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 vehicle around the Silverstone racing circuit from the passenger seat of a helicopter circling above. Not only is Mardenborough a driver for Nissan Motorsport (and previously Impul, a Japanese racing team with deep ties to Nissan), Mardenborough's racing career began when he won the GT Academy competition, a Gran Turismo contest which takes the game's fastest players and put them into real-world racer development programs.
The choice of Mardenborough as the driver is an obvious one, as he was one of the first winners of the Nissan Playstation GT Academy, a competition that's been turning gamers into professional racing drivers since 2008.
To celebrate the release of the new Sony PlayStation game Gran Turismo Sport, Nissan has put together a neat little stunt which involves driving a GT-R via a DualShock 4 PlayStation controller at high speed. Six computers mounted in the rear of the GT-R/C communicate back and forth between the controller and the auto up to 100 times per second.
"We had to ensure the robotics would operate effectively during fast acceleration/deceleration as well as high cornering g-forces, deliver realistic and reassuring control of the auto at all speeds, and maintain a robust connection between the vehicle and the DualShock over variable distances and with minimal latency in robot response times".
In 2011 he was the victor of the GT Academy, Nissan's driver discovery and development programme.
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.
On Mardenboroughs" fastest lap (1:17:47), the GT-R /C averaged 122 km/h and reached a top speed of 211km/h - the "driven' average for the 1.6mile/2.6km loop circuit is around 134km/h. However, the controller had one serious modification, a range of one kilometre.
A Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor relayed speed information to an LCD display in the helicopter for Mardenborough to judge speeds with.
"This was 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.