There are Guinness World Records that make some sense, just as there are records that are plain stupid. But most of them fall in the shady grey area between the two extremes and you can’t really judge if them. Take Chevrolet’s new stunt, for instance. It got them the title for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle.
Now, to Americans, obviously, this is an awesome thing to do. It’s just so ‘Murica, isn’t it? A giant American flag, pulled by a pickup truck – and a Chevy no less – around Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval track. Those words are enough to give every red blooded American a massive patriotic boner. A European, meanwhile, might look at the spectacle and thing it is rather unsophisticated and just a vulgar thing to do in this day and age. And as for Chevrolet, well they don’t give a damn. They’re just happy their 2017 Silverado HD gets some top-notch publicity out of the affair.
With 445 horsepower (332 kW) and 910 lb.-ft. of torque (1,234 Nm) from a Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine, the flag pulling Chevrolet Silverado completed four laps around the Texas Motor Speedway without the lag touching the ground. The Guinness only needed a 100 meters, so it is fair to say the Silverado really outperformed there. If Chevy’s marketing people are clever they will come up, in light of this event, with a special “Murica, F*ck Yea!” edition.
“The Duramax 6.6L’s 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque are dramatic numbers, deserving of a dramatic introduction,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck marketing director. “And it’s all the more fitting to introduce it on the eve of the State Fair of Texas, in the country’s largest truck market.”