The extensive modifications to the vehicle included four robots operating the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle. Six computers mounted in the rear of the vehicle update the controls at up to 100 times a second. The steering is so accurate that it is measured to one part in 65,000. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a helicopter, turning in a fastest lap of 1:17:47 while averaging 76 miles per hour and hitting a top speed of 131 miles per hour.
From the cockpit of a helicopter (not his mom's basement couch), Mardenborough drove this GT-R/C reached a top speed of 131 mph/211 kph, averaging 76 mph/122 kph, and recording a lap time of (1:17:47). This, according to Nissan, is just 7mph short of the average speed recorded when a driver is behind the wheel.
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At the controls is professional racer Jann Mardenborough, who's an apt choice for a number of reasons. Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 131 miles per hour at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience.
And race ace Jann Mardenborough took to the joystick to show off the prototype around Silverstone - created to mark the release of the new Gran Turismo Sport video game.
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. "Now that's innovation that excites!" The GT-R/C will tour primary and secondary schools in an effort to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.