Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
IT | By Amos Hawkins

World's first PS4 controller-operated Nissan GT-R

World's first PS4 controller-operated Nissan GT-R

It took a Nissan GT-R and turned it into a full-size RC vehicle that is controlled by a DualShock 4 controller to create the GT-R /C.

Leading up to the launch of Gran Turismo Sport, Nissan put together a wild stunt that involves Nismo racer and GT Academy victor Jann Mardenborough piloting a full-size remote-controlled GT-R around a race track from a helicopter.

It was the ideal opportunity for Jann to show off his skills after he made it to the top tier of racing after impressing in Nissan's GT Academy that takes amateur gamers and gives them a shot at real-life motorsport.

Former virtual driver turned Nismo hotshot Jann Mardenborough remotely piloted the GT-R from overhead in a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter. 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 Mardenborough's fastest lap (1:17:47), the GT-R /C averaged 76 mph/122 kph and reached a top speed of 131 mph/211 kph.

British firm JLB Design fitted the Nissan with four robots to operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle.

During the run, a micro-computer transmitted inputs from the controller to the GT-R's on-board systems. Six computers also connected everything together and were able to make adjustments up to 100 times per second. The wireless operation has a primary control range of one kilometre.

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A Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor relayed speed information to an LCD display in the helicopter for Mardenborough to judge speeds with.

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

Engineers have transformed a Nissan GT-R into the world's ultimate radio controlled racer - capable of 196mph - and raced it around Silverstone.

. 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.

In 2011 he was the victor of the GT Academy, Nissan's driver discovery and development programme.

Nissan will also use the vehicle in a tour of primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom next year to promote future careers in STEM.

The GT-R /C was engineered in the United Kingdom by JLB Design, using a standard-spec 404kW V6-powered 2011 R35.

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