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A Chaperone for the Valet Parker

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Monday, 21 Mar 2016 12:16 PM Current | Bio | Archive

More than one restaurant meal has been ruined by valet reflux, a condition caused by giving the keys to your high–powered automobile to a valet parking attendant who exclaims “Oh, yeah!” when he takes the fob.

Earlier I wrote here about the “valet mode” option that’s available on the Chevrolet Corvette.

When engaged the option delivers an electric shock to the driver’s seat whenever the car exceeds 10 miles per hour. Wait, that was in a movie.

The Government Motors option is an electronic tattletale that records the vehicle’s speed, RPM, gears used, and the maximum amount of G–forces experienced during the valet’s wild ride.

Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager, describes the option in the Los Angeles Times as “a baby monitor for your car. Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.”

Now Corvette isn’t the only muscle car that comes with an optional nanny.

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat also offers a spy behind the wheel option that takes a more proactive approach.

And for owners of the Hellcat, it’s money well spent.

The SRT Hellcat boasts a 6.2–liter supercharged V-8 that causes gas pumps to blanch when you drive on to the service station’s apron. With 707 horsepower, Dodge claims their rocket is quickest, fastest, most powerful [production] sedan ever" and with a top speed of 202 miles per hour, I have to agree.

So an option that just records what happened as you look over the smoking ruin of your demolished car is not very useful, which is why the Challenger is more aggressive.

The Hellcat’s “valet mode” has the camera that records both audio and video, but it also engages an engine governor that limits output to only 200 horsepower  and prevents the car from shifting out of first gear.

The ArtOfGear.com reported what happened when a Hellcat owner left his machine in the tender hands of the valet staff at Universal Studios in Florida.

Even though two attendants got in his car — note to owners: This is a very bad sign if you have a sport or muscle car — he left with total peace of mind.


When the owner returned, he played and posted the video where the frustrated attendants complained that “it’s on valet mode, we can’t do anything.”

And as far as the owner was concerned that was exactly the point.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.



 

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