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This is a list of characters from the Pixar franchise Cars, as well as the Disney franchise Planes, which is set in the same fictional universe:


Table of charactersEdit

Character Cars Cars 2 Cars 3 Mater and the Ghostlight Cars Toons Planes Planes: Fire & Rescue
Lightning McQueen Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Photograph
Tow Mater Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Doc Hudson Yes Photograph Yes (Flashback) Yes No No No
Sally Carrera Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Tales from Radiator Springs) No No
Luigi Yes Yes Yes Silent Yes No No
Guido Yes Yes Yes Silent Yes No No
Ramone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Flo Yes Yes Yes Silent Yes No No
Fillmore Yes Yes Yes Silent Yes No No
Sarge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Photograph
Sheriff Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Lizzie Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Red Yes Silent Yes Silent Yes No No
Mack Yes Yes Yes Silent No No No
Bob Cutlass Yes No Yes No No No No
Darrell Cartrip Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Van Yes Yes No No No No No
Minny Yes Yes No No No No No
Strip Weathers Yes No Yes No No No No
Chick Hicks Yes No Yes No No No No
Lynda Weathers Yes No No No No No No
Tex Dinoco Yes No Yes No No No No
"Junior" #8 Yes No No No No No No
"Mario Andretti" #11 Yes No No No No No No
Fred Yes No No No No No No
Rusty Rust-eze Yes No Yes No No No No
Dusty Rust-eze Yes No Yes No No No No
Michael Schumacher Yes No No No No No No
DJ Yes No No No Yes No No
Wingo Yes No No No Yes No No
Boost Yes No No No Yes No No
Snot Rod Yes No No No No No No
Mia Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Tia Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Frank Yes No No Yes No No No
tractors Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Harv Yes No No No No No No No
Jerry Recycled Batteries Yes No No No No No No No
Mike Wazowski Yes No No No No Silent cameo No No
Sulley Yes No No No No Silent cameo No No
Nurse GTO No No No No No Yes No No
Rescue Squad Ambulance No No No No No Yes No No
Rescue Squad Trooper No No No No No Yes No No
Lug No No No No No Yes No No
Nutty No No No No No Yes No No
Chuys No Photograph No No No Yes No No
Padre No Photograph No No No Yes No No
Ito San No Photograph No No No Yes No No
Kabuto No Photograph No No No Yes No No
Kabuto Ninja No No No No No Yes No No
Paki No No No No No Yes No No
Teki No No No No No Yes No No
Mator No No No No No Yes No No
Eddie No No No No No Yes No No
Rocky No No No No No Yes No No
Monster Truck Biggest Fan No No No No No Yes No No
I-Screamer No No No No No Yes No No
Rasta Carian No No No No No Yes No No
Dr Feel Bad No No No No No Yes No No
Monster No No No No No Yes No No
Referee pitty No No No No No Yes No No
Finn McMissile No Yes No No No No No No
Holley Shiftwell No Yes No No No No No No
Miles Axlerod No Yes Photograph No No No No No
Francesco Bernoulli No Yes No No No No No No
Jeff Gorvette No Yes Yes No No No No No
Lewis Hamilton No Yes No No No No No No
Carla Veloso No Yes No No No No No No
Shu Todoroki No Yes No No No No No No
Jackson Storm No No Yes No No No No No
Cruz Ramirez No No Yes No No No No No
Cal Weathers No No Yes No No No No No
Bobby Swift No No Yes No No No No No
Sterling No No Yes No No No No No
Natalie Certain No No Yes No No No No No
Miss Fritter No No Yes No No No No No
Smokey No No Yes No No No No No
River Scott No No Yes No No No No No
Junior Moon No No Yes No No No No No
Louise Nash No No Yes No No No No No
Shiny Wax No No Yes No No No No No

Piston Cup teamsEdit

Rust-eze teamEdit

WGP Lightning McQueenEdit

Lightning McQueen Front (die-cast)
Lightning McQueen Side (die-cast)

Montgomery "Lightning" McQueen often referred to as "McQueen", is the main character in Cars and Cars 3. He is voiced by Owen Wilson in the films, Mater and the Ghostlight, the Cars video game and the last episode of Cars Toons: Tales from Radiator Springs and by Keith Ferguson in all other media. McQueen is not modeled directly after a specific make and model, although his design contains some elements inspired by the Chevrolet Corvette C6. His Corvette lineage is further suggested by the "retro" paint scheme he acquires in Radiator Springs, which resembles that of a Corvette C1.


Mack (voiced by John Ratzenberger) is a 1985 Mack Super-Liner bearing license plate "RUSTEZ3". A dedicated member of the Rust-eze Medicated Bumper Ointment Team (and now Dinoco Oil), having the role of McQueen's (and now Ramirez's) transport, Mack pulls Lightning McQueen's (and now Cruz Ramirez's) trailer to his (and now her) races. Lightning's one loyal teammate after his entire pit crew resigns in protest at the end of the season decider, he inadvertently sets up the predicament suffered by McQueen throughout the movie. The grill on him suggests a nose and his top cover (with the Rusteze logo) suggests a baseball-style cap.

McQueen exhorts Mack to drive through the night to his tiebreaker race with Chick Hicks and The King in Los Angeles, despite federal DOT regulations which legally grant Mack ten hours daily of much-needed off-duty rest[1] alongside "all those sleeping trucks" at the last truck stop on I-40. Lightning hopes to reach the venue first and to hang out with the Dinoco team. As a result, Mack falls asleep and, distracted by the Delinquent Road Hazards (who attempt to push him off the road to the shoulder), loses Lightning. Mack arrives in Radiator Springs after Doc reveals Lightning's location and is both very relieved ("Thank the manufacturer, you're alive!") and apologetic ("I'm so sorry I lost you, boss. I'll make it up to you..."). Lightning, who is glad to see him, forgives him.

Mack acts as Lightning's pit crew for the big race (since he has none) and worriedly asks if he's alright when he spins out, just before Doc and the others show up to help. Following the race, he congratulates McQueen on his loss for helping Strip Weathers after he is taken out. During the closing credits, Mack views automotive versions of previous Pixar films (such as Toy Car Story and Monster Trucks, Inc.) at a restored 1950s drive-in cinema. Commenting on other characters played by John Ratzenberger (including Hamm the piggy truck and the Abominable Snowplow), he eagerly applauds each of them until he realizes they're all played by the same actor, then demands to know "What kind of cut-rate production is this?!".

This one is a homage to my father... John Lasseter knew that my father drove a Mack truck and that's why he gave me this character. The truck was one of my first loves because I used to ride around with him in it from time to time.

— John Ratzenberger[2]

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski proclaimed April 21, 2006, Friday Mack Trucks-Disney/Pixar "Cars" Day[3] in Mack's honor during the 41-city "CARS Road Trip '06" promotional tour.[4]

Mack is seen in the short Mater and the Ghostlight after Lightning established his headquarters on US Route 66. In Cars 2 he appears in a pair of brief cameo appearances at the start and end, where his two lines are "Oh, his best friend greetings. They get longer every year," and "Oh, those two are perfect for each other.". He appears in Cars 3 with a much larger role compared to Cars 2. He is still working as McQueen's transport. 4 months after McQueen's accident, he is in Radiator Springs and takes McQueen, Luigi, and Guido to the Rust-eze training center. Later, he takes McQueen, Cruz, Luigi, and Guido to the Thunder Hollow demolition derby circuit and after arriving, he comes up with the idea to disguise McQueen. On their way back, he is forced to pull over when Cruz opens his hauler and decides to part ways. He accompanies McQueen to pick Cruz up again and they head to Thomasville, and then to the Florida 500.

In a deleted scene, before McQueen heads to the tiebreaker race in California, Mack heads to a truck stop, after his grill is covered by a moth blizzard, to be washed. A still impatient McQueen comes outside the trailer to chase after Mack, and that's how he was lost. In another deleted scene, albeit a dream sequence where McQueen is in radiator springs, his V8 Alcohol motor is inside a steamroller, and Mater borrows his body; Mack makes a mistake, thinking Mater is McQueen, and takes him to the race.

Chuck and Lightning McQueen’s pit crewEdit

Lightning McQueen's pit crew are generic forklifts who only appear at the start of the film, never to be acknowledged again. They quit after McQueen said that he is a one-man show. One of them, presumably the acting crew chief is voiced by Mike Nelson. After the official crew chief had decided to quit, he is referred to by McQueen as "Chuck", and retorts angrily afterwards, "And my name is not Chuck!". In the credits, he is referred to as "Not Chuck". They appear in the film (only to leave almost immediately) to show McQueen's selfishness and inability to work with others. McQueen had a crew chief before the film, but was not seen in the film, because McQueen fired him (believing he was a one-man show, which later came back to haunt him for his return). The chief was mentioned several times at the Dinoco 400 race. The crew is later replaced by McQueen's friends from Radiator Springs and Mack for the big race. In Cars 2, McQueen has apparently hired a new pit crew as he mentions having given them all a vacation when asked to attend the World Grand Prix, but his friends from Radiator Springs again offer to become his crew for a race and he accepts.


Harv is Lightning McQueen's agent. Never seen on-screen, McQueen speaks to Harv via his speaker phone when McQueen and Mack are en route to the tiebreaker race and again when Mack is in Radiator Springs to pick up McQueen. Consequently, very little is known of Harv's character except that he threatened to fire Mack if he doesn't get McQueen into his trailer.

Harv is voiced by Jeremy Piven in the U.S. version and The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson in the UK version. He is also based on the character Ari Gold from the HBO series Entourage. Although he is not seen in the actual film, Jeremy Clarkson believes that he is a 1979 Ford Granada Ghia, while in the American version, he is thought to be a 1996 Oldsmobile.

Rusty and Dusty Rust-eze (Cars and Cars 3)Edit

The Rust-eze Brothers, Rusty and Dusty, are the spokescars and owners of Rust-eze, the team that sponsors Lightning and that gave him his "big break", they are somewhat awkward. Rusty is a 1963 Dodge Dart and Dusty, a 1967 Dodge A100.[5] Rusty and Dusty are voiced by real-life brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi (respectively) of National Public Radio's Car Talk, using that program's closing line "...and don't drive like my brother!". Rusty bears an intentional resemblance to Tom Magliozzi's infamous green 1963 Dart, named "The Dartre".[6]

They appear three times in the first film, at the beginning with McQueen looking forward to leaving them, in the middle very briefly being interviewed and at the end after the race when McQueen realises he is happy with them. In a deleted scene on the DVD, much of their dialogue (heard at the sponsors' tent in the final script) was originally part of a brief stop at the Top Down Truck Stop. On the die-cast cars, Rusty's license plate states "Rust" and Dusty's sports "Eze". Their license plates are from "R Fair City", a term the Car Talk brothers use to describe their home town of Cambridge, Massachusetts. They appear four times in the third film, when they talked with McQueen about his winnings, McQueen was going to see Cal Weathers, when the Radiator Springs gang members and McQueen were talking on the phone and at the Rust-eze racing center to hand the sponsor over to Sterling.

Following Tom's death in 2014, unused archive recordings from the first film were used to provide Rusty's speaking parts in Cars 3.

Sterling (Cars 3)Edit

Sterling is a billionaire and the new owner of the Rust-eze Racing Center. He reveals himself to be a fan of Lightning McQueen. He assigns Cruz Ramirez to train McQueen and prepare him for the Florida 500. After watching McQueen's poor performance on the simulator, Sterling attempted to convince McQueen to retire and become a racing brand. McQueen convinces him to give him a chance at winning the Florida 500, then McQueen could decide when to stop racing. Sterling reluctantly agrees.

At the Florida 500, Sterling reveals himself as greedy and self-centered when he cruelly ordered Cruz to leave and resume her job as a trainer. Against Sterling's will, McQueen puts Cruz in the race. After Cruz wins, Sterling asks her to race for him, but she refuses and quits. Tex Dinoco, owner of Dinoco, purchases Rust-eze from him, allowing Cruz to race and McQueen to train her.

He is voiced by Nathan Fillion.[7]


A personal voice command assistant to Cruz Ramirez that's able to track McQueen's speed through his electronic suit. Played by British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.[8]

Cruz RamirezEdit

Cruz Ramirez, a Hispanic female, is Lightning McQueen's trainer and technician at the Rust-eze Racing Center. She is known for training some of the best newer elite rookies through her unconventional training methods. She is assigned to train McQueen for the Florida 500. She attempts to train McQueen at Fireball Beach, but McQueen ends up teaching her how to race on sand. After surviving a Demolition Derby, which Cruz wins, McQueen lashes out on her for wasting his time and humiliating him on TV. Then, Cruz reveals that she always wanted to be a racer, but never found the confidence to do so.

Cruz and McQueen reconcile and head to Thomasville where they meet the former crew chief of Doc Hudson, Smokey. Smokey trains McQueen and inspires Cruz as well. At the Florida 500, Cruz is sent back to the Racing Center. McQueen exits the race to allow Cruz to race. Using what she's learned on the road, Cruz catches up to Jackson Storm, who tries to overtake her. However, Cruz flips over him and lands in first place. She begins to race for the Dinoco team, sporting #51, with McQueen as her mentor. In the post-credits, Cruz has won the Piston Cup with Lightning by her side.

Cruz is voiced by Cristela Alonzo.[9]

Dinoco teamEdit

Strip WeathersEdit

Strip Weathers, better known as The King, is a "Dinoco-blue" veteran racecar and racing legend voiced by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty. Weathers is an anthropomorphic version of Petty's aerodynamic 1970 Plymouth Superbird, sporting same shade of blue and Petty's racecar number, 43.[10] He is one of the racecars in the 2006 Piston Cup three-way tie, along with Chick Hicks and Lightning McQueen. His sponsor (Dinoco), like Petty's (STP), is a well-known oil company.

He is Dinoco's "Golden Boy", having won seven Piston Cups[11] (the same number of NASCAR Cup Series championships Petty himself won in his career) and is hoping for his eighth in the tiebreaker race before entering retirement. He tells McQueen to remember the importance of his team, but the rookie does not pay any attention, being more preoccupied with the thought of taking over the Dinoco sponsorship after Weathers' retirement.

On the final lap of the tie-breaker race, Hicks rams into Weathers, sending him into a dangerous rollover. When McQueen sees this, he realizes that Weathers' career might end the way Doc Hudson's did. After stopping short of the finish line, allowing Hicks to win, McQueen pushes Weathers across the finish line to let him finish his last race before his retirement, much to the audience's delight. Weathers is last seen visiting the racing museum in Radiator Springs with his wife and another Piston Cup racer, "Junior", stating that Hudson was his inspiration (In NASCAR, "The King" #43 is the second of four generations of racers; his father Lee Petty won his first Cup in 1954, one year after the multiple Fabulous Hudson Hornet victories).

