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Car & Driver: Bang a Gong, Camion! Nissan’s Micra-Carrying Titan XD Race Hauler

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TItan Hauler XD

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Nissan Canada turned a Titan XD into a racing support vehicle, built to carry a Micra Cup car to and from the track. By way of explanation, let’s take a hard left turn into the filmography of Rick Moranis, shall we? Imagine if Bob McKenzie had been hit by Wayne Szalinski’s shrink ray, leaving his brother Doug to carry him around, lest he be gobbled up by Audrey II. In this instance, the carnivorous plant is obviously a stand-in for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. With our obligatory Great White North reference out of the way, let’s have a look at the meat of this double-backed beast.

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TItan Hauler XD

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To celebrate the end of the second season of Canada’s Micra Cup series while illustrating the meaty musculature of the Titan XD, Nissan’s north-of-the-border operation commissioned the duo you see here. Officially (and sensibly) called the Titan Hauler XD, the pickup was retrofitted for duty by Quebec’s Motosports in Action (MIA), which built the hydraulically actuated, Micra-lifting aluminum sled. MIA also reinforced the bed, which Nissan claims nearly doubles the Titan XD’s 2091-pound payload rating.

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The truck, emblazoned with the French tagline “Le Titan des Camions,” made its debut at the last Micra Cup race of the year, which took place at Mosport in Ontario this past weekend. Presumably, the crowds were mesmerized by its mechanical watusi. If you missed it, just watch the clip below.

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