This is a list of characters from the Pixar franchise , as well as the Disney franchise Planes, which is set in the same fictional universe:
Table of charactersCharacter Lightning McQueen Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Photograph Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Photograph Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes (Tales from Radiator Springs) No No Luigi Yes Yes Yes Silent No Yes No No Guido Yes Yes Yes Silent No Yes No No Ramone Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Flo Yes Yes Yes Silent No Yes No No Fillmore Yes Yes Yes Silent No Yes No No Sarge Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Photograph Sheriff Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Lizzie Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Red Yes Silent Yes Silent No Yes No No Mack Yes Yes Yes Silent No No No No Bob Cutlass Yes No Yes No No No No No Darrell Cartrip Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Van Yes Yes silent No No No No No Minny Yes Yes silent No No No No No Strip Weathers Yes No Yes No No No No No Chick Hicks Yes No Yes No No No No No Lynda Weathers Yes No No No No No No No Tex Dinoco Yes No Yes No No No No No "Junior" #8 Yes No No No No No No No "Mario Andretti" #11 Yes No No No No No No No Fred Yes No No No No No No No Rusty Rust-eze Yes No Yes No No No No No Dusty Rust-eze Yes No Yes No No No No No Michael Schumacher Yes No No No No No No No DJ Yes No No No No Yes No No Wingo Yes No No No No Yes No No Boost Yes No No No No Yes No No Snot Rod Yes No No No No Yes No No Mia Yes Yes No No No Yes No No Tia Yes Yes No No No Yes No No Frank Yes No No Yes No No No No tractors Yes No Yes Yes No 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 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 Hamilton No No Yes No No No No No
Piston Cup teams
Rust-eze Medicated Bumper Ointment team
Lightning McQueen, often referred to as "McQueen", is the main character in and . He is voiced by in the films, , and the last episode of and by in all other media. McQueen is not modeled directly after a specific make and model, although his design contains some elements inspired by the . His Corvette lineage is further suggested by the "retro" paint scheme he acquires in Radiator Springs, which resembles that of a .
Mack (voiced by ) is a 1985 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 and in Los Angeles, despite which legally grant Mack ten hours daily of much-needed off-duty rest 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 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 . 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
Mayor Ed Pawlowski proclaimed April 21, 2006, Friday -/ in Mack's honor during the 41-city "CARS Road Trip '06" promotional tour.
Mack is seen in the short 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 picks McQueen up 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 come up with the idea to disguise McQueen. On their way back, he is forced to pull over when Cruz opens his hauler and decide to part ways. He accompanies McQueen to pick Cruz up again and they head to Thomasville, and then to 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, he makes a mistake, thinking Mater is McQueen, and takes him to the race.
Chuck and McQueen's pit crew
Lightning McQueen's pit crew are generic 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 is voiced by Mike "No Name" Nelson, not to be confused with . 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 , 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 '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 in the U.S. version and presenter in the UK version. He is also based on the character from the series . Although he is not seen in the actual film, Jeremy Clarkson believes that he is a 1979 while the American version, he is thought to be a 1996 .
Rusty and Dusty Rust-eze
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 and Dusty, a 1967 . Rusty and Dusty are voiced by real-life brothers (respectively) of 's , using that program's "...and don't drive like my brother!". Rusty bears an intentional resemblance to Tom Magliozzi's infamous green 1963 Dart, named "The Dartre".
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 . 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 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 .
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 .
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. 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.
Cruz is voiced by .
Strip "The King" Weathers
Strip Weathers, better known as The King, is a "Dinoco-blue" veteran and racing legend voiced by . Weathers is an anthropomorphic version of Petty's 1970 , sporting same shade of blue and Petty's racecar number, 43. He is one of the racecars in the 2006 Piston Cup three-way tie, along with and . His sponsor (), like Petty's (), is a well-known oil company.
He is Dinoco's "Golden Boy", having won seven Piston Cups (the same number of NASCAR Cup Series championships Petty himself won in his career) and is hoping for another 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 '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, , stating that Hudson was his inspiration (In NASCAR, "The King" #43 is the second of four generations of racers; his father won in 1954, one year after the multiple 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". (Petty's nephew , son of his wife Lynda's brother Randy, is a real-life crew chief.)
In the Danish edition of the movie, the King is voiced by nine-time winner . In the Finnish edition of the movie, The King is voiced by Finnish two-time Formula One World Champion . In the German edition, he is voiced by Austrian three-time Formula One World Champion .
Strip Weathers also appears in the film's as an unlockable character in the Arcade. He is mentioned by Darrell Cartrip in the game's Story Mode.
He also appears in .
Lynda Weathers, also known as "Mrs. The King", (voiced by Richard Petty's wife Lynda Petty) is similar in design to a 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).
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 who is Richard Petty's son.
Tex Dinoco, voiced by of , is a billionaire and the owner of . 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 at in . 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 wins by employing a 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.
