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Meet the world's first PS4 controller-operated Nissan GT-R

Meet the world's first PS4 controller-operated Nissan GT-R

Nissan Great Britain has created the ultimate remote auto for gamers called the Nissan GT-R/C which is operated by a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller.

Silverstone, Northamptonshire - Nissan found a unique way to celebrating the release of Gran Turismo Sport, out in Europe next week, and its 20 years of involvement in the series; it built the ultimate radio-control vehicle. To mark the release of Gran Turismo Sport as well as the 20 anniversary of Nissan's relationship with the franchise, the Japanese automaker hooked up its most famous performance vehicle to a video game controller and let one of its recent GT Academy graduates take it for a spin around Silverstone's National Circuit. On his fastest lap that lasted one minute 17.47 seconds, the vehicle reached 131 miles per hour and averaged 76 miles per hour. The remote-control vehicle is capable of a top speed of 315 km/h- not restricted for the objective of the project auto - with no one sitting behind the wheel.

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.

The GT-R /C is fitted with four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle.

It works by linking the unmodified DualShock®4 to a microcomputer which then interpreted every button bash and transmitted the commands to the onboard systems inside the GT-R /C.

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Six computers in the boot update controls 100 times a second. "Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 131mph at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience". A Racelogic VBox Motorsport sensor relays speed data to the "remote" driver. 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. As a victor of the Nissan GT Academy competition that combines virtual racing with actual track races, Mardenborough was a natural choice for the task.

Mardenborough described the event as "once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff".

The Nissan GT-R/C which was powered by the stock 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 engine now go on tour of schools around the United Kingdom as it bids to get students interested in engineering, math, science, and technology.

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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