Nissan have revealed that they’ve managed to achieve every racing video game fan’s dream: a controller operated car which can hit speeds of 130mph.
Powered by a DualsShock 4, the Nissan GT-R /C is being touted as “the ultimate remote controlled car for gamers” as this controller operated car managed to hit speeds of 130mph around Silverstone.
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. It also marks Nissan’s 20 year involvement in the GT series. Unfortunately it’s also a one-off project so don’t expect your next sports car to come with your choice of controller attached.
Anyway, the Nissan GT-R /C managed to whip around Silverstone completely remotely controlled by the DualShock controller. Behind the… wheel(??) was NISMO racing driver Jann Mardenborough who was hovering close by in a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter.
You can see the entire thing in action below:
Nissan also revealed some details about the car. The GT-R /C was enginered by JLB Design which used a standard spec V6-powered R35. Mardenborough managed to achieve speeds of 131mph during his fastest lap around Silverstone’s National Circuit (1:17:47),
As for the tech in the car, it was fitted with four robots operating the steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle. Six computers mounted in the boot updated the controls up to 100 times a second with the steering position measured to one part in 65,000. The controller itself was completely unmodified connected to a microcomputer with a wireless operation control range of one kilometre.
To judge the speed, the car was also fitted with a a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor to relay speed data to an LCD display in the helicopter. Finally, there were also two independent safety systems controlled by two additional operators to apply full ABS breaking and cut the engine if things went awry.
Honestly, it’s an impressive amount of effort for a video game promotion, one I fully support becoming a reality. Now that’s an esport I’d watch.