The stunt was prepared by the marketing team as to attract attention to the pickup truck’s new Duramax diesel V8, which has beefier power and torque credentials compared to the predecessor.
The heavy-duty truck is usually relegated to thoe gruesome tasks of pulling tonnes of trailers, and boats and cars and whatever. But how about towing a giant flag? Chevrolet thought about it first and decided the new 2017 Silverado HD with its Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 will be up to the task – and they also called the gurus from Guinness World Record to certify their craziness. The setting used for the stunt was the Texas Motor Speedway – after all, the Texas State Fair has brought so many truck novelties – where the vehicle towed a massive, 40-by-80-foot American flag around the racetrack. Celebrating the truck-loving state as well, Chevrolet also had a giant State of Texas Flag to showcase.
And while it looks like something you could do on a regular basis – according to Chevrolet it’s not. Because they were too large to deploy automatically, 20 people helped launch and retrieve the flags and also made sure they wouldn’t touch the ground. Guinness said the flag was not supposed to touch the ground for at least 100 meters – but Chevrolet upped the ante by completing four laps of the 1.5-mile Speedway. The new 6.6-liter Duramax has 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque, a huge departure from the predecessor’s 395 hp and 795 lb-ft.