Specifically, it's the GT-R/C, since it's a radio-controlled GT-R, piloted with a standard DualShock 4 controller that's plugged into a computer that remotely controls a series of robots installed in the car's interior which manipulate the wheel, accelerator, brakes, and transmission. "Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 131mph at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience".
Its latest stunt is the ideal cross-over between real life and video games, though - the company hooked up a GT-R with servomotors and robotics to control steering, acceleration, braking and gearshifts, and then made all that run through a PlayStation 4 controller.
The remote-controlled auto was operated by Jann Mardenborough. Therefore, Mardenborough was approached to be the first driver of the GT-R /C because of his talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsport.
Instead of connecting to a PlayStation though it connected to a micro-computer interpreted the joystick and button movements and transmitted them directly to the GT-R, with a primary control range of 1km. There were six computers situated in the back of the vehicle that communicated between the auto and controller up to 100 times per second. Gran Turismo Sport will be released in the US on October 17, in Europe and Australia on October 18, and in Japan on October 19.
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). The controller can send data wirelessly to the vehicle from up to one kilometer away. Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 131 miles per hour at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience.
"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", said Mardenborough. Mardenborough became a racecar driver after winning the GT Academy program, which gives virtual racers the chance to compete for a spot as a real-world racing driver.
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.
The GT-R /C was engineered in the United Kingdom by JLB Design, using a standard-spec 404kW V6-powered 2011 R35.