This isn’t really my department, but I’m trolling for our Hong Kong Bureau Chief — a hopeless Supercar wonk and noted ‘vette enthusiast — to add commentary. Consider this a Bat-signal.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends.
The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.
The video can be viewed on the Corvette’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked or downloaded to a computer. Drivers can record up to 13 hours of driving time.
This video isn’t new, for Corvette enthusiasts, (bat signal to our ‘vette editor-at-large) but if you’ve seen it in movie theaters recently, then you’ll recognize it, and how much fun it is on the big screen. Last weekend I attended a screening of Gravity in 3-D (a whole other subject, don’t read the reviews if you haven’t seen it, just go see it, it’s is as good as they say it is) and this was one of the clips that played along with the previews and ads. Normally I detest advertising when I’ve already paid $14 to see a feature motion picture, in a movie theater, instead of staying home, where I expect to see ads, but this was definitely an exception. This YouTube video barely does it justice. On the big screen, it’s thrilling, one of the best car ads I’ve seen. Has anyone else seen this on the big screen? Let’s hear.
Chris Paukert writes: This Chevrolet may be a freshly minted product of Bowling Green, KY, but here in the Motor City, we’ve been seeing examples running around undisguised for the better part of a year (since shortly after it debuted at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show). Pre-production test cars have positively carpeted the area’s roadways – if you live here and haven’t been seeing at least two or three a day, it’s either because you’re too busy texting while driving or you’re a shut-in. Even so, we can’t help but gawk each and every time we see one.
Recent Corvette generations have been notable more for their bulbous, smooth fiberglass bodywork than for their intricate surfacing, but this generation is different – and not just in the details. Self-appointed purists may bemoan new developments like the squared-off taillamps and the lack of a rounded glass backlight, but there’s no denying the C7 has major-league presence, even without our test car’s optional Z51 specification, which adds all manner of vents and a prouder rear spoiler. With its sinewy sheetmetal creases, it looks fresh, modern and habitually aggressive – far more so than even the last generation’s range-topping ZR1.
While contributing Editor Dr. Strangelove (a long time ‘vette-head) is deeply involved in Hong Kong Law concerns, I’ll publicly admit what he’s jazzed me about privately for as long as I can remember: my ignorance about cars. Not only am I a complete moron when it comes to the automotive world (even though I myself own a popular sports car) I’d go further, and say that I know less about cars than Jenny. I’ll let Jenny take the wheel from here.
Let me preface this by saying I know very, very little about cars other than that I like shiny ones that go fast. But I do know how to flirt, and sometimes the best flirting is to have a little bit of knowledge about something boys find interesting. Like fast cars. See? In the Venn diagram of things boys and girls both like, fast cars exist in that middle overlapped section.