Nissan made a real radio-controlled GT-R because the world needs awesome things

Want a life-sized 196mph R/C car that doesn’t need batteries, of course you do

3y ago

This is the coolest thing we’ve seen in a long time, and we want one. As part of the celebration of the launch of the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport (review is coming soon), Nissan decided to convert one of their GT-R’s into a full-sized radio-controlled car.

Just think about that for a second, a car capable of 0-62mph in sub 3 seconds with 542bhp and a top speed of 196mph being controlled by nothing more than a PlayStation 4 Controller.

To make sure that nothing untoward happens, Nissan needed a driver. Step forward uber-gamer turned racer Jann Mardenborough who flew all the way from Japan just to ‘drive’ this modded GT-R at Silverstone.

To get the radio-controlled Nissan to complete a lap without leaving the track, the Nissan team employed a helicopter to carry Mardenborough above while he piloted the GT-R, I mean it’s not like he could stand in the pits and drive it is it?

There are no cameras attached to the Nissan at all, meaning that all Mardenborough had was a speedo to judge his cornering speed along with a whole lot of bravery. From his birdseye view, Mardenborough managed a 1m 17.47 laptime of Silverstone’s National Circuit reaching a top speed of 131mph along the way. Just so you know, he also achieved an average speed of 76mph throughout the lap in a car that he wasn’t actually sitting in.

Just in case of a failure, the GT-R was equipped with twin independent safety systems to stop the car in an emergency along with a chase GT-R as a backup. Mind you; it’s not like Mardenborough was ever in any danger as he hovered above in relative safety.

All we know is that this radio-controlled GT-R is the coolest thing we’ve seen in a while, and Nissan if your reading can we have a go, please?

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Comments (6)

  • Pretty cool.

      3 years ago
  • *you're :P

      3 years ago
  • Awesome! I wonder if they considered trying it with a VR setup?.... Then it real would be like Gran Turismo.

      3 years ago
  • Would be cool to try with image and a full set racing well and playseat.

      3 years ago