Watch Jann Mardenborough put his gaming skills to the test, driving a full-size, remote-control Nissan GT-R around Silverstone from a helicopter.

A few millimetres of button movement or joystick travel are all it takes to unleash the GT-R’s full power.

The remote-control vehicle is capable of a top speed of 196mph – not restricted for the purpose of the project car – with no one sitting behind the wheel. The GT-R /C was put through its paces by NISMO racing driver Jann Mardenborough, around Silverstone’s famous National Circuit. 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. Mardenborough is one of the most successful winners of the GT Academy, Nissan’s revolutionary driver discovery and development programme.

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Jann was approached to be the first driver of the GT-R /C because of his unrivalled talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsport. Nissan has brought ingenuity and innovation to motorsport for more than 80 years, fusing technology with performance to maintain a competitive edge. Since 2008, Nissan has also made motorsport more accessible to everyone with the GT Academy turning amateur gamers into professional racing drivers. The GT-R /C was engineered in the UK by JLB Design Ltd., using a standard-spec 542bhp V6-powered 2011 R35 – the same year Jann Mardenborough won the GT Academy.

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