Nissan Builds Life-size R/C Vehicle
The Nissan GT-R/C tops out at over 313 km/hr.
Nissan’s latest project, the GT-R/C (radio-control) is helping the company mark their 20 years involvement with the Gran Turismo gaming series. The life sized “toy” was driven around a track entirely by a gaming controller.
The GT-R/C was put through its paces by NISMO racing driver Jann Mardenborough, around Silverstone’s National Circuit. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R/C from the cockpit of a helicopter.
The GT-R/C was engineered in the UK by JLB Design, using a standard-spec 542 hp V6.
The car was fitted with four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle. Six computers update the controls at up to 100 times a second.
To help Mardenborough judge the vehicle’s speed through the corners, a sensor was installed to relay speed data to a LCD display in the helicopter cockpit.
The GT-R/C was also fitted with two independent safety systems, operating on different radio frequencies, which allow two additional operators to apply full ABS braking and cut the engine in the event of the main operator losing control of the vehicle.