Friday, 20 October, 2017

This Real-Life Nissan GT-R Is Controlled With A PlayStation Controller

Remote controlled GTR Front Nissan Raced A GT-R Around A Track At 210KM/H, Using A PS4 Controller
Earnest Maxwell | 12 October, 2017, 00:42

Remotes can be used for many things: changing the TV channel, playing video games, and controlling an RC vehicle.

To celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport for the PlayStation 4, Nissan built a vehicle that perfectly blends video game driving and real-life racetrack antics.

The one-off project vehicle was extensively modified to be driven entirely by a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller to celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport, out in Europe and Australasia on October 18th, and marking 20 years of Nissan involvement in the Gran Turismo gaming series.

British racing driver Jann Mardenborough, who was the third and youngest victor of GT Academy in 2011, took the GT-R /C for a spin around Silverstone race track in the UK. Therefore, Mardenborough was approached to be the first driver of the GT-R /C because of his talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsport.

The GT-R /C managed an impressive average speed of 76 miles per hour and topped out at 131 miles per hour - drivers behind the wheel of non-RC cars usually average around 83mph on the circuit. 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.

Gran Turismo Sport releases October 17th, exclusively for the PS4, followed by an October 18 drop in Europe and Australia on October 18, and October 19 in Japan. 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.

It works by linking the unmodified DualShock®4 to a microcomputer which then interpreted every button bash and transmitted the commands to the onboard systems inside the GT-R /C. However, if Mardenborough got it wrong, they had two operators on different radio frequencies who could remotely apply the GT-R/C's ABS brakes and cut power to the engine should Mardenborough lose control. 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.

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

After this demonstration run, Nissan will tour the GT-R/C around schools in the United Kingdom to promote STEM education.

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