Aug 072019
 

Before we begin, we would like to congratulate Black Falcon for finishing 3rd place overall with the #4 Promare car and 3rd place in the Silver Class (24th overall) with the #6 Miku car at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps back in July. Unfortunately for Goodsmile Racing and TYPE-MOON, the #00 Fate car retired halfway into the race when they collided at the high-speed turn of Blanchimont.

Now back to Super GT. The #4 Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 qualified in 9th position for the start of the race which would start off fine for the first hour until the pit stop strategies came into play with teams using different tyre strategies with some teams opting not to change tyres on their first pit stop. The team managed to climb up to 3rd position overtaking the #7 D’Station Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in the process before their second pit stop.

The Safety Car came out on Lap 69 when the #38 ZENT Lexus LC500 crashed due to a loose wheel nut shortly after their pit stop forcing them to retire from the race. Things would calm down as the race restarted until the Safety Car was pulled out once again on the 104th lap, this time for the #24 Realize GT-R GT500 pulling over at the pit entry due to an engine failure which would then catch on fire. The #4 Miku AMG were lucky enough to pit before they closed the pit lane when the Safety Car came out.

Once again, the race restarts and teams would stop for their fourth and final mandatory pit stop mixing up the field for the last time until more drama unfolds with the #25 Hoppy 86 MC colliding with the #22 R’Qs AMG forcing Hoppy to retire from the race. As the race was at it’s closing stages a timer appeared finishing the race earlier rather than racing the full length of 177 laps. With less than 2 minutes until the end of the race, the #4 Miku AMG overtook the #61 Subaru BRZ placing them in 8th position until the end of the race.

The race would finish on the 175th lap with the #6 WAKO’S LC500 winning in GT500 and the #87 T-Dash Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in GT300. We would like to congratulate both teams on their victory in Super GT’s endurance round of the season.

Goodsmile Racing still stands 11th in the championship standing despite the pace they had during the race, only the timing of the pit stops, and safety cars compromised their position.

The next race will take place at Autopolis on the 7th and 8th of September. But before that is the 10 Hours of Suzuka happening from the 23rd to the 25th of August with Kamui Kobayashi returning as the team’s third driver for the race. Once again, we wish the team good luck for the upcoming endurance race. Fight, GSR!

Jul 272019
 

With today’s 2019 Summer Wonder Festival underway in Tokyo, we’re getting the usual wave of new Hatsune Miku figure announcements and reveals! Here’s everything that’s been revealed at the event so far. We’ll continue to add more if anything new is announced before the day is over in Japan, so be sure to check back for possible updates!

1/7 Scale Hatsune Miku Snow Princess Ver.

Photo via WonFes Gallery

Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Price: TBA
Release Date: TBA

1/8 Scale Racing Miku 2019 Ver.

Photo via WonFes Gallery

Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Price: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Scale Hatsune Miku: Symphony 2019 Ver.

Photo via WonFes Gallery

Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Price: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Scale Hatsune Miku: Kentaro Yabuki x osoba Ver.

Photo via WonFes Gallery

Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Price: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Scale Racing Miku 2019: Thailand Ver.

Photo via Aquamarine

Manufacturer: Aquamarine
Price: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Sega Prize Figure Hatsune Miku Ribbon x Heart

Photo via @77tmair

Manufacturer: SEGA
Price: Prize
Release Date: TBA

Scale Racing Miku 2013 Rd. 4 SUGO Support Ver.

Photo via Aquamarine

Manufacturer: Aquamarine
Price: TBA
Release Date: TBA

1/7 Scale Racing Miku: 2018 Summer Ver.

Photo via @hobbysearch

Manufacturer: Max Factory
Price: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Scale Hatsune Miku Expo 2019 Taiwan & Hong Kong

Photo via @mfMikudayo

Manufacturer: Alphamax
Price: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Scale Hatsune Miku Expo 2019 Taiwan & Hong Kong

Photo via @mfMikudayo

Manufacturer: F:Nex
Price: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Scale Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2019 Ver.

Photo via @mfMikudayo

Manufacturer: F:Nex
Price: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Jul 242019
 

From the recent Goodsmile Racing’s live stream comes a Racing Miku visual for the 2019 SUZUKA 10 HOURS race, to which the team will be participating in next month. Drawn by the artist Annin Oiko with direction by Shigeto Koyama, she wears a beautiful pink haregi surrounded in cherry blossoms.

The machine featuring the design is expected at the upcoming 2019 SUZUKA 10 HOURS race, which will be hled at Suzuka circuit on August 23rd~25th. She’s the also second Racing Miku Haregi ver. design to date since Tony Taka’s in 2017-2018. Fight, GSR!

2019 SUZUKA 10 HOURS: https://www.suzukacircuit.jp/10h_en/
Goodsmile Racing team: https://www.goodsmileracing.com/en/team2019_suzuka/

Jul 212019
 

Back in April, Goodsmile Racing announced that they would return to the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. But rather than having the usual Racing Miku for their car livery, the team will collaborate with TYPE-MOON RACING to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Fate series!

The #00 Goodsmile Racing & TYPE-MOON RACING Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be driven by the two Super GT drivers of Nobuteru Taniguchi (JPN) and Tatsuya Kataoka (JPN) with their third driver being Adam Christodoulou (GBR), known for winning the 24 Hours of Dubai and 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

The other two cars with itasha liveries recently announced for the race are the #04 and #06 Mercedes-AMG Black Falcon cars. The #04 car is wrapped up with visuals of the anime Promare by Studio Trigger and is driven by Maro Engel (GER), Luca Stolz (GER) and Yelmer Buurman (NLD). The #06 car is wrapped up with Hatsune Miku using the V4X main visual by iXima and is driven by Abdulaziz Al Faisal (KSA), Hubert Haupt (GER), Patrick Assenheimer (GER) and Gabriele Piana (ITA).

The race will take place from July 26th to July 28th, and we wish both teams good luck for the upcoming endurance race!

Via GSR

Jul 032019
 

Last weekend was Round 4 of SUPER GT, which took place at the Chang International circuit at Buriram in Thailand. Goodsmile Racing finished 8th in qualifying for the start of the race the following day.

The race started off clean with all the cars making it through without colliding into each other. Things were calm until teams started to do their pit stops. The #4 Hatsune Miku AMG would stay out as other teams pitted. But suddenly the #16 Motul Mugen NSX-GT, #8 ARTA NSX-GT and #1 Raybrig NSX-GT in the GT500 category all collided bringing the Safety Car out which would compromise the #4 Miku AMG, as they have yet to make their mandatory pit stop. And by the rules, the pit lane is closed during the Safety Car.

As the race restarted, the team would eventually pit for a driver change and refuel but kept the same tires. The #4 Miku AMG would leave the pit lane in 14th place. In the end the team would cross the finish line in 13th, overtaking the #7 D’station Aston Martin Vantage as they suffered a blown tire during the closing stages of the race. The team went up to 12th as the #21 Hitotsuyama Audi dropped position, possibly for failing post-race inspections.

Goodsmile Racing now stands 11th in the championship standing. We may only be halfway through the season, but the team still has a chance in fighting for the championship. The next race will be at Fuji International Speedway on the 3rd and 4th of August for the endurance round of the season. Fight, GSR!