Chevy Silverado ZR2 and Colorado ZR2 clinched Best In The Desert class championships with respective wins at the Cal City Desert Challenge. It was the second consecutive championship for the Silverado ZR2 and the fourth straight championship for the Colorado ZR2, with both fielded by Chad Hall Racing.
“It has been another expectation-shattering season, with the championships for the Silverado ZR2 and Colorado ZR2,” said Roger McCormack, director, Accessories and Performance Parts Marketing. “The successes for both vehicles, which are very close to the production models, wouldn’t have been possible without the closely synced relationship between Chad Hall Racing and the Chevrolet engineering team.”
Chad Hall Racing has been competing with a pre-production version of the Silverado ZR2 since 2019, helping Chevrolet test and validate the off-road technologies that went into the upcoming 2022 production model.
Similarly, the team helped test the Chevy Colorado ZR2 off-road technologies in competition — and is still going strong with them. The Chad Hall Racing Colorado ZR2 has been competing since 2017 in the Best In The Desert series and is the only truck in its class to have finished every race entered. It has accumulated more than 22,500 miles of racing experience.
“It has been very rewarding to field vehicles that are so well engineered,” said Chad Hall. “The tests and refinements made over the years with the Colorado ZR2 and the new Silverado ZR2 absolutely prove the adage that racing improves the breed — making the production vehicles stronger and more capable because of it.”
The Colorado ZR2 race vehicle also helped test and validate 15 factory race components that are available to Colorado owners through Chevrolet dealers. They include Multimatic long-travel DSSV dampers and long-travel leaf springs, jounce shocks, a steel driveshaft, a tie rod sleeve system, ball-spline half-shafts and other parts designed to optimize off-road driving performance and durability.
Similar components have been developed for the Silverado, including long-travel suspension parts and a steel driveshaft, which were recently introduced at the 2021 SEMA Show.
“Performance and personalization upgrades are increasingly popular with customers and Chevrolet has what they need to take their off-road vehicles to the next level,” said McCormack. “Better yet, these factory-engineered parts are tuned and validated over thousands of combined off-road development miles, including unforgiving Best In The Desert race courses.”
Chad Hall Racing and the Silverado ZR2 and Colorado ZR2 race vehicles will be back in action on Dec. 3, in the Mint 400, an independent race held on the outskirts of Las Vegas. The team will also attend the Best In The Desert awards ceremony on Dec. 11, capping another winning season and looking toward another in 2022.
More details on the Colorado and Silverado performance parts are available on the Chevrolet Performance website.