Nissan Canada Mixes Big and Little With Titan Hauler XD
Company’s Largest Product Outfitted to Haul Company’s Smallest, the Micra Cup
Nissan Canada will be combining its smallest offering with its largest. Set for a reveal at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend, the company’s Titan Hauler XD is a slick, custom pickup designed to carry a Nissan Micra Cup racecar on its back.
Now, a standard Titan XD’s payload rating is 2,594 pounds when equipped with the gas engine and 2,091 pounds with the diesel. Since the Titan Hauler XD concept is a diesel, its maximum payload rating would likely be too low to haul a car, even if it’s as small as the Micra. To prepare the Hauler for, um, hauling, Nissan applied strategic reinforcements to the truck’s structure, nearly doubling the Cummins-powered truck’s maximum payload rating.
Those improvements under the skin are probably the most significant, but it’s what’s in the bed that has us most interested. Nissan partnered with Motorsports in Action (MIA) to create a custom aluminum rig affixed to the bed of the truck. The rig, which is hydraulically actuated, elevates the Micra Cup racer from ground level to above the bed using a special platform, as shown in the animated GIF below. Impressively, the truck remains fairly level, even with the Micra in full haul position.
So, will the Titan Hauler XD ever make it to production? Probably not. Its uses would be far too specialized for a series-production pickup. Nevertheless, lessons learned from the truck’s strategic improvements could make the jump to the consumer market, bringing even more capability to an already impressive pickup.
Source: Nissan Canada