Alias

Speed Racer
Nick Name

Best Racer in the World

Demon on Wheels


Civilian ID
Gō Mifune
Occupation

Adventurer

Racecar Driver


Legal Status
Citizen of an unknown nation.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Unknown
Group Affiliation

Mifune Motors


Base of Operations
Unknown
Height
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Weight
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Eye Color
Blue
Hair Color
Dark Brown
Known Powers

Normal human with quick reflexes and extraordinary skills in the sport of motor racing.


Exceptional hand-to-hand combatant with skills taught by his father, who was the captain of his college wrestling team.


Accessories

Mach 5: Custom racecar with a wide variety of unique features controlled from the car's steering wheel.


Special features include:

  • A: Auto Jacks Retractable jacks housed in the body of the vehicle which can raise the car for repair, but can be engaged in motion to allow the car to jump short distances.
  • B: Belt Tires Retractable special grips which can be engaged to add traction allowing travel over most surfaces.
  • C: Cutter Blades Twin rotary saws which extend from the front of the vehicle, and are powerful enough to fell full-sized trees while the car is in high-speed motion.
  • D: Deflector Cockpit seal which is bulletproof and airtight allowing the vehicle to submerge.
  • E: Evening Eye Specialized headlamps which allow for enhanced night vision through the driver's helmet.
  • F: Frogger Mode Enhanced mode which converts the vehicle to a submersible.
  • G: Homing Robot Robotic bird which can carry messages or small items.
  • H: Homing Device Command button not located on the steering wheel, which sends the Homing Robot to a pre-programmed location.
Common Enemies

Ace Deucey

Ali Ben Schemer

Captain Terror

Car Acrobatic Team

Cruncher Block

Kim Jugger

Skull Duggery

Snake Oiler

Tongue Blaggard

Van Ruffle


Regularly Appearing

The New Adventures of Speed Racer

Ninja High School Featuring Speed Racer

Racer X

Shōnen Book

Speed Racer Vol. 1 & 2 (Now Comics)

Speed Racer Vol. 1 (DC Comics)

Speed Racer Vol. 1 (Seven Seas)

Speed Racer & Racer X

Speed Racer Classics

Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer

Speed Racer: Featuring Ninja High School

Speed Racer: Mach Go Go Go

Speed Racer: Return of the GRX

Speed Racer Special

Speed Racer: The Original Manga


First Appearance

Shōnen Book (June, 1966)


Note: Shōnen Book "Boy's Book" was a manga magazine published from March, 1958 until April, 1969. The magazine is the predecessor to the currently published Weekly Shōnen Jump.


Mach GoGoGo was a feature published in Shōnen Book from June 1966 until May 1968. The manga series was adapted into a 52-episode anime which aired on Fuji TV from April 1967 to March 1968. The anime series was translated into English renamed Speed Racer and syndicated by Trans-Lux for broadcast in the United States for the 1967 television season, where it continued in syndication by another company for many decades in after-school programming primarily on independent broadcast stations.


Creator
Tatsuo Yoshida
Origin

The son of Daisuke "Pops Racer" Mifune, a well-known and innovative racecar designer and engineer, it could be said that racing ran in Gō Mifune's blood.


After quiting his job for a major car manufacturer Pops started his own company and racing team, with his older son Fukumen as its rising star on the racing circuit. The over-protective Pops warned Fukumen that he was not prepared to compete professionally, and the eldest son's hubris cost him a major race when he wrecked the car in the final lap. Pop's temper got the better of him, and after a verbal altercation with Fukumen, the eldest son left home swearing to become the world's greatest race car driver. Fukumen would return years later as the guardian angel of his younger brother in the guise of the mysterious masked racer known as Racer X.


When Gō turned 18 years old, he became his father's newest star racer. Fearing that his temper would cost him yet another son, Pops vowed to support his son's ambitions by creating the ultimate racecar; the Mach 5. Armed with a unique array of offensive and defensive features, Gō Mifune races the Mach 5 around the world in the most exotic and unusual races as the demon on wheels called Speed Racer.


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