Ram has TRX. Ford owns the F-150 Raptor. And Chevrolet has the Silverado ZR2. Equipped with an upgraded suspension, it’s a burly truck that does just fine off-road. But it wasn’t ready to join the Ford and Ram hurtling over the dunes at top speed.
The Blacklake XT1, however, is up to the task. The new tuning company started with the Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss and added a new suspension for long rides, bigger 37-inch tires, and most importantly to this issue. TFL truck video, supercharger to a 6.2 liter V8. The result is 650 horsepower in a 6,000 pound pickup that dives and squats like crazy on solid ground. All the better for tackling big bumps, but the XT1’s mission here is to win a drag race against the stock Silverado ZR2 – the best Chevrolet off-roader you can get from the factory.
On paper, this should be an easy challenge for Blacklake-tuned Silverado. The ZR2 packs a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter engine that produces 420 hp, and the race takes place a mile above sea level where the air is thinner. That makes an even bigger difference on machines without forced induction, but apparently, the Silverado ZR2 doesn’t get the scrap. The first of two races saw the factory stock truck jump the lead over the XT1, and it held on stoutly until almost the end when the 230-hp difference finally showed itself. Blacklake finished first, but not as much as you might expect. The margin of victory is slightly above the length of the car.
Even the driver was somewhat surprised by the relatively small distance between the two trucks. However, it was revealed that the XT1 uses two-wheel drive for sprints, while the ZR2 uses four-wheel drive. The second race was set up with both trucks in a four-wheeler, and as you can certainly guess, Blacklake got a much better launch to win again. However, the margin of victory was still not as large as expected given the difference in strength. Could the ZR2 pack more punch than Chevy says?
Still, victory is victory and for this contest, forced induction rules the day.