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Goodsmile Racing with Team Ukyo (GSR) is a racing team that currently competes in Super GT as well as a subsidiary of Good Smile Company that was first established in 2010 after Good Smile Company introduced the Hatsune Miku-themed primary sponsor in 2008 as the primary sponsor of Studie GLAD Racing. The team currently fields the #0 Mercedes-AMG GT GT3 driven by Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka and is the current defending champion of the GT300 class. The company also produces model vehicles and related goods to support the racing team with sponsors.

HistoryEdit

In 2008, coinciding with BMW's return to the series, Good Smile Company became the primary sponsor of Studie GLAD Racing. Throughout the entirety of the team's history, GSR took part in the GT300 class of the Super GT racing series in a car featuring illustrations of Hatsune Miku.[1] In the 2010 season, after Studie ended their partnership and taking a temporary leave in the championship, Good Smile Company decided to form their own Super GT team. Originally fielding the #9 Porsche with Team COX as their partners, the team returns to BMW machinery the following season after Team COX withdrew from the series and GSR re-entered their partnership with Studie, who rejoins the series. The 2011 season marked their first season with former Formula One driver Ukyo Katayama as team principal and Nobuteru Taniguchi as one of the team's drivers, a partnership that lasted until this day.

Following their surprise championship title victory, the 2012 season saw the team briefly expanding into a two-car team, fielding both the #0 and the #4, the only time the team would field more than one car in a Super GT season campaign. GSR scales back into an one-car team the following season, keeping the #0 team and re-numbering the team as the #4 team. The next season, Studie and GSR announced that they will split their partnership, with both teams fielding their own cars starting from the 2014 season. The 2015 season saw further changes to the team with GSR changing from BMW to Mercedes GT3 cars. The 2017 season saw the team making their first international and non-Super GT appearance, with the team entering the 24 Hours of Spa for the first time in the team's history.

Their second season as their own team in 2011 earned notability as the team became the champions in the GT300 class,[2] a feat that they would repeat in 2014 and 2017. The team is currently the second most successful team in the GT300 class with three team championship titles, only behind Team Taisan's seven team championship titles. Their current drivers, Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka, are among some of the most successful Super GT drivers in history with three driver titles under their name. They are tied for the most driver titles in the GT300 class (Tetsuya Yamano and Morio Nitta also had 3 driver titles) as well as tied for second overall for most driver titles earned in the Super GT series along with five other drivers (Yamano, Nitta, Satoshi Motoyama, Juichi Wakisaka, and Yuji Tachikawa), behind only Masataka Yanagida and Ronnie Quintarelli's four driver titles. Taniguchi won all of his titles with GSR, while Kataoka won his first with Racing Project Bandoh.

While the team primarily runs the #4 car in the series, the team would run the #0 car during the seasons where the team acts as the defending champion of the GT300 class as per series regulations. GSR also runs the #00 car for endurance races outside of Super GT (such as the Spa 24 Hours).

ConceptEdit

VOCALOID : Racing MikuEdit

Hatsune Miku's design has been adapted into a Racing Queen version for each seasons since 2010. The designs are officially acknowledged as "Racing Miku" (レーシングミク) derivative and are based on Miku's attire.

The 2009 derivative is the only version of the Racing Miku derivatives which did not have an official illustration herself, though it was featured in merchandise for that season. The unveiling of the Racing Miku derivatives only became a feature from the 2010 season onwards. All merchandise related to Good Smile Racing featuring Miku prior to the 2010 season, with the exception of the 2009 Racing Miku figurine, features Miku in her normal attire.

The 2008 season remains the only season where other Crypton Future Media VOCALOIDs (Kagamine Rin/Len) are featured on a Good Smile Racing related car.

In 2012, Good Smile Racing added a second car, as the championship winning 2011 car made the temporary number switch to zero for winning the championship. The second car ran the number four, and featured nendoroid versions of VOCALOIDs Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin/Len, Megurine Luka, KAITO, and MEIKO.

In 2013, Miku also was featured with racing outfit in the Isle of Man motor cycling race, for this race Team Mirari were sponsored.[3] Miku also recieved a "Sepang" version showing bare toned skin as part of showing good health and promoting the design as "the Angel of summer".[4]

Illustrators/DesignersEdit

The designer of the 2010 outfit was illustrator redjuice.

The designer of the 2011 outfit was illustrator Yuichi Murakami (村上ゆいち).

The designer of the 2012 outfit was illustrator GAN.

