Nissan GT-R Remotely Driven With PS Controller Hits 130 miles per hour

Nissan GT-R Remotely Driven With PS Controller Hits 130 miles per hour

While this is merely a Nissan publicity stunt, seeing the GTR/C work in real life makes you wonder if there is potential for a giant remote control race series - one which takes a much more relaxed approach to contact during the race...

Its latest stunt is the flawless cross-over between real life and video games, though - the company hooked up a GT-R with servomotors and robotics to control steering, acceleration, braking and gearshifts, and then made all that run through a PlayStation 4 controller.

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.

A RaceLogic data logger relayed telematics information to Mardenborough via a screen in the helicopter, while his movements on the PS4 controller's analogue sticks and buttons were monitored up to 100 times a second by the GT-R/C's system; the position of the GT-R/C's steering was measureable in no fewer then 65,000 positions.

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.

No stranger to a gamepad then, Jann clocked a fastest lap of 1 minute 17 seconds with an average speed of 76mph, hitting a top speed of 131 miles per hour.

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The GT-R /C is also fitted with two independent safety systems, operating on different radio frequencies, which allow two additional operators to apply full ABS braking and cut the engine in the event of the main operator losing control of the vehicle.

Mardenborough, who was discovered by Nissan when he won the gaming GT Academy in 2011 before being thrust into a professional motorsport career, said: "The GT-R /C has brought my two worlds together - the virtual one of gaming and the reality of motorsport - in a way I never thought possible". "This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff".

"The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be", Mardenborough explained. JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well.

Mardenborough, 26, sat in the cockpit of a helicopter as he tailed the Nissan GT-R around the home of racing on the Bucks and Northamptonshire border.

A 2011 GT-R was rigged with remote control receivers, six computers and four robots to control the steering, brakes, accelerator and gearbox. "Now that's innovation that excites!"

After this demonstration run, Nissan will tour the GT-R/C around schools in the United Kingdom to promote STEM education.


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