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Nissan GT-R/C is a racecar you drive with a PlayStation controller

Nissan GT-R/C is a racecar you drive with a PlayStation controller

Powered by a DualsShock 4, the Nissan GT-R /C is being touted as "the ultimate remote controlled vehicle for gamers" as this controller operated auto managed to hit speeds of 130mph around Silverstone.

Nissan has modified a GT-R into a huge remote-controlled auto and sent it around the Silverstone with the help of professional racer and GT Academy victor Jann Mardenborough. Mardenborough was spawn through the GT Academy which takes gaming drivers and transforms them into real-life racing drivers.

The controls certainly don't seem ideal, but Mardenborough was able to get the GT-R past 130 miles per hour at Silverstone while piloting it from a helicopter.

Gran Turismo Sport will be released exclusively on PlayStation 4 on October 17. 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.

To lap one of the short circuits at Silverstone, Mardenborough jumped into the passenger seat of a helicopter and controlled the Japanese sports auto from above.

The auto was a standard-spec GT-R with its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 419kW.

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Six computers in the boot update controls 100 times a second.

The DualShock4 controller, by contrast, is completely standard; it's connected to a small computer that transmits the joystick and button signals to the GT-R /C's on-board systems via a radio link with a primary control range of one kilometre.

A Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor relayed speed information to an LCD display in the helicopter for Mardenborough to judge speeds with. 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.

Jann said: "This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff". 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. "Now that's innovation that excites!"

Nissan plans to use the vehicle to tour primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom to promote careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.