1988 Callaway Sledgehammer Corvette


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1988 Callaway Sledgehammer Corvette

This Sledgehammer reached 254.76 mph at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) in Ohio and became the world’s fastest street-legal car for some time.

It was built up by Reeves Callaway in Connecticut as an example of what was possible with the new ZR1 and and turbocharging its LT5 engine.

The result was a 898 bhp coupe that still retained luxuries such as air conditioning and a radio.

Callaway achieved this power by using a NASCAR-spec block with Mahle pistons and forged connecting rods. The top end included a Brodix aluminum head which was fed by twin Turbonetics T04B turbochargers.

The suspension was addressed by Carroll Smith who lowered the entire car one inch and fitting 17-inch Dymag aluminum wheels with specially-made Goodyear tires.

On October 26, 1988 at 3:45PM John Lingenfelter drove the Sledgehammer to its record speed of 254.76 mph on the 7.5 mile oval track at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) in Ohio.

Story by Richard Michael Owen

1988 Callaway Sledgehammer Corvette Gallery

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In Detail

typeOne Of
built atOld Lyme, Connecticut, USA
production1
price $$ 400,000
engineTwin Turbo V8
displacement5733 cc / 349.8 in³
bore101.6 mm / 4.0 in
stroke88.4 mm / 3.48 in
compression7.5:1
power669.6 kw / 898 bhp @ 6250 rpm
specific output156.64 bhp per litre
bhp/weight565.14 bhp per tonne
torque1046.7 nm / 772 ft lbs
driven wheelsFront Engine / RWD
front tires275/40ZR-17
rear tires275/40ZR-17
front brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
front wheelsF 43.2 x 24.1 cm / 17.0 x 9.5 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 24.1 cm / 17.0 x 9.5 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
curb weight1589 kg / -1.0 lbs
wheelbase2443 mm / 96.2 in
front track1514 mm / 59.6 in
rear track1534 mm / 60.4 in
length4483 mm / 176.5 in
width1803 mm / 71.0 in
height1186 mm / 46.7 in
transmission6-Speed Manual
final drive3.54:1
top speed~409.9 kph / 254.7 mph
0 – 60 mph~3.9 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~10.6 seconds

Auction Sales History

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1988 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway Sledgehammer 1G1YY2180J5109700 – did not sell for $600,000 The Sledge Hammer was built to exceed all top speed records as the showcase for Callaway’s Turbo technology. On October 26, 1988 at 3:45PM John Lingenfelter drove the Sledgehammer to its record speed of 254.76 MPH. The Sledgehammer was driven from Callaway in Old Lyme, CT to the Transportation Research Center in Ohio for its record run. Hand built engine by Callaway using a 4-bolt main bowtie block rating up to 898 HP and 772 ft/lbs of torque. Auction Source: Kissimmee 2014, #WhereTheCarsAre by Mecum