He returns in Cars 3 as the crew chief of his nephew and new Dinoco racer Cal Weathers with Richard Petty reprising his role as the voice of The King. He is only shown in the first race of the film, where he tells Cal nice comeback after he gets his tires for a pit stop, and when he and his nephew pass the sponsorship to Cruz Ramirez after she wins the Florida 500. His only line in the film is "Nice comeback, Cal". (In real-life, Petty's nephew Trent Owens, son of his wife Lynda's brother Randy, is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief.)

In the Danish edition of the movie, the King is voiced by nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen. In the Finnish edition of the movie, The King is voiced by Finnish two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen. In the German edition, he is voiced by Austrian three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda.

Strip Weathers also appears in the film's video game as an unlockable character in the Arcade. He is mentioned by Darrell Cartrip in the game's Story Mode.

He also appears in Disney Infinity.

Lynda WeathersEdit

Lynda Weathers, also known as "Mrs. The King", (voiced by Richard Petty's wife Lynda Petty) is similar in design to a station wagon that brought the Petty family to "The King"'s races during the 1970s. Like Tex, Lynda follows each race from a Dinoco VIP booth, rooting for the #43 car. Throughout the film, she is constantly shown supporting her husband and she worries deeply when he is flipped by Chick Hicks. After the race, while Chick Hicks is booed for wrecking her husband and winning the Piston Cup, she kisses Lightning on the cheek to thank him for helping out her husband.

During the ending credits of Cars, Mrs. The King can be seen at the Doc Hudson Museum with her husband and Mater as a tour guide throughout the museum. She asks to see and meet Doc Hudson, but Mater is unsure of his whereabouts at the present time – but assumes he is out racing, most likely with McQueen (which turns out to be true).

Cal WeathersEdit

New Dinoco racer. Took over as Dinoco racer after his uncle Strip Weathers retired and became his crew chief. Cal Weathers is numbered 42, and is a Piston Cup Stock Car with blue rims. He often races with Lightning McQueen and Bobby Swift and constantly pull pranks with each other after a race. Unlike his uncle, he seemed to be one of the weak Dinoco racers and never won any Piston Cups (according to Tex as a joke when he talks to Cruz Ramirez on joining Dinoco), though he does win some races as shown when he beats McQueen in a close finish at Rocker Arms Speedway. He later retires when new next gen racers including Jackson Storm take over the sport. He is voiced by real life driver Kyle Petty who is Richard Petty's son.

Tex DinocoEdit

Tex Dinoco, voiced by Humpy Wheeler of Charlotte Motor Speedway, is a billionaire and the owner of Dinoco.[12] Packaged as "Tex Dinoco with bullhorns" as a diecast car, he is simply called "Tex" in the film's credits. He speaks with a Carolina accent and resembles a 1975 Cadillac Coupe de Ville [13] at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. He is the King's manager and sponsor. Unlike Lightning's agent (Harv, who doesn't watch the race), Tex is an avid race fan who would never miss a race. As a supportive and long-time friend of both Lynda and "The King", he has been a loyal fan of the #43 car for many years and boasts that The King "has made Dinoco proud".

After Chick Hicks wins by employing a PIT maneuver to sabotage The King in the final lap of the tiebreaker, sending the Dinoco blue #43 car into a dangerous rollover crash, Tex (angered by Hicks' cheating) offers the lucrative sponsorship to Lightning with the explanation that "there's a whole lot more to racing than just winning" this is an echo of a line that McQueen used at the end of the race shown at the start of the film but with an entirely different meaning. However, McQueen turns down the offer, opting to stay with Rust-Eze.

He returns for Cars 3 as the sponsor for Cal Weathers. After Cal retired, Tex sought to have newcomer Cruz Ramirez to race for him after watching her performance in the Florida 500. He also purchases Rust-eze from Sterling and allows Lightning McQueen to continue racing.

Andreas HöberEdit

The Dinoco Transport Helicopter is based on a Bell 430. Without a speaking part, he has no voice actor and is not named in the closing credits. His name is Andreas Höber (in apparent reference to helicopter maker Sikorsky) in the die-cast Cars toy collection. He is seen on top of the Dinoco tent during the races. Mater gets a ride over Radiator Springs at the end of the film, a favor which Lightning had promised Mater earlier when dreaming of the big trophy and the big sponsor (Dinoco) with the fancy helicopter.

HTB teamEdit

Chick HicksEdit

The PIT maneuver, long banned in racing, shown in use to end a police chase

Chick Hicks (voiced by Michael Keaton in Cars, Bob Peterson in Cars 3) serves as Lightning McQueen's primary rival in the first film. He is "a generic Pixar design, 'a stock 1980s American car'" according to Pixar publicity coordinator Amanda Sorena,[14] and strongly resembles a GM G-body with features from both the Chevrolet Monte Carlo and the Buick Grand National. As the real-life General Motors wanted nothing to do with the character by rejecting an initial Pixar proposal to cast a Chevrolet stock car as the movie's villain, Chick is effectively an orphan.[14] He has spent his entire career trailing Strip "The King" Weathers, and is bitter about this fact. One of his most notable quotes in the movie is “Kachigga” which he uses as his version of Lightning McQueen’s quote “Kachow”. His racing sponsor is Hostile Takeover Bank (HTB for short).

His pit crew are mean to Guido as they underestimate him for being tiny; his skills are later shown to be far superior to their own. Hicks' racing number is 86, a reference to 1986, the year Pixar Animation Studios was founded; 86 itself is also a slang term for destroying or getting rid of something. Since 86 is twice the number 43 (King's number), it could also be an allusion to his entire career in relation to King.

Determined to do whatever it takes to win, Hicks cheats his way though all of his races by ramming other cars or sideswiping them via the PIT maneuver in an attempt to cause racing incidents for his own benefit. He despises and mocks McQueen, adopting the nickname Thunder which McQueen previously used as a put-down (McQueen: "Because thunder always comes after 'lightning'"). Hicks is also equally antagonistic towards The King, having come 2nd or 3rd place to The King his entire career. While McQueen is presumed missing, Hicks tries to take away McQueen's fans and increase his fame.

During the final lap of the tiebreaker race, Hicks (refusing to come in behind Strip Weathers again) PITs The King, sending him flying off the race track and into a rollover wreck on the in-field. He expects a huge ovation after McQueen deliberately gives up the Piston Cup in order to help Weathers, but nobody cheers Hicks on once he wins because they're fed up with his dirty tricks. Shortly afterwards, as Hicks gets on stage to claim his trophy and celebrate his victory, an angered crowd and media snub Hicks' victory by branding him a cheater. He is then pelted with discarded tires and booed off the stage with his trophy in humiliation. The immediate backlash is similar to backlash against Rusty Wallace after he spun out Darrell Waltrip in Turn 4 during Segment 3, Lap 9 of the Sprint All-Star Race V at Charlotte Motor Speedway, sending Waltrip spinning into the grass. In the film, a lucrative corporate sponsorship is at stake. Hicks and McQueen both share the dream of being the new face of Dinoco Oil, a firm long represented by retiring champion #43 "The King". They race on the assumption that winning the championship cup will land them the big sponsor, however Dinoco owner Tex offers the sponsorship to McQueen, stating that there's more to racing than winning.

He returns in Cars 3, where he now hosts his own talk show, Chick's Picks. He constantly boasts about his previous Piston Cup championship and cracks jokes at McQueen's expense as Jackson Storm takes over the sport. He also interviews him after he wins one of the races. Pixar writer Bob Peterson voices Chick in this film as Keaton was filming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Due to his voice actor change, his voice seems to be similar to other characters Bob Peterson voiced such as Mr. Ray from Finding Nemo and its sequel.

Chick returns in the Cars video game, which is written by Pixar and considered a continuation to the story started in the movie, once again as McQueen's rival and the main antagonist. In the game, he is less rude than he was in the movie. He is first seen spying on Lightning's practice sessions with Doc Hudson. In Palm Mile Speedway, he ineffectively taunts Lightning before the first race of the season until Doc warns him off, then falls in with a gang of New York-based greaser cars in Carburetor County to challenge McQueen. The DRH gang jumps Mack on the interstate to steal McQueen's racing gear, but finger Chick as the one who hired them when caught by the Sheriff. In the Cars Race-O-Rama video game, he seeks revenge by attempting to close down McQueen's racing academy to start his own in Radiator Springs, although he gets defeated at the end. His catchphrase is "Ka-Chick-Ah!", a blatant rip-off of McQueen's catchphrase "KA-CHOW!".

Despite the fact he did not appear in Cars 2, he does show up in the film's video game as a downloadable character for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions. He also appears in Disney Infinity.

In the Rioplatense Spanish version of Cars, Hicks is voiced by Marcos di Palma, a racecar driver also known for his brash attitude.

Besides him, there is a similar character named Ripslinger in the 2013 Cars spin-off movie Planes and its 2014 sequel, produced by DisneyToon Studios.

IGNTR teamEdit

Jackson StormEdit

Jackson Storm, an arrogant blue-and-black 2017 custom built "next generation" Piston Cup racer, is one of the newer rookies that comes into the racing sport, and the main racing rival of Lightning McQueen in the third installment in the franchise. He set records and won many races, including the final race in Los Angeles and presumably achieved the goal of winning the Piston Cup in his rookie year, which McQueen almost did in the first film. Whenever someone intimidates him, he goes back to insult them and make them lose their focus so he can take back the lead.

At the Florida 500, he is overtaken by McQueen's former trainer Cruz Ramirez. He attempts to make her lose focus by telling her that she doesn't belong on a track. Cruz, however, regains her confidence and drives up next to Storm, who rammed her into a wall but Cruz flips over him and lands, in exactly the same fashion as Doc Hudson was shown to do in an earlier scene.

He returns in Cars 3: Driven to Win, as both the main antagonist and a playable character.

Jackson Storm is voiced by Armie Hammer.[15] In the game, he is voiced by AJ Hamilton. He is based on the Peugeot Onyx Concept.

Ray ReverhamEdit

Ray Reverham is Jackson Storm's crew chief. He is always supportive of Storm's performance, and when Cruz attempts to win, he reminds Jackson at any opportunity he can. He is voiced by the real-life Ray Evernham.

Radiator SpringsEdit

These characters live in Radiator Springs with Lightning McQueen, his trainer Cruz Ramirez and their hauler, Mack.

Tow MaterEdit

Mater is a rusty tow truck and McQueen's best friend, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy. He's the main character in Cars 2 and a major character in the other films.

Sally CarreraEdit

Sally Carrera is the town's attorney and McQueen's girlfriend. She is voiced by Bonnie Hunt, and she is a Porsche 911.

Sally as Eddie Paul custom vehicle for Cars promotional tour

Doc HudsonEdit

1951 Hudson Hornet similar to Doc Hudson

Doc Hudson is the town's medical doctor and a local judge, voiced by actor Paul Newman in the first film and its video game and Corey Burton in all other related media. He is based on the Hudson Hornet. He did not appear in the second film, as it is implied that Doc died, and Newman died in September 2008 from lung cancer.

He won three consecutive Piston Cups in 1951, 1952, and 1953, with Smokey as his crew chief, corresponding to the first three of the real-life Hornet's production years.


The Sheriff (voiced by Route 66 historian and author Michael Wallis) is a 1949 Mercury Eight Police Cruiser police car,[16] bearing Carburetor County license plate 001. Sheriff is painted in the classic law enforcement black and white with a single red light dome, two sirens, and curb feelers. Sheriff was the first resident of Radiator Springs to appear in the original film and the first to meet Lightning McQueen during a police chase when McQueen was speeding through the town, attempting to locate Mack. Upon catching McQueen, who had become ensnared in wires and fencing, Sheriff paraphrases a line used by actor Joe Higgins, who played a sheriff in early 1970s Dodge commercials, as "Boy, you're in a heap of trouble.".[17]

Sheriff was known to distrust McQueen; at one point when Sally gives McQueen some gasoline, Sheriff notices McQueen smiling at the road as if he is planning to escape. In reply Sheriff with a glare turns on his gumball in case. Lightning chooses to accompany Sally, rather than making an escape attempt, resulting in Sheriff switching off his emergency lighting. This marks the beginning of trust in Lightning by Sheriff. He later befriends Lightning McQueen, offering him a police escort to California and even giving a few sniffles when he thought Lightning had left after finishing fixing the road (though he denied it, claiming he was glad Lightning was gone), and joins his pit crew for the championship race. In the end credits, Sheriff arrests the Road Hazards (the same ones who separated McQueen from Mack) caught racing illegally (via speeding) to Radiator Springs and have them impounded. As punishment for their crimes, he forces them to repave the roads with Bessie.

Sheriff reappears in Cars 2, seeing Lightning and his race crew off to the World Grand Prix. When Mater goes missing, Ramone mentions that Sheriff has Scotland Yard scouring London for Mater. During the climax of the film, Sheriff arrives with the other Radiator Springs residents as new members of McQueen's pit crew in England, and is informed by Mater of the Lemons cars' plot to kill McQueen in order to turn all vehicles in the world against alternate energy and rely on gasoline for profit. Sheriff then has Red the Firetruck squirt water on the Lemon cars during the final battle, and arrests most of the defeated ones with help from Sarge. Then the next day Sheriff cheers Mater on when he is knighted for foiling the evil plot led by surprisingly, the race and Allinol inventor Sir Miles Axlerod.


Luigi (voiced by Tony Shalhoub, Michael Shalhoub in Disney Infinity) is a 1959 Fiat 500.[18] He is a Scuderia Ferrari fan, and has followed racing his entire life. His license plate reads 445-108, which is the latitude and longitude for the main Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.[19] Luigi owns a tire shop, Casa Della Tires,[20] which is known for its "Leaning Tower of Tires", a tower of several tires shaped like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. His assistant is an Italian forklift truck named Guido.

Inside his shop are many framed pictures of World Sportscar Championship endurance racing Ferraris from various points in history. At first, Luigi and Guido do not respect Lightning McQueen when he comes to Radiator Springs (owing to the substantial havoc that he inflicted upon the town when he first arrived), because he is not a Ferrari ("Luigi follow only the Ferraris"), but later on they learn to show courtesy to McQueen, fitting him with whitewall tires, since Luigi is a fan of white tires (having a pair himself). During the final race, Luigi and Guido work as part of Lightning's pit crew, and Guido sets the Piston Cup record in changing tires, taking only 4 seconds to change all the tires, sending the other pit crew into shock. After the race, a group of Italian sports cars – a Ferrari F430 (voiced by Michael Schumacher) and two Maserati Quattroportes – arrive at his shop, explaining that "Lightning McQueen told me this was the best place in the world to get tires" and requesting "three or four sets each". The presence of a celebrity Ferrari in their store causes both Luigi and Guido to faint from shock and happiness.

