Fourth “Truckumentary” About Nissan Titan Development Drops Today - VIDEO
New Video Highlights Extreme Durability Testing
Nissan premiered the fourth installment of its “TITAN Truckumentary” video series on YouTube today. The short film focuses on the durability testing the 2016 Titan underwent at the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Farmington, Michigan, and the company’s Arizona Test Center (ATC) in Stanfield.
As you probably know, most vehicles go through various tests while still under development to ensure a high-quality final product for consumers. However, we were surprised at the extent and harshness of those tests, which Durability Test Engineer Scott Coll says simulates about 15 years of regular use. Actual human drivers perform many of the tests at ATC, offering personal, seat-of-the-pants feedback that helps designers tighten tolerances, reduce squeaks and rattles, and improve overall quality. They drive the Titan over rough roads, through potholes, and on wavy roads, taxing the vehicle’s structure and suspension to the limit.
In addition to the real-world testing done at ATC, the Titan is also evaluated in simulated environments at NTCNA, primarily done on a four-post shaker. Body and Chassis Test Engineer Mike Valencia says the suspension testing done in Michigan simulates about 375,000 miles of regular driving, all done in about one month.
The video has a few wince-worthy moments, as test engineers are seemingly intent on destroying the all-new Titan. Still, as one engineer put it, if the trucks are rattle-free and reliable after 10 years on the road, they can feel good about a job well done.
If you missed the other “TITAN Truckumentary” chapters, we’ve embedded them below, along with the most recent installment.
TITAN Truckumentary Chapter 1: Our Truck History
TITAN Truckumentary Chapter 2: The Quarterback
TITAN Truckumentary Chapter 3: Sketch Pad
TITAN Truckumentary Chapter 4: TITAN Tough