September 27, 2013
- Callaway Corvette development underway
– Production scheduled for January, priced as 2013 model
Even though the rest of the world calls the 2014 Corvette “C7″, the
engineers at Callaway refer to the new Callaway Corvette as Project
“C20″. Experts in positive manifold pressure applications since 1977,
the supercharged 2014 Callaway Corvette program is their 20th major
automotive engineering project. Click here for a complete list of Callaway “C” Projects.
Mike Zoner, Callaway’s Managing Director, in one of the first drives in a pre-production 2014 model earlier this year.
Earlier this year, Callaway engineers were faced with a completely
new Corvette, with a completely new engine and new engine management
system challenges. It didn’t take long to discover how truly
spectacular the 2014 Corvette is. However, there was work to be done.
For example, Chevrolet carried over only three engine components from
2013: valve retainers, piston pins and starter bolts. The Corvette
team introduced direct injection, continuously variable valve timing
and electronic powertrain management architecture for 2014 as well.
Fortunately, development of the supercharged 2014 Callaway Silverado
laid the foundation for 2014 Callaway Corvette development. The
Silverado shares new fuel injection, valve timing controls and
electronic engine management functions with the new Corvette, giving
the Callaway engineers a headstart with the supercharged Callaway
Scott Rawling, Callaway’s Director of Engineering, poring over the LT1 last Spring.
Right now, 2014 Callaway Corvette parts are being designed, developed
and tooled. A new Callaway supercharger system is in the works,
retaining Eaton’s service-proven Twin Vortices Series (TVS) rotor
pack, but with new manifold and intercooler strategies. Callaway
engineers are also busy with a new Honker intake system design that
provides increased inlet airflow and a new Callaway exhaust system
that reduces exhaust gas restriction, while producing a deeper, more
robust exhaust note. 2014 Callaway Corvette pre-production power
rating is estimated at 610 bhp (SAE).
In order to ensure reliability during Callaway’s standard 3
year/36,000 mile warranty and optional 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain
service contract, thorough component testing and validation is
scheduled. In addition, as with all Callaway road car and truck
projects, the Callaway Corvette project includes establishing
50-state emissions regulations compliance. (Callaway Corvettes will
be available in California following CARB issuance of their Executive
Order.) The new Callaway Corvette also includes exterior and interior
badging, VIN-based identification, and other features to guard
against cloning. They are delivered with a personalized Callaway
Corvette authenticity documentation package and all vehicle history
is maintained in Callaway’s “CARS” database.
Here’s Scott Rawling again, last June, studying the new Corvette’s powertrain management calibration.
The 2014 Callaway Corvette package will be introduced at the 2013
price: $22,995. Callaway Corvette production is scheduled to begin
around January 1. Callaway Corvettes, Camaros, SportTrucks and the
Callaway SS (based on the new Chevrolet SS) are built exclusively at
Callaway’s Connecticut and California factories. They are sold and
serviced by a network of Authorized Callaway/Chevrolet Dealers across
the US and Canada.
– Click Here to download the 2014 Callaway Corvette Price List/Order Form.
– If you wish to order a new Callaway car or truck, or if you have
any questions, please call us at (860) 434-9002, Monday through
Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM EDT. You can also email your questions to
NOTE: Callaway Corvette hood and supercharger images shown above are designer’s renderings; production parts and appearance may vary.