Nissan Attempting Land-Speed Record in Modified Titan XD
Nissan are looking to set new land-speed record in a modified Titan XD with the help of Cummins? Have they got their heads in the clouds, or could we really see a full-size pickup become a record breaker?
Can you set a new land-speed world record in a full-size diesel pickup truck? That’s the question that Nissan are hoping to answer with their modified 2016 Titan XD, which was recently unveiled at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas. And, before you start sniggering at the thought, let us tell you that this Titan looks fast. Very fast.
Nicknamed “Triple Nickel” because its 5.0-litre V8 boasts 555 pound-feet of torque, Nissan’s truck was built in collaboration with Cummins and the modifications only started literally a few weeks ago.
It features a lowered suspension, salt-flat-style disc wheel covers, Mickey Thompson tyres, a racing seat, safety parachute, a front air dam and bed covers.
For safety purposes, a roll cage and other equipment will be added before the world record attempt, as well as other modifications that will help Nissan achieve their land-speed dream.
Competing in the D/DT class, where the current record stands at 191 mph and the FIA class, where the current record stands at 115 mph, Nissan will be hoping their modified Titan XD can hit some serious speeds.
The last time Nissan set a land-speed record was back in 1994 with their “Hardbody” concept, which hit 142.9 mph on the Bonneville salt flats. Couple this pedigree with Cummins’ own history of breaking land-speed records as far back as 1931 at places like Daytona Beach and you can begin to see how much of a potent partnership this could be.
“What better place to show off the latest collaboration between Nissan and Cummins than the 2015 SEMA Show,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc., in a recent statement. “Land speed record racing is one of the most intriguing and difficult forms of motorsport, and what we learn from this undertaking will be beneficial to all as TITAN is continuously developed.”
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