It looks like the Chevy Colorado will not be the only race truck we'll be seeing slinging sand soon.
After revealing the 2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2, as well as the race truck version, the bow-tie brand also recently revealed an off-road racing-tuned Silverado. It will join the ZR2 at the upcoming Best in the Desert Racing Series and has been vastly modified to take on whatever the desert will throw at it.
The Silverado will be driven by Hall Racing and will compete in the series' 1200 Stock class.
While the truck itself only appears to have extra auxiliary lights at the front, Chevy was mostly busy tweaking its chassis and suspension. Underneath, the Silverado now comes with long travel suspension, Jounce shocks for better riding comfort, and the Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers which are also seeing use in the ZR2. But unlike the ones on the ZR2, the DSSV on the Silverado have been scaled up for greater wheel travel and improved control.
Other improvements that Chevy made for the Silverado race truck include: rear shock skids, 35-inch off-road tires, as well as skid plates that protect the transfer case, steering system, rear differential, and the front underbody.
As for what's under the hood, the Silverado packs a 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 that's good for 420 PS and and 624 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to a ten-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive. No modifications were made on the engine as the 1200 Stock Class bars any type of engine mods apart from the suspension, underbody and additional safety features.
“I’m incredibly proud of what the team has accomplished with the Colorado ZR2 race truck, and I’m excited to see what the Silverado is capable of. With Colorado ZR2, we cut four hours off our race time from our first Vegas to Reno race to our second. When you marry that suspension design and expertise with the Silverado’s 420-hp V8 and even greater suspension travel, I believe this new race truck will be a beast on the race course,” said Chad Hall of Hall Racing.
While Chevy did not say anything about a road-going version, perhaps this is the closest thing they have to a Ford F-150 Raptor fighter. Maybe Chevy needs to think about making a road-legal version of this beast of a race truck.