The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 made its competition debut at Best in the Desert’s “Vegas to Reno” challenge on weekend. Hall Racing competes in the 550-mile racing on board the Colorado ZR2 in what was dubbed as the longest off-road competition in the US. The race started Friday, August 18th and was expected to be attended by as many as 350 participants.
However, out of the 336 competing teams, only 204 of them managed to complete the grueling course with Hall Racing finishing in first class 7300. Riding at an average speed of 28.6 mph, Chevrolet impresses with the 550-mile off-road course which took Hall Racing team’s Chad Hall and Frank DeAngelo 18:50:16 to run up to the finish line.
The ZR2 comes armed with a number of performance upgrades developed by Chevrolet’s Performance Engineering team and Hall Racing. While Hall’s team took to compete under the stock production class for mid-size trucks and SUVs, the ZR2 has been equipped with a roll cage for safety aside from its racing seats and safety harnesses. Other fitments include off-road lights, a 44-gal. fuel tank, a two-way radio and a GPS.
Under the hood, the Colorado ZR2 uses the 308hp 3.6-liter V6 stock engine and is also mated to the stock 8-speed automatic gearbox while the four-wheel drive is supported by a slightly modified DSSV suspension. The stock Colorado ZR2 likewise received flared fenders, wider track and a two-inch lift especially for the event. To gear up for the most extreme road condition, the pickup comes with 17x8-inch aluminum alloy wheels which are fitted to a set of Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off road tires, each with 31-inches in diameter.
According to Chevy, the racing event will help them test the potential performance upgrades both for the standard Colorado and the ZR2. In a press release, Russ O’Blenes, GM’s director for Performance Variants, Parts and MotorSports describes how racing allows them to understand how these vehicles perform including their reliability in off-road racing’s most grueling environment.
Hall Racing has an exceptional track record in the Baja 1000 and has joined numerous races featuring GM vehicles both in the Best in the Desert series and the SCORE series. The team took off to Nevada’s muddy trails, dry lake beds, sandy terrain all the way to its 8,000-foot rocky mountain during the one-day event.
The “Vegas to Reno” race begun Friday morning in Las Vegas and ended on Saturday morning in Reno, Nevada. Meanwhile, watch out for Chevy’s ZR2 once again as it takes on the challenge at the Tonopah 250 happening this 19th up to the 22nd of October 2017.