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Mardenborough is handy with both PS4 controller and steering wheel: he's one of the most successful winners of GT Academy, Nissan's "driver discovery and development" programme that puts gamers into real-life motorsport.

The one-off project auto was based on a 2011 Nissan R35 GT-R, a factory-stock vehicle rather than a dedicated racing variant or a hotted-up NISMO.

In the video below, professional racer Jann Mardenborough remote-controls a GT-R from the cockpit of a helicopter.

Silverstone, Northamptonshire - Nissan found a unique way to celebrating the release of Gran Turismo Sport, out in Europe next week, and its 20 years of involvement in the series; it built the ultimate radio-control vehicle.

Silverstone is a big track, though, so in order to keep an eye on his full-scale R/C auto, Mardenborough hopped into a helicopter for a bird's-eye view.

The GT-R /C, as it has been named, has been modified by United Kingdom firm JLB Design with mechanical parts to control the steering, throttle and brakes, as well as the gear selector, so it can be driven externally without anyone on board.

"We had to ensure the robotics would operate effectively during fast acceleration/deceleration as well as high cornering g-forces, deliver realistic and reassuring control of the auto at all speeds, and maintain a robust connection between the vehicle and the DualShock over variable distances and with minimal latency in robot response times".

That micro-computer is responsible for interpreting the joystick and button signals and transmitting those signals to the car's onboard systems. Obviously having a ball, Mardenborough didn't hold back, averaging 122 km/h (76 mph), reaching a top speed of 211 km/h (131 mph) and clocking a lap of 1:17:47.

Nissan has come up with something very appreciable innovation to celebrate releasing of the Gran Turismo Sport on 18th October.

A Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor relayed speed information to an LCD display in the helicopter for Mardenborough to judge speeds with. JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well.

The GT-R/C will tour primary and secondary schools in an effort to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.


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