Today we are looking back at the Callaway Display at Corvettes at Carlisle in 2007. Our first article and photos appeared in the December 2007 issue of Vette Vues Magazine and were written and photographed by Wayne Ellwood in part of his coverage of Corvettes at Carlisle. After that, we have two press releases from Callaway for the debut of the Callaway C16.
CALLAWAY DISPLAY AT CORVETTES @ CARLISLE 2007
C6 SuperNatural Corvette
1995 Callaway LM R1 Supernatural 490 HP based on a ZR1. The only car in the Supernatural series fitted with this LM aero body.
It also includes a full leather interior, Brembo brakes, coil-over suspension, and lightweight magnesium wheels.
1998 Callaway C12 speedster
Only 25 Callaway C12 road cars were ever produced, purchased at an average price of approximately $200,000. They are still coveted by leading car collectors worldwide.
The Callaway C16 was Callaway’s 16th major automotive project.
Above is the 2007 Callaway C16 painted Tangelo Orange. It was unveiled at LA Auto Show in the fall of 2006. The car has the optional Deutschledder sports seats, LeMans brake option, Eibach “Multi-Pro” sport suspension, and magnesium carbon fiber wheels.
Callaway RPO B2K
1991 Callaway RPO B2K twin turbo aerobody with a 403 Hp 575 ft/lb engine.
Miscellaneous Callaway’s on Display at Carlisle…
If you enjoy videos he is a little video of some of the Callaway Corvettes that appeared at Carlisle in 2007 for you to share…
Our first press release is for the Callaway C16 Cabrio Debut at New York Auto Show
CALLAWAY C16 CABRIO MAKES ITS WORLD DEBUT AT THE 2007 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW
World-Class Supercar Performance, Now Available as Convertible
OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT (March 16, 2007) – Callaway Cars today announced it will unveil the C16 Cabrio, the company’s convertible variant of the limited-production C16 supercar, at the New York International Auto Show.
Callaway engineers integrated powertrain, brakes, and suspension enhancements into the current Chevrolet Corvette platform, giving driving enthusiasts the opportunity to experience ultra-high performance levels in a convertible body style. Six-speed manual or paddle-shift automatic transmissions are available with either standard 560 or optional 616 horsepower engines.
The C16 Cabrio, like the C16 Coupe, was drawn and modeled by designer Paul Deutschman who has a twenty-year portfolio of Callaway designs. Architect of the “Callaway Look” – from its 254 mph Sledgehammer and Le Mans race cars to the current C16 models – Paul has created a stunning new design while retaining unmistakable Callaway lineage.
“With this car, we’ve maintained the C16’s class-leading performance, while creating a gorgeous ‘Cabrio’ version, based on one of the best sports car platforms available anywhere,” says company founder Reeves Callaway. “In true Callaway tradition, it incorporates our race-proven technologies, painstaking testing and validation efforts, and expert craftsmanship in an arresting and appealing style.”
The C16’s Callaway-supercharged 6.0L engine provides world-class power, producing 560 bhp at 6,200 rpm and 529 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm. The optional 616 HP Performance Package raises the bar to 616 bhp and 582 lb-ft of torque, propelling the paddle-shifted Cabrio from 0-to-60 in 3.5 seconds. Quarter-mile acceleration tests consistently record low 11-second elapsed times. The maximum speed of the C16 Cabrio is estimated at just over 200 mph. Equally impressive is its fuel efficiency rating of 18 city/28 highway. Callaway’s warranty covers the equipment for 5 years or 100,000 miles.
Inside the C16 cockpit, door sill panels, dash pad, and steering wheel are upgraded and carry signature Callaway badging. The optional “Deutschleder” package completely retools the interior in fine German leather and Alcantara, featuring seats manufactured for Callaway by Recaro. Clients choose exterior and interior colors to suit individual tastes. Each C16 Cabrio is built to order, serialized, and identified by its build plaque.
The handling precision of the C16 is courtesy of the newly developed Callaway/Eibach Multi-Pro coil-over suspension. This joint development effort produced an advanced spring/damper system, featuring 10-position compression and rebound adjustability, allowing the driver to customize settings for specific track or road conditions. The sophisticated design provides excellent response while avoiding racecar-like rough ride characteristics.
To bring the Callaway C16 Cabrio from 200+ mph to rest, and to help negotiate the tightest tracks, the C16 utilizes a StopTech brake system engineered to Callaway specifications including a 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers gripping 355mm x 32 mm rotors.
Callaway/Dymag wheels weigh approximately half that of their aluminum counterparts, providing significantly reduced unsprung weight for improved acceleration, cornering, and braking. These TUV- and DOT-certified wheels feature forged magnesium spiders surrounded by durable carbon fiber rims and measure 19” by 10” front and 20” by 12” rear. Another of Callaway’s technology partners, Yokohama Tire, developed their “AdvanSport” specifically for the C16 in 285/30ZR19 front and 325/25ZR20 rear sizes.
