Watch a Remote-Control Nissan GT-R Take on Silverstone

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But to mark the release of the latest Gran Turismo Sport game and two decades of involvement in the GT-game series, Nissan has created a one-off remote-operated GT-R that you can actually drive with a PS4 controller.

The vehicle was created to promote Gran Turismo Sport and saw the Nissan GT-R /C fitted with four individual robots that control the steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle. For GT Academy victor Jann Mardenborough, it was a no-brainer. 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 auto of Nissan. On his fasted lap with the GT-R/C, he clocked a time of 1 minute, 17.47 seconds, which is impressive considering that the Silverstone single-lap record of 1 minute, 30.621 seconds was set by a fully race-prepped F1 auto.

The remote-controlled auto was operated by Jann Mardenborough. Damn right. Most of us will never have the opportunity to drive it, but we can play Gran Turismo Sport when it drops for the PS4 on October 17th in the United States, October 18th in Europe and Australia and October 19th in Japan.

The one-off GT-R /C was engineered in the United Kingdom by JLB Design Ltd and extensively modified with four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle.

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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. 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. 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. The low-flying chopper reportedly had trouble keeping up with the 542bhp vehicle, but there were two independent safety systems in place that would have stopped the GT-R /C if Mardenborough lost control at any point. The GT-R /C was enginered by JLB Design which used a standard spec V6-powered R35.

"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", said the current full-time racer.

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.

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