To celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport and its involvement with the Gran Turismo series, Nissan has created a one-off remote-controlled GT-R, dubbed the Nissan GT-R /C. The unique GT-R was modified so that it can be completely controlled by a DualShock 4 controller.
The modifications include the addition of four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle. Six computers have been added to the the rear of the GT-R/C that can update the controls at up to 100 times a second.
The unmodified DualShock®4 connects to a micro-computer that interprets the joystick and button signals and transmits them to the GT-R /C’s onboard systems. The wireless operation has a primary control range of one kilometer.
To see its potential, GT-R /C was controlled by NISMO athlete and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough around Silverstone’s National Circuit. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a helicopter. On Mardenborough’s fastest lap (1:17:47), the GT-R /C averaged 76 mph and reached a top speed of 131 mph.
“This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff,” said Mardenborough. “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 131 mph at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience. Now that’s innovation that excites!”