Nissan unleashes the ultimate radio-control auto

GIF  GIF via NissanUK

GIF GIF via NissanUK

From the cockpit of a helicopter (not his mom's basement couch), Mardenborough drove this GT-R/C reached a top speed of 131 mph/211 kph, averaging 76 mph/122 kph, and recording a lap time of (1:17:47). 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. Six computers mounted in the rear of the vehicle update the controls at up to 100 times a second.

The Nissan GT-R/C, as the name suggests, is a full size, remotely controllable Nissan GT-R racecar.

That was GT Academy graduate and current works Nismo driver Jann Mardenborough, who got the gig because of his proven talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsport. "We had to ensure the robotics would work properly during fast acceleration and high lateral g-forces, they had to deliver realistic control of the auto at all speeds, and the connection the vehicle and the DualShock4 controller had to be fast and reliable". The GT-R /C has a bunch of robotic systems inside to control steering, braking, throttle, and transmission. The controller itself was completely unmodified connected to a microcomputer with a wireless operation control range of one kilometre.

The only other gadget for Jann was a LCD display mounted the helicopter's cockpit to show the car's speed.

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

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. Many of the Nissan cars including GT-R are considering as a part of games, while the automaker also has used those series as a tool for recruiting the drivers for factory race via the company's program, i.e. GTAcademy. 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.

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 and setting the fastest lap of the race.

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