Chevy’s desert racing Colorado ZR2 has logged over 3,000 miles driving through sand and dirt. Do you need any more convincing of this pickup’s off-road credentials? Didn’t think so.
Now entering its third year of dune busting, Chevrolet's Colorado ZR2 desert racing pickup truck is hoping to secure its first title. They've logged 3,275 miles and completed each of the 11 Best in the Desert races, but still haven't secured a win.
That said, simply finishing all those races is an achievement. Only 4 vehicles have completed the entire Best in the Desert series, which is less than 1% of entrants. Sand is not a friendly material to engines or suspensions.
“Our goal with the Best in the Desert competition is to push the engineering and development of the Colorado platform in the most extreme conditions imaginable,” said Mark Dickens, chief engineer at Chevy's Parts and Motorsports. “We’ve already learned things over the past two years that have shaped our off-road portfolio, including the performance parts and motorsports catalog, production vehicles and GM Defense projects.”
What sort of things have they learned? Well, the Colorado ZR2 might have arrived in 2017 as a stock crew cab with a 3.6-L V6 and an 8-speed transmission, but it was soon modified with a prototype suspension and driveline parts. Those parts have since found their way to 15 factory racing components.
Along with production versions of those prototype parts, the Colorado now includes race-tuned Multimatic DSSV shocks, a 1.5-inch lift kit, a stronger steel driveshaft, and a plunging ball spine half-shaft system.
More recent upgrades include protective skid plates from AEV, beadlock wheels, a snorkel, and HID KC HiLiTES for improved nighttime visibility.
Chad Hall of Hall Racing will now take their red Colorado ZR2 from Vegas to Reno once again in the stock 7300 class, and hopefully this time take home a trophy.