For the Italian version of the film, Luigi was voiced by comedian Marco Della Noce; one of Della Noce's most popular characters was "Oriano Ferrari", a parody character meant to represent the leader of Ferrari's pit stop crew.[21]

In Cars 2, Luigi is a part of Lightning's pit crew, in charge of the racer's tires. In Japan, he is naturally overjoyed to see so many Ferraris at a party prior to the first race of the World Grand Prix. He also hesitantly begins to explain to Mater what a rendezvous is, but he and Guido do not believe Mater when he believes he has a date ("Guido don't believe you!" "Guido still don't believe you!") Luigi and Guido are overjoyed to be back in their home of Italy, and rejoin their large group of family and friends. A little more is discussed of Luigi's past with Guido: Luigi's Uncle Topolino mentions that Luigi and Guido often fought when they worked for him (over things like which Ferrari was the best, and which one of them looked more like a Ferrari, etc.) but they always made up after their fights. Luigi joins his friends in a mêlée against Professor Zündapp's Lemons at the film's climax, and finally believes Mater's claims of a girlfriend when Holley Shiftwell confirms the fact in person at Radiator Springs.


Guido (voiced by Guido Quaroni) is a forklift truck, who works at Luigi's Casa Della Tires, and is Luigi's best friend. The only language Guido can speak and understand fluently is Italian, though he appears to understand English, and even speaks a few phrases, including "Pit stop" but pronounced "Peet stop!". His dream is to perform a pit stop for a real racecar. Near the end of the movie, as a member of Lightning's new pit crew, he performs the fastest pit stop in Piston Cup history, speed-changing all four tires in only 4 seconds, shocking Chick Hicks' pit crew who had earlier made fun of him, and causing their moustaches/grills to fall off in the process.

In order to preserve the "language barrier" gags between Guido and the other characters in the Italian dub, his lines (and the other cars' lines in Italian) have been rendered with the Emiliano-Romagnolo accent spoken in the town of Modena, Italy, home of the Ferrari car manufacturer and racing team. Alex Zanardi, an Italian race driver who is a native of Bologna, the largest city in the Emilia-Romagna region (and thus presumably familiar with that dialect), voiced Guido for the Italian version. Coincidentally, or as a pun by the authors, the name "Guido" is a perfect homonym for the Italian inflected verb meaning "I drive".[citation needed]

In Cars 2, Guido serves the same purpose he served in the first film's climax in Lightning's pit crew throughout the film. He also removed all tires from some of the Lemons when the malicious cars surrounded Lightning and Mater, but is unable to remove the bomb from Mater's nose (engine). Guido does not believe Mater when he says he has a date ("Non ci credo"), but has a jaw-dropping moment when he sees that Mater was telling the truth about his new girlfriend Holley Shiftwell (Guido believe you now! - Luigi).


Ramone (voiced by Cheech Marin) is a Chevrolet Impala[22] Lowrider that owns the Ramone's House of Body Art store, where he paints himself and other cars, including Lightning McQueen later in the film. His garage employs the distinctive architecture of the Tower Station (U-Drop Inn) in Shamrock, Texas. His license plate reads "L0WNSL0", which is a reference to his catchphrase, "Low and slow". He is married to Flo, whose restaurant is next door to his store. Ramone is usually depicted as purple with a yellow and orange flame job, but throughout the film, he changes his paint job every morning (green, yellow, red in the first film, blue in Mater and the Ghostlight) to keep his skills sharp, owing to a lack of customers. This situation changes after Radiator Springs becomes vibrant again. He also likes to drive slow and very low on the road, and is overjoyed when the road is asphalted, enjoying the smoothness of the road. However, he does seem to have a childish side in his personality, as in a scene after Lightning McQueen has destroyed the town's main road, Sally asked Flo what she had in her store, the latter responding "I have gas, lots of gas!", and Ramone and Mater burst out laughing.

In a deleted scene that told the story of how Ramone and Flo fell in love, the only customer Ramone has refused to paint was his future wife Flo. When she asked him, "Whassamatta, you too good to paint me?", he promptly and smoothly replies, "No baby, you too good for me to paint," and saying that he could not touch a classic like Flo, which made her heart melt. The story took place in Radiator Springs in 1974. This part was shown in the info on Ramone in Cars Mater-National Championship.

Ramone reappears in Cars 2, making a few appearances in the Radiator Springs scenes, though he joins everyone else to help McQueen in England. In the melee scene, Ramone disables one of the lemon cars by spray painting into the car's eyes, blinding him.

In the movie Planes, when Dusty cuts off the radios power when El Chupacabra was singing the song "Love Machine", he says Ramone's catchphrase "Low and slow" which causes Chupacabra to sing a romance version of the song.

Flo (Toy Story 2)Edit

Flo (based on Fran Hauser of Adrian's Midpoint Café and voiced by Jenifer Lewis) is the owner of Radiator Springs only gas diner, "Flo's V-8 Café", and is married to Ramone, the town's body artist. Her license plate reads "SHOGRL", the same as the license plates applied to many Motorama show cars and an abbreviation of the term "showgirl". During the cruising scene, "Motorama 1957" appears above her license plate. According to a deleted scene, she is a Motorama showcar who came to Radiator Springs during a national tour (although there wasn't a Motorama show held in 1957). Ramone custom painted her crew all except her. She asks "What's the matter, you too good to paint me?", and Ramone said "No baby, you're too good for me to paint.". They immediately fell in love. She appears to be inspired by two early- to mid-1950s show cars: the 1951 Buick XP-300 (side trim), and the 1956/57 Chrysler Dart (cockpit, deck lid, and tailfins).[23]

Flo reappears in Cars 2 to help Lightning and Mater battle the Lemons (who were sent to kill Lightning by Miles Axlerod). Later, she and Sally are seen swooning over Francesco.

In Toy Story 2, Al's car looks a lot like her; she may be a reference to his car.


Fillmore (based on Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire[24] — not acknowledged in the film's credits — and voiced by George Carlin in Cars, the Cars video game, Mater and the Ghostlight, and Cars Toons (via archives), Brian George in Cars Mater-National Championship, Mark Silverman in Cars Race-O-Rama and Lloyd Sherr in Cars 2, the second Cars video game and Cars 3) is a Volkswagen Type 2 microbus of late 1950s/early 1960s vintage [25] as evidenced by his pointed front turn signals and small rear window. Fillmore's license plate reads "51237", an easter egg which is a reference to May 12, 1937, the birthdate of George Carlin, and is also the ZIP code of George, Iowa.[26]

He is a stereotypical hippie,[27] as he has stickers of the peace sign and flowers with his license plate positioned to resemble a soul patch. His name is a reference to the Fillmore East, a venue that was an epicenter for rock performances throughout the 1960s and 1970s (The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix all made notable live recordings there, to name a few). He owns an organic fuel shop (Fillmore's Organic Fuel) which features several flavors, and believes gasoline companies are lying to the public. He is implied to smoke marijuana,[28] as it is indirectly referenced when he speaks of his organic fuel use.[29] In the morning, when next-door neighbor Sarge plays Reveille and raises the Flag of the United States, Fillmore interrupts Sarge's bugle reveille with Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner". This is much to Sarge's irritation, as he yells at Fillmore:

Sarge: "Will you turn that disrespectful junk off?!"
Fillmore: "Respect the classics, man! It's Hendrix!"

Despite this, he is friends with Sarge, and the two can be seen chatting throughout the film.

He has a sticker on his rear that says "I brake for Jackalopes". The jackalope is a mythical creature which features in the theatrical short Boundin', shown with The Incredibles. Another sticker says "Save 2D Animation". He has appeared in every Disney Cars game so far. As voiced by George Carlin, Fillmore's voice is similar to "Al Sleet, the hippy-dippy weatherman", a part of Carlin's comedy routine in the 1970s.

Fillmore reappears in Cars 2, joining McQueen's pit crew for the World Grand Prix. Fillmore was re-cast due to George Carlin's death, and was voiced by Lloyd Sherr. Fillmore initially supports Allinol as it supposedly does not use oil, even convincing McQueen it is safe after several accidents involving other cars using Allinol. However, for the final race, Sarge replaces McQueen's Allinol with Fillmore's organic fuel, which is what prevents Lightning from being killed in the race.

Fillmore was originally going to be named Waldmire, after a Route 66 resident, but Waldmire, a vegan, didn't want his name to be used, because Fillmore toys would be featured in Happy Meals at McDonald's.

Sarge (Cars)Edit

Sarge (voiced by Paul Dooley) is a 1941 Willys Jeep. A veteran with a military green paint job and a slightly stylized Sergeant Major (E-9) insignia on his sides, he appears to be a World War II era Willys MB. His license plate reads "41WW2", which indicates the date the Willys MB entered the service of the U.S. Army (1941 World War II). He runs a surplus store, named "Sarge's Surplus Hut", next door to Fillmore and acts as part of Lightning's pit crew, gassing him up during the race. Near the end of the film, he operates a boot camp to train SUVs and 4×4s (some of whom had never been off-road) in rugged and dirt terrain. His recruits include T.J. Hummer, Murphy, Frank "Pinky" Pinkerton, and Charlie Cargo.

Sarge reappears in Cars 2, using assistance from the British Army to aid in the melee against the Lemons. Prior to the final leg of the World Grand Prix, he secretly switches McQueen's supply of Allinol (the alternative fuel developed by race founder Sir Miles Axlerod) for Fillmore's organic fuel blend. Like Fillmore he became suspicious of the fuel after the incidents in Japan and Italy. The change saves McQueen from being killed as part of Axlerod's plot to discredit alternative fuels.


1919 Model T Coupe

Lizzie (voiced by Katherine Helmond), a 1923 Ford Model T Coupe,[30] is the widow of Radiator Springs' founder, Stanley, and the elderly owner of a roadside souvenir and accessory shop (Radiator Springs Curios, which uses the "HERE IT IS" slogan and signage of the Jack Rabbit Trading Post on US 66). Her license plate, "MT23", is a reference to her model and year. Her name is derived from Tin Lizzie, one of the Model T's popular nicknames. She appears to have gone somewhat senile, and has a crush on Lightning McQueen. When she is shown teasing Luigi and Guido in the film, stating "The new road makes your place look like a dump.", Luigi angrily says that she is a crazy, devilish old woman but despairs at the truth of her words and sets to work repainting the Casa della Tires garage to its original appearance. She appears extremely motherly.

Lizzie reappears in Cars 2 with a minor role. In the beginning she greets Lightning when he returns, but didn't even know he was gone all this time. She isn't present at the airport but is seen in the end talking to Mack about how crazy Holley Shiftwell is for keeping a dent. She also appears in Cars 3, which would be Helmond's final role before her death.

She appears in the Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales episode "Time Travel Mater", where her and Stanley's backstories are revealed.

Lizzie was originally going to be named Henry F. Ord, after Henry Ford. She also, at one point, originally resembled a Ford Model T "Center Door" Sedan[citation needed].

Red (Cars)Edit

Red (voiced by Joe Ranft and later Jerome Ranft) is a closed-cab pumper bearing Carburetor County license plate "002". He is shy and emotional which explains why he cries and drives away at the same time. He spends most of his time gardening and washing things, such as the statue of Stanley in front of his fire station. It was stated by Mater that Red "hated" Lightning McQueen, because he accidentally killed his flowers. Later, it is clear that Red had forgiven Lightning McQueen and warmed up to him, especially when he burst into tears and fled when he mistakenly thought that Lightning McQueen left without saying goodbye. While he gasped and sobbed in the film, he didn't really talk. In the first film, he seems to know about tractor-tipping as he used his horn to try and stop a stampede of tractors out of trying to protect his flowers.

Red reappears in Cars 2 as a non-speaking character. He only makes a small appearance at the airport crying as he sees Team McQueen taking off for Tokyo, also in the battle against the Lemons, where he arrives just in time to blast some of the Lemons away with his fire hose.

Red appears in the Tales from Radiator Springs short film: Bugged. He was voiced by Jerome Ranft, who voiced Gamma in Up.


Stanley steam car

Stanley (voiced by John Michael Higgins) is Lizzie's late husband who was the founder of Radiator Springs.[30] Stanley was probably based on and named after a Stanley Steamer, a steam-powered automobile. Lizzie, reminiscing, describes him as having been "an awfully persistent li'l bugger for a two-cylinder". A statue of Stanley stands outside the town hall, and although it was broken off its pedestal and dragged through the streets on a wire by Lightning McQueen, it was fortunately undamaged, and another mishap placed the statue right back where it was. Although dead, Stanley continues to exert an influence on the town, particularly over Lizzie, who often talks to his statue in memory of him.

Stanley's statue reappears in Cars 2 where he was shown to be less old and broken, possibly renovated.

In the Cars Toon, Time Travel Mater, Stanley appears alive for the first time. In the Cars Land theme park, signage commemorating "The Original Radiator Spring" claims that "On this site in the summer of 1909 Stanley, exploring out west, overheated as his radiator water boiled away. Coasting into the shade, he happened upon a life-saving natural spring. Upon this most fortunate discovery, Stanley founded the first settlement in Ornament Valley, and in honor of the oasis, christened it Radiator Springs.".[31] Stanley's Oasis is listed as the first local business in Radiator Springs, although condensers only appeared on Stanley steam cars beginning in 1915. The revised Timeline of the toon shows Lightning and Mater travelling back to 1909, meeting Stanley, and pointing Lizzie out to Stanley, prompting him to approach her to make a sale. A quick stop on their way back to the present allows Lightning and Mater to witness Stanley and Lizzie's wedding.

Stanley makes a silent cameo in the Pixar short, Boundin'.


Bessie is a non-anthropomorphic tarmac-laying machine that is used to fix roads in Radiator Springs.[32] "She" was often used by one of the citizens of Radiator Springs, referenced as "Big Al", before the citizen in question left fifteen years ago. When Lightning McQueen accidentally destroys the road by dragging the statue of Stanley, Radiator Springs traffic court judge Doc Hudson sentences him to fix the road with "her". While Doc insists "this here is Bessie, finest road-paving machine ever built", a construction trade publication's August 2006 editorial describes "her" as a "tar-spewing hybrid paver/compactor" and "an ecological disaster" as sometimes Bessie boils over and splats tar onto the car(s) pulling her.

If she doesn’t hit you with a stray spray of hot asphalt burbling in two tanks heated by open flames, the fumes emanating from every orifice would prompt an asthma attack. Aggregate jostles loose in a top hopper, and her black-smoke-extruding exhaust pipes are coated with the remains of decades of paving seasons... In fact, everything is wrong about Bessie except the product she produces when Lightning finally decides to get serious about his civic duty.

— Equipment World[33]

During the epilogue, the Delinquent Road Hazards have to fix a road in Radiator Springs with "her" as punishment for speeding. Bessie is a "non-living" vehicle; she cannot move by herself and she has no voice actress in the film.

