Callaway Corvettes

Callaway Corvettes’ At The Starting Line

Like us, Reeves Callaway was a Dreamer. He wanted to have a racing career, however he did not have a financial position to do that even after winning a national championship. So he took to a job as a driving instructor at the Bondurant’s racing school. His first experiment on a 3 Series BMW was building a turbo charger system with the intentions of increasing the horsepower, thus making the car go faster. As the car was completed, he contacted a Car and Driver journalist to come and take the car for a ride. This journalist thought the car was great and wrote about it in their magazine, thus giving Callaway a great boost. He contemplated making turbocharger kits to sell to the BMW community, however he lacked the equipment to manufacture the components needed to complete such kits.

1987 Callaway Twin Turbo Engine Corvette

1987 Callaway Twin Turbo Engine Corvette

More business came Callaway’s way from the article written in Car and Driver and he then formed Callaway Cars Inc. in 1977. He took on turbocharger kits for Volkswagen, Porche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and continued to build kits for BMW. It took ten years for the turbocharger kit to be developed for the Corvette and in 1987, the Callaway Corvette was born! Chevrolet loved the idea and gave new Corvette owners the ability to factory option their new vehicle with Callaway’s twin turbo!

This special edition Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette was only available from 1987 to 1991 and over 500 Callaway Corvettes were produced during these years. The Callaway Twin Turbo system was so reliable that it was the only time in Chevrolet’s history that a specialist manufacturer was given the honor to option the Corvette as a technically advanced high performance vehicle. The 1987 Callaway Corvette optioned with the Twin Turbo would produce 345 horsepower with a sticker price of just over $50,000. This pushed the Callaway Corvette into the high performance arena along with Ferrari and Lamborghini at more than double and triple the price.

In 1989, a street ready Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette recorded an official speed of 254.76 mph at Ohio’s Transportation Research Center. The car was driven from Ohio back to Connecticut on public streets making it the fastest street ready vehicle in the world!

The SuperNatural Callaway Corvette

Callaway SuperNatural Corvette LT4

As the desire for C4 Callaway Corvettes became less, Callaway turned to a new super project, the SuperNatural Corvette. As Chevrolet was phasing out the L98 engine which was the base engine for Callaway Twin Turbo, it was phasing in the new LT1 in 1992. Callaway upped the game on their SuperNatural model for Corvette delivering 400 – 450 horsepower for the LT1 and the LT4 Corvettes. Callaway also built SuperNatural Corvettes which were based on the ZR-1 Corvette and the LT5 engine with horsepower options of 475 and up to 490!

Once again, the Callaway Corvette takes on a new look as the C5 Corvette emerged into production. Callaway would produce a completely redesigned C5 Corvette with such special features including personally dyed leather-covered interiors, exposed headlights, and two taillights as opposed to the traditional four.

Callaway Corvette C12

The Callaway C12, designed off the platform of the 1997-2004 Corvette, took a great car to over the edge top performance! This custom built super car has a whole new aerodynamic wider body style fabricated from fiberglass with a re-engineered 465 horsepower aluminum V-8. The powerful engine design of the Callaway Corvette could hit top speeds of 200 mph and boasted 0-60 in just 4 seconds. Callaway’s own design of a coil over suspension has its own unique control arm forgings and tuned adjustable dampers. While originally built to race at LeMans, the road cars were mostly custom made to the specifications of each individual client. Only 25 C12 Callaway Corvettes road vehicles were produced with an average price tag of $200,000.

Callaway C17 Corvette

Callaway Corvette C17

A new project would emerge to coincide with the C6 new body style of the Chevrolet Corvette and Callaway would call it the C17. Only offered through select Chevrolet dealers in the United States and Canada, the 2006-07 Callaway Corvettes were offered in two different horsepower levels while the 2008-13 Callaway Corvettes sported three levels of horsepower. Naming a car after yourself is pretty cool and in 2009, Reeves Callaway did just that by producing a special edition called the Reeves Callaway Signature Edition (RCSE). A total of 29 of this special edition Callaway Corvette were produced and were only offered in Cyber Gray, Blade Silver, or Crystal Red. They were all trimmed with Callaway’s 9-spoke aluminum wheels and a new carbon fiber hood.

Callaway C20 Corvette

Many Corvettte enthusists think the new seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette is an amazing sports car just as it is. Some even are comparing the Z06, in terms of speed, performance, and handling, to the Porche and Lamborgini. With a new supercharger housing that features new technology by Callaway, this fine crafted piece of machinery, along with an integrated intake manifold, improves airflow quality and increases the charge air cooling capability of the vehicle. This new oversized supercharger offers 32 percent higher displacement than Chevrolet’s production blower for an insane 757 horsepower and 777 pound feet of torque! Rocketing from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds,

Incorporated is a new triple element intercooler with an improved manifold design that provides reduced inlet charge air temperatures and grants the C20 with these superior horsepower ratings. The new supercharger housing can be seen extending through the carbon fiber hood of the Corvette. This special Callaway package also has Callaway branded floor mats and exclusive badging and adds a price tag of $16,995 to the base price of the Corvette. All this new technology doesn’t scare Callaway away from offering a comprehensive standard 3-year warranty and an optional 5-year/100,000 mile extended powertrain service contract.

Callaway Corvette Racing

Callaway Corvette GT3-R Racing

For GT racing series worldwide, Callaway Competition in Leingarten, Germany manufacturers the GT3-R, a Corvette based seventh generation Z06.R, with a quite impressive winning record of thirteen 1st place teams since 2007. Chevrolet’s 6.2L V-8 engine tuned to 600 horsepower and integrated with a six-speed sequential gearbox all controlled by shift paddles.

This special race ready edition of the Corvette is built largely out of carbon fiber with massive fender flares, a quite large rear mounted spoiler and a small hatch that lets the driver have a fast exit from the vehicle in case of an emergency.

A digital instrument cluster fitted into a carbon fiber dashboard along with a rectangular multi-function steering wheel are among the surprises inside the GT3-R. The new Callaway Corvette GT3-Rs will begin the 2016 racing season, competing with some of the world’s fastest GT cars.

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