The GT-R /C managed an impressive average speed of 76 miles per hour and topped out at 131 miles per hour - drivers behind the wheel of non-RC cars usually average around 83mph on the circuit. Six computers mounted in the rear of the GT-R/C communicate back and forth between the controller and the vehicle up to 100 times per second.
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. He was flown behind the auto at low altitude in a helicopter throughout, which made controlling the supercar easier. It's a good thing the driver knows how to play Gran Turismo Sport, I'm sure Nissan wouldn't appreciate bouncing this auto off the walls of the track.
Nissan also runs the GT Academy race series that brings console racing drivers into the real world - Aussie racer Matt Simmons, who is now running in the 2017 Blancpain GT Endurance series, got his start by winning the worldwide 2015 GT Academy. Four robots inside the auto controlled the steering, transmission, throttle and brakes. The unmodified PlayStation DualShock 4 controller was then connected to a micro-computer that interprets the controller inputs and transmits them to the auto. The wireless operation has a primary control range of one kilometer.
"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", Mardenborough said.
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The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be.
The world's first gaming controller operated Nissan GT-R is a reality - yes, all you unbathed gamers who haven't seen the light of day, this really happened.
He added: "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 131 miles per hour at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience.
Nissan will also use the vehicle in a tour of primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom next year to promote future careers in STEM.