Holden Brand Goes Racing with Turbodiesel, Rear-Drive Colorado Pickup
Speedy Truck to Compete in New ECB SuperUtes Series in 2018
A close relative of the Chevrolet Colorado will be hitting Australian racetracks next year. Competing in the ECB SuperUtes Series of Australia’s Supercars Championship will be the Holden Colorado, which shares a lot of its architecture with the popular midsize pickup sold here.
SuperUtes is a new racing series that will hit the track in 2018, designed for extended cab and crew cab pickups with two-wheel drive and—get this—turbodiesel engines. That’s right, SuperUtes will put 32 oil-burning, ground-hugging pickups on the starting grid at each race. The series will limit engine output to 340 hp and 500 lb-ft, and each vehicle must meet a minimum weight requirement of 1,800 kg (or about 3,900 pounds).
The Holden Colorado SuperUte’s first official render, seen above, looks pretty exciting. Finished in Satin Steel Grey, the truck features a lowered, planted stance, competition wheels, and a rollcage. It’s surprisingly attractive for a modern truck that doesn’t always look good in slammed form.
“SuperUtes is an exciting new racing series and supporting Australian motorsport has been an important part of Holden’s heritage, so we are delighted to homologate Colorado for the series,” said Emma Pinwill, GM Holden’s general manager of brand, media, and sponsorship. “Colorado has been engineered to handle anything thrown at it by our customers, from inner city and suburban roads to rural highways, dirt roads, and off-road. The racetrack is no different and we are confident Colorado will carry on Holden’s winning tradition.”
The series will run on an eight-round provisional calendar for 2018, appearing at such venues as the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Adelaide 500, and Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint. And although Truck Trend hasn’t followed many Australian racing series in the past, that might change thanks to the Holden Colorado.