Mardenborough is handy with both PS4 controller and steering wheel: he's one of the most successful winners of GT Academy, Nissan's "driver discovery and development" programme that puts gamers into real-life motorsport.
The GT-R /C was put through its paces by NISMO athlete and GT Academy victor Jann Mardenborough around Silverstone's famous National Circuit. On his fastest lap that lasted one minute 17.47 seconds, the vehicle reached 131 miles per hour and averaged 76 miles per hour. To assist Mardenborough in remotely controlling the vehicle is a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor, which relayed speed data to a LCD display in the helicopter cockpit.
The stunt was to promote the upcoming release of Gran Turismo Sport for PS4, but the vehicle will also tour primary and secondary schools across the United Kingdom next year to promote careers in STEM subjects.
Four robots controlled the steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle based on commands from the unmodified Playstation controller.
The PS4 controller was connected to a microcomputer that took the joystick inputs and sent them to the onboard systems inside the auto. 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. 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. 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. In the meantime, you can check out the GT-R stunt below.
"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", Mardenborough said.
The GT-R/C will tour primary and secondary schools in an effort to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
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