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This Real-Life Nissan GT-R Is Controlled With A PlayStation Controller

12 October 2017
This Real-Life Nissan GT-R Is Controlled With A PlayStation Controller

Powered by a DualsShock 4, the Nissan GT-R /C is being touted as "the ultimate remote controlled vehicle for gamers" as this controller operated auto managed to hit speeds of 130mph around Silverstone.

Over in the UK, Nissan and a company called JLB Design have finally done it. Courtesy of Carbuyer, I learned of a tie-in with the soon-to-be-released Gran Turismo Sport, wherein JLB converted a Nissan GT-R to be controlled by a DualShock 4 controller rather than the normal steering wheel and pedals. If you have never driven a fast RC auto, you might not know how hard it is to control the vehicle when it is coming towards you, controls are reversed in that instance.

Put together by Nissan Great Britain, the team hooked up a DualShock controller to allow racing driver Jann Mardenborough to drive the GT-R flat out around Silverstone circuit from a helicopter.

Gran Turismo Sport will be released exclusively on PlayStation 4 on October 17.

Mardenborough threw down a fastest flying lap of 1:17.47, reaching an average speed of 76 miles per hour and a top speed of 131 miles per hour. The remote-control vehicle is capable of a top speed of 315 km/h- not restricted for the goal of the project auto - with no one sitting behind the wheel.

The cool vehicle was made to celebrate twenty years of Nissan's involvement with the Gran Turismo franchise as well as the upcoming release of Gran Turismo Sport, which gets released in the United States on October 17.

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

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.

Nissan says the car's performance is not restricted by the radio controls so in the right conditions it is capable of a staggering 196mph - with no one in the driver's seat.

The Nissan GT-R is often thought of as the ultimate PlayStation (PS) auto. Six computers mounted in the boot update the controls at up to 100 times a second.

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", said the current full-time racer. "Now that's innovation that excites!"

The Nissan GT-R/C which was powered by the stock 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 engine now go on tour of schools around the United Kingdom as it bids to get students interested in engineering, math, science, and technology.