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Chevy Race Development Truck and AEV Concept Rig are at 2017 SEMA Show #TENSEMA17

Two Models Showcase the Capability of the ZR2 Platform

Chevy stirred up some dust earlier this year when the Colorado ZR2 competed in and finished the 500-mile Vegas to Reno race in Nevada. This ZR2 Race Development Truck was far from ordinary, and sported an assortment of upgrades over the base model which made surviving in the desert easy.

The Race Development Truck shares the 3.6L V-6 engine and 8-speed transmission with the base ZR2, as well as a selectable Off-Road Mode and electronically locking front and rear differentials. The suspension setup begins to set this truck ahead of the production model. The long-travel Multimatic DSSV shocks are tuned for high-speed use on the racecourse, and are complimented by plunging half-shafts, high-angle upper ball joints, stiffer tie rods, and an anti-wrap link in the rear.

The Race Development ZR2 also features a 1.5-inch body lift over the factory height, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires, skidplates on the rear shocks and differential, steel driveshaft, off-road air intake, performance exhaust, and a wider track width for race-ready stance.

Chevy also teamed up with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) to build another variation of the ZR2, aimed to showcase the platform’s overlanding capabilities. The AEV concept shares the suspension upgrades with the Race Development Truck, rides on 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tires, and has other goodies like an ARB refrigerator/freezer, auxiliary LED lighting, and onboard recovery gear.

Both trucks are at the SEMA show with 20 other Chevy model vehicles, don’t miss it!

Photos Courtesy of Chevrolet