The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will make its racing debut in the Best In The Desert racing series. Following the success of the ZR2 racing program with Hall Racing, the Silverado will be used as a development truck. Engineers will then take the racing data back to their home offices to design parts based on what they learned.
"Off-road racing is just brutal on vehicles," said Mark Dickens, chief engineer, Government Programs, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports, "and a single race puts more wear-and-tear on trucks than most vehicles will experience in years. That makes off-road racing a valuable test bed to evaluate new components. What we learn while racing informs everything from future performance parts and accessories to GM Defense projects and production vehicle changes."
Chad Hall has successfully raced the Colorado ZR2 for the last three years. That vehicle has finished every single Best In The Desert Race. The Silverado being campaigned in the 2020 Best In the Desert Season started as an LT Trail Boss model powered by a 420 hp engine with a 6.2L V-8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The truck will race in the Best In The Desert stock class. The class limits suspension and underbody changes. Safety equipment such as seats, window nets, and roll cage are the few requirements in the class.
Chevrolet Performance added its front and rear jounce shocks and prototype high capacity Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers to the truck. This setup is very similar to the shock technology currently found on the ZR2 that raced in the 2019 season. The same ZR2 race parts can now be purchased for your own ZR2 from Chevrolet Performance. We will have an in-depth look at the new Chevrolet Silverado race truck right here on FourWheeler.com soon.