SEMA 2017: Disney Cars Themed LS3 Swapped Chevy Colorado

The 2017 SEMA Show is upon us through the rows of parts in the convention halls there is a sea of vehicles outside. One of those vehicles is this 2016 Chevrolet Colorado owned by Cris Payne of Truck Guru. What started out as a Duramax Colorado is now an LS3-powered, Disney Cars themed animal!

Lightning McQueen’s doppelganger features a 700 horsepower 6.2-liter LS3 with a Magnuson supercharger, 55-pound injectors, Borla exhaust, ARH headers, all in front of a 6L90E. A CBR radiator with dual electric fans will keep this truck running cool out in the desert. Keeping the engine oil filtered is a HUBB oil filter.

Kachow! How would a Cars themed truck be without the eyes and the number 95. If you never saw the Cars movies you would think that this truck came straight from Disney.

“The idea for the build came from my three-year-old son,” Payne explained. “My son said, ‘Hey dad make your truck like lightning.’ So I did. I want to use it to connect younger kids to the auto industry and hopefully visit some children who have fallen ill to hopefully bring a smile to their faces.”

Starting with a diesel most people would be happy, but Payne told us, “I had bad luck with the motor and decided I wanted true American proven power. The total package is ideal for the build.”

The attention to detail can be seen all over the build. The truck sports a full roll cage and bed mounted spare tire.

Making sure the power is put to the ground is a 35-spline Currie Enterprises axle and Spider Traxx race hubs. All the power in the world is great, but if you can’t stop, it doesn’t mean anything. R1 Concepts brakes and slotted rotors allow this truck to stop on a dime.

Outfitting the rest of the truck with off-road modifications like McNeil Racing fiberglass, Jaz 32-gallon fuel cell, custom bumpers, LED lights, Beard racing seats, full roll cage, and Line-X make the truck ready for anything.

Not only does this truck sport a one-of-a-kind wrap, but it is ready to hit the desert as soon as the show ends. Everywhere we looked on the truck we could see one-off custom parts.

“My favorite part of the build is knowing that I have the power, performance, and modifications to do what I want,” Payne said. “It’s insane, I have a one-off, completely custom build, that has a ton of additions that were made specifically for the truck.”

Having a truck like this is one thing, but being able to go out and enjoy it with the family is what it is all about. “For the future, I plan to just dial it in and enjoy it,” Payne said.

The truck is entered into the 2017 Battle of the Builders, and we will have to wait and see what the judges think of this tricked out Colorado. Stay tuned for more vehicles and the latest in automotive technology from the floor at the 2017 SEMA Show!

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Steven Olsewski

Steven Olsewski grew up with a true passion for anything with a motor. He loves his wife and kids, and during the year can be found enjoying quality time together. They are a huge part of his life and their passion for God.
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