Callaway unveils new Corvette C7 GT3-R at ADAC GT Masters

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 3, 2015

The Season Finale of the ADAC GT Masters served as the setting of Callaway Competition's unveiling of its newest offering. After a brief presentation to invited guests and the media, the Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R was officially displayed at Hockenheimring in Germany on October 3, 2015.

According to the brand, the Corvette C7 GT3-R is the successor of its C6-based Callaway Z06. Based in Leingarten, Germany, Callaway Competition has been in the business, since 1990, of manufacturing GT race cars.

Thus the company has the technical knowledge, the experience, and the wide network of professional and specialized partners in order to undergo such a huge undertaking. Though completed a few weeks ago, the C7 GT3-R is in fact the result of almost two years of planning, development, as well as fabrication of the different components.

Its design is a product of the partnership between Paul Deutschman, a Canadian designer, and the team owners in person of Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst Wöhr. Other personalities that were part of the development include Andre Zanke, Florian Möhring, Mike Gramke, and Uwe Hoffmann.

Rüdiger Geckler was the one who made sure that all of the components were delivered while it was Herbert Schürg who was in-charge of the detailed assembly work. Each and every one of the individuals mentioned had a significant role to play.

As such, this GT3 racer is able to meet all of the FIA rules and regulations. The C7 GT3-R is powered by the 6.2-Liter V8 engine, which is based on the Chevrolet, and is able to produce 600 horsepower while paired with 6-speed X-Trac sequential gearbox that has paddle-shift technology.

Having gone through the standard paces, the development says that the performance of the C7 GT3-R has managed to exceed expectations. Callaway expects that the C7 GT3-R will make its presence known on the tracks in 2016 and will compete with the other GT cars in different racing series across the world.

This is the first race car to be campaigned by its in-house race team. Furthermore, the team is sponsored by Chester, Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering which manufactures high quality signalling and warning devices.

Callaway managing partners Wöhr and Ciccone jointly shared that since it is a small and private team, everyone knew from the start that a project of this size would truly be daring.

The two added that they are thankful for the effort everyone has given especially the partners and employees who gave more than 100% and made it possible to come out with the C7 GT3-R. Wöhr and Ciccone ended by saying that while the company has been proud of its performance to date, they are confident that they will see good results in the coming races.

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Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R

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 dedication.

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.

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