Frank and the tractorsEdit

Frank is a generic red combine harvester that resembles a bull, and the guardian of the tractors (which "moo" as cows). After Lightning McQueen's first encounter with Frank during a night of tractor tipping with Mater, Lightning starts dreaming that he, The King, and Chick Hicks (the last of whom does not survive, getting chopped up while The King and McQueen move out of the way) are beaten by Frank in the tie-breaker race. Frank wins the Piston Cup and gets kissed while Lightning is surrounded by the tractors who are licking him. Later, the tractors end up stampeding into Radiator Springs following a mishap with them on Mater's part. He is last seen with the tractors at the drive-in theatre scenes behind the fence far behind Mack, watching the movie as well. He is also seen in the short Mater and the Ghostlight when Mater races past him, waking him up, but does not chase him. Frank seems to be the soothing and kind master of the tractors and the leader of the herd and also hates trespassers who step into his farm and bother the tractors. The tractors also appear in Planes and are shown to be sacred in India (India's residents believing they will be reincarnated as tractors).

Former residentsEdit

A flashback in the original film devotes a little over a minute to show Radiator Springs in a pre-freeway era when all cross-country traffic would by necessity pass through the town's busy main street. Various old cars appear very briefly in this segment with no names and no dialogue, only to vanish when the town is bypassed.

Miles "Meattruck" Malone was a red-cab delivery truck serving the Ornament Valley region; Dustin Mellows, a yellow delivery truck, bore the logo and initials TS for Trophy Sparkplugs.[34] Local cars included Mildred Bylane (a light-brown car leaving Luigi's), Percy Hanbrakes (a brown car towed to Flo's by Mater), Edwin Kranks (a two-tone apple-green car), Hank "Halloween" Murphy (a two-tone orange "Rumbler" with tail fins, named as a parody of the Nash/AMC Rambler) and Milton Calypeer (a blue car on Route 66 at the town limits).


In Radiator Springs and the surrounding desert area of Carburetor County, insects are depicted as small, winged VW Bugs (or beetles). The bugs appear at least three times in the original film, hovering around fluorescent lighting at Flo's V8 Café on Lightning's initial arrival, swarming around the windows and the one missing fuel pump at the Wheel Well Motel before its historic restoration, and in the desert where Minny and Van are still quite clearly lost at the end of the film, after the closing credits. (One bumps on the camera lens, leaving a mark on it, and flies off eventually) One also appears in Mater and the Ghostlight, which Mater had confused for the Ghostlight (despite the yellow headlights). The bugs are alive but do not speak (Vroomaroundus Bugus merely buzz with sped-up sounds of an air-cooled VW engine[35]) so they are not named individually and they have no voice actors.

Piston Cup announcer and analystEdit

Bob CutlassEdit

Bob Cutlass is an announcer for the Piston Cup races and friend of Darrell Cartrip. He is voiced by Bob Costas, the NBC sportscaster and journalist and his name, like Darrell Cartrip's, is a play on that of his voice actor. The character's name is a reference to the Oldsmobile Cutlass. Cutlass is actually supposed to resemble a 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora, even though the Aurora was never offered in a 2-door model. He did not return for the video game nor Cars 2 nor the video game for Cars 2. However, he did return for Cars 3.[36] He did not return for Cars 3: Driven To Win.

Natalie Certain (Cars 3)Edit

Natalie Certain, a red, smarty-pants acting sports car, is an RSN statistical analyst in Cars 3 who also is a friend to Chick Hicks. She returns for Cars 3: Driven To Win. She is voiced by Kerry Washington.

Racetrack personnelEdit

Various officials and track employees are seen in the original film but not named in the movie's credits, often because they have no named voice actor or no speaking role. Names and descriptions are assigned to these cars and trucks in the "Cars" franchise to allow the characters to be sold as die-cast toys.

Racing officialsEdit

Dexter Hoover (a pickup truck atop the flagstand) waves the green flag to start the race, the checkered flag to finish the race and the yellow flag when Piston Cup officials call a caution. Charlie Checker is the official pace car at each race of the Piston Cup Series.[37] Like the Checker taxi cab, he is bright yellow. Race Official Tom, a Piston Cup official,[38] reviews videotape in the replay booth for the photo finish in the first race. Tow is a tow truck who removes injured contestants from the track, dragging a disabled but stubborn Chuck Armstrong away from the Dinoco 400 after a collision.


Marlon "Clutches" McKay, security team leader at the Motor Speedway of the South, is a former armored troop carrier.[39] Richard Clayton Kensington (a large Piston Cup security van voiced by John Cygan) chases paparazzi from the replay booth, yelling "Hey! No cameras! Get out of here!" Marco Axelbender, a Piston Cup security guard at the Los Angeles International Speedway, refuses to admit Fred to Pit Row without a garage pass.


Brian (voiced by Bob Scott), a pickup truck briefly spotted selling souvenirs at the Motor Speedway of the South, shouts "Get your antenna balls here!"[40] Todd, a Pizza Planet truck, is shown in Cars, Cars 2 and Cars 3.At the end of the first movie, he is seen at the last race. At the end of the second movie, he is seen in Radiator Springs.


The Alphanumeros are a group of cars in tight formation, driving at the beginning of the tiebreaker race in position to spell "PISTON CUP" with each letter formed from multiple, matching moving vehicles. Barney Stormin, a small propeller-driven skywriting biplane, writes "PISTON CUP" only to have it obliterated by Marco's formation of three twin-engine jet fighters.

The Lightyear Blimp (a parody of the Goodyear blimp and also a reference to the Toy Story character, Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Danny Mann), is named "Al Oft". His only line is "Oh yeah! Whoo!"


Kori TurbowitzEdit

Kori Turbowitz (voiced by DJ Sarah Clark of KLLC's San Francisco Bay Area weekday morning Sarah and Vinny Show[41]) is a 1997 Ford Puma. A news reporter who makes three appearances in Cars, Turbowitz is shown interviewing McQueen on-camera immediately before his original pit crew resigns en masse, is the first to report Lightning McQueen missing, and later obtains a tip from Doc Hudson revealing McQueen's location in Radiator Springs.

Chuki (Cars 2)Edit

Chuki is a small, light pink hatchback with a Japanese nationality, living in Tokyo. Chuki has a very small appearance in Cars as she is shown as one of the news reporters who appear in the multi-clip footage of various TV news channels reporting McQueen's sudden disappearance while being transported to the Los Angeles International Speedway for his tie-breaker final of the Piston Cup. In Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales episode "Tokyo Mater", Chuki is seen presenting a news broadcast on one of the large TVs installed in Tokyo. In Cars 2, she is seen in the neon advertisement glowboards in Tokyo.

Chuki is based on hatchbacks designed according to Japan's Kei car specifications and is voiced by Sonoko Konishi, a senior Pixar animator who was also part of the animation team that won Ratatouille (another Pixar film) an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.[42] Konishi is credited in the Cars 2 cast for voicing the Japanese toilet assistant that appears in the computerized automated car toilets in Tokyo.

Jay LimoEdit

Jay Limo, like his voice actor Jay Leno, is the talk show host of The Jay Limo Show, which includes the same famous "brightly-hued skyscrapers" city-landscape in the background. He resembles the latest generation of the Lincoln Town Car, with an extended front bumper to emulate Leno's famous big chin. He remarks "I don't know what's going to be harder to find; Lightning McQueen or a crew chief who'll work with him!"

News anchorsEdit

Chuck Manifold (voiced by Teddy Newton), a blue and somewhat-boxy 1980s-style car, is an anchor for Racing Sports Network (RSN) who appears briefly at the end of the last of multiple media reports of McQueen's disappearance with the one line "They are all asking the same question: Where is McQueen?"

Dan Sclarkenberg (voiced by Bob Bergen), a green car and one of two "braking news" desk anchors on MPH 55 NEWS, is one of the announcers of the "McQueen Missing" segments.

News helicoptersEdit

A pair of helicopters with searchlights (as the first of a large group of reporters in Radiator Springs) are not listed in the film's credits but identified elsewhere in the franchise. The red Kathy Copter (voiced by Kathy Coates) only shouts "We have found McQueen!" twice while the white/yellow Ron Hover does not have a speaking part.

Camera and microphone carsEdit

Other press cars (not identified in the film's credits) are Houser Boon (a yellow camera car voiced by Michael Bell exclaiming "Show us the bolt!"),[43] Tim Rimmer (a grey tabloid news photo car booing Chick Hicks #86 when the Piston Cup is awarded), Hooman (a small brown camera car in Radiator Springs voiced by Hooman Khalili), Dash Boardman (a green camera car at the race), Andrea (a magenta-red reporter car voiced by Colette Whitaker holding a microphone) and Skip Ricter (a brown car who appears outside Los Angeles International Speedway as an announcer voiced by Craig Good; a play on former real-life NASCAR executive Les Richter).

Video coverage of the race itself is handled by Racing Sports Network personnel Artie (one of a pair of video control operators and a light-blue car who exclaims "Bob! Darrell! The Hudson Hornet's back!") and Nelson Blindspot (a light-green SUV, one of multiple Piston Cup video camera operators). Both names reference real-life staff who work with Waltrip on NASCAR on FOX broadcasts, Artie Kempner (director) and Nelson Crozier (spotter).

Shannon SpokesEdit

She interviews racers after they win and not being afraid to ask questions. Inspired and voiced by Shannon Spake.

Race fansEdit

Mia and Tia (Cars Toons)Edit

1992 Mazda MX-5

Mia (voiced by Lindsey Collins) and Tia (voiced by Elissa Knight) are identical twin 1992 Mazda MX-5 ("Miata") sisters who are Lightning McQueen's self-proclaimed biggest fans in the first film.[44] In Lightning McQueen's daydream about the Dinoco Sponsorship, the twins are Dinoco blue, except for the scene in the penthouse, where they are painted gold. After McQueen's disappearance, the twins are devastated that McQueen apparently will not make it to the race. Chick Hicks then swoops in and consoles them, loading them up with his own merchandise and a free Hostile Takeover Bank-sponsored green paint job. Mia and Tia accept the offer, not because they are Chick's fans, but because green complements their eyes. They soon return to being McQueen's fans, turning against Hicks after he deliberately causes Strip "The King" Weathers to wreck in the tie-breaker race.

Mia and Tia eventually move to Radiator Springs and are visible briefly as waitresses at Flo's V8 Café during the end credits. Their characters are based on sisters Mary Lou and Christina Mendez at the Midpoint Café in Adrian, Texas, where the café's (now semi-retired) owner Fran Houser is the basis for "Flo".[45]

They also appear in the video game of Cars where they challenge Sally to a race to determine who gets a date with Lightning Mcqueen.

In a deleted scene on the Cars DVD, the twins were fans who distract Lightning during a brief stop at the Top Down Truck Stop, a venue with "all convertible waitresses", causing Mack to inadvertently leave without him. The implicit reference to toplessness is largely removed from the final script, which has Mack driving straight through and separates the characters on I-40. Mia and Tia appear in every episode of Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales except Time Travel Mater and make a cameo appearance near the end of Cars 2 as spectators at the new Radiator Springs Grand Prix.

They don't appear in Cars 3 for unknown reasons, as they were replaced by a little red car named Maddy McGear.

Albert HinkeyEdit

Albert Hinkey (voiced by Douglas Keever[46][47]) is an RV who proclaims himself as Lightning's "biggest" fan ("biggest" being a pun because he is such a large vehicle).[48] He is seen in the background of races. He is first seen shouting encouraging words to McQueen as he makes it through the big wreck Chick Hicks caused. He is later seen in the tie-breaker race, cheering for McQueen and is shocked when he notices Doc Hudson. When McQueen chooses to forfeit the win and help Strip Weathers finish his last race, he is shown sobbing when he sees what happens, but later becomes happy when the fans give praise to McQueen for his sportsmanship. He is later seen in Cars 3, where shouts encouraging words to McQueen once again. His topside is decorated with rows of Lightning/Rust-eze flags. Hinkey also has a loud horn, which he uses while saying "Ka-Chow!" (McQueen's catchphrase) and the loud noise is a nuisance to fellow spectators. The Character is an obvious reference to John Hinckley, the stalker and attempted assassin of President Ronald Reagan who attempted such crimes to profess his love for actress Jodi Foster as her biggest fan.

His friend Larry Camper, voiced by Larry Benton, exclaims "Dip me in axle grease and call me Slick! It's the Hudson Hornet!" when Lightning's Radiator Springs pit team arrives for the tiebreaker race. This is a joke on the old Harold Lloyd punch line, "step right up and call me speedy!," which originated (mostly) in his hit silent film called The Freshman Lloyd also made another film called Speedy, which may or may not have been a reference, as it was made three years after The Freshman.


Fred (voiced by Andrew Stanton) is a starstruck, very rusty old car resembling a Lada 2107. Everybody knows his name because his license plate holder and license plate read "Hello, my name is" and "FRED", respectively. He is the prop for the recurring gag in the film; when McQueen says his name, he shouts "He knows my name!" twice and, in his excitement, his front bumper (which happens to be his lower jaw) falls off. Later, when he is unable to gain access to the tie-breaker race and Mario Andretti (who would be waved through the gate on sight as a celebrity) likewise reads his license plate, Fred says, "Mario Andretti knows my name! You gotta let me in now!" He is seen in Radiator Springs at the end of the film with bumper stickers for the last three towns (Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino) in Route 66 (song); when he stops, his front bumper falls off again. He also shows up in Mater National and Race-O-Rama.

Fred is one of the many rusty old cars at the Rust-eze sponsor tent for McQueen's personal appearance; others (listed in the "Car Finder" game but not named in the movie's credits) include Jonathan Wrenchworths (the rusted green car in Rust-eze advertisements) and Donna Pits (a rusted 1970s car standing beside Fred).

Additional fansEdit

A group of five transport lorries watch the race at a truck stop; two are identified in the "Car Finder" game as Gil (a green Peterbilt) and Paul Valdez (an orange transport with a white stripe and 'PV' on his cap).

A group of RV's watching the tiebreaker at the speedway include Barry Diesel (a thirsty RV with a blue Dinoco visor cap, sipping two kegs of Dinoco Light), Bud (a white RV with a jackalope painted on his back), Clayton Gentlebreeze (a white RV with green stripes) and Syd VanDerKamper (a camper van).

The "more than two hundred thousand cars" watching the tiebreaker race include Coriander Widetrack (a small purple car holding a model aeroplane), Marty Brakeburst (a grey runabout wearing a Piston Cup antenna ball), Mathew "True Blue" McCrew (a blue car behind a fence with "the King" flag on his antenna), Milo (a boxy green car beside McCrew), Polly Puddlejumper (a small blue car with a blue "the King" crown on her antenna), Swift Alternetter (a green SUV surrounded by RV's), Timothy Twostroke (a dark-red car displaying the #95 lightning bolt on his visor and antenna) and Wilmar Flattz (a small light-purple car with "lightning" on his antenna and "95" on his visor).

Maddy McGearEdit

Maddy McGear (voiced by Madeleine McGraw) is Lightning McQueen's biggest fan in Cars 3.

