Skip to main content

This tricked-out Nissan Titan is a go-anywhere basecamp on wheels

Nissan has turned the Titan pickup truck into a rugged house on wheels named Project Basecamp that’s ready for your next adventure, or whatever apocalyptic event you’re bracing for.

Project Basecamp started life as a regular Titan, but it didn’t stay stock for very long. Nissan created a self-contained, self-sustaining machine by adding over 60 aftermarket parts and accessories to the truck. The highlights include a portable fridge/freezer unit, a tent mounted on a purpose-built roof rack, an awning, 7-inch lights, a storage drawer in the bed, and car-to-car communication technology.

The truck’s battery wouldn’t last for very long if you used it to power all of the onboard accessories, plus every gadget in your backpack. To make you sure never need to ask a fellow adventurer for a jump, Project Basecamp is equipped with a Goal Zero solar panel that tops up a compact Yeti power station.

Building a rig you can live in is useless if you can’t leave the city. To that end, the Titan benefits from a three-inch suspension lift, all-terrain tires wrapped around beadlock wheels, and fender flares all around. Skid plates and heavy-duty bumpers on both ends help minimize damage from boulders, trees, or anything else mother nature hurls at the Titan.

The builders haven’t touched anything in the engine bay. Project Basecamp retains the Titan’s stock, 5.0-liter turbodiesel V8 engine. It moves all of that gear with ease by pumping out 310 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and a stout 555 pound-feet of torque at a low 1,600 rpm. The oil-burner shifts through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Nissan stresses Project Basecamp is merely a concept built to turn heads during the Overland Expo, and it won’t join the Titan lineup as a factory-built model. However, a majority of the add-ons you see are readily available from various aftermarket manufacturers, so building a truck just like Project Basecamp is possible if you have deep enough pockets.

Ronan Glon
Ronan Glon is an American automotive and tech journalist based in southern France. As a long-time contributor to Digital…
With 1,800 horsepower, Bugatti’s Tourbillon brings plug-ins past the Prius
The Bugatti Tourbillon is a plug-in hybrid.

Plug-in hybrid technology has reached the automotive industry’s upper echelon. Bugatti has unveiled the Tourbillon, the long-awaited successor to the Chiron, with a gasoline-electric drivetrain rated at 1,800 horsepower, 3D-printed parts in the suspension, and an unusual sound system that has no speakers.

Bugatti developed the Tourbillon on a blank slate. The big coupe’s proportions are relatively close to the Chiron’s because the two cars need to fulfill a similar mission: cruise safely and comfortably at jaw-dropping speeds. Bugatti hints that hitting 250-plus-mph is well within the Tourbillon’s scope of capabilities. For context, the Chiron set a speed record and became the first car to break the 300-mph barrier when it reached 304 mph in 2019, so the brand knows a thing or two about speed.

Read more
Tesla has teased three new cars — but what are they?
Tesla Roadster

Tesla is expanding its lineup. We've known for some time that Tesla has been working on two new models, but at a recent shareholders meeting, CEO Elon Musk showed off a slide that showed three cars under a white sheet -- suggesting that there are actually three new Tesla vehicles in the pipeline. The new models will expand its consumer lineup to eight cars -- which will hopefully mean that the company offers something for everyone.

But what are those new vehicles? Of course, there's still a lot we don't know about the new Tesla models. However, Tesla itself has offered some information --- and plenty of rumors have also surfaced about what the company is potentially working on.

Read more
EVs may produce more emissions during manufacturing, but they quickly catch up
european cars getting bigger engines emissions car pollution smog

Electric vehicles are here in full force, and while they're still more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts, prices are slowly, but surely coming down. In fact, EVs are likely to be just as affordable as internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in the next few years. But like anything, there are pros and cons to buying an EV over an ICE vehicle. For example, on average, it's cheaper to charge an electric vehicle than to fill the gas tank of an ICE vehicle -- not to mention the lower costs of maintenance.

At face value, having a smaller impact on the environment is also a tick in the EV column. But as many have been rightfully pointing out, the impact that EVs have on the environment is a little more complicated than the simple fact that they're not using gasoline and themselves emitting carbon dioxide. For example, what about the emissions involved with manufacturing an electric vehicle compared to a gas-powered vehicle? What about the materials in those huge batteries?

Read more