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.
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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