Nissan GT-R does 130+ mph at Silverstone via Playstation controller

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Nissan has had a close relationship with the “Gran Turismo” series for years. Nissan cars, including the GT-R, have been a part of the games, but the automaker has also used the series as a tool to recruit factory race drivers through its GT Academy program. Now, Nissan has taken a virtual driver turned real-world racer, GT Academy winner and Nismo driver Jann Mardenborough, and blended his skills by allowing him to remotely pilot an actual GT-R around Silverstone with a Playstation controller.

The car, dubbed the Nissan GT-R/C, hit speeds of over 130 miles per hour as Mardenborough steered it around Silverstone’s National Circuit from above, riding in a helicopter with DualShock 4 controller in hand. There’s nobody in the car, which is capable of being remotely driven at speeds of up to 196 mph.

The stunt is part of the rollout of “Gran Turismo Sport,” the latest in the long-running (20 years!) driving simulator series. The game launches in the U.S. on Oct. 17. The remote driving system in the GT-R/C was built by JLB Design, which has built over 70 full-size remote-control vehicles.

You can see the in-car footage of the run in the video from Nissan below: