If you were paying attention during the Vegas to Reno race this year, you may have noticed the surrounding an entry in an obscure class. The 7330 car, a Chevy Colorado ZR2 fielded by Chevrolet Performance and Hall Racing, made its inaugural appearance at the Best in the Desert event. The mission: finish the race.
The mostly stock Hall Racing ZR2 (as in full glass, interior, stereo, and even air conditioning) is being used as a test bed for future Chevy Performance product parts and we were along for the ride to observe the program firsthand. As we wound our way through tech, we drew a crowd and were barraged questions from fellow racers and enthusiasts wanting to know all about the Red Hot-colored Chevy.
Many questions surrounded the Nevada license plates hanging off the bumpers. So yeah, the truck is street legal and we ran the entire race wearing the plate. In fact, when all the other teams were offloading race vehicle from trailers at the start, we just drove up to the start line staging area, windows up, a/c on and were ready to go.
After settling in to the back seat for the first two pits, we got a taste of just how good the Colorado platform can be with the right parts. The upgraded Multimatic spool valve shocks, Light Racing JounceShocks, experimental rear suspension setup, and the upsized tires, all worked to make the race truck feel like a true dual-sport truck. Even on our short drive to the start, the truck felt legitimately streetable.
During the race, we only had a few minor issues, such as mangled lower shock mounts and cut tires, but nothing so major it knocked the unproven truck out of the race. In fact, Chad Hall crossed the finish line at 7:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, August 19, taking 18 hours, 50 minutes and 16 seconds to complete the course with an average speed of 28.6 miles per hour. Mission complete.
Thanks to some of the best durability testing and validation available, expect to see some stout ZR2-specific parts coming to a Chevy Performance catalog soon and we are pretty sure this won’t the last you’ve heard of the Hall Racing ZR2 race truck. We also wouldn’t be surprised if lessons here might help lay the groundwork for a Chevy counterpoint to the recently announced Ford Ranger Raptor. It’s good to see OE competition alive and well in desert racing.