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.
The one-off project auto was based on a 2011 Nissan R35 GT-R, a factory-stock vehicle rather than a dedicated racing variant or a hotted-up NISMO.
GT Academy victor and full-time Nismo racer Jann Mardenborough demonstrated the effectiveness of the system at Silverstone on its 1.6-mile National circuit, where he controlled the 542bhp supercar - the GT-R /C was based on a 2011-spec model - from a low-flying helicopter above.
The GT-R/C was modified by JLB Design with four robot servos to operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle.
The only other gadget for Jann was a LCD display mounted the helicopter's cockpit to show the car's speed. Six computers mounted in the rear of the auto update the controls at up to 100 times a second. And it performed: the auto topped out at 210km/h on the National Circuit's longest straight and recorded a best lap time of 1:17.47, as well as an average speed of 122km/h versus the human-driven car's average of 134km/h.
The controller itself is hooked up to a micro-computer that interprets the joystick and button signals, transmitting them to the GT-R /C's onboard systems. Gran Turismo Sport will be released in the USA on October 17, in Europe and Australia on October 18, and in Japan on October 19.
Dubbed the GT-R/C (R/C for "remote control"), the vehicle was actually a modified 2011 model with a top speed of 196 miles per hour.
Mardenborough described it as "once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff". As a victor of the Nissan GT Academy competition that combines virtual racing with actual track races, Mardenborough was a natural choice for the task. "Now that's innovation that excites!"
Next year it'll be used in a tour of schools in the United Kingdom to promote future careers in STEM subjects, and we're already intrigued to see how many gamer kids try to yoink it.