Nissan and Cummins Collaborate on Titan XD Land Speed Truck
Team Hoping to Set New Records with Project “Triple Nickel”
When one typically thinks of land speed records, a low-slung, bullet-shaped, almost-aircraft-looking vehicle with narrow wheels comes to mind. However, there are actually dozens of different vehicle classifications for those wishing to compete for a land speed record, including diesel trucks. The newest vehicle to throw its hat into the fray to compete for the record books is a specially modified 2016 Nissan Titan XD, powered by the Cummins 5.0L V-8. Dubbed project “Triple Nickel,” in reference to the engine’s 555-lb-ft torque output, the truck is a collaboration between Cummins and Nissan engineers.
The truck will be eligible to compete in two classes: D/DT and FIA A-III-9. Most of the modifications made on the truck are for compliance with safety rules and include disc wheel covers for aerodynamics, Mickey Thompson tires, an Ultra Heat shield, Stroud Safety parachute, custom front air dam and rear bed covers, and a rollcage.
Cummins has a history of competing in land-speed racing, beginning in 1931 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Nissan most recently set a record for a compact pickup in 1994 with a “Hardbody” that competed at El Mirage and Bonneville. The four-cylinder truck attained a top speed of 142.9 mph at Bonneville. Project Triple Nickel will be on display in Nissan’s booth at the SEMA Show.