What is a Callaway?
Callaway Cars creates commercial value by providing driving enthusiasts with maximum satisfaction. Callaway produces specialty vehicles, engineering services, and performance products that showcase technological sophistication, artistry in design, and beauty in craftsmanship.
Core Business Units:
- Callaway Cars – Designs, develops, and manufactures high-performance specialty vehicles and aftermarket performance products, marketed and distributed under the Callaway brand.
- Callaway Engineering – Delivers a full range of contract engineering and manufacturing services, with special focus on development of high-performance vehicles, systems, and components. Also provides complete testing and validation services.
- Callaway Competition – Designs and constructs Corvette Z06.R race cars for FIA GT3 and GT4, ADAC racing series. Also designs and fabricates complex components for automotive applications, specializing in advanced composite technology.
The Callaway Heritage:
In the beginning, there were underpowered sports cars. The energy crises of the early 1970′s, subsequent lower compression ratios, and crude, first generation emission controls had combined to emasculate performance cars to the extent that enthusiasts were in despair.
Enter Reeves Callaway. In 1973, Reeves was a young man who found himself unable to continue his racing career, even after winning the National Championship in SCCA’s Formula Vee. He simply didn’t have the money. It was a difficult time for the young man just voted one of the best of the new crop of SCCA racing drivers that year. Reeves was considered to have had the best pair of hands in Formula Car racing of any of the young American drivers. Contemporaries were notables such as Rick Mears and Emerson Fittipaldi.
Given his options, Reeves did what many race car drivers do; he went to work as a driving instructor. Working for Bob Bondurant, he became quite familiar with the intricacies and deficiencies of the 3-Series BMW. As the demo tour for BMW wound down, Reeves asked for and got one of the BMW 320i school cars with the intention of tuning for more power. Reeves had acquired a great many skills in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver. Among them were engine building, chassis tuning and component fabrication. Plus, he had the advantage of a great education, having received a BFA degree from Amherst College in 1970. Reeves knew that he could help the BMW in the horsepower department and took the 320i home to the garage behind his house in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
In the solitude that only inventor/craftsman types know, Reeves constructed and installed his first prototype turbocharger system. Don Sherman of Car and Driver found out about the car and arranged for a drive. He wrote a one-page article describing how exciting the car was with the new-found power. Don inadvertently made it appear that Callaway was set to deliver turbocharger kits to the BMW community. The truth was that Reeves didn’t even have a drill press, much less any of the real means to produce the components. It wasn’t very long before BMW turbo system orders began to pour in and Reeves’ racer resourcefulness was again valuable. Soon, Reeves and his friends were working at the house, in the garage, machining and assembling beautifully fabricated components, keeping up with the demand.
That was the genesis of a corporate philosophy that still applies today. There in stoic, rural New England, was born the Callaway tradition of development of the superior technical solution, with uncompromised engineering refinement, attention to aesthetics, and sophistication of end product.
THE DESIGNER Paul Deutschman
Paul Deutschman has provided design input for Callaway projects and vehicle series since the late 1980′s. From developing the bodywork for Callaway’s 254 mph Sledgehammer ’88 Corvette, which evolved into the AeroBody option for the Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette series, to today’s Callaway SportTruck design elements, the Callaway-Deutschman alliance has produced some of the most stunning vehicles ever built.
Paul’s Montreal-based Deutschman Design team provides Callaway Cars with concepts, layouts and renderings. The firm has also been contracted by such manufacturers as Bombardier, Roadtrek, Fibrobec, Canadian Electric Boat, and research groups such as Institute for Advanced Transportation of Quebec.
Callaway Sledgehammer, AeroBody and Twin Turbo Speedster
Callaway LM: 1994 Callaway Corvette built for 24 Hours of Le Mans, with road car variant
Callaway C7: Callaway-designed race car
Callaway CamAeroBody: for 1993-2002 Camaro
Callaway Freelander: Land Rover crossover utility vehicle prototype
Callaway C12 and C12 Speedster: C5 Corvette-based supercar
Callaway C16 Coupe, Cabrio, Speedster: C6 Corvette-based supercar
CALLAWAY CORVETTE SC606/SC652
|Callaway Corvette SC606
||Callaway Corvette SC652
||606 bhp @ 6400 rpm (SAE)
||652 bhp @ 6700 rpm
||553 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm (SAE)
||620 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
|1/4 mi ET/Speed
||11.0 sec @ 125 mph
||10.8 sec @ 127 mph
|Max Lateral Acceleration
|Callaway Standard Equipment
||Callaway Optional Equipment
- Eaton/Magnuson Roots-style TVS2300 Supercharger
- Liquid-to-air intercooler, integral to intake manifold base (patent pending)
- Increased flow rate Fuel Injectors
- Callaway Carbon Fiber Injector Covers
- Electronic Fuel Pump Controller
- Callaway Double-D Stainless Steel Exhaust System
- Callaway Honker High Flow Intake System
- Center Bulge, with "Supercharged" emblems
- Callaway Anodized Aluminum door sill panels
- Callaway Embroidered Floor Mats
- Callaway Badging, Exterior and Interior,
- Callaway Corvette Authenticity Documentation
- Callaway 3 year/36,000 mile limited powertrain warranty
- Callaway Short Throw shifter
- Callaway Eibach suspension package
- Callaway Le Mans GT Brake package
- Callaway Nine Spoke Wheel package
- Callaway O.Z. wheel, Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP tire package
- Callaway exhaust tip slate option
- Callaway C16 hood option (replaces carbon fiber PowerBulge Hood)
- Callaway Deutschleder interior group
- Callaway carbon fiber interior upgrade (for Deutschleder interior group)
- Callaway SportSeat package
- Callaway steering wheel package
- Callaway center console upgrade package
- Callaway Corvette car cover
- National Corvette Museum delivery
- Callaway factory delivery
- Callaway extended 5 year/100,000 mile limited powertrain service contract
The current generation Callaway Corvette is a specialist version of the C6 Corvette, built by Callaway Cars Incorporated and sold through selected Callaway/Chevrolet dealers. This is the 17th major automotive project undertaken by Callaway.
The 2012 model year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Callaway Corvette. To commemmorate this milestone, Chevrolet and Callaway teamed up to introduce the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Callaway Corvette. In tribute to this model’s significance, General Motors reinstated the RPO (Regular Production Option) B2K designation originally assigned to the 1987-1991 Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette – the only Corvette RPO ever assigned to a company outside of GM. On April 3, 2012, 25 “B2K” Corvettes were manufactured on Chevrolet’s Bowling Green assembly line and subsequently shipped to Callaway factories in Connecticut and California for installation of performance and identity components.
The 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Callaway Corvettes are equipped with specific powertrain equipment, suspension, aerodynamics, interior and badging, making this unique model a very special version of the Callaway Corvette.