Callaway SuperNatural Corvette LM Was Revolutionary
Le Mans racing-derived C4 Corvette proved Callaway’s skill set was much more than cosmetic.
The hot Callaway AeroWagon that’s based on the C7 Corvette might be all the buzz right now, but it certainly isn’t the first cool custom ‘Vette that’s rolled out of the Connecticut-based tuning shop.
Over the forty-year history of Callaway Cars, the company has turned out quite a few nice spins on the Chevrolet sports car.
Take, for example, the Callaway SuperNatural Corvette LM, a Callaway creation from the early ’90s that the company raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It ended up finishing second in its class and ninth overall.
Looks kind of menacing, right? And that’s not a term you’d typically associate with cars that roamed around in the early ’90s. Though, we imagine there might be a few here at LS1Tech who find those headlights a little odd. Still, the SuperNatural Corvette LM was quite the machine.
Crafted out of the C4, the car proved that Callaway’s unique approach to customizing the Chevy sports car offered a lot in the area of performance as well. Of the only nine units Callaway produced, four were race-spec. The other five Supernatural LMs were street cars.
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The model featured here is a road version equipped with Chevy’s LT1 V8 that cranks out 435 horsepower. The ‘Vette had a zero-to-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 12.3 seconds at 118 mph.
But one of the things that really made the SuperNatural LM special was Callaway’s use of carbon fiber, which was an anomaly in the 1990s. Only cars like the McLaren F1 and Ferrari F40 were equipped with that materials technology. You could say, then, that the Callaway SuperNatural Corvette LM was a bit of a groundbreaker as well.