Race ace Jann Mardenborough controls 196mph Nissan GT-R using a PlayStation 4 gamepad while flying in a HELICOPTER over Silverstone

THIS life-size remote control supercar might just be the best toy EVER.

The one-off Nissan GT-R/C – with a top speed of 196mph – can be controlled by just a PlayStation 4 gamepad.

 Jann controlled RC Nissan from helicopter flying at low altitude

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Jann controlled RC Nissan from helicopter flying at low altitude

And race ace Jann Mardenborough took to the joystick to show off the prototype around Silverstone – designed to mark the release of the new Gran Turismo Sport video game.

But he wasn’t just sat on a sofa in his pants – instead Jann took to the skies in a helicopter to chase the car.

The GT-R/C has a standard 542bhp V6 engine and uses four robots to operate steering, gearbox, brakes and accelerator.

Six computers in the boot update controls 100 times a second.

 Jann had a regular PS4 controller to hand

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Jann had a regular PS4 controller to hand

But in the helicopter, Jann was using a regular PS4 controller that you use to play Gran Turismo or Grand Theft Auto in your living room.

His inputs on the tiny gamepad were transmitted wirelessly to the Nissan tearing around Silverstone.

The only other gadget for Jann was a LCD display mounted the helicopter’s cockpit to show the car’s speed.

It was the perfect opportunity for Jann to show off his skills after he made it to the top tier of racing after impressing in Nissan’s GT Academy that takes amateur gamers and gives them a shot at real-life motorsport.

 GT-R/C hit a top speed of 131mph in the hands of Jann

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GT-R/C hit a top speed of 131mph in the hands of Jann

Jann’s prowess on the legendary video game led to a full time race seat and a spot at Le Mans.

No stranger to a gamepad then, Jann clocked a fastest lap of 1 minute 17 seconds with an average speed of 76mph, hitting a top speed of 131 mph.

 Jann was just a few seconds off the pace of a normal driver

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Jann was just a few seconds off the pace of a normal driver

By comparison, a “regular” driver averages 83mph around the circuit.

Jann said: “This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff. The GT-R /C has brought my two worlds together – the virtual of gaming and the reality of motorsport – in a way I never thought possible.

 Supercar cockpit uses four robots hooked up to wifi

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Supercar cockpit uses four robots hooked up to wifi

“The response from the car when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be.

“Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 131mph at Silverstone whilst chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience.”

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