The first Nissan GT-R controlled by a PlayStation reaches the 210 km/h in Silverstone
By: Fedora Atjeh | Oktober 11, 2017
Nissan has wanted to blur the line between video games and the real world taking advantage of the arrival of the next title of Gran Turismo Sport, and has done so in a big way. The Japanese company has modified a Nissan GT-R to be controllable through the DualShock 4 controller of the PlayStation. To test the performance of the GT-R, they have chosen pilot Jann Mardenborough and the legendary British circuit of Silverstone.
Result? Mardenborough has controlled the GT-R from the cockpit of a helicopter Robinson R44 Raven II, reaching the sporting no less than 210 km / h.
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Nissan has collaborated with Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe to create this full-scale toy. The control incorporates four robots that control steering, transmission, brakes and accelerator, while six computers installed in the trunk update the controls 100 times per second. The position of the steering is measured up to one part for every 65,000.
A micro-computer is responsible for interpreting the signals generated by the DualShock controller and these are sent to the GT-R in such a way that the on-board systems can understand them. Nissan claims that wireless control can be operated at distances of up to one kilometer.
It also has two independent safety systems, which operate at different radio frequencies, allowing two additional operators to activate the ABS brakes and turn off the engine in case the main pilot loses control of the vehicle.
To help Mardenborough control the speed of the vehicle in the corners, a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor was installed, so that the speed information was transmitted to an LCD screen located in the cockpit of the helicopter where the pilot was, winner of the GT Academy and pilot NISMO.
During the fastest lap of Mardenborough, 1:17:47, the GT-R achieved an average speed of 122 km / h and reached a top speed of 210 km / h, when the average circuit of 2.6 km is 134 km / h.
This unique prototype is to celebrate the presentation of Gran Turismo Sport, which will go on sale in Europe on October 18 and marks the 20th anniversary of Nissan's collaboration in the Gran Turismo franchise.