A ‘pickup’ or bakkie can’t be compared in any conceivable way to the likes of land speed hungry vehicles like the Bloodhound SSC. Nonetheless Nissan North America want the Titan XD ‘Triple Nickel’ (revealed at SEMA) to set a new land speed record and they are confident that it can triumph against previous records set by vehicles in its class.
The current records in the two classes that the Titan will compete in sit at 307kph in the D/DT Class and 185kph in the FIA Class A-III-9.
This Titan XD houses a Cummings 5.0-litre V8 turbo diesel engine under the bonnet and gained the nickname ‘Triple Nickel’ because of its 752Nm torque output.
The build process started just a few weeks ago and at this point the race truck features a specially lowered suspension, a ground-hugging front air dam, bed cover, disc wheel covers, no side mirrors, a safety parachute, custom. A roll cage and other safety equipment will still to be added.