There is even a GT Academy where players of the game learn how to drive real-world race cars. Still, it would not be so until next several years after which Nissan introduced the vehicle and availed them in the European as well as American markets and this is how the mental connection has become permanent between the Gran Turismo and GT-R.
The driver of the vehicle was flown around behind the GT-R /C in a helicopter and controlled the auto from there. Therefore, Mardenborough was approached to be the first driver of the GT-R /C because of his talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsporSince 2008, Nissan has also made motorsport more accessible to everyone with GT Academy turning amateur gamers into professional racing drivers.
The GT-R/C has a standard 542bhp V6 engine and uses four robots to operate steering, gearbox, brakes and accelerator. Jann controlled the GT-R/C from the cockpit of a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, which had been given special permission to operate at a low altitude.
Called the Nissan GT-R /C, the project helps celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport, and marks 20 years of Nissan involvement with the franchise. In the back of the auto, six computers updated the controls at up to 100 times a second to make sure the GT-R didn't miss a beat.
It works by linking the unmodified DualShock®4 to a microcomputer which then interpreted every button bash and transmitted the commands to the onboard systems inside the GT-R /C. And it performed: the auto topped out at 210km/h on the National Circuit's longest straight and recorded a best lap time of 1:17.47, as well as an average speed of 122km/h versus the human-driven car's average of 134km/h.
Nissan says the car's performance is not restricted by the radio controls so in the right conditions it is capable of a staggering 196mph - with no one in the driver's seat.
Gran Turismo Sport releases October 17th, exclusively for the PS4, followed by an October 18 drop in Europe and Australia on October 18, and October 19 in Japan.
"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", Mardenborough said. In the meantime, you can check out the GT-R stunt below.