Nov. 23, 2015
Well, its been another great year out in Las Vegas, Nevada covering the SEMA and AAPEX shows. The turnout this year was great. some exceptional vehicles, and great exhibitors.
Team Chevy saw an interesting change with the new addition of the Force family, John Force, Brittany Force, and Courtney Force. The Force family has been a legacy in the NHRA being sponsored in the past by Castrol and Ford, however recent changes in the indusrty has pushed sponsorships in different ways and the Force team is now driving for team Chevy.
An interesting project that was unveiled was the Kid Rock prototype truck which featured an interesting mix of a quad cab duramax with hints of semi-like design flair.
One of the most intersting and most desired announcements that has been long requested was finally made during the show this year. The domestic light duty Duramax turbo diesel offering. For many years the only diesel offering GM had was in the heavy classes of trucks, 2500, 3500, etc. But now they have introduced a light duty 2.8L duramax to be fitted initially as an option for the Colorado platform. We hope as this setup proves feasibility in the market that we will see similar offerings in 1/2 ton Silverados and Sierras. The US 2.8L Duramax boasts 181 horsepower at 3400 RPM, and 369 ft-lbs of torque at 2000 RPM.