Callaway Performance has long been connected to performance upgrades for Corvettes.
That hasn’t changed with the new mid-engine Stingray.
While GM’s encrypted ECU has proven tough for the aftermarket to crack, in the meantime, the Connecticut-based Callaway has joined forces with one of the world’s leading wheel manufacturers, O.Z. Racing, to develop a higher-performance wheel for the C8.
The fully-forged nine-spoke aluminum alloy wheel is 26 pounds lighter than the stock factory wheel, according to a two-minute video just released by Callaway on its website.
Callaway says the new wheel’s forged aluminum construction offers greater strength with less mass, offering “peace of mind” over typical cast wheel construction that’s prone to damage over poor road surfaces.
Furthermore, the wheels are a half-inch wider in the front and rear over the OEM wheels, thus filling out the wheel arches for a better stance and overall appearance.
Callaway says its wheels reduce unsprung mass and rotational inertia, offering many vehicle performance benefits as less energy is required to accelerate, change direction, and stop. Also, the suspension performance is improved as less work is needed to maintain tire contact patch to road surfaces.
The video shows the wheels in Ceramic Polished with a clear protective coating, one of several finishes that will be available, the others including Matte Bronze, Satin Black, and Gloss Titanium Black Chrome.
Prices start at $6,490, including the Callaway center caps and a nickel-chrome plated lug nut set, but C8 owners won’t necessarily have the expense of replacing the tires as the new wheels fit inside the OEM Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.
While all the technical improvements are nice, the bottom line for many C8 owners is that the wheels also just look very sharp! What do you think?
For more information, visit callawaycars.com or call 866-927-9400.
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