Cummins and Nissan’s TITAN XD Triple Nickel Aims at Class Land Speed Records

TITAN XD

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We here at Economy Nissan can go on at length about the awesomeness of the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD and the power of its Cummins® 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel and how it’s all quite useful for your day-to-day needs. Nissan and Cummins, however, wanted to know if the truck could hold up as a land speed record racer, leading to the creation of the 2016 TITAN XD Triple Nickel, which was revealed earlier this month at the 2015 SEMA Show.

Cummins and Nissan have had an innovative partnership for more than five years, with excellent results, including the award winning powertrain for the all-new 2016 TITAN XD truck,” Jeff Caldwell, general manager of Global Pickup & Van Business, Cummins, told Nissan’s press site.  “Our working teams have been discussing a land-speed record racing project for some time now, and we are thrilled to debut this truck at the 2015 SEMA Show. Our founder, Clessie Cummins, would be proud of the volunteers willing to spend the time pushing his diesel to its limits.”

Truly, the TITAN XD Triple Nickel is a looker with lowered suspension and a sharp black/white Cummins livery, but it’s more about function than form. The Triple Nickel is fitted with everything from a Stroud Safety parachute to Mickey Thompson tires, and it will eventually be fitted with a roll cage and other safety equipment necessary for it to vie for class speed records.

The 2016 Nissan TITAN SD Triple Nickel will compete in the D/DT class and FIA class A-III-9, in which the current class speed records are 191 mph and 115 mph, respectively. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project.

Nissan Drivers Make WD-40 SuperSprint Top 10 at Phillip Island, Australia

WD-40 SuperSprint top 10

It’s Nissan Racing Time

Three Nissan drivers made it into the WD-40 SuperSprint top 10 finalists, which took place during the weekend of November 20-22 on Phillip Island, Australia. The racers, all driving Nissan Altimas, were Todd Kelly, Rick Kelly, and James Moffat, with another Nissan driver, Michael Caruso, also participating in the race but not placing in the top 10.

Todd Kelly, who took fifth place in the race, saw his strongest race of the year and became the highest finishing driver in the Nissan Motorsport quartet. Rick Kelly came in sixth place even after being rear-ended by competitors, making a comeback thanks to smart use of pit stops and excellent racing.

James Moffat was the eighth place finisher, but he started off much stronger, even leading the pack at one point. A problem with his breaks forced him to fall behind and outside of the top 10, but he fought his way back in. Caruso was another driver whose misfortune caused a drop in the rankings—his rear wheels spinning during a pit stop earned a penalty that took him from the top 5 to 22nd.

Congrats to all the Nissan drivers at the WD-40 race from Economy Nissan in Durango, CO.