Remote control Nissan GT-R R/C takes to Silverstone to celebrate Gran Turismo Sport
Gran Turismo is one of the most prominent motor racing franchises on sale, and Nissan has been involved with the franchise for over 20 years and the Nissan GT-R is one of the game’s post cars.
To celebrate the launch of Gran Turismo Sport and Nissan’s affiliation with the game, a 2011 Nissan GT-R was extensively modified so that it could be driven by only a PlayStation®4 DualShock®4 controller. Just like when you play Gran Turismo at home. Really.
The car was taken to Silverstone in the UK, where it was driven – or controlled – by Jann Mardenborough who was hovering above in a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter.
The GT-R R/C was created by engineering firm JLB Design Limited, who installed four robots control to the GT-R R/C’s throttle, brakes, transmission and steering and Mardenborough had an LCD display in the chopper to assist him judging the car’s speed and cornering. Six computers in the boot update the controls at 100 times per second to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Interestingly enough, the PlayStation®4 DualShock®4 controller hadn’t been modified and can operate wirelessly up to one kilometre away. So it would’ve had no issues up in the helicopter.
Mardenborough’s CV is impressive, he was one of the most successful drivers in the GT Academy – effectively Nissan’s racing driver talent program – and he has experience in gaming and racing in real life.
And Mardenborough wasn’t mucking about with the GT-R R/C and his Playstation controller. He got the 404kW supercar up to speeds of 200km/h and the fastest lap recorded around the circuit was 1:17:47.
Mardenborough was enthused by the experience “this was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff. 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 131mph at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience. Now that’s innovation that excites!”