Real Nissan GT-R Made Into Remote-Controlled Car

Angelica Greene
October 12, 2017

"The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be", said Mardenborough in today's press release. To celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport on October 18, the company turned its all-wheel-drive GT-R into a life-size RC auto that's controlled by a PlayStation DualShock 4. It's not a virtual vehicle for the game, but rather a real-life GT-R that can hit 131 miles per hour on the Silverstone Circuit while being driven by a Playstation controller.

Mardenborough put the GT-R/C through its paces around the Silverstone national circuit, by controlling it from the cockpit of a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, which was specially permitted to operate at a low altitude. 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. On his fasted lap with the GT-R/C, he clocked a time of 1 minute, 17.47 seconds, which is impressive considering that the Silverstone single-lap record of 1 minute, 30.621 seconds was set by a fully race-prepped F1 auto.

The only other gadget for Jann was a LCD display mounted the helicopter's cockpit to show the car's speed.

Of course, they're not just doing this for the fun of it, it's in promotion of Sony's upcoming racer, Gran Turismo Sport which hits PS4 on October 18.

During the run, a micro-computer transmitted inputs from the controller to the GT-R's on-board systems.

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Six computers in the boot update controls 100 times a second. The wireless operation has a primary control range of one kilometre.

The vehicle was a standard-spec GT-R with its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 419kW. Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 131 miles per hour at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience.

"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", Mardenborough said.

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.

After this demonstration run, Nissan will tour the GT-R/C around schools in the United Kingdom to promote STEM education. The GT-R /C was enginered by JLB Design which used a standard spec V6-powered R35.

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