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World-first gaming controller operated Nissan GT-R

Nissan GB has created the ultimate remote-control car for gamers – the Nissan GT-R /C.

Date Published: 12 Oct 2017
World-first gaming controller operated Nissan GT-R

 

Celebrating the release of Gran Turismo Sport, out in Europe on October 18th, and marking 20 years of Nissan involvement in the Gran Turismo gaming series, the one-off project car was extensively modified to be driven entirely by a DualShock®4 controller.

World-first gaming controller operated Nissan GT-R

World-first gaming controller operated Nissan GT-R

A few millimetres of button movement or joystick travel are all it takes to unleash the GT-R’s full power. The remote-control vehicle is capable of a top speed of 315.4km/h – not restricted for the purpose of the project car – with no one sitting behind the wheel.

World-first gaming controller operated Nissan GT-R

World-first gaming controller operated Nissan GT-R

The GT-R /C was put through its paces by NISMO racing driver Jann Mardenborough, around Silverstone’s famous National Circuit. Jann controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, which had been given special permission to operate at a low altitude.

World-first gaming controller operated Nissan GT-R

Mardenborough is one of the most successful winners of GT Academy, Nissan’s revolutionary driver discovery and development programme. Jann was approached to be the first driver of the GT-R /C because of his unrivalled talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsport.

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