31 Jul 2013
The 206 kW Opel Astra OPC has established itself as a powerful, dynamic, sure-footed and practical hot hatch – Opel’s FlexRide performance chassis and HiPerStrut adjustable dampers combined with the OPC’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, seating for five, a big boot and limited-slip front differential make any driver feel at home behind the wheel. Now Opel is taking the OPC experience one step further with the introduction of an in-vehicle telemetry app for Apple devices.
The new Opel Astra OPC now offers a whole new dimension for true tech-savvy performance enthusiasts with real-time telemetry and driver performance indicators. The world-first add-on OPC Power App kit , which comprises an ECU adapter mated to a free Apple iPhone application, allows the driver to view, record and analyse real-time telemetry data – with as many as 60 data channels being available. The ECU adapter creates a personalised Wi-Fi hotspot within the vehicle which serves as a wireless connection between the app and the car.
By simply pairing the iPhone to the car’s Wi-Fi hotspot, the OPC Power App is able to illustrate a myriad of the vehicle’s telemetry systems as well as a host of other read outs – including g forces, vehicle speed, engine revs, electrical system statuses, boost pressure from the turbo and even some of the vehicle’s settings like the automatic headlights. The app also includes a location map, track timer and a visual representation of the OPC’s over- and understeer, a great tool to hone the perfect driving lines and cornering speeds on a race track.
The OPC Power App adapter is available through the Opel dealer network for R6052 including VAT and includes the control unit and wiring harness. The OPC Power App is available for free download in the Apple App Store. The system is compatible with all Apple iPhones from iPhone 3 forwards as well as iPad 2 forwards and iPod Touch.
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