2015 SEMA Show: Nissan and Cummins present ‘Triple Nickel’ TITAN XD

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 5, 2015

Nissan North America and Cummins have unveiled the latest speed-record challenger at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. This vehicle is the MY2016 Nissan Titan XD powered by Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel.

However, the truck is still under development through "Project Triple Nickel," a moniker that refers to the 555 lb.-ft. torque rating of a stock Titan XD.

Cummins and Nissan North America commenced making modifications on the 2016 Titan XD weeks ago, and those revisions included the installation of a special lowered suspension, Mickey Thompson tires, an Ultra Shield seat, salt-flat style disc wheel covers and a Stroud Safety parachute.

Modifications also include a custom-fabricated front air dam and bed covers as well as a custom, brushed nickel-colored wrap. The companies will further modify the Titan XD in the next few months by installing a roll cage, additional safety equipment and more – all aimed at setting new class speed records.

Both Nissan and Cummins currently have land speed class record holders, both at Bonneville and at the East Coast Timing Association.

The Nissan Titan XD will be competing in the D/DT class, where it will have to beat the current record of 191 mph, and the FIA class A-III-9, which has a standing record for 115 mph.

Pierre Loing, vice president for Product Planning at Nissan North America, Inc., remarked that the SEMA is an ideal event to show off the latest collaboration between Nissan and Cummins.

He remarked that the experiences gained from the Project Triple Nickel will surely benefit the carmaker as it continues to develop the Titan.

Jeff Caldwell, general manager of Global Pickup & Van Business at Cummins, remarked that both companies have had an innovative partnership for over five years, producing excellent results.

He remarked that working teams from each company have been discussing a land-speed record racing project, an incomplete version of which will be shown at the 2015 SEMA Show.

Cummins has been involved in land-speed record racing since 1931, competing on Daytona Beach, on the salt flats of Bonneville and on the airstrips of Wilmington, Ohio. The company has racked up plenty of achievements at different arenas like DAKAR rallies and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as in off-shore racing.

Press Release

NISSAN JOINS CUMMINS® IN LAND SPEED RECORD ATTEMPT WITH SPECIAL 2016 TITAN XD

Fresh from being named the "Truck of Texas" by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), the 2016 TITAN XD, with its Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel, makes an ideal, if unconventional, land speed record racer. Dubbed "Project Triple Nickel" as an homage to a stock TITAN XD's 555 lb.-ft. torque rating, the specially outfitted truck was revealed today at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

"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. "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."

"Project Triple Nickel" is a working collaboration between Cummins and Nissan North America. Modification began on the 2016 TITAN XD a few weeks ago, and thus far it features a special lowered suspension, salt-flat style disc wheel covers, Mickey Thompson tires, an Ultra Shield seat, a Stroud Safety parachute, a custom-fabricated front air dam and bed covers and a custom, brushed nickel-colored wrap. Additional modifications – including a roll cage, additional safety equipment and more – will be added within the next few months as the truck is developed with an eye toward setting new class speed records.

Both companies currently employ land speed class record holders, both at Bonneville as well as the East Coast Timing Association, which holds events in Wilmington, Ohio. Those employees, on a volunteer basis, will help guide the ongoing project, with the truck competing in the D/DT class (current record 191 MPH) as well as the FIA class A-III-9 (record 115 MPH).

"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."

Cummins has a long history in land-speed record racing, starting in 1931 on Daytona Beach and continuing to the salt flats of Bonneville and the airstrips of Wilmington, Ohio. Cummins inherent durability and endurance has also been proven at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in off-shore racing, DAKAR rallies, and countless competitive pulling events demonstrating the "overkill" characteristic that make up the Cummins DNA.

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