Nissan made a DualShock-controlled auto to promote 'GT Sport'

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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 auto.

To lap one of the short circuits at Silverstone, Mardenborough jumped into the passenger seat of a helicopter and controlled the Japanese sports vehicle from above.

The GT-R /C was put through its paces by NISMO athlete and GT Academy victor Jann Mardenborough around Silverstone's famous National Circuit. Being in the helicopter with the auto always pointing away from you makes things easier. The unmodified PlayStation DualShock 4 controller was then connected to a micro-computer that interprets the controller inputs and transmits them to the vehicle. Obviously having a ball, Mardenborough didn't hold back, averaging 122 km/h (76 mph), reaching a top speed of 211 km/h (131 mph) and clocking a lap of 1:17:47.

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

Nissan says the car's performance is not restricted by the radio controls so in the right conditions it is capable of a staggering 196mph - with no one in the driver's seat. These systems were also linked to the vehicle wirelessly, but operated on different radio frequencies for the sake of redundancy.

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

The Nissan GT-R/C, as the name suggests, is a full size, remotely controllable Nissan GT-R racecar. 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. JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well.

Anyway, the Nissan GT-R /C managed to whip around Silverstone completely remotely controlled by the DualShock controller. "Now that's innovation that excites!"

The cool auto was made to celebrate twenty years of Nissan's involvement with the Gran Turismo franchise as well as the upcoming release of Gran Turismo Sport, which gets released in the United States on October 17.

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