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.
The unmodified DualShock4 connects to a micro-computer that interprets the joystick and button signals and transmits them to the GT-R /C's onboard systems.
The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be.
In total four computers and six robots were needed to make the vehicle work. On his fastest lap that lasted one minute 17.47 seconds, the vehicle reached 131 miles per hour and averaged 76 miles per hour. In other words, Mardenborough has plenty of experience piloting a GT-R with a PlayStation controller, though until now it was always with a virtual version of the vehicle, instead of the real thing.
It was the flawless opportunity for Jann to show off his skills after he made it to the top tier of racing after impressing in Nissan's GT Academy that takes amateur gamers and gives them a shot at real-life motorsport. JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well. Specifically, it's the GT-R/C, since it's a radio-controlled GT-R, piloted with a standard DualShock 4 controller that's plugged into a computer that remotely controls a series of robots installed in the car's interior which manipulate the wheel, accelerator, brakes, and transmission. Steering, acceleration and braking all allowing for controlled application so I could really get a feel through the corners and hold it steady down the fast straights.
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.
A Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor relayed speed information to an LCD display in the helicopter for Mardenborough to judge speeds with. "Now that's innovation that excites!"
Check out Mardenborough driving the GT-R /C via remote control in the video below.
The stunt was put together to mark the release of Gran Turismo Sport, out on October 18 on PS4.