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On October 3rd Callaway Competition, based in Leingarten, Germany, unveiled its brand new C7 GT3-R racecar. The team is confident that they will have as much success with this new Corvette as they have had with their soon to be retired C6 based Z06.R GT3 Corvette. This C7 GT3-R has been undergoing development for almost 2 years and was not publicized until the Hockenheim reveal. The striking design was the result of the collaboration between Canadian designer Paul Deutschman, team owners Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst Wöhr. Mike Gramke, Uwe Hoffmann, Florian Möhring and Andre Zanke were also heavily involved in this car’s construction. Rüdiger Geckler coordinated delivery of the car’s components and Herbert Schürg completed the detailed assembly work. The final result is a stunning high-tech GT3 racing Corvette.
The new racecar meets all 2016 GT3 FIA rules and regulations. In mid-September it successfully passed its Balance of Performance review in France. It is powered by a Chevrolet-based 6.2-liter V-8 from APP Racing Engines in Amsterdam, Holland and produces 600 hp. The engine is mated to an X-Trac 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle-shift. So far early testing has shown that the new Corvette is surpassing its predicted performance. Extensive testing will take place before its first race in 2016. When it begins competition it will race against the fastest GT cars in a variety of worldwide racing series. The first C7 GT3-R will be campaigned by Callaway Competition’s in-house race team sponsored by Whelen Engineering, manufacturers of premium quality warning and signaling devices.
This team has successfully campaigned their Z06.R since 2006 and has secured multiple FIA and ADAC team and drivers championships. Fans and competitors always take notice when Callaway Competition shows up at a race. This new car will continue this tradition and increase this team’s fan base. Callaway Competitions Managing Partners Ernst Wöhr and Giovanni Ciccone said, “We are proud of our racing performance to date and are confident that we will be rewarded with good results in the races ahead.” We agree and Team Vette will keep you posted on Callaway Competition’s development of this exciting new Corvette GT3-R. To see this car in action during a brief test, check out the video above. For more information on Callaway Cars check out www.callaway-cars.de.
Callaway Competition has successfully raced its C6 based Z06.Rs in various countries around the world except the United States. The team has won multiple Team and Drivers championships with this German built Corvette.
This Z51 C7 Corvette coupe served as the prototype for Callaway Competitions’ new C7 GT3-R race car.
Removing the multiply layers of bonding agent from the frame was exhausting and time intensive work. The factory frame was reinforced with a sturdy FIA GT3 approved roll cage. The exterior carbon fiber body panels were being fitted before the frame was painted.
These machined brackets add additional strength to the car’s overall structure. The team is using the proven 600 hp, 6.2-liter normally aspirated APP Racing-built small-block engine for power.
The majority of the carbon fiber bodywork has been installed. The wider fenders with air exhaust outlets are coupled with a flat bottom to help manage aerodynamic airflow.
Callaway Competition lead crew member Florian Möhring tests one of the front C7 GT3-R headlight assemblies.
The completed car is getting loaded onto a transporter so it can be taken to a secret shake down test. When the test was complete it headed to France for its Balance of Performance inspection (which it passed).
The Callaway Competition took the car to a nearby airport for a photo shoot before the reveal. It was decided to leave it in a natural carbon finish and add sponsorship and color details after the revel.
No matter what angle you look at this Corvette it is a serious racing car. It is well constructed and is backed by a multi-time championship winning Corvette team. What more could a Corvette enthusiast ask for?
The large cutouts in the nose will be used for auxiliary lighting for night racing.
The Callaway Competition C7 GT3-R developers spent a lot of time managing how to use the air to their advantage. The rear wing was developed to use the airflow coming off the fenders and roof of the Corvette.
A new safety rule will take effect in 2016 to improve driver safety. This roof hatch will enable safety crews to quickly stabilize and extract a driver in case of an accident.
The high-tech steering wheel puts all of the critical driver controls at their fingertips. The replica C7 dash mimics the factory unit. The car features paddle shifters for lightening gear changes.
The GT3-R was revealed at the final ADAC GT Masters race in Hockenheim, Germany in front of invited guests and later was put on public display for the fans. The response was overwhelmingly positive. It took the support of many sponsors to fund the building of this amazing Corvette.