The designer of the 2013 outfit was Shimazaki Mari (島崎麻里).[5][6] The illustrator of the official art was Saitom. Saitom was noted for the amount of illustrations produced for the 2013 season (he produced 1 new illustration for each race) compared to previous illustrators.[7]

The illustrator for the 2014 season was Oguchi (おぐち), one of the 15 artists of Kantai Collection. The outfit is designed by Koyamashigeto (コヤマシゲト) the art director of Kill la Kill (キルラキル). The machine version of the outfit is designed by Koyamashigeto and Kawamori Shoji, who is noted for his "Macross" designs.[8]

For the 2015 Racing Miku, the design was based on a "Princess Knight" complete with a shield and spear-like umbrella. The illustrator was "Taiki" (タイキ), the lead visual design from Square Enix and SEGA's games "Lord of vermilion" and "Rise of Mana". Koyamashigeto once again returned as the art direction and designer for the season. Tsuyoshi Kusano (草野 剛) is in charge of the new machine design. [9]

The 2018 costume design is by kome100tte.

Goodsmile Racing & Team UkyoEdit

StaffEdit

  • Team Owner: Takanori Aki (安藝 貴範)
  • Team Manager: Ukyo Katayama (片山 右京)
  • Crew Chief: Itsuo Ohashi (大橋 逸夫)

Racing DriversEdit

All but one of the drivers that has competed under the Good Smile Racing banner has been a driver with a Japanese nationality (Jörg Müller of Germany, who briefly competed with the team in 2013, is the sole exception). The team participated in the GT300 class in all of the seasons the team has competed.

Season 2008

Studie & GLAD with AsadaRacing

  • Shozo Tagahara (田ヶ原章蔵)
  • Yasushi Kikuchi (菊地靖)
Season 2009

Studie GLAD Racing

  • Shozo Tagahara (田ヶ原章蔵)
  • Yasushi Kikuchi (菊地靖)
  • Taku Bamba (番場琢)
Season 2010

Team Cox

  • Taku Bamba (番場琢)
  • Masahiro Sasaki (佐々木雅弘)
  • Mitsuhiro Kinoshita (木下みつひろ) - Suzuka 1000km only
  • Hideto Yasuoka (安岡秀徒) - All-Stars only
Season 2011

GSR&Studie with TeamUKYO

  • Nobuteru Taniguchi (谷口信輝)
  • Taku Bamba (番場琢)
Season 2012

GSR & Studie with Team Ukyo

  • Nobuteru Taniguchi (谷口信輝) - Team #0
  • Tatsuya Kataoka (片岡龍也) - Team #0
  • Taku Bamba (番場琢) - Team #4
  • Masahiro Sasaki (佐々木雅弘) - Team #4
Season 2013

GSR & Studie with Team Ukyo

  • Nobuteru Taniguchi (谷口信輝)
  • Tatsuya Kataoka (片岡龍也)
  • Jörg Müller - Suzuka 1000km only
Season 2014

Goodsmile Racing with Team Ukyo

  • Tatsuya Kataoka (片岡龍也)
  • Nobuteru Taniguchi (谷口信輝)
Season 2015

Goodsmile Racing with Team Ukyo

  • Tatsuya Kataoka (片岡龍也)
  • Nobuteru Taniguchi (谷口信輝)
Season 2016

Goodsmile Racing with Team Ukyo

  • Tatsuya Kataoka (片岡龍也)
  • Nobuteru Taniguchi (谷口信輝)
Season 2017

Goodsmile Racing & TeamUKYO

  • Tatsuya Kataoka (片岡龍也)
  • Nobuteru Taniguchi (谷口信輝)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (小林 可夢偉) - 24 Hours of Spa only
Season 2018

Goodsmile Racing with Team Ukyo (entered as Mercedes-AMG Team Good Smile for the Suzuka 10 Hours)

  • Tatsuya Kataoka (片岡龍也)
  • Nobuteru Taniguchi (谷口信輝)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (小林 可夢偉) - Suzuka 10 Hours only

Racing QueensEdit

Starting in 2010, the "Racing Queens" (レースクイーン) found around the pit stops pre/post race also wear a manufactured version of the outfit. There have been, however, VOCALOID related outfits worn by the Racing Queens since 2008 with the 2009 'gals' proving quite popular.

The original 2008 Racing Queen trio were nicknamed the "MikuMiku☆gals" (ミクミク☆ギャルズ), this was also used as a nickname for the 2009 Racing Queens trio, the 2008 trio are also referred to as "the plain clothes MikuMiku☆gals".

