Chevrolet Uses New L5P Silverado HD to Tow Huge Flag, Break Guinness Record
“World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle” Record Set at Texas Motor Speedway
There’s a Guinness World Records category for just about everything, and Chevrolet took one of them home after pulling the largest-ever flag behind a 2017 Silverado HD powered by the all-new Duramax L5P 6.6L turbodiesel V-8. The record, fittingly named “World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle,” is now in Chevrolet’s trophy cabinet, thanks to a pair of Silverados.
The massive American flag measured almost 40 by 80 feet, or 3,186 square feet. Attached to the truck via huge 40-foot riggings, the flag has a footprint larger than most houses. In order to break the record, the truck had to tow the flag 100 meters (328 feet) without it touching the ground, although the Silverado exceeded the record, making four laps around Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval.
For kicks and giggles, Chevy also hitched a similarly sized Texas flag to the Silverado HD and completed the stunt to commemorate the start of the 2016 State Fair of Texas in Ft. Worth. Both flags will be on display at the fair through October 23.
Enabling such impressive (and obscure) towing prowess is the newly updated 2017 Silverado HD, which can be optioned with an all-new Duramax engine. Producing the most-ever torque for a Chevrolet, the L5P makes 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque, meaning every Big Three automaker offers a diesel engine with torque ratings in the 900s.
Sharing only the displacement and a few odds and ends with the outgoing 6.6L Duramax V-8, the L5P features a stronger cylinder block and rotating assembly, plus a new camshaft profile, improved cylinder heads, and a variable-vane turbocharger system. Duramax trucks can be easily identified by their new hood scoops, part of a patent-pending cold-air intake system. GM claims widespread performance improvements for L5P-equipped trucks, including faster acceleration, better performance when towing up grades, and improved passing and merging performance.
The Duramax L5P will join the Silverado (and GMC Sierra) lineup in early 2017.