Remotely controlled Nissan GT-R exceeds 200km/h

Allan Goodman
October 12, 2017

Nissan has created a GT-R that can be controlled using a Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 controller to mark the launch of the next Gran Turismo video game in what is the 10th year of the R35.

To celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport for the PlayStation 4, Nissan built a vehicle that perfectly blends video game driving and real-life racetrack antics.

Nissan have revealed that they've managed to achieve every racing video game fan's dream: a controller operated auto which can hit speeds of 130mph.

Mardenborough fastest lap controlling the R/C GT-R from a helicopter flying overhead was timed at 1 minute and 17.47 seconds and he hit a top speed of 211kph and he lapped the track at an average velocity of 122kph.

To celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport on October 18 Nissan has done something very cool.

The fastest lap the vehicle made around the track was a 1:17.47 with the auto averaging 76 miles per hour and hitting a top speed of 131 miles per hour.

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Instead of connecting to a PlayStation though it connected to a micro-computer interpreted the joystick and button movements and transmitted them directly to the GT-R, with a primary control range of 1km. Six computers in the trunk translated inputs from the PS4 controller and actuated the GT-R/C's steering, brakes, throttle, and transmission. In the helicopter, Mardenborough used an LCD display to judge speeds.

Dubbed the GT-R/C (R/C for "remote control"), the vehicle was actually a modified 2011 model with a top speed of 196 miles per hour.

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

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. "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. In the meantime, you can check out the GT-R stunt below.

Next year it'll be used in a tour of schools in the United Kingdom to promote future careers in STEM subjects, and we're already intrigued to see how many gamer kids try to yoink it.

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