On his fasted lap with the GT-R/C, he clocked a time of 1 minute, 17.47 seconds, which is impressive considering that the Silverstone single-lap record of 1 minute, 30.621 seconds was set by a fully race-prepped F1 auto.
The system's "brain" is stored in the boot, where six computers control the auto at up to 100 times a second.
The stunt was put together to mark the release of Gran Turismo Sport, out on October 18 on PS4.
To lap one of the short circuits at Silverstone, Mardenborough jumped into the passenger seat of a helicopter and controlled the Japanese sports vehicle from above. The DualShock4 controller itself was unmodified, but was connected to microcomputer that translated joystick and button inputs into instructions for the on-car robots.
The company used servomotors and robotics so the steering, acceleration, braking, and transmission of the auto - based on a 2011 Nissan R35 GT-R - could be controlled remotely. It's a good thing the driver knows how to play Gran Turismo Sport, I'm sure Nissan wouldn't appreciate bouncing this vehicle off the walls of the track.
In case Mardenborough's wireless connection was lost, the auto was also fitted with two independent safety systems that allowed two additional operators to slam on the ABS brakes and cut power to the engine if need be. To assist Mardenborough in remotely controlling the auto is a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor, which relayed speed data to a LCD display in the helicopter cockpit.
"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", Mardenborough said.
The world's first gaming controller operated Nissan GT-R is a reality - yes, all you unbathed gamers who haven't seen the light of day, this really happened.
And he was impressed with the vehicle, saying: "The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be".
Steering, acceleration, and braking were all intelligently configured, allowing for controlled application so I could really get a feel through the corners and hold it steady down the fast straights..
"Driving a full-size, remote-control GT-R to 211km/h while chasing it down in a helicopter was an unforgettable experience!"
After this demonstration run, Nissan will tour the GT-R/C around schools in the United Kingdom to promote STEM education.