Other race carsEdit

"Junior" No. #8Edit

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo during a pit stop at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2006

Dale Earnhardt Jr., often referred to as "Junior" is a red stock car similar to the Gen 4 cars that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series used prior to 2007. He is voiced by the race car driver of the same name, and closely resembles the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS that he drove from his Sprint Cup debut in 1999 until his departure to the team his maternal grandfather Robert Gee, Sr. started, Hendrick Motorsports, in 2008. The car's Budweiser stickers are replaced by Dale Earnhardt Inc. stickers; these stickers refer to the same change made in NASCAR games as well as toys in order to avoid alcohol advertising. Junior is seen during the first race (Dinoco 400) and is involved in the wreck caused by Chick Hicks. When McQueen goes missing, Junior tells the Competition Racing Sports Network "I sure hope that Lightning is okay. I would hate to see anything bad happen to him!". At the tie-breaker, Junior wishes The King good luck in his last race, as "you've been an inspiration to me". Junior is last seen at the Radiator Springs racing museum with The King and his wife Lynda, amazed by Doc Hudson's many season winnings during the 1950s. Junior does not appear in the video game nor the third film, due to his sponsor not returning in both, likely because it has gone out of business. (The real-life Earnhardt Jr., his sister Kelley Miller, and their uncles Robert Gee, Jr. and Jimmy Gee, currently operate a second-tier NASCAR team.) A replica of the red livery, with the Hendrick #88 on a Gen 6 Holden Commodore with Hendrick's current Axalta Coating Systems sponsor decals, was used for Earnhardt's final race as a full-time Cup driver in 2017.

Mario Andretti No. #11Edit

Mario Andretti voices his eponymous character, who is a former racecar that believes every day is a great day for racing. He is based on the 1967 Holman Moody Ford Fairlane that Andretti drove to victory lane in the 1967 Daytona 500. In the Spanish edition of the movie, Andretti is voiced by Spanish Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

A small green car seen beside Andretti at the entrance to pit lane is identified in the "Car Finder" game as Patty, Mario's personal assistant. She does not have a speaking role in the film.

The actual Ford Fairlane that Andretti drove was rebuilt as a Mercury Cyclone by Robert Gee (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s maternal grandfather), driven in 1971 by German F1 and sportscar driver Rolf Stommelen for his only NASCAR start at Talladega Superspeedway, then sold to Darrell Waltrip for use his five races in 1972 and the first half of the 1973 season. It later became a Sportsman racer for Waltrip, but was crashed in 1975 at the Permatex 300 Sportsman race (now Xfinity Series race). Abandoned by Gee, it stayed there until a few NASCAR mechanics restored the car in its 1972 configuration as a 1971 Mercury Cyclone (brown #95) in the mid-1990s for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Waltrip's first Cup start. It is displayed at Waltrip's museum in Harrisburg, North Carolina, and part of an Andretti exhibit at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2013. (A replica of the car as it looked in 1966 was also part of it.)[49]

Michael SchumacherEdit

Michael Schumacher is a 2004 Ferrari F430 sports car voiced by Schumacher himself. He is a Ferrari in reference to five of his seven Formula One championships which were achieved with Ferrari F1. He appears at Luigi's shop at the end of the movie after being told by Lightning McQueen that "this is the best place in the world to buy tires", and asks to order a few sets of tires for himself and a pair of Maserati Quattroportes who accompany him. After Luigi faints from the excitement of having "a real Michael Schumacher Ferrari in his store", Schumacher speaks to Guido in Italian, and Guido subsequently faints. The Italian phrase he speaks is, "I hope that your friend recovers, I was told that you are fantastic." Because of licensing issues, in the Cars toyline, his name is called Ferrari F430 instead of his name himself.

Darrell Cartrip (Cars) and (Cars 3)Edit

Darrell Cartrip, a 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, is a Piston Cup announcer in the first and the third film. A former Piston Cup racer, his character is based on his voice actor, 1989 Daytona 500 winner and Fox NASCAR commentator Darrell Waltrip. An enthusiastic Cartrip uses Waltrip's catchphrase "Boogity boogity boogity! Let's go racing, boys!"[50].

Cartrip appears in the Cars video game as a solo announcer; he is a playable character in the Piston Cup VS. and Arcade mode. He returns in the second film as the only of three World Grand Prix announcers to believe it was Lightning McQueen's race to lose.

A real-life 1977 Monte Carlo was driven by Waltrip with DiGard Motorsports, finishing a very close second-place finish (11 points behind Richard Petty) for the 1979 championship Cup.[51] Waltrip raced from midway through the 1975 season until the 1980 season driving for the team. The real-life car's original number (DiGard's #88) and green-and-white Gatorade livery do not appear on the character (the livery's design is now owned by PepsiCo). The film's credits list Darrell Waltrip Motorsports (his licensing arm) as the "#17 Car" (known for his Hendrick Motorsports and own efforts in winning three of NASCAR's four majors); Waltrip's various NASCAR entries have included a #17 (three times—two of those he owned, the other belonging to Hendrick Motorsports) and a #95 (the one he drove in his 1972 debut was at one time the real-life former Mario Andretti #11 from 1967 seen in the Cars franchise, is one such).

The most famous of the real-life 1977 DiGard Monte Carlos was the infamous "Bertha", displayed at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, known for a weight-reduction scheme (devised by Gary Nelson and Buddy Parrott) where up to 100 pounds (45 kg) of buckshot is dropped on-track on parade laps to lighten the car. A subsequent NASCAR rule change to weigh cars after the race now prevents this type of ruse. Bertha won 19 NASCAR premiership races in its career, including the 1978 Coca-Cola 600, Waltrip's first major. [52]

He is the main announcer for the Piston Cup races, along with Bob Cutlass; announcer in Cars and now, Cars 3; he is voiced by Darrell Waltrip.

Stock car race carsEdit

Name Sponsor # Bio
Jimmy Cables Intersection 00 Jimmy Cables was a Piston Cup racer colored magenta and white. He was fired and replaced by Flip Dover before the Los Angeles 500.
Rusty Cornfuel Tow Cap 4 Rusty Cornfuel was the previous Tow Cap racer. He was later superseded by Jack DePost after his retirement. He lived in a farm in Mississippi where he would train and challenge his friends.[53] He was involved in the multi-car wreck caused by Chick Hicks.
Jack DePost Tow Cap 4 Jack DePost was a Piston Cup racer. He took Rusty's place as the Tow Cap racer. He later retires before the Los Angeles 500 with J. D. McPillar taking his place.
Lane Locke SynerG 5 Lane was a Piston Cup racer. He wears a new sponsor. Before the Los Angeles 500, he was replaced by Eric Braker after his retirement.
Markus Krankzler Transberry Juice 6 Markus was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Transberry Juice racer, Lee Revkins and was given a new team number. After his last race at BnL Raceway, he retires and was superseded by Bubba Wheelhouse.
Chip Gearings Combustr 11 Chip was a Piston Cup racer. He wears a new sponsor. Before the Los Angeles 500, he was replaced by Chris Roamin' after his retirement.
Carl Clutchen Easy Idle 15 Carl was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Easy Idle racer, Ruby Oaks. He was later fired by Easy Idle's owner and was replaced with Harvey Rodcap.
Bobby Swift Octane Gain 19 Bobby was a Piston Cup racer and one of Lightning's best friends. He preceded the previous Octane Gain racer, Billy Oilchanger and was given a new team number. He was fired by Octane Gain's owner and replaced with Daniel “Danny” Swervez. (Voiced by Angel Onquendo)
Speedy Comet Blinkr 21 Speedy was a Piston Cup racer and wears a new sponsor. He was fired by Blinkr's owner and replaced with Ryan “Inside” Laney.
Brick Yardley Vitoline 24 Brick was a Piston Cup racer and is one of Lightning's best friends. He preceded the previous Vitoline racer, James Cleanair and was given a new team number. Before the Los Angeles 500, he was fired by Vitoline's owner and replaced with Chase Racelott. (Voiced by Diedrich Bader)
Aiken Axler Nitroade 28 Aiken was a Piston Cup racer. He was involved in the 2005 multi-car wreck caused by Chick Hicks. He was later superseded by Phil Tankson, who later got fired and replaced him with Tim Treadless. Aiken was friends with another Piston Cup racer, Darrel Draggered and performed music.
Phil Tankson Nitroade 28 Phil was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Nitroade racer, Aiken Axler. He was later fired by Nitroade's owner and replaced with Tim Treadless.
Terry Kargas TripleDent 31 Terry was a Piston Cup racer and wears a new sponsor. Before the Los Angeles 500, he was replaced by Cam Spinner after his retirement.
Chuck Armstrong Mood Springs 33 Chuck was a Piston Cup racer who had a slight allergy to certain fuels.[54] He was heavily involved in the multi-car wreck caused by Chick Hicks. He was superseded by Dud Throttleman, who later got fired and replaced with Ed Truncan.
Dud Throttleman Mood Springs 33 Dud Throttleman was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Mood Springs racer, Chuck Armstrong. He was later fired by Mood Springs' owner and replaced with Ed Truncan.
Dirkson D'Agostino Trunk Fresh 34 Dirkson D'Agostino was a Piston Cup racer who first worked in a graphics department. He discovered his racing talent there. Trunk Fresh chose Dirkson after firing and driving recklessly.[55] Dirkson retires before the Los Angeles 500 and is replaced with Steve "Slick" LaPage.
Kevin Racingtire Shifty Drug 35 Kevin was a Piston Cup racer who has knowledge of racing's history and understands the complex rules.[56] He attributes his success to his family.[57] His father-in-law owns a large Pharmaceutical company, Shifty Drug, that began sponsoring Kevin [58] until he retired before the events of Cars 3. His sponsor was not in Cars 3.
Eugene Carbureski Tank Coat 36 Eugene was a Piston Cup racer who prepped race cars at a local race shop. He has more knowledge on racing than other arrogant cars he worked on. He retires before the events of Cars 3 and he was replaced by Reb Meeker, who would later get superseded by Rich Mixon.
Reb Meeker Tank Coat 36 Reb was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Tank Coat racer, Eugene Carbureski. He later retires before the Florida 500, making Tank Coat hire next-gen racer, Rich Mixon.
Ryan Shields View Zeen 39 Ryan was a Piston Cup racer and a customer of View Zeen Corrective Windshields. If Ryan wasn't a customer, his races would be a blur of multi-colored blobs going 200 mph.[59] His corrective windshield has a special coating that helps him cut down on glare while driving at night.[60] Ryan later got superseded by Buck Bearingly after his retirement.
Buck Bearingly View Zeen 39 Buck was a Piston Cup racer. he preceded the previous View Zeen racer, Ryan Shields. He later got superseded by Michael Rotor before the Florida 500.
Cal Weathers Dinoco 42 Cal Weathers grew up watching his uncle, Strip Weathers tear it up. It aspired Cal to be a racer. He met Lightning McQueen, Bobby Swift, and Brick Yardley and became good friends until he retired and then Bobby was fired by Octane Gain's owner.
T.G. Castlenut Re-Volting 48 T.G. was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Re-Volting racer, Davey Apex and gave him a new team number. He later got replaced by Aaron Clocker after he was fired by Re-Volting's owner.
Ruby “Easy” Oaks Easy Idle 51 Ruby was a Piston Cup racer who has a laid back attitude and a slow gravelly voice, giving him the nickname, "Easy".[61] He likes to take racing easy and gathering his thoughts.[62] He retires before Cars 3 and got replaced by Carl Clutchen, who was given a new team number.
Claude Scruggs Leak Less 52 Claude was a Piston Cup racer who disagrees in other cars saying that Leak Less Adult Drip Pans is not a prestigious sponsor. He wore the sponsor for two decades. His fan base is older than him. Claude retires before Cars 3 and he was replaced by Brian Spark. Claude was involved in the massive wreck caused by Chick Hicks, taking part in a scene where Todd Marcus (#123) crashed into him and flipped him upside-down.
Brian Spark Leak Less 52 Brian was a Piston Cup racer. he preceded the previous Leak Less racer, Claude Scruggs. He later got superseded by an unnamed next-gen before the Florida 500.
Johnny Blamer Faux Wheel Drive 54 Johnny was a Piston Cup racer who has been involved in minor and massive wrecks the most, earning the nickname "Magnet Face".[63] He works hard in the racetrack even if he has 0 finishes and 545 starts.[64] He retires before Cars 3 and got replaced by Tommy Highbanks.
Tommy Highbanks Faux Wheel Drive 54 Tommy was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Faux Wheel Driver racer, Johnny Blamer. He later got replaced by Herb Curbler before the Los Angeles 500.
Brush Curber Fiber Fuel 56 Brush Curber was a consistent Piston Cup racer who had numerous top ten finishes in the 2006 season. He had severe malfunctions in every string of the mid-season. His sponsor, Fiber Fuel and an overhauled diet keep him away from his losing ways. He also has a wife named Katherine who married 40 years ago and had fourteen children, Hal, Brush Jr., Penelope, Jake, Marty, Willard, Ingrid, Lucille, Scotty, Wendell, Aimee, Kassidy, Florence, and Truman.[65] His sponsor doesn't return to Cars 3.
Billy Oilchanger Octane Gain 58 Billy was a Piston Cup racer whose dream was becoming a racing color commentator after his retirement. He calls the races out loud to himself while he's in them. Other drivers think he's distracting and a little creepy, but it's great experience. He retires before Cars 3 and got replaced by Bobby Swift, who was given a new team number (#19).
James Cleanair Vitoline 61 James was a Piston Cup racer who was hired by Vitoline just to get Vitoline customer attentions. He was racing for over twenty-six years and never slows down in a race. He retires before Cars 3 and was replaced by Brick Yardley, who in turn was replaced by Chase Racelott.
Lee Revkins Transberry Juice 63 Lee was a Piston Cup racer who grew up mastering his skills in a family farm. He recalls an old rickety bridge down at the river running through the property where he'd try to "thread the needle across the narrow bridge". He credits his nerves of steel to those daredevil runs.[66] He retires before Cars 3 and was replaced by Markus Krankzler, who was given the number 6.
Winford Bradford Rutherford RPM 64 Winford was a Piston Cup racer who started his racing by reading books about physics and learned about momentum, velocity, and anything else that would help him take the track easily. His doctor and lawyer friends that the county club thought he was crazy, but the studying paid off. He was a Piston Cup racer with a vast knowledge on science.[65] He retires before Cars 3 and was replaced by Bruce Miller. His last name "Rutherford" is a homage to Ernest Rutherford.
Bruce Miller RPM 64 Bruce was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous RPM racer, Winford Bradford Rutherford. He was later fired and replaced by Barry DePedal before the Rustbelt Raceway.
Bobby Roadtesta Carbon Cyber 67 Bobby was a Piston Cup racer and wears a new sponsor. He was later fired by Carbon Cyber's owner before the Heartland Motor Speedway and got replaced by Jim Revelic.
Manny Flywheel N2O Cola 68 Manny was a Piston Cup racer and is considered a consistent gearhead. He is also a spokesman for his sponsor, N2O Cola. He can't drink the product himself due to containing nitrous which will give you an extra pep in your engine ironically. He retires before Cars 3 and was replaced by Parker Brakeston.
Parker Brakeston N2O Cola 68 Parker was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous N2O Cola racer, Manny Flywheel. He later got fired by N2O Cola's owner and replaced with H. J. Hollis.
Floyd Mulvihill Gasprin 70 Floyd Mulvihill was a Piston Cup racer. He originally trained as an automotive engineer until he wanted to pursue his lifelong passion to race. He competed in the Junior Piston Cup Pro Series along with Sage VanDerSpin and graduated to the Piston Cup 2005 season. He's affectionally known as "Smokey Floyd" as he enjoys laying long patches of burning rubber in front of his adoring fans [67] during a race in 2005. In Cars 3, Floyd returns but later gets replaced by Richie Gunzit before the Los Angeles 500.
Misti Motorkrass Rev-N-Go 73 Misti was a Piston Cup racer who comes from a racing family.[68] Her brother Frank is a champion street racer[66] on the East Side, her brother Zach holds titles as the fastest drag racer in three towns, and legend has it her brother Dave has outrun five police cars[66] in 2004 alone. Her family is very excited about her legitimate racing career and though she may not have a perfect track record at least her record is clean. She retired before Cars 3 and got replaced by an unnamed veteran.
Rev-N-Go Racer Rev-N-Go 73 This veteran succeeded the previous Rev-N-Go racer, Misti Motorkrass. It later gets replaced by an unnamed next-gen before the Florida 500.
Slider Petrolski Sidewall Shine 74 Slider was a Piston Cup racer who was named after his uncle, Slide Powers who graced the gritty, makeshift tracks of the late forties. He started racing in an early age, he challenged postal trucks, taxis, delivery vans and all varieties of unsuspecting pedestrian motorists. He even raced a police car, but only once.[55] He retired before Cars 3 and his sponsor doesn't return.
Crusty Rotor Vinyl Toupee 76 Crusty was a Piston Cup racer who used to be a vinyl top salesman before he was fired. He realized that he had an amazing gift for driving long, hard, grueling distances without feeling even the slightest burnout while working out his frustration in a gym. He retired before Cars 3 and he was replaced by Rev Roadages.
Rev Roadages Vinyl Toupee 76 Rev was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Vinyl Toupee racer, Crusty Rotor. He later got replaced by an unnamed next-gen before the Florida 500.
Haul Inngas Retread 79 Haul was a Piston Cup racer and was the only European racer in the 2005 season. He was a champion in the early nineties. He had an incredible mastery on Europe's most challenging tracks. On day, he accidentally drove on the wrong side of the road and ended up doing a barrel roll. His ego was seriously damaged but he was able to return to the Piston Cup.[69] His sponsor doesn't return to Cars 3
Sage VanDerSpin Gask-Its 80 Sage was a Piston Cup racer who was the youngest winner of the Junior Piston Cup Pro Series and joined the Piston Cup in 2004. He was already a highly decorated racer. His favorite trackside pastime is dodgeball. He says that the pitties are the toughest competition because they have arms.[70] Sage retires before Cars 3 and got replaced by Rex Revler.
Rex Revler Gask-Its 80 Rex was a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Gask-Its racer, Sage VanDerSpin. He later gets replaced him with Dan Carcia before the Rustbelt Raceway.
Darren Leadfoot Shiny Wax 82 Darren was a Piston Cup racer who is known for his sudden 11th-hour accelerations. He returns to Cars 3. He later retired before the Florida 500 and Shiny Wax replaced him with Conrad Camber.
Davey Apex Re-Volting 84 Davey was a Piston Cup racer who dreamed of becoming a professional race car but he has never gone higher than 20th or 21st but he still loved racing. He loves the cheering fans and the squealing rubber on asphalt. He isn't competitive by nature, he lets another racer pass him if they want to. He retired before the events of Cars 3 with T. G. Castlenut taking his place.
Mac iCar Apple, Inc. 84 Mac was a Piston Cup racer who likes things clean and simple, he wears a simple sleek design, no flashy colors or gaudy stickers. He retires before Cars 3 and replaced him with an unnamed veteran.
Unknown Apple, Inc. 84 This car was a Piston Cup racer. It preceded the previous Apple Incorporated racer, Mac iCar. It later got replaced by J. P. Drive before the Rustbelt Raceway.
Ponchy Wipeout Bumper Save 90 Ponchy was a Piston Cup racer who used to work as a stunt-double on a movie about a pair of wise-cracking California Highway Patrol officers called "HighJinx," when he was spotted and recruited to be a professional race car. He has gone from the big screen to the little screen, but at least it involves a lot less intentional crashing. He returns to Cars 3 and got replaced by Paul Conrev before the Florida 500.
Murray Clutchburn Sputter Stop 92 Murray was a Piston Cup racer whose first taste of competition was being a member of the 1984 gold winning Olympic test track relay team.[66] He returns to Cars 3 and got replaced by Sheldon Shifter before the Florida 500.
Ernie Gearson Spare Mint 93 Ernie was a Piston Cup racer who recalls the day when high dollar sponsorships and squealing fans were still a thing for the future. He was the oldest racer in the 2005 season, but says that he still has plenty of fire in his chambers. His friends call him "Giddyup" alluding to the humble 300 horsepower engine he started his career with all those years ago. He returns to Cars 3 and got replaced by an unnamed next-gen.
Greg Candyman Tach-O-Mint 101 Greg was a Piston Cup racer who loves his sponsorship, but he does not like the paint job. He also hates judging the annual contest in which fans build a likeness of him out of real gingerbread and gumdrops.[70] His sponsor doesn't return to Cars 3.
Ralph Carlow Lil' Torquey Pistons 117 Ralph was a Piston Cup racer who is the younger brother of Hollywood actor Jordon Carlow. He and his brother have a little respect for what the other did for a living, but when Jordon got a role playing a race car in the film "Racing Hearts," he was forced by the studio to spend time shadowing his brother, Ralph.[71] He returns to Cars 3 and got replaced by Spikey Fillups before the Florida 500.
Kevin Shiftright Clutch Aid 121 Kevin was a Piston Cup racer who is in the fourth line of racers in the Shiftright family. His great grandfather Kurt raced on the old dirt tracks of the fifties, following by his grandpa Kraig, who won 2 Piston Cups in the late seventies, and his dad Klint who won 3 in the early nineties.[72] He retired before Cars 3 and got replaced by Dino Draftsky.
Dino Draftsky Clutch Aid 121 Dino was a Piston Cup racer, he preceded the previous Clutch Aid racer, Kevin Shiftright. He later retired before the Florida 500 and replaced him with an unnamed next-gen.
Todd Marcus No Stall 123 Todd was a Piston Cup racer who comes from Dieselton, Alabama. He chose the number 123 "because it's easy to remember." His ATM number, internet login, his home security code, and his safe combination are all 123.[73] He was involved in the massive wreck caused by Chick Hicks, and was part of a scene were he crashed into an idle Claude Scruggs (#52) and flipping him upside-down on top of himself. He returned to Cars 3 and got replaced by Jonas Carvers.

