Remote-Controlled Nissan GT-R Tops 200 km/h at Silverstone!

Remote controlled GTR Front

The DualShock4 controller itself was unmodified, but was connected to microcomputer that translated joystick and button inputs into instructions for the on-car robots. They hooked up a GT-R to a PlayStation DualShock 4 controller and let it loose for remotely-controlled flying laps around Silverstone's National Circuit. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a helicopter. Four robots inside the auto controlled the steering, transmission, throttle and brakes. Obviously having a ball, Mardenborough didn't hold back, averaging 122 km/h (76 mph), reaching a top speed of 211 km/h (131 mph) and clocking a lap of 1:17:47. Thanks to a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor, Mardenborough was able to keep track of the car's speed on an LCD display in the helicopter cockpit. There were six computers in the auto that were able to update the controls 100 times per seconds.

The GT-R /C is also fitted with two independent safety systems, operating on different radio frequencies, which allow two additional operators to apply full ABS braking and cut the engine in the event of the main operator losing control of the vehicle.

Mardenborough is one of the most successful winners of the GT Academy, Nissan's revolutionary driver discovery and development programme.

Mardenborough described the experience as "once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff".

"The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be", said Mardenborough in today's press release.

Automobile manufacturer Nissan has done something unique to promote the latest Gran Turismo video game series. "JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well", he said. It's not a virtual vehicle for the game, but rather a real-life GT-R that can hit 131 miles per hour on the Silverstone Circuit while being driven by a Playstation controller.

After this demonstration run, Nissan will tour the GT-R/C around schools in the United Kingdom to promote STEM education.

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