Callaway Cars is an American automobile manufacturer and tuner. The company was founded in Connecticut in 1977. The Callaway models are mostly based on production vehicles from different manufacturers, but we also developed and built completely independent sports car.
Project C1 These turbo units were available for cars of BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche and Mercedes -Benz. With the units Callaway was able to increase the performance of the car by up to almost 35 %. 1984, the production of aggregates for production cars was completely set.
Project C2 as a prototype presented Callaway 1980 Callaway HH Indy Car V8. Thus, the company unveiled its entry into the high-performance design league.
Project C3 A joint venture with Alfa Romeo secured a new engine, the Alfa Romeo Callaway Twin Turbo GTV - sixth It was offered for the models Alfa Romeo Alfetta and the Alfa Romeo Alfasud. Moreover, the then Corvette chief engineer Dave McLellan was involved in the design of the engine. So it was among other things, the merger of Callaway and Chevrolet. The joint venture with Alfa Romeo in 1986 was ended again. With the spin-off of the new brand Corvette in 2005, the cooperation with the newly established brand will continue. Contacts with Chevrolet no longer exist since then.
Project C4 was the C4 project for Callaway 1987, the introduction to the series production of automobiles. In the period to 1991 created 2,500 vehicles of models:
- Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette Speedster
- Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette Super Speedster
- Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette Sledgehammer
Project C5 In 1988, Callaway has a V -8 engine for Aston Martin. It should be suitable for both a Group C racing car as well as for a roadworthy vehicle. So finally created a motor for the Aston Martin AMR1 and the Aston Martin Virage V -8. The drawing of the new Virage model was left Callaway. He became one of the most popular Aston Martin cars in the world.
Project C6 Following on the C4 project was in 1992 with the C6 project. Two models were the model range of Callaway:
- Callaway Supernatural Corvette Le Mans Road Car
- Callaway Supernatural Corvette Le Mans GT Car
Project C7 & C8 In 1993, the Callaway C7 with 508 hp and the Callaway Supernatural Camaro with 404 hp. The design of both vehicles was based on Japanese models such as the Datsun Fairlady Z and Toyota models. The production of the C7 you put a 1996. The Camaro could still hold to April 2002 in the program.
Project C9 Based on the former Chevrolet Impala was introduced in 1994 the Callaway SS. It was powered by a Supernatural V8 engine and had an output of about 460 hp. Due to the setting of the Impala the project C9 was a year later also put on hold.
Project C10 The C10 Limited Edition Corvette Ski boat was powered by a Chevrolet Vortec V8. It only 125 units were built at a price of 1,5 million U.S. dollars.
Project C11 With the completion of the boat production, the focus in 1998 was the production of a limited edition Land Rovers. The Range Rover 4.6 HSE was built in the limited quantity of 220 vehicles. The 4.6 -liter engine had an output of 240 hp.
Project C12 A few months after IVM acquired the license for the new C 12 and the vehicle was manufactured, restarted production even at Callaway. The C12 has been offered in two versions:
- Callaway C12 Road Car
- Callaway C12 LM Race Car
The IVM C 12 could be up to 2003; the model has been renewed in the U.S. in spring 2001. It has an output of 410 hp and a top speed of 320 km / h
C13 project late in 1999, Callaway got the job to design new engines and new models for the Australian GM subsidiary Holden. In the following months we then developed the C4B engine for the exclusive GTS models of the Holden Special Vehicles (HSV). With a new design and 400 hp engines Holden was able to continue its existing since two decades duel with Mitsubishi Motors.
C14 project in the summer of 1999 Callaway had been given the task to tune the current Mazda Protege for series production. After a few weeks, the series production of the new model was begun under the new brand name Protege Mazdaspeed.
The 4- cylinder engine was increased with larger capacity on a performance to 170 hp. The launch took place in Taiwan; subsequently also followed China, Japan, and then only to the USA. Although the model is slightly antiquated it again today, it is not expected with the setting.
Project C15 The second current project is the brand due Corvette. Since 2006, Callaway offers from near Heilbronn, in southern Germany as a German branch, the Callaway Corvette Z06 GT3 R for the FIA GT3 European Championship, the ADAC GT - Masters and in a modified version for VLN races at the Nürburgring- Nordschleife. The price starts at around 210,000 euros for a race- ready vehicle. Callaway Competition operates 2007 in the FIA GT3 European Championship own team under the name " Martini Callaway Racing", the team also became European champions this season. The drivers' title was very nearly missed the last race in Dubai.
Project C16 The third and final current project since the summer of 2006 Callaway C16. The price is 71,000 U.S. dollars.
Other projects by Callaway
- Car Catalog 1977-2007 (United Motor Publishers GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart)
- Website of Callaway Cars