Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Nissan unleashes the ultimate radio-control vehicle

Nissan unleashes the ultimate radio-control vehicle

Six onboard computers were able to update the controls 100 times per second, and the auto had a wireless range of just over half a mile.

GT Academy grad who is now one of Nissan's fastest factory Super GT hotshoes Jann Mardenborough used the PlayStation controller from a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter overhead to drive the auto, which Nissan deemed the GT-R/C-as in "remote control".

Since taking out the GT Academy in 2011, Mardenborough has gone on to become a full-time professional driver for Nissan in Japan.

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. The DualShock4 controller itself was unmodified, but was connected to microcomputer that translated joystick and button inputs into instructions for the on-car robots.

The auto was able to lap Silverstone in 1:17.47 and reached a top speed of 131 miles per hour with an average speed around the track of 76 miles per hour. The low-flying chopper reportedly had trouble keeping up with the 542bhp vehicle, but there were two independent safety systems in place that would have stopped the GT-R /C if Mardenborough lost control at any point. Aboard the helicopter, Mardenborough got help from a sensor and a display on the cockpit that showed the GT-R /C's speed.

Jann said: "This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff".

The response from the vehicle when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be.

The stunt was put together to mark the release of Gran Turismo Sport, out on October 18 on PS4. JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well.

"Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 211km/h while chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience!"

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.

Next year the GT-R/C will be used on a tour of primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom to promote future careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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