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11 October 2017, 05:40 | Jodi Jackson
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"Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 131mph at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience". 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.
Celebrating the release of Gran Turismo Sport - and marking 20 years of Nissan involvement in the Gran Turismo gaming series - the one-off project auto was extensively modified to be driven entirely by a DualShock4 controller.
The stunt was to promote the upcoming release of Gran Turismo Sport for PS4, but the vehicle will also tour primary and secondary schools across the United Kingdom next year to promote careers in STEM subjects.
The driver of the auto uses a PS4 DualShock 4 controller that was connected to a microcomputer to send commands to the vehicle and hustle it around Silverstone raceway.
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".
To make it all happen, Nissan outfitted the GT-R /C with four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle. Not only is Mardenborough a driver for Nissan Motorsport (and previously Impul, a Japanese racing team with deep ties to Nissan), Mardenborough's racing career began when he won the GT Academy competition, a Gran Turismo contest which takes the game's fastest players and put them into real-world racer development programs. JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well.
Six computers in the boot update controls 100 times a second.
The controls certainly don't seem flawless, but Mardenborough was able to get the GT-R past 130 miles per hour at Silverstone while piloting it from a helicopter. Aboard the helicopter, Mardenborough got help from a sensor and a display on the cockpit that showed the GT-R /C's speed. "Now that's innovation that excites!"
That's Jann Mardenborough at the controls.
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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