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.