German builder Callaway has gotten approval from Chevrolet to transform the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 into a GT3 racer.
Leave it up to the Germans to take the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray C7 and transform it into a race car that will rival the world’s fastest race cars. Callaway has been able to take the American C6 and beat Germany’s finest. The German performance car builder has been able to beat Audi, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz with a Corvette. Of course they do it by transforming the American made sports car and turning up the performance to another level. Now they will take the Corvette C7 and make the competition want to spit nails.
When you are good at what you do you will create competition. Callaway Competition GmbH, Leingarten Germany, has received permission from Chevrolet to take the 2014 Corvette Stingray and perform their magic on it. They will embark on a development program for making the new Corvette C7 into a GT3-class race car and submit for homologation from the FIA.
Authorization from original equipment manufacturers, like Chevrolet is required from OEMs in order to allow their version of the car to be the version allowed in FIA competition. They will submit the homologation forms necessary after having just received the required letter of authorization from Chevrolet. Callaway has become the only specialist representative builder appointed for building and holding the homologation of the Corvette C7 FIA GT3 race cars.
According to Edmunds, the Calloway Corvette C7 will be priced close to $400,000 USD and the high-performance car will make its debut next summer. The picture from Calloway reveals the sports car will have bigger fender flares , a big rear wing and an “aggressive” wheel-arch stance.
Callaway also notes that GT3 racing is the closest form of racing using the production cars that we drive on the street. “GT3 is the form of racing closest to the production automobile. Everything on the road car ends up being the spec for the racecar.”
It looks like Callaway will bump up the horsepower in the new C7 to “just over the 500 hp level.” The production 2014 Corvette Stingray comes with a 6.2-liter V8 that produces a healthy 455 hp with the standard exhaust. And while the German tuner aims the GT3 Corvette they build toward racing teams, Callaway says they will also work at producing Corvette conversions for the public.
The Callaway team is currently the most successful in GT3, based on numerous drivers and team championships from 2007 to present. Look for the new Callaway 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 GT3 racer to be just as successful as it makes its world debut next summer.