Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Set to Compete in America’s Longest Off-Road Race

A modified 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will compete in the upcoming “Vegas to Reno” off-road race.

Known as the longest off-road race in America, Vegas to Reno kicks off at 9:30 AM Pacific / 12:30 PM Eastern on Friday, August 18 and ends at various times on Saturday morning. Over 350 contestants are expected to participate in this year’s 550-mile race.

Chad Hall of Hall Racing is debuting the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 in class 7300, which consists of stock production mid-sized pickup trucks and SUVs. Modifications to Hall Racing’s ZR2 include sanctioning body-mandated safety items like a roll cage, a 44-gallon racing fuel tank, and racing seats with safety harnesses. Also added are KC HiLites racing lights, two-way radios and a GPS system.

The truck keeps the factory 3.6-liter V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as a modified version of the ZR2’s Multimatic DSSV damper technology. The ZR2 will serve as a testbed for Chevy Performance, and hints at a range of potential parts that could be offered in the future.

“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,” said Russ O’Blenes, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports for General Motors. “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.”