Nissan Great Britain has created the ultimate remote vehicle for gamers called the Nissan GT-R/C which is operated by a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller.
Over in the UK, Nissan and a company called JLB Design have finally done it. Courtesy of Carbuyer, I learned of a tie-in with the soon-to-be-released Gran Turismo Sport, wherein JLB converted a Nissan GT-R to be controlled by a DualShock 4 controller rather than the normal steering wheel and pedals. It's not a virtual auto for the game, but rather a real-life GT-R that can hit 131 miles per hour on the Silverstone Circuit while being driven by a Playstation controller.
The controls certainly don't seem flawless, but Mardenborough was able to get the GT-R past 130 miles per hour at Silverstone while piloting it from a helicopter. Therefore, Mardenborough was approached to be the first driver of the GT-R /C because of his talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsport.
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.More news: Snapchat's new Context Cards give users less reason to search
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The auto, called the GT-R/C, was built by JLB Design, a company famous for constructing life-size remote-controlled vehicles. Gran Turismo Sport will be released in the US on October 17, in Europe and Australia on October 18, and in Japan on October 19.
The controller itself is hooked up to a micro-computer that interprets the joystick and button signals, transmitting them to the GT-R /C's onboard systems. The controller can send data wirelessly to the auto from up to one kilometer away. Unfortunately it's also a one-off project so don't expect your next sports vehicle to come with your choice of controller attached. 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.
He said: "The GT-R /C has brought my two worlds together - the virtual of gaming and the reality of motorsport - in a way I never thought possible". As a victor of the Nissan GT Academy competition that combines virtual racing with actual track races, Mardenborough was a natural choice for the task.