Pricing for the C16 Cabrio starts at $128,765 USD. Callaway C16 components are also available individually for 2005 – 2007 Corvettes through Callaway authorized retailers and installers. Callaway C16 Cabrios are built by Callaway facilities in California, Connecticut, and Germany and are available to purchase exclusively through Callaway Cars’ authorized dealer network. For additional information on Callaway Cars, its automobiles, and dealer locations, call 860-434-9002 or visit www.callawaycars.com
Next, let us look at their press release for the unveiling of the C16 Speedster at Pebble Beach:
Old Lyme, Connecticut (July 23, 2007) – Callaway Cars today announced it will unveil the C16 Speedster, the third and flagship model in the C16 lineup, on the concept lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, on August 19, 2007.
Flagship Model in C16 Line offers high-speed motoring in its purest form, features Jet-Fighter styling, 700HP hand-built powerplant, and unrivaled exclusivity.
The made-to-order C16 Speedster represents a pinnacle in American supercar design. The supercharged and intercooled 700-horsepower Callaway exotic produces class-leading power, a topless cockpit with twin wind deflectors and extended headrests, exquisite bodywork, and race-inspired chassis tuning. Much like its predecessors, the 1990 Callaway Speedster and 1998 C12 Speedster, the latest C16 Speedster offers a visceral open-air driving experience unlike any other.
“This is Callaway Cars’ most exquisite vehicle to date,” said company founder Reeves Callaway. “The C16 Speedster marks our 20th anniversary with Corvette and 30th year in business, and having this statement of our passion for the automobile featured on the concept lawn at Pebble Beach is a high watermark for us.”
The C16 Speedster was penned and modeled by Paul Deutschman, architect of the “Callaway look” and designer of the original 1990 Callaway Speedster. Every body panel has been redesigned to speak to style and aerodynamics, and a hand-tooled German leather interior adds exclusivity. Door sills, the steering wheel, and the dash area all carry signature Callaway badging. Each Speedster is tailored to the buyer’s specifications, including interior and exterior colors and a personalized build plate.
Underneath the car’s stunning bodywork lies the heart of a racecar. The Callaway supercharged, intercooled, 6.2L all-alloy hand-built powerplant produces 700hp and 660lb-ft of torque, propelling the Speedster from 0 to 60 in an estimated 3.2 seconds. The maximum velocity of the C16 Speedster is over 210 mph.
Overall handling and road feel is transmitted by a newly developed Callaway/Eibach Multi-Pro coil-over suspension system. This joint development effort produced an advanced spring/damper system, featuring 10-position compression and rebound adjustability, allowing the driver to customize settings for specific road conditions.
A unique element the Speedster shares with its C16 siblings – Coupe and Cabrio – are Callaway/Dymag Carbon wheels that weigh approximately 40-percent less than the lightest aluminum wheels, significantly reducing unsprung weight for improved acceleration, cornering, and braking. These TUV- and DOT-tested wheels feature forged magnesium spiders surrounded by carbon fiber rims and measure 19″ x 10″ front and 20″ x 13″ rear. Residing behind the wheels is a Callaway / StopTech brake system, which utilizes 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers gripping 355mm x 32 mm rotors.
The Callaway C16 Speedster will be available for purchase in the Fall of 2007 and starts at $305,000 USD. Speedster No.1 of the series was delivered to its new owner at Pebble Beach.
The Callaway C16 Speedster is built by Callaway facilities in California, Connecticut, and Germany and is available for purchase exclusively through Callaway Cars’ authorized dealer network. Callaway C16 components are also available individually for 2005 – 2007 Corvettes through Callaway authorized retailers and installers. For additional information on Callaway Cars, its automobiles, and dealer locations, call 860-434-9002 or visit www.callawaycars.com
Here is a list of the Callaway C-Project and their progression…
- C1 Turbo Systems | ’77-91
- C2 HH Indy Car Engine | ’79-84
- C3 Alfa Romeo Twin Turbo | ’83-86
- C4 Twin Turbo Corvette | ’87-91
- C5 Aston Martin Virage/AMR-1 | ’88-89
- C6 SuperNatural Corvette | ’92-96
- Callaway C7 | ’93-96
- C8 SuperNatural Camaro | ’93-02
- C9 Callaway Impala SS | ’94-96
- C10 Corvette Ski Boat | ’96-97
- C11 Land Rover 4.6 HSE | ’98-99
- Callaway C12 | ’97-01
- C13 Holden Special Vehicles | ’98-03
- C14 Mazdaspeed Protegé | ’01-03
- C15 Callaway Corvette Racing | ’05-Present
- Callaway C16 | ’05-13
- C17 Callaway Corvette | ’05-13
- C18 Callaway Camaro | ’09-Present
- C19 Callaway SportTruck | ’11-Present
- C20 Callaway Corvette | ’14-Present
- C21 Callaway AeroWagen™ | ’14-Present
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We also have the press release from when Callaway C16 Cabrio debuted at New York Auto Show: