Nissan has created the ultimate remote control car for gamers currently known as the Nissan GT-R/C!
Celebrating the release of Gran Turismo Sport & marking 20 years of Nissans involvement in the Gran Turismo gaming series. The one off project car was extensively modified to be driven entirely by a Playstation DualShock®4 controller. The game; Gran Turismo Sport – will be released in the U.S. on October 17th & Europe & Australia on October 18th. Japan gets its release on October 19th.
The GT-R/C was put through its paces by NISMO athlete & GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough around Silverstone’s famous National Circuit. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R/C from the cockpit of a helicopter following the car clocking his fastest lap as 1:17:47 with an averaging 76 mph/122 kph & a top speed of 131 mph/211 kph.
The GT-R/C is fitted with four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes & throttle. Six computers mounted in the rear of the car update the controls at up to 100 times a second. The unmodified Playstation DualShock®4 connects to a micro-computer that interprets the joysticks & button signals then transmitting them to the GT-R/C‘s onboard systems. The wireless operation has a primary control range of one kilometer.
To help Mardenborough judge the vehicle’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 is also fitted with two independent safety systems operating on different radio frequencies. This allows up to two additional operators to apply full ABS braking & cut the engine in the event of the main operator losing control of the vehicle. Mardenborough said :
“This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff. The GT-R /C has brought my two worlds together – the virtual of gaming & 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 & 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 mph at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience. Now that’s innovation that excites!”
Now racing full-time for Nissan in Japan, Mardenborough starred in the latest round of the Super GT Championship last weekend in Thailand qualifying on the front row & setting the fastest lap of the race.
In 2018, the Nissan GT-R/C will be used in a tour of Primary & Secondary schools in the UK to promote future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) subjects.