The name Callaway is practically synonymous with the Chevrolet Corvette, as the Connecticut-based company has been tuning Chevrolet’s sports car since 1977. With the arrival of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Callaway Competition GmbH, the company’s German engineering arm, announced that it will be building a GT3 race version of the Stingray to compete in the FIA GT3 European Championship series.
Despite focusing primarily on tuning customer vehicles, Callaway is no stranger to building modified Corvettes for racing. In fact, its German arm first delved into GT2 racing back in 1994. Callaway developed both GT3 and GT4 versions of the C6 Corvette Z06 with authorization from Chevrolet, so it’s not too surprising to learn Chevy has now given its blessing to Callaway to construct a C7 GT3 racer. After the car’s development is completed, Callaway will submit the model for homologation from the FIA.
Details about the Corvette GT3’s specs are slim as of yet, but the FIA GT3 series cars are intended to be relatively close to their respective production versions. The Corvette Z06.R GT3 was powered by a modified version of Chevy’s LS7 V-8 producing 530 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The Callaway team is currently the most successful team in the FIA GT3 series, with multiple wins for the Corvette Z06.R GT3 since it joined the league in 2007. Other cars competing in the FIA GT3 series include the Ferrari 458 GT3, the Audi R8 LMS, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3, and the Porsche 911 GT3 R.