Next-Generation race carsEdit

Name Sponsor # Bio
Flip Dover Intersection 00 Flip Dover is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Jimmy Cables' role as the Intersection racer before the Los Angeles 500.
J.D. McPillar Tow Cap 4 J.D. McPillar is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Jack DePost's role as the Tow Cap racer before the Los Angeles 500.
Eric Braker SynerG 5 Eric is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Lane Locke's role as the SynerG racer presumably after the Mood Springs 350.
Bubba Wheelhouse Transberry Juice 6 Bubba Wheelhouse is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Markus Krankzler's role as the Transberry Juice racer before the Los Angeles 500. He is based on Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., who then drove an Xfinity Series #6 car for Roush Fenway Racing. However, shortly after the film's release, the real-life Wallace was released from his team, and has since joined Richard Petty Motorsports as a Cup driver, scoring a podium at the 2018 Daytona 500.
Chris Roamin' Combustr 11 Chris is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Chip Gearings' role as the Combustr racer before the Los Angeles 500.
Harvey Rodcap Easy Idle 15 Harvey Rodcap is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Carl Clutchen's role as the Easy Idle racer before the Los Angeles 500.
Daniel "Danny" Swervez Octane Gain 19 Daniel Swervez is one of the many next-gens enter in 2016. He took Bobby Swift's role as the Octane Gain racer before the Los Angeles 500. He is based on Daniel Suárez, who races in the #19 car in NASCAR. After the 2016 season, Suárez was moved up to the Cup level in the #19 for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Ryan "Inside" Laney BlinkR 21 Ryan Laney is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Speedy Comet's role as the BlinkR racer before the Los Angeles 500. He is based on Ryan Blaney, who races in the #21 car in NASCAR during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Chase Racelott Vitoline 24 Chase Racelott is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Brick Yardley's role as the Vitoline racer before the Los Angeles 500. He is based on Chase Elliott, who races in the #24 car in NASCAR during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Tim Treadless Nitroade 28 Treadless is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Tankson's role as the Nitroade racer before the Los Angeles 500. He is one of the next-gens who finished as a DNF after a crash during the Florida 500.
Cam Spinner TripleDent 31 Cam Spinner is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Kargas' role as the TripleDent racer before the Los Angeles 500. He is one of the next-gens who didn't finish the race, due to a massive crash, indirectly started by him. He is a playable character in Cars 3: Driven to Win.
Ed Truncan Mood Springs 33 Ed Truncan is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took Dud Throttleman's role as the Mood Springs racer before the Los Angeles 500.
Steve "Slick" LaPage Trunk Fresh 34 Steve LaPage is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took D'Agostino's role as the Trunk Fresh racer. He is one of five next-gens who didn't finish the race, due to a massive crash in the Florida 500.
Rich Mixon Tank Coat 36 Rich Mixon is one of the next-gens to enter in 2017. He took Reb Meeker's role as the Tank Coat racer before the Florida 500. His named is based on the 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon. He is also a playable character in Cars 3: Driven to Win.
Michael Rotor View Zeen 39 Michael Rotor is one of the next-gens to enter in 2017. He took Buck Bearingly's role as the View Zeen racer.
Aaron Clocker Re-Volting 48 Aaron Clocker is one of the many next-gens to enter in 2016. He took T.G. Castlenut's role as the Re-Volting racer.
Leak Less #52 Leak Less 52 This car is one of the next-gens to enter in 2017. It took Brian Spark's role as the Leak Less racer. It was one of the next-gens who couldn't finish the Florida 500 after a crash.
Herb Curbler Faux Wheel Drive 54 Herb is a Piston Cup racer who made his debut in the Los Angeles 500. He preceded the previous Faux Wheel Drive racer, Tommy Highbanks.
Barry DePedal RPM 64 Barry is a Piston Cup racer who preceded the previous RPM racer, Bruce Miller. He made his debut in the 2016 season.
Jim Reverick Carbon Cyber 67 Jim is a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Carbon Cyber racer, Bobby Roadtesta. He made his debut in the 2016 season.
H.J. Hollis N2O Cola 68 H.J. is a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous N2O Cola racer, Parker Brakeston. H.J. made his debut in the Motor Speedway of the South along with Ed Truncan, Harvey Rodcap, Ryan Laney, Aaron Clocker, and Tim Treadless.
Richie Gunzit Gasprin 70 Richie is a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Gasprin racer, Floyd Mulvihill. Richie made his debut presumably in the Rustbelt Raceway.
Unknown Rev-N-Go 73 This car is a Piston Cup racer. It preceded the previous Rev-N-Go racer, who is unnamed. It made its debut in the Florida 500.
Unknown Vinyl Toupee 76 This car is a Piston Cup racer. It preceded the previous Vinyl Toupee racer, Rev Roadages.
Dan Carcia Gask-Its 80 Dan is a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Gask-Its racer, Rex Revler.
Conrad Camber Shiny Wax 82 Conrad is a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Shiny Wax racer, Darren Leadfoot.
J.P. Drive Apple, Inc. 84 J.P. is a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Apple racer, who is currently unnamed. He is one of the next-gens who weren't capable for finishing the Florida 500 due to a crash.
Paul Conrev Bumper Save 90 Paul is a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Bumper Save racer, Ponchy Wipeout. He made his debut in the Florida 500.
Sheldon Shifter Sputter Stop 92 Sheldon is a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Sputter Stop racer, Murray Clutchburn. He made his debut in the Florida 500.
Unknown Spare Mint 93 This car is a Piston Cup racer. It preceded the previous Spare Mint racer, Ernie Gearson.
Spikey Fillups Lil' Torquey Pistons 117 Spikey is a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous Lil' Torquey Pistons racer, Ralph Carlow.
Unknown Clutch Aid 121 This car is a Piston Cup racer. It preceded the previous Clutch Aid racer, Dino Draftsky.
Jonas Carvers No Stall 123 Jonas is a Piston Cup racer. He preceded the previous No Stall racer, Todd Marcus.

Other vehiclesEdit

Van and MinnyEdit

Van (voiced by Richard Kind) and Minny (voiced by Edie McClurg) are husband and wife. In the first film, they are lost and pass through Radiator Springs while trying to find their way back to Interstate 40. Van refuses to ask directions, claiming not to need them due to having a GPS. Minny mentions that Van did the same when they were heading up to the "Crazy Days" (a parody of Derby Days[74]) in Shakopee. U.S. Route 66, taken off the map in 1985, is conspicuously absent from stored maps in automotive aftermarket GPS units — an omission also noted by Harv, Lightning's agent, and a minor running joke in the film.

Both are equipped with car alarms, which they arm after their encounter with Lightning McQueen when he begs them to call for help (they dismissed his plea as madness). After the final credits, Van and Minny are shown dirty and lost somewhere in the desert, having never asked for directions, with Van almost driven to insanity. Their names combine as a pun on "minivan". Van is a 2003 Ford Windstar and Minny appears to be a 1996 Dodge Caravan. Minny speaks with a pronounced Minnesota accent.

Van and Minny reappear near the end of the second film. While Minny is mesmerized by Mater's spy story, Van does not believe one word of it until British agent Holley Shiftwell arrives to confirm it, which surprises Van, leaving him mesmerized by her and annoying Minny. In the final scene, when a rocket-propelled Mater rushes past Van, maps that Van was carrying are sent flying.

Delinquent Road HazardsEdit

The Delinquent Road Hazards are a group of four modified tuner cars that intentionally cause trouble on the highway: Boost (Purple Neon/Carbon fibre covered 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse), DJ (Blue 2004 Scion xB), Wingo (Green and purple 2000 Nissan Silvia) and Snot Rod (Orange 1970 Plymouth Barracuda). They get their group name from what Sheriff called McQueen when he ordered Mater to tow him to traffic court. They catch Mack nodding off to sleep on the way to California and amuse themselves by nudging him onto the rumble strips along the shoulder. The resulting vibration causes Mack's trailer door to open and a sleeping McQueen to roll out of the trailer. When the chronically sniffly Snot Rod sneezes, Mack is startled awake, and accelerates away, leaving the still-sleeping McQueen behind near Radiator Springs. During the end credits, the Hazards are caught speeding on the outskirts of Radiator Springs by the Sheriff, who gives chase and places them in the impound lot. Like McQueen before them, they are sentenced to messy roadwork towing Bessie.

