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Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Nissan made a DualShock-controlled vehicle to promote 'GT Sport'

Nissan made a DualShock-controlled vehicle to promote 'GT Sport'

There is even a GT Academy where players of the game learn how to drive real-world race cars. Since 2008, Nissan has also made motorsport more accessible to everyone with the GT Academy turning amateur gamers into professional racing drivers.

Celebrating the release of Gran Turismo Sport - and marking 20 years of Nissan involvement in the Gran Turismo gaming series - the one-off project vehicle was extensively modified to be driven entirely by a DualShock4 controller. Extensively modified to be driven entirely by a DualShock 4 controller, the GT-R /C was put through its paces by NISMO athlete and GT Academy victor Jann Mardenborough around Silverstone.

Picture your favourite remote controlled vehicle from back in the day. This way, he was able to see the entirety of the Silverstone's National Circuit as he "drove" the vehicle.

Mardenborough threw down a fastest flying lap of 1:17.47, reaching an average speed of 76 miles per hour and a top speed of 131 miles per hour. He managed to get an average speed of 76mph with a top speed of 131mph.

The GT-R/C is mechanically identical to the regular road-going version and is powered by the same 542bhp V6 engine - capable of 0-62mph in around three seconds. JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well.

"Steering, acceleration, and braking were all intelligently configured, allowing for controlled application so I could really get a feel through the corners and hold it steady down the fast straights".

During the run, a micro-computer transmitted inputs from the controller to the GT-R's on-board systems. Six computers mounted in the rear of the auto update the controls at up to 100 times a second.

A Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor relayed speed information to an LCD display in the helicopter for Mardenborough to judge speeds with.

For safety goal, there were two independent controllers working on different radio frequencies that could cut off the engine or apply emergency brakes if needed, the Mashable report said.

We'll be finally getting Gran Turismo Sport in a few days.

This does make me wonder though, is this the future of racing?

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