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Conquering the Rebelle Rally in the Chevrolet ZR2

Over seven days of off-road driving through all kinds of terrain, Chevy's dirt-throwing ZR2 keeps its game face on.

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Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Rebelle Rally
1 of 32 Paolo Baraldi

I took the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 to the Rebelle Rally, a seven-day all-female off-road rally with no GPS. All navigation is done with a compass and a map.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Rebelle Rally
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Rebelle Rally
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2 of 32 Nicole Dreon

My navigator, Rebecca Donaghe, and I started the rally looking fresh as daisies. Seven days later we would be exhausted and dirty, but third-place podium winners.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Rebelle Rally
3 of 32 Paolo Baraldi

I took the diesel ZR2, with 181 horsepower and a meaty 369 pound-feet of torque.

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4 of 32 Tim Calver

Every morning we lined up on the starting line and spent the daylight looking for both marked and unmarked checkpoints. 

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5 of 32 Tim Calver

The ZR2 is a mid-size pickup truck, but it looks tiny here in Dumont Dunes, California.

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6 of 32 Paolo Baraldi

The ZR2 sports relatively small 33-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires. They wouldn't be my first choice, but they performed well on the Rebelle Rally.

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7 of 32 Nicole Dreon

Pointing the way to the next checkpoint.

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8 of 32 Nicole Dreon

In Johnson Valley, California, Donaghe did her part to spot me over the rocks. It's tough to tell here but I had to place my passenger-side tires just exactly between two groups of sharp rocks so as to not get a flat. 

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9 of 32 Emme Hall/Roadshow

With front and rear electronic lockers, getting to this "Driver's Challenge" checkpoint was a breeze.

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10 of 32 Tim Calver

The Rebelle Rally finished in the dunes of Glamis, California, where we were treated to an all-day sandstorm. Thanks, Nature!

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11 of 32 Tim Calver

The ZR2 refused to climb the 500-foot Oldsmobile Hill in Glamis for a checkpoint, so Rebecca did it the hard way.

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12 of 32 Nicole Dreon

Scroll through for more photos of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 at the Rebelle Rally.

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