PS controller takes driverless Nissan GT-R to 131 miles per hour around Silverstone

Nissan GT-R reciever

Nissan GT-R reciever

What's more, it's a completely remote-controlled GT-R-renamed the GT-R/C-as demonstrated by Nissan racing driver Jann Mardenborough, who drove the auto around the Silverstone racing circuit from the passenger seat of a helicopter circling above.

And race ace Jann Mardenborough took to the joystick to show off the prototype around Silverstone - created to mark the release of the new Gran Turismo Sport video game. Would you be willing to take the controller and race a real supercar?

The GT-R/C has been put through its paces by Nismo racing driver Jann Mardenborough around Silverstone's famous National Circuit in the UK.

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 Turismo video game in 1998, much of the English-speaking world had never heard of Nissan's halo vehicle.

On Mardenborough's fastest lap (1:17:47), the GT-R /C averaged 76 miles per hour and reached a top speed of 131 miles per hour. To assist Mardenborough in remotely controlling the auto is a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor, which relayed speed data to a LCD display in the helicopter cockpit.

Of course, they're not just doing this for the fun of it, it's in promotion of Sony's upcoming racer, Gran Turismo Sport which hits PS4 on October 18. Unfortunately it's also a one-off project so don't expect your next sports auto to come with your choice of controller attached. Six computers also connected everything together and were able to make adjustments up to 100 times per second.

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The GT-R/C was modified by JLB Design with four robot servos to operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle. 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. 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.

"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff".

In 2011 he was the victor of the GT Academy, Nissan's driver discovery and development programme.

James Brighton, JLB Design's James Brighton said: "The GT-R /C presented some unique challenges and a number of engineering firsts for us".

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