Nissan builds life-size RC sports car that uses PS4 controller

By midian182 ยท 8 replies
Oct 11, 2017
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  1. Japanese automotive giant Nissan is an industry leader when it comes to interesting and unusual technology, but it's really gone the extra mile this time. To celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport on October 18, the company turned its all-wheel-drive GT-R into a life-size RC car that’s controlled by a PlayStation DualShock 4.

    The company used servomotors and robotics so the steering, acceleration, braking, and transmission of the car — based on a 2011 Nissan R35 GT-R — could be controlled remotely. Six onboard computers were able to update the controls 100 times per second, and the car had a wireless range of just over half a mile.

    British racing driver Jann Mardenborough, who was the third and youngest winner of GT Academy in 2011, took the GT-R /C for a spin around Silverstone race track in the UK. He was flown behind the car at low altitude in a helicopter throughout, which made controlling the supercar easier.

    The GT-R /C managed an impressive average speed of 76 mph and topped out at 131 mph – drivers behind the wheel of non-RC cars usually average around 83mph on the circuit. The low-flying chopper reportedly had trouble keeping up with the 542bhp vehicle, but there were two independent safety systems in place that would have stopped the GT-R /C if Mardenborough lost control at any point.

    "This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff. 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,” said Mardenborough. "The response from the car when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be. Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 131mph at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience."

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,914   +2,271

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  3. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,102

    The Nissan GTR is called 'Godzilla' for a reason.
    It's an AWD Twin Turbo that roasts many cars costing much more.

    It's aged now but still a crazy good machine, I love this vid:
  4. TrexAverell

    TrexAverell TS Booster Posts: 42   +26

    It should have been an amazing experience
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,914   +2,271

    LOL. In my mind Nissan GTR is a Godzilla because it is one of the most expensive cars to insure: $3.5k, if you're experienced old driver, much more than that otherwise. That's why nobody wants to buy one, they now hold absolutely horrific resale value.

    Check the official lists of the most expensive cars to insure ;)
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  6. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,102

    Woa woa woa man, holy moly!
    I wasn't saying it was cheap to insure or own, just that's its much cheaper to purchase and its 1/4 time is reedunkulous.
    It smokes dozens of exotics costing much more.
    As far as resale value its one of the most popular cars so I am sure prices are skyjacked.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,914   +2,271

    I don't know,... check the pricing history, it now sells new for about twice the price when it was first introduced. At the time it was a true value, and everybody agreed, but then Nissan went to capitalize on it big time, without making any big changes, just spiked the prices to a ridiculous x2 today. Now it is hardly a good value.

    By the way, if you are after a real good value car that has a good performance, quality and style, it is almost impossible to beat the new 2017 BMW 550i
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  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,279

    Now this is more like it, very cool, but they should've made it compatible with a proper, multi channel R/C controller... but they had to sacrifice it to promote that Sony game instead. Money before common sense.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,999   +2,483

    Speechless .... absolutely speechless .....

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