A one-off Nissan GT-R has been created that is remotely controlled by a Sony PlayStation 4 controller.
Called the Nissan GT-R /C, the project helps celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport, and marks 20 years of Nissan involvement with the franchise. Extensively modified to be driven entirely by a DualShock 4 controller, the GT-R /C was put through its paces by NISMO athlete and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough around Silverstone. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a helicopter, turning in a fastest lap of 1:17:47 while averaging 76 mph and hitting a top speed of 131 mph.
To make it all happen, Nissan outfitted the GT-R /C with four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle. Six computers mounted in the rear of the car update the controls at up to 100 times a second.
The controller itself is hooked up to a micro-computer that interprets the joystick and button signals, transmitting them to the GT-R /C’s onboard systems. To assist Mardenborough in remotely controlling the car is a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor, which relayed speed data to a LCD display in the helicopter cockpit.
“This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff,” said Mardenborough. “The GT-R /C has brought my two worlds together – the virtual of gaming and the reality of motorsport – in a way I never thought possible. The response from the car when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be. JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well. Steering, acceleration and braking were all intelligently configured, allowing for controlled application so I could really get a feel through the corners and hold it steady down the fast straights. Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 131 mph at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience. Now that’s innovation that excites!”
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