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Meet the world's first PS4 controller-operated Nissan GT-R

Meet the world's first PS4 controller-operated Nissan GT-R

"The response from the vehicle when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be".

Over in the UK, Nissan and a company called JLB Design have finally done it. Courtesy of Carbuyer, I learned of a tie-in with the soon-to-be-released Gran Turismo Sport, wherein JLB converted a Nissan GT-R to be controlled by a DualShock 4 controller rather than the normal steering wheel and pedals.

It was the flawless opportunity for Jann to show off his skills after he made it to the top tier of racing after impressing in Nissan's GT Academy that takes amateur gamers and gives them a shot at real-life motorsport.

Mardenborough put the GT-R/C through its paces around the Silverstone national circuit, by controlling it from the cockpit of a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, which was specially permitted to operate at a low altitude.

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. 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.

Gran Turismo Sport is due to be released on October 17-barring any unforeseen six-year delays.

The GT-R/C has a standard 542bhp V6 engine and uses four robots to operate steering, gearbox, brakes and accelerator.

The unmodified DualShock 4 connects to a microcomputer which interprets the joystick and button signals and transmits them to the GT-R /C's on-board systems.

In 2011 he was the victor of the GT Academy, Nissan's driver discovery and development programme. The unmodified PlayStation DualShock 4 controller was then connected to a micro-computer that interprets the controller inputs and transmits them to the auto.

The vehicle was a standard-spec GT-R with its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 419kW. A Racelogic VBox Motorsport sensor relays speed data to the "remote" driver.

"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", said the current full-time racer.

James Brighton, JLB Design Ltd, added: "The GT-R /C presented some unique challenges and a number of engineering firsts for us".