Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Real Nissan GT-R Made Into Remote-Controlled Car

Real Nissan GT-R Made Into Remote-Controlled Car

What's more, it's a completely remote-controlled GT-R-renamed the GT-R/C-as demonstrated by Nissan racing driver Jann Mardenborough, who drove the vehicle around the Silverstone racing circuit from the passenger seat of a helicopter circling above. To celebrate the upcoming release of Gran Turismo Sport, made one of its GT-R cars drivable with a PlayStation controller.

Mardenborough is handy with both PS4 controller and steering wheel: he's one of the most successful winners of GT Academy, Nissan's "driver discovery and development" programme that puts gamers into real-life motorsport.

As shown in the video above, NISMO athlete and GT Academy victor Jann Mardenborough put the special GT-R to the test, driving it around Silverstone's famous National Circuit from a helicopter cockpit above.

This is the Nissan GT-R/C, a full-size, unrestricted, 2011-model R35, capable of 313km/h, modified to be driven remotely entirely by a DualShock®4 controller.

Mardenborough's best lap of the 2.6 Silverstone loop circuit was 1m17.47, averaging 122km/h and hitting a top speed of 211km/h. Fitted with six rear-mounted computers relaying information between the controller and auto at 100 times per seconds, the GT-R/C also featured a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor to relay speed data to an LCD display for Mardenborough.

Real Nissan GT-R Made Into Remote-Controlled Car
Real Nissan GT-R Made Into Remote-Controlled Car

The cool auto was made to celebrate twenty years of Nissan's involvement with the Gran Turismo franchise as well as the upcoming release of Gran Turismo Sport, which gets released in the United States on October 17. Robots inside the auto controlled steering, transmission, throttle, and brakes. In the back of the vehicle, six computers updated the controls at up to 100 times a second to make sure the GT-R didn't miss a beat. The controller itself was completely unmodified connected to a microcomputer with a wireless operation control range of one kilometre. A Racelogic VBox Motorsport sensor relays speed data to the "remote" driver.

Dubbed the GT-R/C (R/C for "remote control"), the vehicle was actually a modified 2011 model with a top speed of 196 miles per hour.

Mardenborough described the event as "once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff".

James Brighton, JLB Design's James Brighton said: "The GT-R /C presented some unique challenges and a number of engineering firsts for us".

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