck us (and GM’s public relations people) as a way to record lap times if you ever did autocross or a track day. But as the latest press release explained, when used in conjunction with Valet Mode, it suddenly becomes the in-car equivalent to that security camera setup your boss uses to make sure the new hire doesn’t steal from the cash register.
Charles said, “Performance Data Recorder was initially designed as a tool for track days, allowing drivers to record their laps and improve their driving skills. We soon realized the system could have many more applications, such as recording a scenic drive up Highway 101, or recording when the Valet Mode is activated.”
So heads up to all you valet drivers out there: Get saucy with the clientele’s new Corvette, and you might get caught red-handed. Prod the skinny pedal at your own peril.