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Is this the world’s fastest re­mote con­trolled car?

A gam­ing whiz has driven a Nis­san GT-R around a race­track us­ing a Sony PlayS­ta­tion joy­stick con­troller.

The Nis­san GT-R was fit­ted with re­motely op­er­ated steer­ing, ac­cel­er­a­tor and brak­ing mech­a­nisms and the driver con­trolled the car via he­li­copter.

Us­ing a PlayS­ta­tion4 DualShock4 con­troller the Nis­san GT-R reached speeds in ex­cess of 200km/h around the Sil­ver­stone cir­cuit in the UK. Nis­san claims it is a world first. The car was ‘driven’ by Jann Mar­den­bor­ough, a win­ner of the GT Academy that turned gamers into real race driv­ers.

On his fastest lap (1:17:47), the GT-R av­er­aged 122km/h and reached a top speed of 211km/h; the av­er­age speed for the same car driven by a per­son be­hind the wheel is 134km/h.

Nis­san says the GT-R was fit­ted with four ro­bots that op­er­ated the steer­ing, trans­mis­sion, brakes and throt­tle.

Six com­put­ers mounted in the boot up­dated the joy­stick con­troller 100 times per sec­ond.

The steer­ing po­si­tion is so ac­cu­rate it is mea­sured to one part in 65,000. The wire­less range from the re­mote con­troller was 1km.

To help judge the ve­hi­cle’s speed through the cor­ners from the van­tage point of the he­li­copter, a Race­l­ogic VBOX Motorsport sen­sor was in­stalled to re­lay speed data to a dis­play in the he­li­copter’s cock­pit.

PHOTO: NIS­SAN

GAM­ING RE­AL­ITY: Sony PlayS­ta­tion Gran Turismo ex­pert Jann Mar­den­bor­ough drove a re­mote con­trol Nis­san GT-R from a he­li­copter via a joy­stick con­troller.

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