PS controller takes driverless Nissan GT-R to 131 miles per hour around Silverstone

  • PS controller takes driverless Nissan GT-R to 131 miles per hour around Silverstone

PS controller takes driverless Nissan GT-R to 131 miles per hour around Silverstone

The unmodified DualShock4 connects to a micro-computer that interprets the joystick and button signals and transmits them to the GT-R /C's onboard systems.

The GT-R /C was put through its paces by NISMO athlete and GT Academy victor Jann Mardenborough around Silverstone's famous National Circuit.

To make it all happen, Nissan outfitted the GT-R /C with four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle. Fitted with six rear-mounted computers relaying information between the controller and auto at 100 times per seconds, the GT-R/C also featured a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor to relay speed data to an LCD display for Mardenborough. 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. At the controls? A video gamer operating the auto from a distance!

Mardenborough described the experience as "once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff". The driver of the vehicle was Nismo racing's Jann Mardenborough, a professional racing driver as well as a gamer who has a lot of experience with the Gran Turismo games, says the video put out by Nissan. Jann was approached to be the first driver of the GT-R /C because of his unrivalled talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsport.

Automobile manufacturer Nissan has done something unique to promote the latest Gran Turismo video game series. It's not a virtual auto for the game, but rather a real-life GT-R that can hit 131 miles per hour on the Silverstone Circuit while being driven by a Playstation controller.

"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", he adds.

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.