We’ve already covered the new Corvette Stingray’s interior and commented on its uprated design. Now GM has provided a new video to showcase the capability of it’s new advanced cluster display, which can provide up to 69 unique sources of information.
“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,” says interaction designer Jason Stewart.
To that end, vehicle information is accessible via three configurable modes that prioritize information for daily commuting, weekend canyon carving and track events. Flanked by three analog gauges for speed, fuel level, and engine-coolant temperature, the eight-inch liquid-crystal display screen in the center of the cluster is organized into Tour, Sport, and Track themes that change with the Driver Mode Selector. Each display theme is designed for a specific driving scenario and can be configured through applications found in the car’s ‘app tray’.
The three different themes are detailed below:
The Tour theme is displayed when the Stingray is in Weather, Eco, or Tour drive mode. It is the most modern display of the three, providing essential vehicle information for commuting or long-distance driving and includes key vehicle information and multimedia displays.
“The touring theme places more emphasis on multimedia and infotainment,” says Stewart.
The Sport theme is designed to recall the classic sports-car experience, with a single, radial tachometer dominating the display. The ring around the tachometer when in Sport glows from yellow to amber to red as engine rpms increase, creating what GM is calling a ‘halo’ effect.
Stewart says that this theme “emphasizes performance features with a prominent shift indicator and a large radial tachometer”.
The Track theme has been inspired by the cluster of the Corvette Racing C6.R and prioritizes information vital for a successful track outing. The race-inspired layout consists of a sweeping ‘hockey stick’-style tachometer, permanent lap-time displays, a large gear indicator and shift lights that illuminate from the outside-in, transition from green to yellow to blue, and flash at redline to make them easier to see at high speeds.
All of the themes feature an adjustable redline that shows the suggested maximum engine speed (as low as 3,500 rpm when the engine is cold); a friction bubble that displays lateral and longitudinal G-forces to measure limits when cornering; a tire temperature gauge that leverages the existing Tire Pressure Monitoring System to inform the driver as the tires warm up; an interactive acceleration timer with programmable start/end speeds; and a lap timer that shows current, previous and best lap times.
“Each of these three themes can also be configured so that drivers can personalize their experience in the Stingray,” Stewart said.