Amid the growing competition in the truck segment, automakers are hell-bent on finding an edge over their competitors. Chevrolet is no exception as it introduces an off-road racing version of its iconic truck, the Silverado.
What’s odd about the development, though, is that the current generation of the Chevrolet Silverado is not exactly marketed as a performance pickup truck for off-roading. Unlike Ford, which has pretty much owned the segment for years with its F-150 Raptor, and Ram whose performance truck isn’t due for a few more years.
But this doesn’t mean Chevrolet can’t join the off-roading party. If anything, it appears to be an indicator that the upcoming 2020 Chevrolet Silverado will be equipped for the rough roads.
The company, in fact, just announced that it will take the full-size pickup in the Best in the Desert racing series. This doesn’t come as a surprise as the brand’s Colorado ZR2 has continuously been a force to be reckoned with in the last few years. Additionally, Chevrolet has made the racing series an avenue to test its performance parts for trucks in the past.
Chevrolet said the Silverado racing model will be used for “engineering development and validation.” It will use a Silverado LT Trail Boss equipped with the optional 6.2-liter V8 engine, which has also undergone tweaks and changes to the suspension and underbody.
The model will also come with race-specific modifications such as a new long-travel suspension, front and rear jounce shocks, and prototype Multimatic DSSV dampers with higher capacity than those in the Colorado ZR2.
The Chevrolet Silverado race truck will make its debut at the Laughlin Desert Classic. It’s only a matter of time before consumers find out if and when the model will arrive in dealership lots.