Last weekend, the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 headed to the desert! “Vegas to Reno” is the longest off-road race in the United States, so it was the perfect competition debut for the ZR2. Hall Racing competed in the 7300 stock-class with the ZR2 in the Best in the Desert Racing series. This 539-mile race navigated a wide variety of harsh terrain, including silty desert wallows, dry lake beds, and mountain terrain 8,000 feet above sea level. What better way to debut this incredible off-road pickup?
Over a hundred entrants had top drop out of this punishing race before the finish, but Chad Hall and the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 made it! Hall Racing finished the course in 18 hours, 50 minutes, and 16 seconds. The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was the only truck in its class this year, in a segment of stock production mid-sized pickups and SUVs. These entrants run on their stock engines and transmissions, although modifications like off-road tires are permitted and some extra off-road safety equipment is mandated. And the ZR2 definitely looked ready to go! The safety roll cage and racing seats with safety harnesses are required, and Hall Racing’s ZR2 also featured a 44-gallon racing fuel tank and KC HiLites racing lights. It will race with the stock ZR2’s 3.6L V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. There is also a modified version of the Multimatic DSSV damper technology fitted to this racing ZR2. Chevy says that racing with the modified dampers will give them insight into making the ZR2’s off-road performance even better in the future.
The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 took a lot of knocks and faced some treacherous terrain on the racecourse. It held up very well under the expected rock damage and the challenging course. Chad Hall said that the ZR2 was even tougher than he thought it would be, and that he “clobbered some things on the course that would’ve broken the many of the vehicles [he] competed with in the past.” In addition to Chad Hall, the ZR2 raced with Austin Hall and Chris Woo as onboard co-riders and navigators. Their pit crew also included performance and chassis engineers from Chevrolet, as well as a Chevy Racing project manager, GM technicians, and Hall Racing team members. This race provided them with an excellent opportunity to see the ZR2’s performance in a true off-roading challenge. It was a great development trip for the Colorado’s engineering team. The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was built for off-roading, with durability in mind as well as maneuverability and nimbleness. Its success in this grueling race proves that its focus on off-roading, and innovations like the exclusive Multimatic DSSV dampers, come together to create a truly great off-roading pickup.
This race was also a big test for the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Chevy engineers were watching closely so that they could use the race to judge the ZR2’s performance and reliability in extreme off-road conditions. Races like this are doubly great for consumers, then — not only is there a cool long-haul desert race to watch, but the results will make the ZR2 even better in the future. It’s already one of the most capable production cars Hall Racing has ever used in its program, according to Chad Hall. The ZR2 is an insane off-road package built onto the robust, capable Colorado base. The ZR2 comes standard with some amazing off-road extras, like the exclusive Multimatic DSSV dampers. Unlike anything else in its class, it also has both front and rear locking differentials, which Hall said are vital to stock class desert racing.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado For Sale in Forest Lake, MN
The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is built to go seriously off the beaten track. It’s made to take you on all kinds of off-road, all-terrain adventures. If you have more questions about the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado’s capabilities, or you’d like to test drive one yourself, give us a call here in Forest Lake, MN. Our sales team is super friendly and knowledgeable, and they can help you find the perfect truck. Plus, all of our new trucks and lots of our used ones come with a free Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. Check out our inventory online or stop by in person to chat with a member of our team. We’ll help you get behind the wheel of the perfect pickup in no time! We’re located near North Branch, Roseville, and White Bear Lake, so stop by and see us soon!
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