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11 October 2017, 05:43 | Cameron Gross
Nissan Raced A GT-R Around A Track At 210KM/H, Using A PS4 Controller
Six computers in the boot update controls 100 times a second.
GT Academy grad who is now one of Nissan's fastest factory Super GT hotshoes Jann Mardenborough used the PlayStation controller from a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter overhead to drive the auto, which Nissan deemed the GT-R/C-as in "remote control". Behind the... wheel (??) was NISMO racing driver Jann Mardenborough who was hovering close by in a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter.
Celebrating the release of Gran Turismo Sport - and marking 20 years of Nissan involvement in the Gran Turismo gaming series - the one-off project vehicle was extensively modified to be driven entirely by a DualShock4 controller.
The GT-R /C, as it has been named, has been modified by United Kingdom firm JLB Design with mechanical parts to control the steering, throttle and brakes, as well as the gear selector, so it can be driven externally without anyone on board.
The PS4 controller was connected to a microcomputer that took the joystick inputs and sent them to the onboard systems inside the vehicle.
Mardenborough's best lap of the 2.6 Silverstone loop circuit was 1m17.47, averaging 122km/h and hitting a top speed of 211km/h. The controller can send data wirelessly to the vehicle from up to one kilometer away.
That micro-computer is responsible for interpreting the joystick and button signals and transmitting those signals to the car's onboard systems.
"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", said Mardenborough.
Nissan's GT-R is often referred to as "the PlayStation sports auto", due to the fact that before the release of the very first Gran Turismovideo game in 1998, much of the English-speaking world had never heard of Nissan's halo vehicle.
And he was impressed with the vehicle, saying: "The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be".
"Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 211km/h while chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience!"
In 2018, the Nissan GT-R /C will be used in a tour of primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom to promote future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects.
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