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New, Interesting, and Fun Things About HD Trucks - Lug Nuts

The Latest 8-Lug News

Tori Tellem
Jun 4, 2015
Photographers: Courtesy Of The Manufacturers
Big Rig Racing Returns to U.S. in 2015
The Meritor ChampTruck World Series is all about competitive big rig road racing, and 2015 is its inaugural season, wherein it will have 10 events across North America, including Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Been wondering where big rig truck racing’s been in the U.S.? Rightly so–this is the first time for major racetracks to partake in this kind of racing since 1993. Any conventional or cab-over truck that’s at least five years old can compete. For a full calendar of events and rules, head to champtruck.us.com.
Photo 2/9   |   Semi Race Truck
New Yokohama Truck-Tire Website
Meet the website dedicated to Yokohama’s commercial tires: yokohamatruck.com. There are all sorts of goods there, including a tire inspection guide for helping fleet customers identify common tire issues and solutions, a fuel-savings calculator, a tire-inflation-pressure calculator, and updates on anything and everything Yokohama tire-related.
Photo 3/9   |   Yokohama Website
2016 Nissan Titan XD’s Two-Stage Turbocharger
The Cummins Turbo Technologies two-stage turbocharger that’s appearing in the new ’16 Nissan Titan XD is its most noteworthy version of the two-stager to date. The next-generation Holset M2 system with Rotary Turbine Control equates to lower emissions levels and improved efficiency and driveability. It was developed between Cummins Engine Business and Nissan just for this pickup.
Photo 4/9   |   2016 Nissan Titan XD S Two Stage Turbocharger
Daimler Truck’s SuperTruck
Daimler Truck North America’s SuperTruck is a study in improved efficiency of road freight transport and technological innovation. Aerodynamics, energy management, powertrain, and other areas are being observed for reducing fuel consumption. The SuperTruck has a GVWR of 65,000 pounds and, in testdrives thus far, has gotten 12.2 mpg, averaging 65 mph. If the SuperTruck seems familiar to you, it’s because the study began in 2010 and has been supported through a grant of $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. P.S. The DOE was eyeballing a 50 percent improvement in freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks. So far, the SuperTruck has seen a 115-percent improvement over an ’09 baseline truck.
Photo 5/9   |   Daimler Truck S SuperTruck
Women in Trucking Image Team
In an effort to encourage more women to enter the trucking industry, Women in Trucking has created the Image Team. The team will speak to the media and other drivers as well as do ride-alongs with legislators and industry leaders and work with the Women in Trucking organization.
Photo 6/9   |   Women In Truckin
Goodyear Names 32nd Highway Hero
Back in 1983, Goodyear established the Highway Hero Award for professional truck drivers who risked their lives to help others as they traveled the highways of North America. The 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero is Clinton Blackburn of Morehead, Kentucky. His heroic act stemmed from observing a sheriff’s car go toward the median and then come to a stop. Clinton noticed the driver was being strangled by a prisoner he was transporting, so he sprang into action and began struggling with the prisoner in an effort to help save the officer. During this, the prisoner pulled the officer’s gun, but Clinton grabbed the barrel and pointed it toward the dashboard while the sheriff freed himself. The prisoner’s next attempts to turn the gun on Clinton and to drive away failed. For his acts, Clinton received a Highway Hero ring, a $5,000 prize, and more.
Photo 7/9   |   Goodyear Highway Hero Logo
How GM Revolutionized Collision Repair
The ’15 Chevy Silverado has a key reason to be studied by all automakers: less time and fewer costs for body repairs, thanks to advanced materials and unique engineering. For example, depending on the impact, the front framerail section repairs could be done to a leading section of the frame instead of replacing the entire chassis. Also, for roof panels, replacements are designed to be nearly plug-and-play via preinstalled holes and studs. And if the bed is damaged, a full box may not be required. Now, the outer bedside or bedside assembly may be able to be repaired from the bed floor out.
Photo 8/9   |   Chevy Emblem
Ford Tonka Dump Truck
This Tonka truck is a unique Ford F-750, sporting not only the 6.7L Power Stroke and a custom grille, but also a dump body from Truck Tech Engineers. The (almost) 10-foot-tall specimen will be on display throughout the year at work truck, commercial, and vocational trade shows and is a partnership between Ford and Funrise Toy Corporation, the manufacturer of Tonka-branded products.
Photo 9/9   |   Fullsize Tonka Dump Truck

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