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OPC levels up with Power App

2013-08-06 12:56

POWER UP: Opel has unleashed a Power App for smart phones to use in the Astra OPC which can illustrate the car's telemetry systems. Image: Quickpic

 
Opel's 206kW 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 two-litre turbo engine, seating for five, a big boot and limited-slip front differential make any driver feel at home behind the wheel.

That, anyway, is how Opel puts it and we'll not argue because we're not talking about the car so much as an in-vehicle telemetry app for Apple devices.

TECH-SAVVY POWER

The new Opel Astra OPC now offers a whole new dimension for tech-savvy performance enthusiasts with real-time telemetry and driver performance indicators. The "world-first" add-on OPC Power App  which involves a R6000+ ECU adapter talking to a (free) iPhone application, allows the driver to view, record and analyse real-time telemetry through as many as 60 data channels.

The ECU adapter creates a personalised wi-fi hot spot 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 hot spot the OPC Power App can illustrate many of the vehicle’s telemetry systems as well as a host of other read-outs – including g-forces, vehicle speed, engine revs, electrical system status, turbo boost pressure and even some of the vehicle’s settings, such as the auto headlights.

The app also includes a 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", Opel says.

CAREFUL, HOTSHOTS!

The OPC Power App adapter, control unit and wiring harness are available through the Opel dealer network for R6052 (inc VAT). The 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.

Wheels24 hopes the hotshots in their hot OPC's don't start steering with one hand while holding their portable instrument cluster in the other... you wouldn't would you guys?

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