LAS VEGAS – Today, Chevrolet announced that the Silverado will race at the Laughlin Desert Classic in October 2019 as the best racer in the Desert Racing series. Street racing. As in Colorado, the Silverado race truck is used for technical development and validation.
"Off-road racing is just brutal for vehicles," said Mark Dickens, chief engineer of Government Programs, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports. A single race wears out more trucks than most vehicles in recent years. This makes off-road racing a valuable test bench for evaluating new components. What we learn during the race tells us everything from future power parts and accessories, to GM Defense projects, to changes to production vehicles.
Chevrolet Performance first applied this model to the Colorado ZR2, which has been active in off-road racing since 201
The Silverado race truck launched as LT Trail Boss model with 420 hp and 6.2 l displacement The V-8 is connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The truck will compete in the Best in the Desert 1200 floor class, which restricts changes to suspension, underbody and racing safety equipment.
Significant changes to this vehicle include long travel, front and rear shock absorbers, and a prototype multimatic dynamic suspension spool valve (DSSV TM ) high-capacity shock absorber.
This damper technology was first used in an off-road application at the Colorado ZR2 plant, followed by the ZR2 Race Truck. These dampers have proven remarkably off-road and offer impressive levels of control and compliance. For the original size of the Silverado racing truck, the dampers were enlarged for a larger wheel stroke and even better control.
"This is the next evolution of the DSSV off-road damper," said Michael Guttilla, executive vice president of Multimatic Engineering. "We have adopted and scaled everything we've learned from the hugely successful Colorado ZR2 program to deliver the highest level of performance at Silverado. The initial on-truck development was successful, but the competition will deliver the true test.
Other prototype parts of the Silverado race truck include front and rear shock absorbers, rear shock absorbers, 35-inch off-road tires and underbody guards for the transfer case, steering gear, rear differential and front underbody.
"I'm incredibly proud of what the team has achieved with the Colorado ZR2 race truck, and I'm curious to see what the Silverado can do. Chad Hall of Hall Racing said. "With the Colorado ZR2, we shortened our race time from our first race in Vegas to our second race by four hours. If you combine this chassis design and expertise with the 420 hp V-8 from Silverado and an even longer suspension travel, this new race truck will, in my opinion, be a beast on the racetrack.
The Silverado is included in the Laughlin Desert Classic by Hall Racing Colorado ZR2, driven by Frank D & # 39; Angelo. Chevrolet will join Silverado and ZR2 in six Best-in-the-Desert races next year, along with the Mint 400.
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