2007 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Big Red Chevrolet Silverado Concept review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 24 November 2006 , 10:11:40 byEmil

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Big Red Chevrolet Silverado Concept

The 2007 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Big Red Chevrolet Silverado Concept is considered by most enthusiasts a one-of-a-kind Silverado which was previously conveyed in Earnhardt personal truck and received the name "Big-Red". Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager, stated that the Big Red Silverado was the ultimate expression of off-road trucks and it was inspired by Dale Jr.'s personal and modified Silverado, this way taking his concept to a whole new and excitind dimension. The modifications of the exterior and interior were made in collaboration with GM designers and they include a "flying bridge"-type roll bar with integrated off-road driving lamps, rear fenders as well as an all-new front-end sheet metal. The locomotive horn of the truck makes its presence known for miles around, while the muscular powerplant is embodied by a 6.2-liter V8, all-aluminum engine, which delivers 380 HP together with 417 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Furthermore, the truck is able to deliver excellent performance with tall off-road tires due to the front and rear axles, which are equipped with 3.73 gears and Eaton ELocker electronic locking differentials. A set of Baer disc brakes which comprise six-piston callipers and 15-inch cross-drilled rotors in the front and twin-piston floating calipers with 13-inch cross-drilled rotors in the rear, enhance the stopping power. The interior is defined by a choice of high quality materials, from Ebony leather-covered seats to Gloss Ebony leather piping. It appears as a perfect environment for the driver who wants to feel comfortable in a race vehicle, even when crawling rocks or flying over dry riverbeds, conveying at the same time luxury and an all-business attitude. The look of Baja racers is evoked in the front end design with a brush guard-type wraparound bumper which extends out toward the flared front fenders. The Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Big Red" Silverado's rear fenders are highlighted by large openings and boxed flares , while the flying bridge extension is incorporated into the design of the Silverado's cab and rear fenders. There is an open access to the cargo bed thanks to the lack of tailgate. The raised suspension together with the off-road wheel/tire package, achieve the stance, while engine components and vital chassis are protected by underbody shielding and off-road skid plates, even when driving over rocks and other unseen obstacles.