The automaker’s set to break some records.
Full-size pickup trucks aren’t the go-to option for all-out speed. But Nissan thinks that using its full-size Titan to set land-speed records is a good idea. Is the automaker crazy or is this an act of genius? However, Nissan isn’t going at this with a stock Titan. The automaker is confident that the Titan XD “Triple Nickel” is right for the job. The truck is a collaboration between Nissan North America and engine supplier Cummins. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see a Cummins 5.0-liter V8 turbo diesel engine under the Titan XD’s hood.
The Cummins turbo diesel produces 555 lb-ft of torque, which is where Nissan got the name “Triple Nickel.” Besides the powerful engine, the truck has specially lowered suspension, Mickey Thompson tires, salt-flat style disc wheel covers, custom front air dam and bed covers, a Stroud Safety parachute, as well as a racing livery wrap. The truck still has a long way to go and will be completed within the next few months with additional modifications including a roll cage and other safety equipment. The Titan XD “Triple Nickel” will be competing in the D/DT Class (current top speed 191 mph) and the FIA Class A-III-9 (current record 115 mph).