Nissan Great Britain has created the ultimate remote auto for gamers called the Nissan GT-R/C which is operated by a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller.
In celebration of Gran Turismo Sport for the PS4, Nissan creates a one-off project vehicle that is modded to be driven via a PS4 controller. There is even a GT Academy where players of the game learn how to drive real-world race cars.
GT Academy victor and full-time Nismo racer Jann Mardenborough demonstrated the effectiveness of the system at Silverstone on its 1.6-mile National circuit, where he controlled the 542bhp supercar - the GT-R /C was based on a 2011-spec model - from a low-flying helicopter above.
Called the Nissan GT-R /C, the project helps celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport, and marks 20 years of Nissan involvement with the franchise.
The fastest lap achieved by Mardenborough was 1min 17.47sec, where the auto reached a top speed of 131mph and averaged 76mph. But Mardenborough still had to see where the vehicle was going, so special permission was obtained from Air Traffic Control to fly a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter at illegally low altitude over the circuit, with Mardenborough, the DualShock4 controller and the Racelogic LCD display on board. Six computers in the trunk translated inputs from the PS4 controller and actuated the GT-R/C's steering, brakes, throttle, and transmission.More news: Fire Prevention Week: Every second counts; plan two ways out
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The PS4 controller was connected to a microcomputer that took the joystick inputs and sent them to the onboard systems inside the auto. Mardenborough became a racecar driver after winning the GT Academy program, which gives virtual racers the chance to compete for a spot as a real-world racing driver. In the helicopter, Mardenborough used an LCD display to judge speeds.
Jann said: "This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff". JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well.
The auto was a standard-spec GT-R with its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 419kW. "Now that's innovation that excites!"
The GT-R/C will tour primary and secondary schools in an effort to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.