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"The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be", said Mardenborough in today's press release.

Nissan have revealed that they've managed to achieve every racing video game fan's dream: a controller operated vehicle which can hit speeds of 130mph.

Engineers have transformed a Nissan GT-R into the world's ultimate radio controlled racer - capable of 196mph - and raced it around Silverstone.


British racing driver Jann Mardenborough, who was the third and youngest victor of GT Academy in 2011, took the GT-R /C for a spin around Silverstone race track in the UK.

Nismo racing driver and Gran Turismo gamer Jann Mardenborough was then given the controller and told to lap Silverstone.

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British firm JLB Design fitted the Nissan with four robots to operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle.

Mardenborough controlled the GT-R/C from this Robinson R44 helicopter.

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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. 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.

Mardenborough's best lap of the 2.6 Silverstone loop circuit was 1m17.47, averaging 122km/h and hitting a top speed of 211km/h. The wireless operation has a primary control range of one kilometer. The unmodified PlayStation DualShock 4 controller was then connected to a micro-computer that interprets the controller inputs and transmits them to the auto.

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Gran Turismo Sport is due to be released on October 17-barring any unforeseen six-year delays.

A Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor relayed speed information to an LCD display in the helicopter for Mardenborough to judge speeds with.

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

James Brighton, JLB Design's James Brighton said: "The GT-R /C presented some unique challenges and a number of engineering firsts for us".

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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