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Nissan GT-R /C unleashed at Silverstone

Nissan in the UK has built a remote-controlled Nissan GT-R to celebrate the launch of Gran Turismo Sport later this month.

TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH of Gran Turismo Sport (October 18), Nissan GB has built a remote-controlled Nissan GT-R which was driven around Silverstone raceway in the UK.

The GT-R /C is fitted with four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle. Six computers mounted in the boot provide feedback at up to 100 times a second. The steering position is measured to one part in 65,000, Nissan said. The unmodified DualShock4 controller connects to a micro-computer which interprets the joystick and button signals and transmits them to the GT-R /C’s on-board systems. The wireless operation has a primary control range of one kilometre.

The GT-R /C was put through its paces by NISMO racing driver Jann Mardenborough (a GT Academy winner), around Silverstone’s famous National Circuit. Jann controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, which had been given special permission to operate at a low altitude. 

On Mardenborough’s fastest lap (1:17:47), the GT-R /C averaged 76mph/122kph and reached a top speed of 131mph/211km/h – the ‘driven’ average for the 1.6mile/2.6km loop circuit is around 83mph/134km/h.

Jann Mardenborough said: “This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff. The GT-R /C has brought my two worlds together – the virtual of gaming and the reality of motorsport – in a way I never thought possible. The response from the car when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be. JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well.

“Steering, acceleration and braking were all intelligently configured, allowing for controlled application so I could really get a feel through the corners and hold it steady down the fast straights. Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 131mph at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience. Now that’s innovation that excites!”


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.