Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Joan Schultz

Nissan creates the biggest remote controlled GT-R ever

Nissan creates the biggest remote controlled GT-R ever

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

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".

The company used servomotors and robotics so the steering, acceleration, braking, and transmission of the auto - based on a 2011 Nissan R35 GT-R - could be controlled remotely.

Controlling the vehicle from a helicopter flying above the Silverstone circuit in England, driver Jann Mardenborough achieved a top track speed of 131 miles per hour.

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This is the Nissan GT-R/C, a full-size, unrestricted, 2011-model R35, capable of 313km/h, modified to be driven remotely entirely by a DualShock®4 controller.

From the cockpit of a helicopter (not his mom's basement couch), Mardenborough drove this GT-R/C reached a top speed of 131 mph/211 kph, averaging 76 mph/122 kph, and recording a lap time of (1:17:47). Six computers mounted in the rear of the GT-R/C communicate back and forth between the controller and the vehicle up to 100 times per second. Six computers mounted in the boot update the controls at up to 100 times a second.

Check out Mardenborough driving the GT-R /C via remote control in the video below.

To achieve this the GT-R was kitted out with four special robots that could operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle, with the work done by UK's JLB Design.

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The DualShock4 controller, by contrast, is completely standard; it's connected to a small computer that transmits the joystick and button signals to the GT-R /C's on-board systems via a radio link with a primary control range of one kilometre. 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.

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

The Nissan GT-R/C which was powered by the stock 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 engine now go on tour of schools around the United Kingdom as it bids to get students interested in engineering, math, science, and technology.

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