Whether you are looking to race or just turn your Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 into an extreme performance machine, Chevy Performance has the parts for you. Chevrolet says it has 15 new parts that can transform your Colorado ZR2 into a real desert racer.
Chevy promises that its new race and off-road components have been road tested and approved by real race professionals.
Off-road racer Chad Hall competed all season in a ZR2 that was outfitted with the new parts in order to verify that the components will hold up under grueling conditions.
Endurance is Key in Extreme Conditions
“Off-road racing is a brutal test of a vehicle, and especially its suspension components,” said Mark Dickens, executive director of Chevrolet Performance and Motorsports. “Over two years, Chad mercilessly pushed these ZR2 parts to the limit for the ultimate in development and validation.”
“After seeing the success of the Colorado ZR2, customers have been hounding Chad for help building their own ‘Hall Racing ZR2,’” Dickens continued. “For the first time, you can buy the same Chevy Performance Parts that raced and won in the desert. All you need to add is the required safety equipment to build a pre-runner for scouting the Baja 1000 or a full-blown race truck capable of competing in the race itself.”
The production Colorado ZR2 is designed for off-roading, combining the maneuverability of a midsize pickup with new off-road features.
The ZR2 has wider front and rear tracks and its suspension is lifted 2” over the standard Chevrolet Colorado. The front and rear bumpers have also been modified for better off-road clearance. The stock ZR2 comes factory-equipped with capability for both low- and high-speed off-roading. The new factory race parts focus on desert running while preserving low-speed off-road performance.
Different Types of Performance Parts are Available
The new parts can lift the suspension an additional 1-inch and raise the body height another 1.5-inch on top of the ZR2’s factory ride height for extreme high-speed off-roading.
Other new race parts include front and rear jounce shocks, using the same technology found on Trophy Trucks, and reinforced components including steel drive shafts, half shafts and tie rods.
“These parts can be purchased individually to suit each customer’s needs, or as a complete package,” said Dickens. “This gives customers the flexibility to build their truck up over time, purchase only the parts they need for their particular interest, or buy the complete set to build their own ‘Hall Racing’ ZR2.”
Timing is Everything
Chevrolet is really pushing the midsize Colorado right now as Ford is ramping up production of its highly anticipated 2019 Ford Ranger. Chevrolet recently announced two new editions of the Colorado, adding more street credibility and off-roading capability. The off-roading may be a huge selling point with Jeep rushing to get a pickup available as well.
At this point Chevrolet is not saying how the new parts will affect fuel economy, but off-roaders and racers have to expect the extreme activities will decrease typical fuel efficiency.
Chevrolet’s Performance components will go on sale between now and early 2019 and will be available to Colorado ZR2 customers a la carte or as a complete package.