Season 2008[10]
  • link Sato Hina (佐藤陽南)
  • link Osaki Riona (大崎莉央奈)
  • link Miyama Rin (美山蘭)
Season 2009[11][12]
  • link ayami
  • link Atsuko (あつこ)
  • link Hiroko Nagano (永野ひろこ)
Season 2010[13]
  • link ayami
  • link Tachibana Saki (立花サキ)
  • link Kogoshi Shihomi (小越しほみ)
Season 2011[14]
  • link ayami
  • link Aoi Haruka (の蒼井晴香)
  • link Tachibana Saki (立花サキ)
Season 2012[15]
  • link Ayana Sato (佐藤彩奈)
  • link Aoi Haruka (の蒼井晴香)
  • link Sena Kougami (鴻上聖奈)
  • link Tachibana Saki (立花サキ)


Season 2013[16]
  • link Sena Kougami (鴻上聖奈)
  • link Tsukasa Arai (荒井つかさ)
  • link Ishiguro Elena (石黒エレナ)
Season 2014
  • link Tsukasa Arai (荒井つかさ)
  • link Sena Kougami (鴻上聖奈)
  • link Kelal Yamaura (山村ケレール)
  • link Noa Mizutani (水谷望愛)
Season 2015
  • link Tsukasa Arai (荒井つかさ)
  • link Kelal Yamaura (山村ケレール)
  • link Noa Mizutani (水谷望愛)
  • link Rui Kumae (熊江琉唯)
Season 2016
  • link Tsukasa Arai (荒井つかさ)
  • link Kelal Yamaura (山村ケレール)
  • link Noa Mizutani (水谷望愛)
  • (鈴菜)



MarketingEdit

WebsitesEdit

GSR website 2017

Official GSR website as of 2017

The official Good Smile Racing website is available in Japanese and English. It features Hatsune Miku in the latest Racing Queen uniform. There is information about the current drivers and queens of the season. The 2014 SUPER GT Race Schedule displays all the rounds Team UKYO will participate in.

FigurinesEdit

Official figurines are produced by both Good Smile company and Max Factory, some were made for mass commercial release, while others were exclusives.

AlbumsEdit

In 2011 a collab CD "Hatsune Miku GT Project Theme Song Collection", was released.[17]

Another CD was released in 2013.[18]

In 2014, a pair of matching racing bikes were made for Good Smile Racing.[19]

Official theme songEdit

Released in April 2014 Hatsune Miku GT Project theme song, "Drag the Ground," by Camellia became available via iTunes.[20][21]

StickersEdit

Stickers are often released either featuring the promotional art, or exclusive.

The racing Miku 2015 vers. receive stickers featuring art that was not present in other promotions.[22]

Hard productsEdit

Motor carsEdit

  • Studie, which participated in the 2008 with a BMW Z4 E86.
  • Studie also used Miku's image in the 2009 seasons with BMW Z4 E86.[23][24][25]
  • Team COX, participating in the 2010 season, which used a Porsche 996 GT3 RSR and a Porsche 997 GT3-R. Their car used Racing Miku (an official Hatsune Miku derivative, wearing an orange race queen suit) as their image.
  • From the 2011 season until the 2014 season, GSR & Studie with Team Ukyo (Goodsmile Racing & Team Ukyo for 2014 onwards) used Miku's image on their BMW E89 Z4 GT3 team car.
  • After switching to Mercedes, Goodsmile Racing & Team Ukyo originally used Racing Miku on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 team car for the 2015 season before using the Racing Miku image on the newer Mercedes-AMG GT GT3 car since the 2016 season.
  • Team MOLA, using a Nissan 350Z, and they received sponsors on the final race in Fuji in the 2008 season. Images of Kagamine Rin and Len was added on their original colorings. The Fuji round, in fact, is the first FIA race to feature two unique itasha cars competing in a single race.[26][27]

MotorcyclesEdit

Sponsorship was extended to motorcycle racing in 2013, and 2014.

TriviaEdit

  • Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix references the sponsorship of BMW in chapter 11 where Miku comments how the design is "uncute" and desired to design something more appealing.

GalleryEdit

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The image gallery for Good Smile Racing may be viewed here.

ReferencesEdit

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  23. ""4代目"ミク号はZ4 GT3! 谷口&右京SDが新加入 ["4th" Car of Hatsune Miku Is Z4 GT3! Taniguchi and Ukyō SD Newly Join the Team]" (in Japanese). Autosport. February 6, 2011. http://as-web.jp/news/info.php?c_id=2&no=31846. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  24. "The Rumored No. 808 Hatsune Miku Studie Glad BMW Z4 Latest News" (in Japanese). Super GT.net. August 18, 2008. http://ww2.supergt.net/gtcgi/prg/NList02.dll/Code?No=NS010942&List=13. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  25. "Itasha storm in Super GT. Report of Final Race at Mt. Fuji (Page 3)" (in Japanese). ASCII (company). November 11, 2008. http://ascii.jp/elem/000/000/187/187441/index-3.html. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  26. "Itasha storm in Super GT. Report of Final Race at Mt. Fuji (page 2)" (in Japanese). ASCII (company). November 11, 2008. http://ascii.jp/elem/000/000/187/187441/index-2.html. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  27. "2008 Super GT Champions". Super GT. November 11, 2008. http://supergt.net/supergt/2008/08series/index_e.htm. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 

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