With the launch of Gran Turismo Sport just around the corner, Nissan together with Gran Turismo has created the ultimate remote-controlled car for gamers – the Nissan GT-R/C. Based on a standard Nissan GT-R, the GT-R/C is a one-off project car which has been extensively modified to be driven entirely using a PlayStation 4 Dualshock4 controller, which can be controlled from up to 1 km away.
In order for the GT-R/C to be controlled, it has been fitted with four robots which operate the steering, tranmission, brakes and throttles. Six computers have been mounted to the rear of the vehicle, which is capable of updating controls of the car at up to 100 times a second. The controller is also unmodified, but instead of connecting to a PlayStation 4 it connects to a micro computer, which interprets joystick and button signals.
To put the GT-R/C through its paces, GT Academy winner and current Nismo driver Jann Mardenborough was brought in to push it around the Silverstone National Circuit. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R/C from the cockpit of a helicopter in order to see the car. He managed to 1:17.47 lap, averaging 122 km/h and reached a top speed of 211 km/h.
A Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor was installed to help Mardenborough judge the car's speed through the corners, which relayed the speed data to an LCD display in the helicopter. Should anything go wrong, the GT-R/C is fitted with two independent safety systems, allowing two additional operators to bring the car to a halt.
“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,” said Mardenborough.
Watch Mardenborough set a lap around Silverstone with the GT-R/C in the video above.