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.