2016 Nissan Titan XD Triple Nickel Wants a Land Speed Record

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Nissan is taking its new Titan to the salt flats in search of a new land speed record. 

Called project Triple Nickel, a nod to the Cummins diesel’s 555 pound-feet of torque, this truck has been built specially for going fast in a straight line.

It features lowered suspension, disk wheel covers, Mickey Thompson tires, an Ultra Shield racing seat, a specially build front air dam, a brushed-nickel wrap and a safety parachute out back to make sure it can stop. Nissan says that this truck isn’t quite ready to actually tackle the record yet, as it is still missing a roll cage and additional safety equipment.

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Both Cummins and Nissan both currently employ land speed record holders who are acting as advisors on the project. The truck will compete in the D/DT class (current record 191 MPH) as well as the FIA class A-III-9 (record 115 MPH).

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“Cummins and Nissan have had an innovative partnership for more than five years, with excellent results, including the award winning powertrain for the all-new 2016 TITAN XD truck,” said Jeff Caldwell, general manager of Global Pickup & Van Business, Cummins.  “Our working teams have been discussing a land-speed record racing project for some time now, and we are thrilled to debut this truck at the 2015 SEMA Show. Our founder, Clessie Cummins, would be proud of the volunteers willing to spend the time pushing his diesel to its limits.”

Nissan wouldn’t say when we can expect to actually see this truck in action, but there’s no doubt that it will be great to see this big diesel rig, hauling ass across the salt flats.

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  • Diesel Driver

    I can’t imagine that the 115 mph record will be anything other than easy peesy. The 191 mph record will require some really tall gears. I’m kind of disappointed that the two newest light truck engines from Cummins are V configuration rather than inline. To me, inline seems the way to go. Yes it’s heavier but it keeps all the hot stuff on one side and all the cool stuff on the other. With overhead cams you get a good crossflow going and more room for everything. You can do the crossflow with a V engine but it gets really wide. Anything with twin turbos gets really bulky on top or even more so on the side. I’ll stick with my 5.9.

    Added thought, I wonder if they have any intention of going after the record for towing which stands at a bit over 141 mph if I remember correctly.

  • Taylor Smith

    A naturally aspirated v8 titan with wot turned off with no other performance parts the nissan titan will do every bit of 140mph ide say the XD will have no problem keeping up the power to keep gaining top speed my titan has a ram air KN cold intake and the bullydog and the secondary cats off. I had no problem doing 142 and holding it steadily so we will see what the XD can really do with some real performance added.