Nissan has brought reality and virtual together with the ultimate remote-control car for gamers – the Nissan GT-R /C.
Operated by GT Academy winner and NISMO driver Jann Mardenborough, using an unmodified PlayStation 4 DualShock, the remote-control GT-R raced around Silverstone reaching speeds of 130+mph.
Jann controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, which had been given special permission to operate at low altitude.
The one-off GT-R /C was engineered in the UK by JLB Design Ltd and extensively modified with four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle. Six computers mounted in the boot update the controls at up to 100 times a second.
“This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff,” said Jann.”The GT-R /C has 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.”