L.A. Auto Show 2012: The 1997 Callaway C7R is a Perfect Example of Raw Power

L.A. Auto Show 2012: The 1997 Callaway C7R is a Perfect Example of Raw Power

Sitting in the Concourse hall, among a batch of Saleens, some Lotuses, a few GAS Shelbys, and a few Aston Martins was a small piece of exhibit designated for Callaway Competition in Germany. On that exhibit sat the 1997 C7R, a 650hp supercar built on a carbon chassis (Believe it or not, Ferrari's new F70 isn't the first supercar with this) was Callaway's first completely bespoke car. Only TWO examples of this car exist in the world.

This enthralling piece of machinery hasn't been babied, either, and it shows. The worn exterior is the result of full-on racing, as the car debuted at the 1997 Rolex 24 in Daytona and led after 12 hours. Unfortunately, an electrical failure took her down, and eventual rule changes prevented her from further racing. Our favorite parts are probably the rear exterior radiators. 

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