Nissan Aims for Land Speed Record with 2016 Titan XD
Don’t think full-size trucks can be blisteringly fast? Think again. What you’re looking at is very likely the fastest Nissan Titan pickup truck in the world. Meet the 2016 Titan XD “Triple Nickel.” Unveiled on Tuesday at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the “Triple Nickel” represents a combined land speed record initiative from Nissan North American and engine supplier Cummins, which outfits the 2016 Titan XD with its new 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8. According to Nissan, the project is only a few weeks old but the speed-themed Titan is surely beginning to take shape. RELATED: See more images of the 2016 Nissan Titan XD The “Triple Nickel,” named after the Cummins V8’s 555 lb.-ft. torque rating, sports a lowered suspension, low-drag disc wheel covers, redesigned front air-dam and bed cover, Mickey Thompson tires, as well as a full roll cage, safety parachute, and Ultra Shield racing seat. Under the hood, the 5.0-liter Cummins generates 310 horsepower in stock configuration, though this mill is said to be tuned for high speeds.
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So just how high are Nissan and Cummins aiming? The automaker says the truck will compete in the D/DT land speed class, of which the record stands at a tall 191 mph, as well as the FIA’s class A-111-9 category. While the Triple Nickel is certainly a marketing tool, the land speed record truck does stand to improve and develop future products given the aerodynamic and engine performance data it will glean.
It also isn’t Cummins or Nissan’s first foray into land speed record racing. In fact, in 1930 company founder Clessie Cummins captivated onlookers at Daytona Beach when he drove a Cummins-powered Packard Roadster to a top speed of 80.3 mph—pretty quick for a diesel in its day. In the mid 1990s, Nissan modified one of its four-cylinder Hardbody pickup trucks for land speed racing, and hit 142 mph at the legendary Bonneville salt flats.
Want to get a closer look at the screaming turbodiesel land speed truck? The 2016 Triple Nickel Titan XD is currently on display at the Nissan booth at the 2015 SEMA Show.
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