This Real-Life Nissan GT-R Is Controlled With A PlayStation Controller

Nissan GT-R reciever

To mark Nissan's 20-year involvement with the Gran Turismo Sport game franchise, the Japanese automaker created this one-off project: a life size GT-R controlled entirely by a DualShock4, and piloted by NISMO athlete and GT Academy victor Jann Mardenborough around Silverstone's famous National Circuit in the UK.

That was GT Academy graduate and current works Nismo driver Jann Mardenborough, who got the gig because of his proven talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsport. Hopefully, they will allow others to race cars with PlayStation 4 controllers in the future.

GT Academy victor and NISMO driver Jann Mardenborough was the lucky rascal charged with manoeuvring the thing, and he did so from the cockpit of a helicopter to make it all the cooler. Robots inside the vehicle controlled steering, transmission, throttle, and brakes. 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. The Nissan GT-R is generally referred as "the PlayStation sports car", because of the fact that when before the first Gran Turismo video game was released in 1998, more of the world of English speakers was unaware of the halo vehicle of Nissan. 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.

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The PS4 controller was connected to a microcomputer that took the joystick inputs and sent them to the onboard systems inside the vehicle. With the controller connected to a micro-computer transmitting signals from the controller's buttons and joysticks to the car's onboard systems, Mardenborough reached speeds of up to 131 miles per hour while zipping around the track. The wireless operation has a primary control range of one kilometre. A Racelogic VBox Motorsport sensor relays speed data to the "remote" driver.

Nissan has come up with something very appreciable innovation to celebrate releasing of the Gran Turismo Sport on 18th October. Mardenborough became a racecar driver after winning the GT Academy program, which gives virtual racers the chance to compete for a spot as a real-world racing driver.

"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", said Mardenborough. In the meantime, you can check out the GT-R stunt below.

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