After a brief slowdown, work on the Callaway Competitions new C7 GT3 car appears to be going full steam now.
In fact, Callaway apparently plans to roll out the car this summer, with in-depth testing to follow to have it ready for the start of the 2016 racing season.
Ernst Wohr, director of Callaway Competition, has been working hard on the project for several months, in fact, “day and night on the new car,” according to Giovanni Ciccone, Ernst partner at Callaway Competition.
Callaway originally planned to test the car in 2014 in time for 2015 competition, but the failed reorganization of the FIA GTE and GT3 class delayed the project as Callaway waited to see how everything would fall out.
The Z06.R GT3, based on the C6, is currently the only active Corvette GT3 racer and has set a high standard for the new C7 GT3 car to follow.
“We are developing (the new car) with regard to long-distance races,” Ciccone says, “and will use only the best components from renowned suppliers.”
Previous Corvette GT3 cars – which debuted in Silverstone, England in 2006 – have been very successful, including the FIA GT3 Team Championship in 2007, the FIA GT3 Drivers Championship in 2008, the ADAC GT Masters Team Championship in 2009, the FIA GT3 Drivers Championship in 2010, and the ADAC Drivers Championship in 2013.
Ciccone is optimistic about the upcoming edition.
“The new Corvette is not only a good race car, but a very good street car,” he says. “With so many new GT3 cars appearing in 2016, a good car will not be sufficient. You will require a very good car to be successful.”