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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Race And Rescue

The roadster shop rethinks support vehicles

Feb 11, 2015
Photographers: Robert McGaffin
When thinking about race support vehicles certain words come to mind, with utility being at the very top. They normally take the shape of a lumbering van stuffed with parts and gear to piece together broken-down racers out on the course. Rarely do the designers of said vehicles even think of the overall looks, as it usually gets the snot beat out of it due to the constant loading and unloading with the mechanic crew not giving a second thought to stomping all over it.
The madmen over at the Roadster Shop wanted to change that notion when they set their sights on this ’14 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to create the ultimate Race Support Vehicle to look good, be fast enough to get racers back on the track, and have enough room for parts, tools, and gear. Adding a tip of the hat to the Pro Touring muscle cars it was meant to service, RS built it up with some custom touches to make it really stand out.
Photo 2/8   |   2014 Chevrolet Silverado Rear Side View
They first started with the engine to make it fast enough to rush out and restart a stranded racer. The 5.3L V-8 was fit with a Lingenfelter-supplied Magnuson TVS1900 supercharger with heat exchanger, install kit, cold-air intake, and ECU tuning that gave it an added 110 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. Adding a Flowmaster 3-inch exhaust gave it a little oomph as well as made it sound just right.
Adding a whole stable of horses means that there needed to be some extra grip in the form of 285/35R24 Pirelli P Zero sitting on top of 24x10 B-Forged Series 829s in the front, with dualie-size 405/25R24 Pirellis covering 24x14 Bs in the back. Extra stopping power is provided by equally massive 15-inch Wilwood brakes front and back.
Photo 3/8   |   2014 Chevrolet Silverado Front Side View
McGaughy’s was responsible for the majority of the suspension with a 4/6 lowering kit, drop spindles in the front, with the rear getting an axle flip kit and shocks while retaining the leaves.
The body received a whole host of upgrades to make this everyday-capable hauler into the Pro Touring muscle truck that it became. RS had its work cut out for itself with a hood that incorporated two large custom-louvered scoops, making it look like a first-gen Camaro on steroids! The fenders had to be custom fabricated to fit the massive wheels, but the RS body experts had it covered grafting them in and then shooting custom mixed PPG Matte Charcoal. They then added a Rigid 50-inch LED bar on roof, strobes in the grille and tail, with a Warn winch, and relocated gas filler.
Photo 4/8   |   2014 Chevrolet Silverado 5 3l V 8 Engine
When the body was finished, attention was turned to the bed, giving it the functional side of being a support vehicle with a custom roof rack mated to a bed rack system over the bedsides with mounting points incorporated within. Inside, the bed houses two spare wheels and tires, a 5-gallon fuel jug, fire extinguisher, a Miller welding setup and tools to damn near fix anything. All the needed items received a custom cradle or mount to sit in and get locked down with Mac’s tie-downs.
Now this Race Support Vehicle Silverado is built to handle anything, from a small off-track mishap to a major repair using any number of tools in its bed. The Roadster Shop can run circles around the other support vans and even take home a Best of Show.
Photo 5/8   |   2014 Chevrolet Silverado In Motion
Inside the Build
Owner and City/State: Phil Gerber; Mundelein, Illinois
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Type: 5.3L V-8
Mods: Magnuson TVS1900 supercharger with heat exchanger, install kit, cold-air intake, and ECU tune, Flowmaster 3-inch exhaust
Front Suspension: McGaughy’s 4-inch lowering kit and drop spindles
Rear Suspension: McGaughy’s 6-inch lowering kit, rear axle flip kit and shocks, leaf springs
Brakes: 15-inch Wilwood
Mods: Custom widebody fenders and bedsides, louvered scoops in hood, fabricated rocker extensions, and fabricated aluminum roof and bed rack, painted grille, Rigid 50-inch LED bar on roof, strobes in grille and tail, Warn winch, gas filler location relocated to bed, in-bed tool storage with Miller welder, fire extinguisher, spare wheels/tires and fuel jugs secured in bed using Mac’s tie-downs and bed rack system
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 24x10 (front) and 24x14 (rear) B-Forged Series 829
Tires: 285/35R24 (front) and 405/25R24 (rear) Pirelli P Zero



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