Nissan has created the ultimate remote-control car for gamers – the Nissan GT-R /C. Celebrating the release of Gran Turismo Sport – and marking 20 years of Nissan’s involvement in the Gran Turismo gaming series – the one-off project car was extensively modified to be driven entirely by a DualShock 4 controller. Gran Turismo Sport will be released in the USA on October 17 and in Europe, Australia and Japan thereafter.
The GT-R /C was put through its paces by NISMO athlete and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough around Silverstone’s Circuit. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a helicopter. On his fastest lap, the car averaged 122 km/h and reached a top speed of 211 km/h.
The GT-R /C was fitted with 4 robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle. 6 powerful computers mounted in the rear of the car updated the controls at up to 100 times a second. The unmodified DualShock 4 connected to a microcomputer that interpreted the joystick and button signals and transmitted them to the GT-R /C’s onboard systems. The wireless operation had a primary control range of 1 km. To help Mardenborough judge the car’s speed through the corners, a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor was installed to relay speed data to a LCD display in the helicopter cockpit.
The GT-R /C was also fitted with two independent safety systems, operating on different radio frequencies, which allowed two additional operators to apply full ABS braking and cut the engine in the event of the main operator losing control of the vehicle.
“This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff!” said Mardenborough. “The GT-R /C 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 211 km/h at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience. Now that’s innovation that excites!”