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12 October 2017, 12:41 | Rudolph Thomas
Nissan Raced A GT-R Around A Track At 210KM/H, Using A PS4 Controller
Specifically, it's the GT-R/C, since it's a radio-controlled GT-R, piloted with a standard DualShock 4 controller that's plugged into a computer that remotely controls a series of robots installed in the car's interior which manipulate the wheel, accelerator, brakes, and transmission.
The vehicle was created to promote Gran Turismo Sport and saw the Nissan GT-R /C fitted with four individual robots that control the steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle.
GT Academy victor and full-time Nismo racer Jann Mardenborough demonstrated the effectiveness of the system at Silverstone on its 1.6-mile National circuit, where he controlled the 542bhp supercar - the GT-R /C was based on a 2011-spec model - from a low-flying helicopter above. Therefore, Mardenborough was approached to be the first driver of the GT-R /C because of his talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsport.
He managed to complete a lap of the circuit in just 1 minute 17 seconds - averaging 76mph and reaching a top speed of 131mph. Jann controlled the GT-R/C from the cockpit of a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, which had been given special permission to operate at a low altitude.
The Nissan GT-R is often thought of as the ultimate PlayStation (PS) vehicle.
As for the tech in the vehicle, it was fitted with four robots operating the steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle.
As explained on Jalopnik, the DualShock 4 controller was connected to a microcomputer that transmitted signals to the GT-R/C.
"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", said Mardenborough.
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.
Now racing full-time for Nissan in Japan, Mardenborough starred in the latest round of the Super GT Championship last weekend in Thailand, qualifying on the front row and setting the fastest lap of the race.
The GT-R/C will tour primary and secondary schools in an effort to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
The GT-R /C was engineered in the United Kingdom by JLB Design, using a standard-spec 404kW V6-powered 2011 R35.
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