This Nearly Stock Chevy Colorado ZR2 Is Off-Roading From Vegas To Reno


500 miles of desert terrain. Where do we sign up?

Only a decade ago, trucks like the Ford Raptor and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 didn’t exist. Well, in stock form at least. If you wanted a true desert runner, you had to build it yourself. Fortunately, today’s a different story, and Hall Racing has just revealed this slightly modified Colorado ZR2 for the upcoming Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race. Don’t mistake it for Baja, but it is still considered to be the longest desert race in the US at a total of 550 miles. It’s not for amateurs.

The course itself is pretty tough terrain, such as silty desert wallows, dry lake beds and mountain passes as high as 8,000 ft. above sea level. Hall Racing has made only slight modifications to the truck, specifically a roll cage, 44-gallon racing fuel tank and racing seats with harnesses. KC racing lights, two-way radio and a GPS system round out the upgrades. And that’s it. The rest is bare bones stock, with the 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic combo doing their respective tasks. But Chevy is also wisely using this race and this specific Colorado ZR2 as an opportunity to try out a few new Chevy Performance parts that could find their way to the standard Colorado at some point.

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“The components being test on this truck are ultimately intended to take the already-exception off-road capability of the Colorado to the next level,” says Russ O’Belnes, director of Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports for GM. “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.” As for Hall Racing, it just so happens to be the “winningest family of off-road racers in the...Baja 1000.” Credentials verified.