Callaway has become a synonymous name with Corvettes over decades, but one project still evokes all sorts of feelings: the Sledgehammer.
In its day, the Sledgehammer was a supercar killer, and its performance specifications still impress by today’s standards. Under the Callaway Corvette’s hood sits a small-block V8 engine with twin turbos producing 898 horsepower and 772 pound-feet of torque. During the project, Callaway installed a roll cage, but Reeves Callaway, the company’s founder, insisted the car keep all of its factory options such as the radio and air conditioning.
The Sledgehammer team worked hard to create an incredibly powerful car, but one that a driver could still manage on a day-to-day basis with creature comforts. Not to mention, it set a speed record of 254.7 mph… in 1988.
Motorweek had the chance to climb behind the wheel of the iconic car and documented the legendary vehicle’s history in the video above. Press play to dive into the Sledgehammer’s history.