The Chevrolet Astro is a humble, unassuming vehicle. The practical boxy vans once ferried families and products all over America, giving blue collar Americans a reliable yet affordable alternative to pickup trucks or unibody minivans.
One of the employees of Hoonigan Media Machine (the guys responsible for the tire-shredding Gymkhana videos series) is all about that #VanLife and has a rather beat up Chevrolet Astro as his daily driver. The YouTube channel decided his sad-looking van was in dire need of some upgrades, so naturally, they set to work turning it into an off-road ready, go-anywhere vehicle.
Some of the upgrades applied to the van include Pirelli Scorpion off-road tires, Raceline 15-inch off-road wheels, a lift kit, Pro Comp shocks, a winch bar and a Rough Country winch. It might not sound like much, but when you’re used to Astro vans with nothing but mismatching body panels and some rust, it makes the Astro look truly badass. That’s probably why Hoonigan decided to nickname the van the ‘Badasstro’. We wonder if that license plate is available in California?
Of course, the upgrades don’t go smoothly (do they ever?) The guys hit a few snags along the way, including an issue with a fuel line, but eventually get the van put together. We must say, we never knew we wanted a lifted Chevrolet Astro before, but after looking at the Badasstro van, we may need to start looking at online classified ads for them..
Check out the video embedded above to watch your average, ratty Chevrolet Astro get transformed into an off-roader in a matter of minutes. This probably won’t be the last we see of the lifted Astro, as Hoonigan typically features their various shop cars in their YouTube videos, so we’ll be sure to bring you more news on the ‘Badasstro’ as Hoonigan releases it.