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Nissan, Cummins to Attempt Land Speed Record in 2016 TITAN XD “Triple Nickel”

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2016 Nissan TITAN XD "Triple Nickel"

It seems that the only thing that Nissan enjoys more than ambiguously teasing vehicles is revealing them. So, it was with great relish that Nissan revealed the offhandedly-mentioned Cummins® Project TITAN XD at the SEMA show: Project Triple Nickel (the name is a reference to the stock truck’s 555 lb-ft of torque).

Triple Nickel is a 2016 TITAN XD modified for speed, with a special lowered suspension, salt-flat-style disc wheel covers, Micket Thompson tires, custom-made front air dam and bed cover, and a Stroud Safety parachute, with additional safety equipment to come, all focused on creating a truck that can break class speed records.

The truck will be competing in the D/DT class, which has a current record of 191 mph, as well as the FIA class A-III-9, which has a current record of 115 mph.

Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. said, “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.”

Both companies have histories in chasing land speed records, with Cummins vehicles racing all the way back in 1931, and Nissan’s “Hardbody” compact pickup breaking records in 1994.