To celebrate the impending release of Gran Turismo Sport for Playstation 4, Nissan has introduced a remote-control GT-R. It's not a virtual car for the game, but rather a real-life GT-R that can hit 131 mph on the Silverstone Circuit while being driven by a Playstation controller.
In the video below, professional racer Jann Mardenborough remote-controls a GT-R from the cockpit of a helicopter. As a winner of the Nissan GT Academy competition that combines virtual racing with actual track races, Mardenborough was a natural choice for the task. On his best run around Silverstone's National Circuit,he averaged 76 mph and hit a top speed of 131 mph. His overall fastest time was 1:17:47.
During the run, a micro-computer transmitted inputs from the controller to the GT-R's on-board systems. Thanks to a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor, Mardenborough was able to keep track of the car's speed on an LCD display in the helicopter cockpit.
Four robots controlled the steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle based on commands from the unmodified Playstation controller. In the back of the car, six computers updated the controls at up to 100 times a second to make sure the GT-R didn't miss a beat.
Gran Turismo Sport officially launches in the U.S. on October 17. Gamers will be able to drive a number of GT-R models as well as the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.
Watch the video below to see Mardenborough pilot the GT-R from a helicopter.