Race livery and Personal Sponsor programmes unveiled for Goodsmile Racing

The 2017 Wonder Festival of Winter – the biggest collectible figure expo in Japan – was the perfect platform for Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO to launch the new race livery of their #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3, as well as unveil the 2017 Personal Sponsor courses for prospective backers of GSR.

Team owner Takanori Aki, team director Ukyo Katayama, and two-time champion drivers Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka were on hand as Goodsmile Racing unveiled the new colours of the car that will honour GSR’s tenth season in Super GT.

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The 2017 rendition of the wildly popular “itasha” car was designed in collaboration with prominent Japanese visual artist and character designer Tony Taka, with a vibrant floral motif for the beloved Hatsune Miku character and the rest of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 which she adorns.

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Taniguchi, who won his two GT300 championships with Goodsmile Racing in 2011 and 2014, vowed to win the championship for a third time – the team have certainly come a long way since their inception in 2008!

A substantial part of Goodsmile Racing’s success and popularity, along with their racing record and anime-inspired looks, is their Personal Sponsors programme – a crowd-funding initiative, and arguably the most successful programme of its kind in all of motorsport.

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There’s everything from ticket holders, to sticker sets – but investing in a Nendoroid or Figma Course will get you exclusive items including diecast cars, t-shirts, hats, umbrellas, racing jackets, and even the polo shirts worn by the Goodsmile Racing team members at every race, just for purchasing a figure!

The first of four “Recruitment Periods” have begun and run through March 8, with the following periods running from April 28-May 24, July 14-August 30, and October 27-November 30. International supporters can purchase their sponsorship courses through the Goodsmile Racing Online Shop.

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