It’s worth noting that this will not be a 300-mph truck; the 2016 Nissan Titan XD will compete in the D/DT class and the FIA class A-III-9, which currently have speed records of 191 mph and 115 mph, respectively. It’s also not the first time Nissan has sent one of its trucks hurtling across the desert as fast as possible, having achieved a 142.9-mph run in a four-cylinder 1994 Nissan Hardbody truck in the mid-1990s.
Dubbed Project Triple Nickel for the fact that its 5.0-liter turbodiesel V-8 engine makes 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD will receive a long list of modifications before it competes for a new speed record. The truck already has received a lowered suspension, aerodynamic “disc” wheel covers, a new front air dam and an aerodynamic tonneau cover, Mickey Thompson racing tires, a racing seat, and a parachute. Still to come are the installation of a roll cage and other safety gear.
We’ll have to wait some time until we find out just how fast you can drive a modified 2016 Nissan Titan XD, but we’ll also have to wait for the truck itself. Although the Titan XD debuted earlier this year at the 2015 Detroit auto show, it won’t go on sale until next year.