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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 to race across the desert

by Ronan Glon

The ZR2 is participating in the Vegas-to-Reno race.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will make its competition debut during this year's edition of the Vegas-to-Reno race. The custom truck was developed and built by Hall Racing.

The Colorado ZR2 is competing in class 7300, which is open to mid-size pickup trucks and SUVs that are mostly stock. Chevrolet explains the modifications include a roll cage, a 44-gallon fuel tank, racing seats, and racing harnesses. Hall Racing has also added a row of racing lights above the windshield, two-way radios, and a GPS.

No modifications were made to the powertrain. The race-bound truck carries on with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, Chevy and Hall Racing modified the ZR2's Multimatic DSSV suspension technology.

Chevrolet isn't sending a ZR2 to the desert just for the thrill of it. The company explains it's testing an array of performance parts that could soon be available through Chevrolet Performance.

"The components being tested on this truck are ultimately intended to take the already-exceptional off-road capability of the Colorado to the next level. Racing them allows us to quickly understand their performance attributes and reliability in the extreme environment of off-road racing, ensuring the highest performing components for Colorado customers," explained Russ O'Blenes, the director of Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports for General Motors.

Head over to Nevada if you want to check out the Colorado ZR2 in action. The Vegas-to-Reno race starts this morning at 9:30 am local time, and it ends in Reno tomorrow morning. The 350 competitors will cover 550 miles of rough terrain including dry lake beds, desert wallows, and mountain passes.