Nissan’s 130-mph Remote Control Car Celebrates Gran Turismo

Gran Turismo Nissan GT-R

It’s been 20 years since the release of Gran Turismo, and the series of racing games, which were developed for PlayStation, have worked with Nissan from the beginning. In honor of that partnership, Nissan is celebrating this year by creating the coolest Gran Turismo-inspired remote-controlled car to date: the Nissan GT-R.

The Nissan GT-R is operated using a gaming controller, and brings the thrill of the Gran Turismo games to real life. The Nissan GT-R was tested with the help of Jann Mardenborough, a winner at the GT Academy, who controlled the Nissan GT-R from a helicopter up above the course. He was able to get the Nissan GT-R up to 131 mph and averaged 76 mph on his fastest lap.

During the drive, Mardenborough was able to monitor the car’s speed thanks to Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor installed in the car. It’s one of many advanced tools that make the Nissan GT-R possible, in addition to four robots, six computers, and two smart safety systems.

We’re happy to report, as well, that this car won’t be sitting around collecting dust. Its next tour is through primary and secondary schools in the UK, where it will be used as a means to promote STEM learning. After all, Nissan has always been inspirational in more than one way. It’s just one of many things Haddad Nissan loves about the company.

Going Rogue: The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

If you weren’t already convinced that Nissan was the kind of automaker which didn’t blindly follow trends then the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo should provide overwhelming proof that Nissan can be a maverick.

Vehicles built for endurance races like the 24-Hour Le Mans are mid-engine, rear-wheel drive racers all across the board. This is largely due to the unique restrictions of the race but this arrangement is popular because Le Mans features tight curves where under-steer could be detrimental. A rear-positioned engine prevents under-steer.

Going against the grain, Nissan has built a front-engine, front-axle hybrid motor vehicle. In addition to curves, Le Mans has a lot of straight-aways. This means that a more aerodynamic car could make a huge difference. This is exactly what Nissan has done, designing a racer that creates an enormous amount of downforce.

Front-wheel drive also means a more efficient race car. Couple that with the GT-R LM Nismo’s electrical energy recovery system, and the efficiency reaches superior levels. A more efficient entry will fare better at an endurance race for obvious reasons.