Six computers in the boot update controls 100 times a second. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a helicopter. Not only is Mardenborough a driver for Nissan Motorsport (and previously Impul, a Japanese racing team with deep ties to Nissan), Mardenborough's racing career began when he won the GT Academy competition, a Gran Turismo contest which takes the game's fastest players and put them into real-world racer development programs.
The company used servomotors and robotics so the steering, acceleration, braking, and transmission of the vehicle - based on a 2011 Nissan R35 GT-R - could be controlled remotely.
The driver of the auto uses a PS4 DualShock 4 controller that was connected to a microcomputer to send commands to the vehicle and hustle it around Silverstone raceway.
The auto was able to lap Silverstone in 1:17.47 and reached a top speed of 131 miles per hour with an average speed around the track of 76 miles per hour. The controller can send data wirelessly to the auto from up to one kilometer away.
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.
But in the helicopter, Jann was using a regular PS4 controller that you use to play Gran Turismo or Grand Theft Auto in your living room.
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", said Mardenborough.
The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be. 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. 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.
Anyway, the Nissan GT-R /C managed to whip around Silverstone completely remotely controlled by the DualShock controller.
After this demonstration run, Nissan will tour the GT-R/C around schools in the United Kingdom to promote STEM education.