The Callaway C7 was a completely new, purpose-built car designed to embody the company’s motto: “Powerfully Engineered Automobiles”, carrying on the visual tradition of design by Paul Deutschman and offered in a limited production series.
The C7 was the first complete, bespoke Callaway Automobile. This sportscar was equipped with a carbon chassis, front mid engine/rear transaxle design, 650 horsepower SuperNatural engine, ultra-high performance ground effects, and debuted in competition at the 1997 Rolex 24 at Daytona. In her first race appearance, the Callaway C7 managed to lead the endurance classic at the 12 hour point. She was withdrawn with an electrical failure, and subsequent rules changes for all GT1 cars obsoleted her. Two examples exist. The Callaway C7 is unrelated to any Corvette-based automobile or parts.
In bringing the C7 to production, Callaway Cars gained invaluable experience in design, sourcing, assembly, manufacturing, marketing and vehicle safety and emissions compliance for high performance.