May 232020
 

Goodsmile Racing has revealed the Haregi version of the 2020 Racing Miku to cheer on the team for the 2020 10 Hours of Suzuka in August. Illustrated by LEN[A-7], Racing Miku is sporting the usual pink Haregi with the cherry blossoms in the background.

Unfortunately, the 10 Hours of Suzuka will be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As most of the teams that take part in it are from outside of Japan, it was inevitable that the race would get cancelled. Hopefully we’ll go back to racing soon with Super GT later in the year.

 

Until then, Stay home and Fight, GSR!

 

Apr 222020
 

Goodsmile Racing recently broadcasted several announcements in a live stream on their YouTube Channel. Unlike their previous live streams where everyone is together, the stream was mostly broadcasted through video calls to practice social distancing because of the current situation that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the pandemic, the first half of the Super GT season had to be postponed to later dates in hope that the situation improves.

The opening race at Okayama has been postponed to 11th and 12th of July, Fuji has been postponed to 8th and 9th of August, Sugo has been postponed to 12th and 13th of September, while Suzuka, Thailand and Sepang (Malaysia) are still yet to be confirmed. Autopolis and Motegi are expected to run on their initial scheduled dates.

An illustration was published by LEN[A-7] on the 10th of April as the opening race was supposed to happen on that weekend, but instead the team encouraged fans to stay home to help reduce the spread of the virus.

A new “Tropical” version of the 2020 Racing Miku has been announced sporting the usual tan to cheer on the team for the oversea races in Thailand and Malaysia under the blazing humid tropical weather.

A collaboration with Super Sonico has been announced with Super Sonico also wearing the 2020 racing outfit with an illustration by 津路参汰 (ニトロプラス)

And to conclude the stream, a new theme song for 2020 was announced, called “Burning!!” written and composed by DIVELA, who is most known for winning the 2018 Magical Mirai Song Contest with METEOR. You can listen to the theme song at the end of the stream.

Jan 092020
 

Goodsmile Racing has revealed their Racing Machine for the SUPER GT 2020 racing season at the TOKYO AUTO SALON today at Makuhari Messe, which will once again be the Mercedes AMG GT3! The brand new car is also adorning the new Racing Miku 2020 design artwork by LEN[A-7].

In addition, it was also announced that Goodsmile Racing has been voted the most popular GT300 class team for the SUPER GT 2019 season, making this their 3rd straight win for popularity! Congratulations GSR!

The first round of the SUPER GT 2020 season will take place in OKAYAMA on April 11th~12th. Fight, GSR!

Dec 212019
 

Goodsmile Racing announced their entry for the 2020 Super GT season at their End of Year Party. The team remains the same with Aki Takanori as Team Owner, Ukyo Katayama as Team Director, Kono Takao as Chief Engineer, Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka as the drivers, and Kamui Kobayashi as their third driver for the 10 Hours of Suzuka that the team will also take part in for 2020. The team will be getting a new car for 2020 as they planned on selling their current car to a lucky fan. The new car they will be using is the new Mercedes-AMG GT3.

The next Racing Miku has also been announced with illustrations by LEN[A-7]. The same artist who did the visuals for Magical Mirai 2016. The Nendoroid designed has also been announced and is on display at their end of year party.

 

Goodsmile Racing will also be exhibiting at Anime Matsuri at Houston, Texas, USA from the 9th to the 12th of July 2020

 

The livery for the Hatsune Miku AMG will be revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon from 10th to the 12th of January 2020.

Until then.

 

Nov 052019
 

Goodsmile Racing finished the season finale of Super GT at the Twin Ring Motegi in 5th position after struggling during the qualifying session the previous day and were out of championship contention as they failed to secure pole position. The team qualified in 7th.

The race went underway with the #4 Hatsune Miku AMG overtaking the #33 EVA Nissan GT-R at the start of the race. There were overtakes here and there as teams have been let go of all their success ballast in the shortest race of the season at only 250 kilometres or 53 laps.

The #12 Calsonic Impul GT-R suffered an engine failure on the 15th lap forcing the car to retire. No Safety car was deployed.

As the race reached its halfway point, teams started to do their pit stops. This would play an important role to the position of when cars would come out of the pitlane especially with a championship at risk in both categories.

While the #55 ARTA NSX GT3 was sitting comfortably in a good position to win the championship. Meanwhile in GT500 the fight was still on for the championship with the #37 Keeper TOM’s LC500 leading the race and the #6 WAKO’s LC500 needing at least 2nd place to secure the championship. The latter would then overtake the #36 au TOM’s after a late lunge and both cars going off the track.

In the end, the #37 Keeper TOM’s won the race but the #6 WAKO’s won the championship in the GT500 category by just 2 points. Meanwhile in GT300 the #65 Leon AMG was hoping for a third consecutive win at Motegi but suddenly, the car slowed down as it was reaching the finish line. The car has run out of fuel! And the #11 Gainer TANAX GT-R snatched the win from them! The #55 ARTA NSX would secure the championship finishing in fourth place followed by the #4 Miku AMG in fifth place.

Goodsmile Racing has placed 4th in the drivers’ championship standing. It was still an impressive finish even after struggling with race pace and strategies. ARTA has got their redemption after losing to the title last year to Leon. A provisional 2020 calendar was unveiled which would see the return of the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the first time since 2013 and will be Super GT’s first ever night race.

The season may be over but there will be one more race which is the Super GT x DTM Dream Race where GT500 cars would once again take on the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters that is happening on the 23rd and 24th of November at Fuji International Speedway. This is a non-championship race, so it does not affect the standings. GT300s will also be racing in a separate support race during the weekend.

Until then, Fight GSR!