Watch a Remote-Control Nissan GT-R Take on Silverstone

Nissan GT-R  C is a remote-controlled supercar for gaming fans image

"The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be".

But that nearly shouldn't come as a surprise, seeing as the young race auto driver is a graduate of Playstation's GT Academy, which takes top Gran Turismo racing sim players - who'd be quite familiar with a Playstation controller - and pits them in real-life motorsports series, including Le Mans, in Mardenborough's case.

The company used servomotors and robotics so the steering, acceleration, braking, and transmission of the auto - based on a 2011 Nissan R35 GT-R - could be controlled remotely.

On Mardenborough's fastest lap (1:17:47), the GT-R /C averaged 76mph/122kph and reached a top speed of 131mph/211kph - the "driven" average for the 1.6mile/2.6km loop circuit is around 83mph/134kph. Based on a standard Nissan GT-R, the GT-R/C is a one-off project vehicle which has been extensively modified to be driven entirely using a PlayStation 4 Dualshock4 controller, which can be controlled from up to 1 km away. But he recently proved he still knows his way around a game controller, remotely piloting a one-off "GT-R /C" around Silverstone's National Circuit from the cockpit of a helicopter that followed overhead.

The GT-R/C has a standard 542bhp V6 engine and uses four robots to operate steering, gearbox, brakes and accelerator.

As explained on Jalopnik, the DualShock 4 controller was connected to a microcomputer that transmitted signals to the GT-R/C. They updated the controls 100 times per second so Mardenborough could accurately guide the vehicle around the track.

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

To do this, Nissan has turned to the champion of the GT Academy, Jann Mardenborough.

The only other gadget for Jann was a LCD display mounted the helicopter's cockpit to show the car's speed. In other words, Mardenborough has plenty of experience piloting a GT-R with a PlayStation controller, though until now it was always with a virtual version of the auto, instead of the real thing.

As you might expect, the GT-R/C's trunk was full of computers.

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

Engineered by JLB Design UK, company director Dr James Brighton and his team retrofitted the R35 GT-R from 2011 so it could only be controlled by the remote.

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