While this is merely a Nissan publicity stunt, seeing the GTR/C work in real life makes you wonder if there is potential for a giant remote control race series - one which takes a much more relaxed approach to contact during the race...
Powered by a DualsShock 4, the Nissan GT-R /C is being touted as "the ultimate remote controlled auto for gamers" as this controller operated vehicle managed to hit speeds of 130mph around Silverstone. These were then linked to an unmodified PlayStation 4 controller, and Nissan has dubbed the resulting product the GT-R/C in a neat nod to its remote-controlled status.
It was the ideal opportunity for Jann to show off his skills after he made it to the top tier of racing after impressing in Nissan's GT Academy that takes amateur gamers and gives them a shot at real-life motorsport.
To celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport on October 18 Nissan has done something very cool.
They hooked up a GT-R to a PlayStation DualShock 4 controller and let it loose for remotely-controlled flying laps around Silverstone's National Circuit. 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.
The fastest time Mardenborough achieved around Silverstone's shorter National Circuit was a 1:17, which wouldn't be too impressive if he was actually in the auto.
The PS4 controller was connected to a microcomputer that took the joystick inputs and sent them to the onboard systems inside the vehicle.
To bring the GTR/C from concept to reality, United Kingdom firm JLB Design Ltd. fitted the auto with four robots which use the signals from the controller to adjust the throttle, steering, transmission, and, importantly, brakes at a rate of 100 times a second.
"The GT-R /C has brought my two worlds together - the virtual of gaming and the reality of motorsport - in a way I never thought possible", states Mardenborough.
"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", Mardenborough said. Steering, acceleration and braking all allowing for controlled application so I could really get a feel through the corners and hold it steady down the fast straights.
In 2018, the Nissan GT-R /C will be used in a tour of primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom to promote future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.