Toyota's new Tundra Double Cab has all the refined features and capabilities we love in the Tundra. The back-seat area is well designed to allow comfortable transport of people and convenient transport of cargo. Though perhaps the exterior styling is not as sporting as we'd like, it's still a worthy competitor and worth your time to testdrive.
We Drove It. It's The 21st Century's First Supertruck, But We Can't Tell You About It Until Next Month Spec to spec, Dodge's new 500hp Viper V-10-powered SRT-10 supertruck puts Ford's Lightning on the trailer. But that's all we can tell you for now. Check with us next month for the Sport Truck of The Year to get the inside dope and a head-to-head comparison of all the trick trucks rolling into the showroom this fall. But for now, we'll have to let this picture tell the story. The February issue of Sport Truck magazine featuring the Sport Truck of The Year competition will hit your newsstand December 12, 2003.
Nissan's New Fullsize Pickup/SUV V-8 Built in TennesseeNissan's entrance into the fullsize truck market took a big step as the first Nissan Endurance V-8 engine was produced at the automaker's newly expanded engine plant in Decherd, Tennessee, this past August.
Nissan's all-new 5.6L 32-valve DOHC V-8 will power the fullsize Nissan Pathfinder Armada sport utility vehicle as well as the Titan King Cab and Crew Cab fullsize pickup trucks. Both vehicles will be built at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, facility. The new engine offers one of the highest standard horsepower/ torque ratings in the fullsize, light-duty SUV class.
Built on a new state-of-the-art line at the engine assembly plant, the design of the Endurance V-8 features an aluminum engine block with cast-iron cylinder liners, chain-driven dual overhead camshafts with silent single-stage timing chain, microfinished forged-steel crankshaft and camshaft, molybdenum-coated pistons, and electronic drive-by-wire throttle for precise control. The engine is rated at 305 hp at 4,900 rpm and 385 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra Race Truck's First Test SessionThe NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra race truck, which will make its racing debut in February 2004 at Daytona, ran its initial test yesterday at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, North Carolina. The historic session was the first for the manufacturer since it officially submitted the truck to NASCAR in July. Veteran racer Joe Ruttman handled the driving duties at the 0.455-mile oval. The test was conducted to learn the Tundra race truck's basic characteristics, evaluate systems, and gain first impressions on downforce and balance. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra, powered by an NASCAR-legal pushrod V-8 built on a specially cast block from Toyota in Japan, will continue testing throughout the fall in preparation for the 2004 season.
Welding With Sound: And You Thought Your Sound System Was the ShizzyAluminum vehicle bodies will soon be welded with a new technology that uses ultrasonic vibration instead of heat. The advantage is energy savings. About eight times less energy is consumed using ultrasonic metal welding versus resistance spot welding. The technology is so promising that Ford and its suppliers received a grant of $4.4 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program to develop the technology for automotive applications. Ultrasonic welding produces a weld through the simultaneous application of localized high-frequency vibration and moderate clamping forces. This technology will be a major factor in reducing the cost of producing aluminum vehicles. Ford plans on developing the welding method and using it first in the production of a low-volume product. After that, it's expected to see wider manufacturing applications.