In the Italian dub, three of the Hazards are voiced by F1 drivers: Giancarlo Fisichella (Boost), Emanuele Pirro (Wingo) and Jarno Trulli (DJ). Boost, DJ and Wingo make a cameo appearance at the start of Tokyo Mater, drifting along the main road of Radiator Springs and shouting insults at the residents before Sheriff gives chase to them. D.J. was voiced by his inspirational actor, E.J. Holowicki. Wingo, Boost and Snot Rod were voiced by Adrian Ochoa, Jonas Rivera and Pixar actor Lou Romano.

TJ HummerEdit

TJ Hummer (voiced by Jan Rabson) is a vain Hummer H1 that Sarge teaches in his boot camp during the end of the movie. Unlike the other SUVs in the boot camp, TJ refuses to go off-road, fearing that he will get dirt on his rims, but Sarge forces him to do so. His name may be a play on the action character T.J. Hooker. The other three boot camp recruits (none of which have speaking parts) are Frank "Pinky" Pinkerton (a pink SUV), Murphy (an orange SUV) and Charlie Cargo.

Sven "The Governator"Edit

Sven "The Governator" (voiced by Jess Harnell) is a Hummer. His only line is "Lightning McQueen must be found at all costs!" The name and vehicle is a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger's then-current position as California governor, the first three Terminator films he starred on, and the fact that he was one of the first Hummer H1 owners.

Jerry Recycled BatteriesEdit

Jerry (voiced by Joe Ranft) is a 1979 Peterbilt 352 that Lightning McQueen mistook for Mack. He has the words "Recycled Batteries" on his side. His only line in the movie is a response to McQueen: "Mack?! I ain't no Mack, I'm a Peterbilt for dang sake! Turn on your lights, you moron!" The deleted scene on the DVD has the words "Jerry's Junk" and his only line is shortened saying: "Turn on your lights, you moron!"

Interstate 40 vehiclesEdit

Various cars and trucks in non-speaking roles are named in the "Car Finder" game but have only silent cameos in the film.

Bertha Butterswagon, a small green runabout, watches Mack admiring his own reflection in a metal tanker truck. Leroy Traffik, a minivan with a mattress on his roof and a temporary spare as his right-rear wheel, passes a tired Mack just before the truck stop. He is seen with new tires from Luigi's during the film's epilogue.

Ben Crankleshaft, Chet Boxkaar and Oliver Lightload are sleeping trucks at the Top Down Truck Stop.

Duff Wrecks is a grey pickup truck briefly seen one lane away from the Delinquent Road Hazard gang on I-40.

Cars 2Edit

These are characters who have first or only appeared in the film Cars 2 (2011).

Secret agents and spiesEdit

Finn McMissileEdit

Finn McMissile (voiced by Michael Caine, Martin Jarvis in all video games) is a British secret agent who recruits Mater, whom he mistakes for a cleverly disguised American agent, to help in his mission. Caine depicted his character Finn based on his previous role Harry Palmer from The IPCRESS File and its sequels. He is also similar to James Bond, whom Michael Caine did not portray. He is a 1958 Aston Martin DB4 with a standard trim, but has a twin mustache grille that isn't featured on any versions of the DB4

Originally, Finn was supposed to appear in the first Cars movie. In a sequence that never went beyond the storyboarding stage, Lightning and Sally visited a drive-in theater where a James Bond-type film about a superspy car named "Finn McMissile" was playing. This scene was deleted[75]. The design of Finn is inspired by several cars: the roofline and doors of the Volvo P1800 (possibly inspired by Roger Moore's ownership of one while filming The Saint TV espionage series in the early 1960s, as Moore also portrayed Bond from 1973 to 1985), the grill and fenders of the BMW 507, and some major elements of the iconic James Bond Aston Martin DB5, debuting in Goldfinger (including its sound, as clearly heard in the intro of GoldenEye); he also resembles a 1970s Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. The look of the car has been slightly modified; Finn has a different grill that looks like a suave mustache, but like Bond, he does have plenty of gadgets.[76] His small tailfins were inspired by a 1958 British sports car called the Peerless—one of the few British cars with fins.[77] Finn is fluent in many languages, most notably French and Italian. He is outfitted with a plethora of gadgets, including: two (front) bumperette grappling hooks, a right headlight spy camera, a left headlight missile launcher, side mirror digital read-outs, a deployable glass cutter, wheel hub magnetic explosives launcher; (side) side vent deployable machine guns, (rear) wheel hub deployable surveillance probes, rear bumperette grappling hooks, a rear turn signal oil dispenser, a miniature car that he can deploy (called a "skate jack"), an undercarriage mounted quad harpoon gun, a hydrofoil for oversea travel, a roof-deployed holographic disguise emitter, and a submarine-mode for underwater escapes.[77] Finn made a cameo in Toy Story 3 on a poster in Andy's room. His license plate is 314 FMCM, which includes a reference to his initials. The number 314 indicates Caine's birthday, March 14, the same day as Billy Crystal, another actor for Pixar. His belief about the World Grand Prix turns out to be true, as it was all just a setup by Miles Axlerod to make alternate fuel seem dangerous and make cars run on his own fuel with no choice.

Finn McMissile appears in Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure. It was revealed that Finn was a spy who was on the biggest oil platform in the world before he met Mater. None of them knew that Mater was not a spy. He just answered the question correctly. He can dispense bombs from his wing nuts. Finn is also able to magnetize his wheels in order to climb up some vertical metal surfaces. Finn's other abilities include purposely spilling oil onto the road, using grappling hooks to swing between buildings and traverse great heights by using the hook cables as tightropes, and being able to 'breathe' underwater.

Holley ShiftwellEdit

Holley Shiftwell (voiced by Emily Mortimer) is a British spy-in-training who is Mater's love interest/girlfriend in the film. She is a 2011 Jaguar C-X75

Holley's name is a reference to Holley Performance Products, Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance carburetors and fuel systems located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Her design was made from a Jaguar XJR-15. Her name is possibly also a reference to Bond Girl Holly Goodhead. Her license plate is HS1201, which includes her initials. The number 1201 is Emily Mortimer's birthday in American date order (December 1).

Holley is equipped with gadgets including: (front) projection lamps above headlights that emit a heads-up display, headlight cameras; a (side) right wheel concealed gun and an electro-shock device, a telescoping utility arm, (undercarriage) mounted dual trackball platforms for controlling the heads-up display, and retractable wings for flight.[77]

Holley Shiftwell appears in Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure. She is a playable character in the Disney Infinity series. She is also Mater's best friend.


Siddeley (voiced by Jason Isaacs) is a Gulfstream V spy jet. He is 176 feet long with a 157-foot wingspan (53 and 48 meters respectively) and is shown to possess afterburners, though no aspect of his airframe is suited to supersonic flight, In addition, he has VTOL (vertical-takeoff and landing) capabilities. His tail has A113 painted on it, a recurring gag in the Pixar films. Siddeley is also seen in the background in one scene of the Cars spinoff, 'Planes.' [78] His name is a reference to the British aerospace company Hawker Siddeley.


Stephenson is a spy train, who first appeared in Cars 2 working with Finn McMissile. Stephenson brings Finn, Holley, and Mater to Porto Corsa, Italy. Stephenson is a state-of-the-art bullet train, who scrambles switchboards, hops international rail lines, and can make it from Dover to Porto Corsa in five hours. He has no dining car and no spare compartment because he's filled with the finest in high-tech, classified spy gear and probably has a few secret agents aboard. One of his carriages contains high-tech equipment that modifies and adds gadgets to cars. His only line in Cars 2 is "Finn, one hour to Porta Corsa". Stephenson is named after the "father of railways", namely George Stephenson.

Leland TurboEdit

Leland Turbo (voiced by Jason Isaacs) was a British agent who appeared in the film's beginning. He sends a video message to Finn McMissile about what he sees in Professor Zündapp's oil rig. However, by the time Finn arrives at the rig, the lemons have found Leland and crushed him into a cube. He appears to be based on a Jaguar E-Type. His name is most likely based on Leyland Motors, a now defunct British vehicle manufacturer.

Rod "Torque" RedlineEdit

Rod "Torque" Redline (voiced by Bruce Campbell) was considered by many as America's greatest spy. He is the agent McMissile and Shiftwell were supposed to meet before he ran into Mater, which leads to the mistake of the spy cars thinking Mater is Rod Redline. He is a crossover between a 2005 Mustang GT and a Dodge Challenger R/T. His license plate suggests that he is from Michigan, which is where Bruce is from.

In the beginning of the film, he is seen by McMissile (disguised as a lemon) talking to Professor Zündapp about the camera. In the bathroom, Rod takes off his disguise so Finn and Holley can recognize him. Unfortunately, lemons Grem and Acer follow him in the bathroom and his plan backfires when they recognize him before Holley can meet him. Rod tried to fight them off but, the two lemons dodge his tactics and severely damage him. Cornered by the villains, he turns his information over to a rusty American tow truck named Mater when no one noticed before being captured. He is later filled with Allinol at the lemons' hideout. Rod thanks them due to the fact that Allinol is good for cars but, Professor Zundapp revealed to the agent that Allinol explodes when it hits with an electromagnetic pulse. As it turned out, the Lemons were going to torture him until he told them who the information was passed to. Despite the torture, Rod refused to give out the info. But the lemons realized that Redline passed the info to Mater before killing him and being exploded into smithereens.


Tomber (voiced by Michel Michelis) is Finn McMissile's underground informant. Having been saved from a long sentence in a Moroccan impound lot (20 years to life) by McMissile, Tomber has since become an auto-parts dealer. He specializes in rare parts, such as the ones needed to keep a certain Rover V8 going. Mater and Tomber get along from their first meeting, both respecting the other's knowledge of cars and specific parts. Tomber (French for "to tumble") is a Reliant Regal threewheeler, a car notorious for its poor handling and tendency to roll over in even gentle turns. His license plate reads "PCS NO1R". He may be based on Del Boy from Only Fools & Horses

Crabby the BoatEdit

Crabby the Boat (voiced by Sig Hansen) is a fishing vessel that is based on the F/V Northwestern, a boat captained by Hansen and featured in the American reality TV series Deadliest Catch. Crabby is painted and designed like the Northwestern. He is seen in the beginning of the film with Finn McMissile aboard him. Finn has paid Crabby to bring him to a certain location in the ocean so he can look for a car, a request that greatly puzzles Crabby. Once they reach the spot, Tony Trihull (see below) intercepts Crabby and threatens him with a missile launcher, forcing him to turn back. Crabby apologizes to Finn as he heads home, not knowing that Finn has already slipped off board and hitched onto Tony to continue his mission.

Sir Miles Axlerod and his minionsEdit

Sir Miles AxlerodEdit

Sir Miles Axlerod (voiced by Eddie Izzard) is a former oil baron who has sold off his fortune after he supposedly converted himself into an electric vehicle. He is revealed to be the major antagonist at the end of Cars 2. He was the first car to circumnavigate the globe without any GPS which is similar to explorer, Ferdinand Magellan who circulated the globe. Axlerod created the World Grand Prix to promote his new wonder-fuel, Allinol. Axlerod later reveals that he owns the largest untapped oil reserves in the world. His "alternative fuel" is actually ordinary gasoline engineered to ignite if hit with electromagnetic pulses from weapons disguised as television cameras. Axlerod's plans to use oil for world domination are eventually exposed. Axlerod plans to use Professor Zündapp and the Lemon Cars to kill McQueen in the final race, but the EMP weapon fails to finish him off because Sarge switched McQueen's Allinol for Filmore's organic fuel. As a backup, Axlerod has Zündapp and the lemon cars implant a bomb on Mater's air filter which was not seen in the climax. Mater confronts Axlerod about the conspiracy and forces him to deactivate the bomb with a voice command, proving that he was the one who set it. Axlerod's engine turns out to be the Rover V8 in the photo obtained by McMissile and Shiftwell after Mater opened his front hood (described by Mater and Tomber as "the worst engine/motor ever made"), and he is exposed as a fraud and a liar and is arrested by the British police, wondering how Mater figured out Axlerod was behind the whole scheme. He is based on a Range Rover (L322).

Professor ZündappEdit

Professor Zündapp (voiced by Thomas Kretschmann), often referred to as "Professor Z" (by his henchmen), is an internationally wanted weapons designer who is modelled after a Zündapp Janus 250 with a broken roof rack that evokes the look of a comb over. Though at first Professor Zündapp appears to be the main villain, he is eventually revealed to be a subordinate to Miles Axlerod. According to, it is revealed that his full name is Wolfgang Otto Zundapp. Zündapp also appears in Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure.

Grem and AcerEdit

Grem (voiced by Joe Mantegna) is a dented, rusty orange AMC Gremlin. Acer (voiced by Peter Jacobson) is a beat-up green AMC Pacer. Both of these "lemon" cars are henchmen for Professor Zündapp, Grem and Acer mistake Mater for an American agent with top-secret information, chasing him around the globe. Even though they don't have all the spy weapons and gadgets they are still tough and will do anything and everything to stop secret agents.

Tony TrihullEdit

Tony Trihull (voiced by Lloyd Sherr) is a combat ship (modelled after USS Independence (LCS-2)) who works for Professor Zündapp. He first appears in the beginning when he notices Crabby and Finn in the oil reserve, ordering Crabby to leave. When Crabby refuses, Tony threatens him with a missile battery (based on the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile). As a result, Crabby leaves but Finn hitches a ride on the back of Tony without him knowing. He later appears again near the end of the film in London when Professor Z tries to escape from being caught by Finn McMissile, yelling for the Professor to hurry and get aboard him. When Finn McMissile stops the Professor, Tony uses a magnetic device to pull the Professor towards him. McMissile shoots several mine-bombs out of his wheels which cling to Tony's big magnet, resulting in a huge explosion killing Tony.

Hugo familyEdit

Victor HugoEdit

Victor Hugo (voiced by Stanley Townsend) is the head lemon of the Hugo family, being referred to as "the boss" by fellow Hugos. He and his Hugos work with Professor Zündapp. During the film, Victor uses Ivan, a blue tow truck (which Mater masquerades as to infiltrate the lemons' meeting), as his own personal transportation that tows him place to place instead of having to drive on his own. Hugo and the other main heads of the three lemon families (Gremlin, Pacer, Trunkov) attend a meeting with Professor Z in Porto Corsa.

