Sure, it’s pretty unconventional to choose a big pickup truck to go hunt for some land speed records, but Nissan feels confident that their Titan XD ‘Triple Nickel’ will do the job just fine.
With a Cummings 5.0-litre V8 turbo diesel engine under the bonnet, this Nissan Titan XD gained the nickname ‘Triple Nickel’ thanks to its monster torque figure that sits at 555lb ft (752Nm).
The specially prepared truck was revealed at SEMA as a working collaboration between Cummings and Nissan North America. The project is based on the 2016 Titan XD and the build process started just a few weeks ago.
The race truck currently features a specially lowered suspension, salt-flat style disc wheel covers, Mickey Thompson tires, a Stroud Safety parachute, custom front air dam and bed covers, and of course a racing livery wrap. The truck will be completed within the next few months with additional modifications such as a roll cage and other safety equipment in order to be ready for setting new class speed records.
Speaking of which, the current records in the two classes the Titan XD ‘Triple Nickel’ will compete currently sit at 191mph (D/DT Class) and 115mph (FIA Class A-III-9).
“Land speed record racing is one of the most intriguing and difficult forms of motorsport,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America. “What we learn from this undertaking will be beneficial to all as TITAN is continuously developed.”