Earlier this week, Callaway Competition has introduced the new Corvette C7 GT3-R at the Hockenheimring in Germany. The race car is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine developping 600 bhp and sending power to the rear wheels through an X-Trac six-speed sequential transmission. It is expected to make its competition debut next year and join the likes of Set to join the likes of the Ford GT Ecoboost race car and the upcoming Ferrari 488 GT.
More details in the following press release.
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R World Debut at Hockenheimring
Hockenheim, Germany – October 3, 2015 – This weekend's ADAC GT Masters
Season Finale was the backdrop for the unveiling of Callaway Competition's new
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R. Following a brief presentation to media and invited
guests, the successor of the C6-based Callaway Z06.R GT3 was displayed to the public
for the first time on October 3, 2015 at the Hockenheimring in Germany.
Constructors of GT race cars since 1990 and based in Leingarten Germany, Callaway
Competition possesses a wealth of experience, technical know-how and a broad
network of specialized professional partners. These elements were crucial to conduct
such a large undertaking.
After nearly two years of comprehensive planning, intensive development and expert
fabrication of vehicle components, Callaway Competition completed the first C7 GT3-R
just a few weeks ago. Its striking design comes as a result of the collaboration between
Canadian designer Paul Deutschman and team owners Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst
Wöhr. Mike Gramke, Uwe Hoffmann, Florian Möhring and Andre Zanke were also
heavily involved in the vehicle’s development. Rüdiger Geckler coordinated the delivery
of all components and the detailed assembly work was taken on by Herbert Schürg. All
of these people played a key role and are acknowledged for their hard work and
The result is a GT3 racer built to meet all FIA rules and regulations. Powering the
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R is a Chevrolet-based 6.2L V8 engine producing 600
horsepower, mated to an X-Trac 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle-shift
technology. Having put the C7 GT3-R through its paces, the development team is proud
to report that it surpasses its predicted performance.
The new Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R's will take to the track starting in 2016, competing
with the world's fastest GT cars in a variety of racing series worldwide. The first C7 GT3-
R to be campaigned by Callaway Competition's in-house race team is sponsored by
Whelen Engineering of Chester, Connecticut, manufacturers of premium quality warning
and signaling devices.
"We wanted to set another milestone in our company’s history with our new design,
developing and constructing a future-proof vehicle that will be produced from 2016 and
used for many years to come. As a small, privately owned team, we knew from the
outset that approaching a project of this magnitude would be very daring. Therefore, first
and foremost, we have to thank our employees and partners who have made it possible
to finally set the C7 GT3-R on its wheels. Everyone has given more than 100% and we
truly can’t thank them enough. We can be proud of our performance to date and are
confident we will be rewarded with good results in the many races ahead," said Ernst
Wöhr and Giovanni Ciccone, managing partners of Callaway Competition.