When #racecar is life, but you don’t have a trailer…

Nissan decided to celebrate the last Micra Cup race of the 2016 season by doing something special. They built a one-off car cradle that fits into the bed of the Nissan Titan XD. Powered by an electro hydraulic pump, this aluminum rig lifts the Nissan Micra onto the Titan XD’s bed for hauling.

"With the Titan XD, we have recently launched one of the most capable and well-rounded pick-ups which creates an entirely new truck segment,” said Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada. “To top it all off, Nissan’s motorsport persona is alive and well in Canada through the Nissan Micra Cup spec series. The Titan Hauler XD project truck merges the vehicles at the opposite ends of the spectrum of Nissan vehicles available in the Canadian market by bringing together two vehicles in a visually spectacular way."

Motorsports in Action, a Quebec-based company, developed the project. Not only did MIA build the gurney rig, they also had to modify the Titan XD to hold all the weight. The Crew Cab pickup equipped with the Cummins turbodiesel has a payload capacity of 2,091 pounds from the factory. More was needed since the Nissan Micra alone weighs 2,302 pounds. Add to that the weight of the gurney rig and all its support structure. MIA reinforced the Titan XD’s chassis in strategic spots and beefed up the rear suspension system.

"I’ve had the opportunity to work with Nissan on several projects including the Micra Cup race cars and the Rogue Warrior extreme prototype,” said MIA owner Carl Hermez. “So when Nissan came to me with the idea of putting the race car in the bed of the TITAN XD, I was immediately excited by the challenge."

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Why it matters

Projects like this are always interesting; not only from a marketing standpoint, but also from an engineering one. It’s awesome to see such a gurney system get fabricated and integrated onto the Titan XD. It’s seriously doubtful anything like this has a practical application with the Titan XD, but it’s still awesome to see it get done. It’s also immensely fun to watch the GIF.

At the same time, I’d hate to drive this rig around a corner. The center of gravity has to be somewhere around the Titan XD’s door handles, surely making it rather unstable. Nevertheless, it’s an awesome setup that will definitely attract attention.

Press Release

This weekend, Nissan will present its TITAN Hauler XD project truck at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the last Micra Cup race in Ontario of the season, bringing together the extremes of the Nissan Canada line-up – the TITAN XD full-size pickup truck and the Micra subcompact. The TITAN Hauler XD project truck builds on the production TITAN XD’s already exceptional towing and hauling capabilities by almost doubling the payload rating with a Nissan Micra Cup race car secured in the truck bed. The Nissan TITAN Hauler XD project truck effectively puts Canada’s most affordable racing series on a pedestal as the second season enters its final month in the 2016 calendar.

"It’s a great time to be part of the Nissan family," said Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc. "With the TITAN XD, we have recently launched one of the most capable and well-rounded pick-ups which creates an entirely new truck segment. To top it all off, Nissan’s motorsport persona is alive and well in Canada through the Nissan Micra Cup spec series. The TITAN Hauler XD project truck merges the vehicles at the opposite ends of the spectrum of Nissan vehicles available in the Canadian market by bringing together two vehicles in a visually spectacular way."

The TITAN Hauler XD project truck was developed entirely by Quebec-based Motorsports in Action (MIA), which designed and built a customized aluminum rig that was affixed to the bed of the TITAN XD. The deployment is operated by an electro hydraulic pump that operates cylinders that move the platform on and off the truck. The platform holds the Nissan Micra Cup race car in place, and moves forward and backwards for precise loading and unloading.

The payload capacity of the TITAN HAULER XD project truck’s bed is almost double the already impressive payload capacity rating of the Nissan TITAN XD, which was achieved through strategic reinforcement of the TITAN XD chassis and suspension.

"I’ve had the opportunity to work with Nissan on several projects including the Micra Cup race cars and the Rogue Warrior extreme prototype, so when Nissan came to me with the idea of putting the race car in the bed of the TITAN XD, I was immediately excited by the challenge," said Carl Hermez, owner, MIA Motorsport. "It’s great to be part of another Nissan prototype exercise that is uniquely Canadian, very imaginative and pushing the limits outside of everyone’s expectations."

In production form, the TITAN XD Crew Cab offers some of the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – including an available maximum towing capacity of 12,314 pounds (diesel engine) and maximum payload capacity of 2,594 pounds (gas engine) when properly equipped – yet has affordability closer to a half-ton pickup.

Nissan will launch its first single cab full-size pickup truck this fall, in both the TITAN XD and TITAN half-ton variants. The single cabs will have the power, torque, heavy duty chassis and durability demanded by today’s demanding worksites – including the highest towing capacities and payloads in the ever-expanding TITAN lineup.

"We are excited to see the reaction of racing enthusiasts at this weekend’s race at Mosport, where they will see the TITAN Hauler XD project truck for the first time," said Paiva.

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