Big Brother is Timing You: How Much Tech is Too Much?

Void Warranty
Is it just me, or does anyone else on this site miss the days of working on their own cars? One inherent trait of being an automobile enthusiast is that we were “allowed” to tinker. For instance, doing something as simple as changing the oil or transmission fluid used to bring such joy.

“Miss a shift? The dealer knows. Spin the car on track? The dealer knows that too.”

But nowadays, it seems like anything that isn’t touched by dealer hands throws up a red flag and voids your warranty. Combine that with your car’s little black box that monitors everything you do, and well, it feels like the good old days of hot-rodding are behind us.

Take for instance the new performance data recorder on the 2015 Corvette C7. It is a very cool piece of kit—but it also frightens the hell out of me.

This isn’t some aftermarket system, but a built-in recorder that tracks everything you do. Miss a shift? The dealer knows. Spin the car on track? The dealer knows that too. Performance cars are meant to be driven hard—any engineer will tell you that—and I can’t help but wonder what happens when a C7 goes in for warranty work, then winds up being denied because the owner came into the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca. Something tells me people are going to be wary of that awesome data recorder.

As owners and potential buyers, does this concern you guys?