Sure, scale remote control cars are cool. But what about this. It’s a full-size C6 Corvette that’s been turned into a remote control vehicle. Even better, he can still daily drive it.
Bjorn Harms from the Netherlands is a computer tech. And based on this ‘Vette he’s a good one. The 2006 Chevrolet Corvette has been outfitted with a motor controller Harms developed himself that he uses to operate the brakes, throttle, steering, and gearbox.
Harms said it took him a year to develop the controller, three months for a prototype, and another three months to make it safe to use. If the car moves out of the range of his handheld remote, it’ll brake automatically.
Was he nervous the first time he tested it? Absolutely. Fortunately, it all worked.
How much did it cost to make the ultimate RC car? About €3,500. Not too shabby. He’s also built some other RC cars, like a real Back to the Future Delorean and a Knight Rider KITT Trans Am replica. Check out his YouTube channel for a look at the cars and how they were built.
It’s always strange to see a car doing donuts without anyone behind the wheel, but that’s probably something we’ll need to get used to as autonomous driving gets ready for prime time.
A version of this story originally appeared on GM Inside News.