Shelby American is to Ford as Callaway is to GM. For 35 years, Callaway has been working on making fast GM cars faster – particularly the Corvette – and does so with such quality that warranties remain intact. And if you wanted to learn more about Callaway Cars and what they have done to the Corvette over the years, it might be worth checking out the newly opened Callaway Exhibit at the National Corvette Museum. It will remain open until February of next year.
We’ve seen some handiwork from Callaway Cars as recent as this year. It just so happens that this year marks the 35th anniversary of the performance partnership dating back to 1987. In March, it was announced that Callaway would offer a “B2K” anniversary package (PCY) for the C8 Corvette Stingray for just under $35,000 ($34,960). More recently, the company has teased they are going to be offering a supercharged C8 Stingray during Corvettes at Carlisle in August. In terms of price and power, would rival the factory made Z06.
The B2K title is a tribute to the company’s mid to late 1980’s history. Then Chief Engineer for the Corvette, Dave McLellan, authorized Callaway to develop a twin-turbo engine prototype. That engine found its way inside a C4 Corvette helping it to produce 345 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. GM, pleased with the result, ended up giving Callaway an actual RPO code (Regular Production Option) of B2K. That B2K designation remains the only engine package produced outside of GM to ever receive an actual RPO code. The history of Callaway only starts there.
Over the years, Callaway, whose mantra remains “powerfully engineered automobiles” has made the already high performing Corvettes, the fastest they can be. They have delved into the world of trucks and SUV’s as well, boosting GM’s fleet by as much as 182 horsepower in some instances. The Old Lyme, Connecticut based performance shop produces some of the world’s most exclusive and powerful Corvettes ever built with a factory warranty, needless to say, their exhibit is not one to miss if you’re a Corvette fan.