Alexander HugoEdit

Alexander Hugo (voiced by Velibor Topic) is part of the Hugo family that works for Professor Z and Miles Axlerod. He is the only black bodyguard lemon in the entire movie to talk, making him and Victor the only Hugo family members that talk. Despite his young age, he does dirty work (like Victor and Ivan) and attends the lemon meeting. He also is one of the lemons attempting to round up Mater so that the bomb would explode, killing both Mater and Lightning. Near the end of the film, Alexander is arrested in London with his fellow lemons.


Ivan (voiced by Stanley Townsend) is a blue tow truck who serves as Victor Hugo's mode of transportation, towing him around. He resembles Mater greatly, in fact, Mater disguises as Ivan in order to infiltrate a lemon crime meeting. The real Ivan was previously tazed by Holley. He later awoke and captured Holley and even intercepted Mater before he can warn Lightning McQueen about the truth of Allinol. In the end, he is defeated by Mater and arrested alongside the other lemons. His name is pronounced ee-van instead of eye-van.

Pacer familyEdit

Tubbs PacerEdit

Tubbs Pacer (portrayed by Brad Lewis) is the head lemon of the Pacer family. He and his Pacers work with Professor Zündapp. During the film, Tubbs and the other main heads of the three lemon families (Gremlin, Trunkov, Hugo) attend a meeting with Professor Z in Porto Corsa to discuss their evil plans about discrediting the Allinol by using the radiation disguised camera to crash out the racers in the World Grand Prix that use the gas, and ensure that all cars keep using conventional fuel to secure the profits of their "lemon" organization who managed to secure the largest unexplored oil resources in the world. Tubbs is seen smiling at the idea and cannot wait.

Petey PacerEdit

Petey Pacer is a blue AMC Pacer member of the lemon organization. He can be recognized as one of the cars equipped with flamethrowers who attack Finn McMissile on the oil rigs' helipad.

Fred PacerEdit

Fred Pacer is a light yellow AMC Pacer.

Trunkov familyEdit

Vladimir TrunkovEdit

Vladimir Trunkov (voiced by Stanley Townsend) is the head lemon of the Trunkov family. He and his Trunkovs work with Professor Zündapp. During the film, Vladimir and the other main heads of the three lemon families (Gremlin, Pacer, Hugo) attend a meeting with Professor Z in Porto Corsa. He appears to be based on a ZAZ-968 Zaporozhets.

Tolga TrunkovEdit

Tolga is a black Trunkov that helps Vladimir Trunkov by protecting him, but it does not know who he is in the movie because there are several other black Trunkovs.

Petrov TrunkovEdit

Petrov Trunkov is a light green Trunkov.

Gremlin familyEdit

J. Curby GremlinEdit

J. Curby Gremlin (voiced by John Mainieri) is the head lemon of the Gremlin family. He originates from Detroit, as he states it when he introduces himself to the other lemons. He and his Gremlins work with Professor Zündapp. J. Curby, along with the other main heads of the three lemon families (Pacer, Trunkov, Hugo) attend a meeting with Professor Z in Porto Corsa. Later, In London, as he tries to kill them with a machine gun, he is sprayed by Red, and his fellow Lemons were arrested.

Tyler GremlinEdit

Tyler Gremlin is a red/dark red AMC Gremlin.

World Grand Prix racersEdit

Francesco BernoulliEdit

Francesco Bernoulli serves as Lightning McQueen's primary rival in the second film. He is also a Ferrari 150 Formula 1 car with LED lights underneath his front wing for nighttime racing. He is voiced by John Turturro in Cars 2 and Cars 2: The Video Game and by Carlos Alazraqui in Disney Infinity.

Jeff GorvetteEdit

Jeff Gorvette, a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, is a now retired racer; he appeared in Cars 2 at the World Grand Prix; is Lightning McQueen's good friend; now an announcer for the Piston Cup races in Cars 3 along with his real-life broadcast partner; he is voiced by four-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jeff Gordon.

Shu TodorokiEdit

Shu Todoroki (Erik Passoja) is a Dome S102 and a Japanese racer. He has a crew chief named Mach Matsuo during his races. He is voiced by Erik Passoja.

Carla VelosoEdit

Carla Veloso (Claudia Leitte) is a Peugeot Type 908 Le-Mans prototype from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and one of the fastest cars in the World Grand Prix. She is voiced by Claudia Leitte in the Brazilian version of the film and Jossara Jinaro for other roles.

Lewis HamiltonEdit

Lewis Hamilton, a black McLaren MP4-12C GT3, is a racer that represents the United Kingdom and his home country, Grenada. He is good friends with Lightning McQueen and Jeff Gorvette. He is named after and voiced by the Formula 1 racing driver of the same name.

Nigel GearsleyEdit

Nigel Gearsley is an Aston Martin DBR9 who represents the United Kingdom. He has won numerous races including Nurburgring and Le Mans. He is voiced by Greg Ellis.

Raoul ÇaRouleEdit

Raoul ÇaRoule is a French ralley car who has won nine World Rally Championships before the events of Cars 2. He is modeled after a Citroën C4 WRC and is voiced by Jerome Dalton.

Max SchnellEdit

Max Schnell (Sebastian Vettel) is a champion of the World Torque Championship League (WtCL). He’s a Mercedes-AMG W204 C-Class Racer (although they are no emblems) who represents Germany. In The German release of Cars 2, Max was known as Sebastian Schnell and was voiced by four time F1 Champion, Sebastian Vettel. For other roles, Max is voiced by James Rankin.

Miguel CaminoEdit

Miguel Camino (Antonio Banderas) is a GT racing champion from Spain. He is slightly modeled after a Lotus Elise GT1 with some elements of the Corvette. His voice actor is currently unknown.

Rip ClutchgoneskiEdit

Rip Clutchgoneski (Keith Wickham) is a Caparo T1 who represents a fictional country called The Republic of New Rearendia (A joke on "rear end"). His pit crew consits of two pitties and his crew chief, Brian Gearlookski. He has no voice actor.

Other international racersEdit

In foreign releases, the Corvette character voiced by Jeff Gordon is replaced by a different character.

Name # Country Model Bases Bio
Frosty 12 Australia Holden Commodore (VE) Race Car from the Supercars Championship. (Emblems were removed). Although, his body is quite similar to Max Schnell. Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom is the fastest race car Down Under. Proudly sporting the Australian flag. This Aussie Hero is as fast as on the road as he is fast on the dirt tracks of the Australian Outback. He showed off his speed to international audiences while competing in the Supercars Championship. He appeared in the Australia release of Cars 2 greeting Lightning. Frosty might return for a planned Cars 4. His voice is its namesake driver, although he did not race a VE or VF Holden Commodore (which were around during the movie's release; Gordon actually raced a VF Commodore in NASCAR, winning his final races and making his final starts in a VF Commodore); he raced a rival Ford Falcon, but he currently races a Holden ZB Comoodore in the Supercars series in 2019.
Fernando Alonso 20 Spain A custom built GT race car (Similar to Miguel Camino) Fernando is with Lewis Hamilton greeting Lightning McQueen. His paint job is similar to one of his crash helmets with the fiery colors of the Spanish Flag. His voice actor is the real-life Formula One driver namesake.
Vitaly Petrov 11 Russia Similar body style as Max Schnel Used in the Russian release of Cars 2. He greets Lightning with Lewis Hamilton. His paint job features the car-ified version of the Russian coat of arms. Like Frosty, Alonso, and Gorvette, his voice is its namesake driver. Although, his number 11 isn’t featured in the film, the Cars: Ice Racers diecast series includes it.
Jan “Flash” Nilsson 15 Sweden Similar body style as Max Schnell Jan Nilsson, aka Flash, is a Swedish Racer from the Swedish release of Cars 2. He is blue with yellow decals to match his Swedish Flag. He doesn‘t have a racing number in the film, but it is included in the Cars: Ice Racers diecast Complete set. He is voiced by the Swedish racing driver of the same name.
Long Ge 16, 12 (Ice Racers diecast only), 8 (Cars: Fast As Lightning only) China Similar body style as Max Schnell Long Ge is a racer that represents China, and is used in the Chinese release greeting Lightning. Long has some Chinese characters on his body. On his hood, one of those means “dragon”. He doesn't have a number from the film. If he did, it would have been 16. He also bears 12 with Frosty in the Cars: Ice Racers complete diecast set, and has 8 in “Cars: Fast As Lightning“. His voice actor is currently unknown.
Memo Rojas Jr. 14 Mexico Similar body style as Max Schnell Memo Rojas Jr. is a Mexican Racer who was featured in the Mexican release of the film. His paint job includes the Coat of Arms replacing it’s “Hecho en México” emblem. His number 14 is included in the Cars: Ice Racers series. He is voiced by the racing driver of the same name.

Other carsEdit

Daisu TsashimiEdit

Daisu Tsashimi, played by Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi, is the name of the forklift sushi chef who serves Mater wasabi, when Mater mistook it for delicious pistachio ice cream. Tsashimi is a play on sashimi, and his given name could be a play on the Japanese auto marque Daihatsu, as well as his full name being a play on "diced sashimi".

Mama TopolinoEdit

Mama Topolino (voiced by Vanessa Redgrave) is Luigi's aunt. She resembles a 1950s Renault (or maybe Alfa Romeo) Dauphine.

Uncle TopolinoEdit

1948 Fiat 500 "Topolino"

Uncle Topolino (voiced by Franco Nero) is Luigi's uncle. He is a Fiat 500 "Topolino" from 1948 or earlier ("Topolino", which translates as "Little mouse", is Mickey Mouse's Italian name). The cover on his top resembles a hair style, similar to Luigi's.

Queen Elizabeth IIEdit

Queen Elizabeth II (voiced by Vanessa Redgrave) is a classic Rolls Royce Phantom car watching the race from Buckingham Palace. She knights Mater for his bravery in foiling Axlerod's plot. Her roof racks are made to look like a crown.

Prince WheeliamEdit

2009 Bentley Continental GT

Prince Wheeliam, the grandson of the Queen of the United Kingdom, is based on Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. He is a Bentley Continental GT and a fan of Britain's Lewis Hamilton and Nigel Gearsley.

Signora BernoulliEdit

Signora Bernoulli is Francesco's mother. She is seen at the Porto Corsa race cheering her son on. She is a 1960s era Ferrari 312 Formula One race car and, as evidenced by her number, his biggest fan other than himself.

Mel DoradoEdit

Mel Dorado (voiced by Patrick Walker) is the host of the "Mel Dorado Show" where he interviews Miles Axlerod and Francesco Bernoulli. Mater calls the show and eventually gets McQueen into the World Grand Prix. As his name indicates he is a Cadillac Eldorado. As evidenced by his glasses and smile, he is loosely based on Larry King.

The PopemobileEdit

The Popemobile is only seen at the Italian World Grand Prix Race – he is seen inside a bulletproof "popemobile" for his personal protection. He is among the many fans in the stands. The Popemobile is referred to earlier in the film when Mater asks, "Is the Popemobile Catholic?" He has no lines in the film. Black-hatted priests can be seen next to the Popemobile while he sits in the stands at Porta Corsa for the second race in the World Grand Prix. Small Isetta forklifts, similar to the Guido character, are seen in white cassocks and red hats waving incense into the air.

World Grand Prix announcersEdit

Brent MustangburgerEdit

Brent Mustangburger, a 1965 Ford Mustang in traditional racing blue, is based on ESPN/ABC sportscaster Brent Musburger, who provides the character's voice.[79] He re-appears in the spin-off film Planes.

David HobbscapEdit

David Hobbscap, a British racing green 1963 Jaguar Coombs Lightweight E-Type, is a former champion from 24 Heures du Mans turned television sportscaster.[80] His character is based on the real life former British racing driver and current NBC Sports commentator David Hobbs, who provides the character's voice. Jacques Villeneuve voices the character in the French and Quebec versions of Cars 2. He joins Brent Mustangburger and Darrell Cartrip.

Cars 3Edit

These are characters who have first or only appeared in the film Cars 3 (2017).


Smokey, an older orange Hudson pickup truck, is Doc Hudson's old mechanic and crew chief who also helps McQueen, with his other participates (old timers River Scott, Louise Nash and Junior Moon) at the abandoned Thomasville Speedway. He explains to McQueen that while Doc was devastated by no longer racing, he found greater happiness in training him.

At the Florida 500, Smokey acts as McQueen's crew chief. He helps McQueen coach Cruz when she enters and race. Smokey is then seen at Willy's Butte for an exhibition race between McQueen and Cruz.

He is voiced by Chris Cooper. The character is based on Daytona Beach garage owner Henry "Smokey" Yunick, whose innovations were well known in motorsport, as he entered the No. 13 Chevelle for Johnny Rutherford that won the 1963 Daytona 500 qualifying race and also fielded a car in the 1964 Indianapolis 500 for Bobby Johns, but failed to qualify.

Mike JoyrideEdit

Mike Joyride is a Citroën 2CV, voiced by Fox NASCAR lead commentator Mike Joy. He announces the unconfirmed status of McQueen's racing career after his crash and assumes the end of his racing days.

Miss FritterEdit

Miss Fritter is a villainous demolition derby-inspired monster school bus and Lightning McQueen's nemesis, an undefeated Crazy-8 champion in the movie. She appears at a demolition derby at Thunder Hollow Speedway. She nearly saws Cruz with her Stop sign saw blades until Lightning McQueen, disguised as Chester Whipplefilter stops her only to get his tire shredded because the saw was lodged between his rear fender and tire. Cruz Ramirez ends up winning the race.

Miss Fritter is then seen cheering for McQueen and Cruz, watching the Florida 500 on TV.

She is voiced by Lea Delaria.[81]

Sweet TeaEdit

Sweet Tea is a forklift and Louise Nash's former pitty, voiced by American singer and songwriter Andra Day. Sweet Tea knows all about fighting hard to prove that women deserve their fair shake in the racing world. When Louise retired, she discovered she had a singing voice as smooth as freshly laid asphalt. She now spends her time belting out country classics at the Cotter Pin.


Planes 2: Fire & RescueEdit

Removed charactersEdit

Cars (2006)Edit

Mr. WindshieldEdit

Mr. Windshield was a character which was scrapped from the storyline around 2003. Based on concept art, he was going to be a yellow Packard Clipper, although a 2000 concept sketch by Dave Deal shows him as a Packard Super Eight rather than a Clipper. As his name implies, he was going to be an optometrist/windshield salesman, and while the character was scrapped, his shop still made it into the final film. The design was reused for Ramone's House of Body Art.

Cars 2 (2011)Edit


Zil was originally going to be the main antagonist in Cars 2, but was ultimately dropped in favour of Professor Z and Miles Axlerod. His design was based on the 1958 ZIL-111, but with one adjustment: the ZIL logo is on his front bumper.


Giulia was an original character in the beginnings of Cars 2. She was intended to be the double agent that met up with Mater. Giulia was left out of the completed movie, and replaced by Holley Shiftwell. She is modelled as an Alfa Romeo, resembling an Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider.


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