Callaway LM Corvette

 

When people here the name Callaway, they think of

golf clubs or Corvettes. Most enthusiasts think of the

twin turbo models from 1987-1991 or of the

"SuperNatural" versions of the LT-1 from 1992-1996.

Now, there is another model for the Corvette faithful

to admire and respect: The Callaway LM Corvette.

 

The LM is short for Le Mans. Reeves Callaway has

always had a dream of competing a Corvette of his own

at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, France. The idea began

with the body work for a street version, but one thing

led to another, and a full race version was completed as well.

 

 

 

 

 

The street version is almost identical to the race version

because the hood, tail, rocker panels, and lower door

halves, are all made of carbon fiber, just like the race version.

The overall outline screams of aerodynamics and

downforce at high speed. The engine is a Callaway

"SuperNatural 383" LT-1 small block that pumps

out 435 horsepower. 0-60 MPH is hit in 4.1 sec.

The 1/4 mile passes by in 12.5 sec at 114 MPH!

As all Callaways, it has the power to match it's looks.

 

 

This is the Swiss owned and entered Callaway LM of Huber and Hauser.

The race version has the same carbon fiber body

panels, but a different powerplant.

Here, we will find an aluminum bowtie block and

aluminum bowtie heads. The aluminum intake manifold

has been re-worked for fuel injection. The finished

result pumps out a conservative 475 horsepower.

The car can endure long distance races at this

power level. It is placed in the GT-2 category with

the other normally aspirated race cars.

0-60 MPH comes up in 3.7 sec.

1/4 mile passes by in 11.6 sec at 127.5 MPH !

It will corner at 1.25g !

 

These photos are of the Augusta Team of Europe.

They have entered all the GT Endurance races around the world.

 

They have always been strong qualifiers in the GT-2

category, but have been plagued by mechanical

"Gremlins" during their racing competition.

In 1995, they completed the 24 Hour of Le Mans,

but in 1996, they were unable to duplicate the same feat.

 

 

This was the long awaited Callaway C7.

It was completed and entered into the Rolex 24 Hour of Daytona in the late '90's .

Due to some rule changes for the GT-1 category, the car was instantly obsolete.

What a shame ! Carbon fiber construction, formula car suspension, ground effects underbelly,

andsuperior power to weight ratio, all formed together in one package: C7

We'll never know how the C7 would have performed against the competition with the rule change.

But one thing is for certain: we can always count on Reeves Callaway to deliver the public

"mouth-watering" Corvettes !

 

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