The Dinoco Transport Helicopter is based on a . Without a speaking part, he has no voice actor and is not named in the closing credits. His name is Rotor Turbosky (in apparent reference to helicopter maker ) 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.
Hostile Takeover Bank team
Chick HicksThe , long banned in racing, shown in use to end a police chase
Chick Hicks (voiced by ) 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, and strongly resembles a with features from both the and the . As the real-life wanted nothing to do with the character by rejecting an initial Pixar proposal to cast a stock car as the movie's villain, Chick is effectively an orphan. He has spent his entire career trailing Strip "The King" Weathers, and is bitter about this fact. 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; is also a 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.
, Hicks will often or use the in an attempt to cause 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 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 tie-breaker race, Hicks (who is then determined not to come in behind Strip Weathers again) PITs The King, sending him flying off the race track and into a roll-over 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 him on once he wins because they're fed up with his dirty tricks. Shortly afterward, as Hicks gets on stage to claim his trophy and celebrate his victory, an angered crowd and media snub Hicks' victory by branding him as a cheater. He is pelted with discarded tires and booed off the stage with his trophy in humiliation. The immediate backlash is similar to backlash against after he spun out in Turn 4 during Segment 3, Lap 9 of the at , 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 , 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 voices Chick in this film as Keaton was filming . Due to his voice actor change, his voice seems to be similar to other characters Bob Peterson voiced such as Mr. Ray from .
Chick returns in the 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 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 , he does show up in the film's as a downloadable character for the and editions. He also appears in .
In the 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 and its 2014 sequel, produced by DisneyToon Studios.
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.
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 tries to slam her into a wall. 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 the main antagonist and a playable character.
Jackson Storm is voiced by . In the game, he is voiced by AJ Hamilton.
Radiator Springs populace
These characters live in Radiator Springs with Lightning McQueen, his trainer Cruz Ramirez and their hauler, Mack .
Mater is a rusty and McQueen's best friend, voiced by . He's the main character in Cars 2 and a major character in the other films.
Sally Carrera is the town's attorney and McQueen's girlfriend. She is voiced by , and she is a .as Eddie Paul custom vehicle for promotional tour
Main article:1952 Fabulous Hudson Hornet
Doc Hudson is the town's medical doctor and a local judge, voiced by actor in the first film and its and in all other related media. He is based on the Hudson Hornet. He did not appear in , as it is implied that Doc died, and Newman passed away 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 ) is a 1949 Police Cruiser , bearing Carburetor County license plate 001. Sheriff is painted in the classic law enforcement black and white with a single red light dome, two , and . Sheriff was the first resident of Radiator Springs to appear in the original film and the first to meet during a police chase when McQueen was speeding through the town, attempting to locate . 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 commercials, as "Boy, you're in a heap of trouble."
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 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 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 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 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 , in ) is a 1959 . He is a fan, and has followed racing his entire life. His license plate reads 445-108, which is the latitude and longitude for the main factory in , Italy. Luigi owns a tire shop, Casa Della Tires, which is known for its "Leaning Tower of Tires," a tower of several tires shaped like the . His assistant is an Italian named .
Inside his shop are many framed pictures of Ferraris from various points in history. At first, Luigi and Guido do not respect when he comes to (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 , 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 ) and two – 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.
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 ) is a , 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 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 accent spoken in the town of , Italy, home of the car manufacturer and racing team. , 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 for the Italian inflected verb meaning "I drive".
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 ) is a that owns the Ramone's House of Body Art store, where he paints himself and other cars, including later in the film. His garage employs the distinctive architecture of the Tower Station () in . His license plate reads "L0WNSL0", which is a reference to his catchphrase, "Low and slow." He is married to , 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.
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 , when Dusty cuts off the radios power when El Chupacabra was singing the song "Love Machine", he says Ramones catchphrase "Low and slow" which causes Chupacabra to sing a romance version of the song.
Flo (based on Fran Hauser of Adrian's and voiced by ) is the owner of Radiator Springs only gas diner, "Flo's V-8 Café", and is married to , the town's body artist. Her license plate reads "SHOGRL", the same as the license plates applied to many show cars and an abbreviation of the term "". 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?" 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 (side trim), and the 1956/57 Chrysler Dart (cockpit, deck lid, and tailfins).
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 , Al's car looks a lot like her; she may be a reference to his car.
Fillmore (based on Route 66 artist — not acknowledged in the film's credits — and voiced by in , , , and (via ), in , Mark Silverman in and in , and ) is a microbus of late 1950s/early 1960s vintage as evidenced by his pointed front turn signals and small rear window. Fillmore's license plate reads "51237", an which is a reference to May 12, 1937, the birthdate of George Carlin, and is also the of .
He is a stereotypical , as he has stickers of the peace sign and flowers with his license plate positioned to resemble a . His name is a reference to the , a venue that was an epicenter for rock performances throughout the 1960s and 1970s (, , and all made notable live recordings there, to name a few). He owns an shop (Fillmore's Organic Fuel) which features several flavors, and believes gasoline companies are lying to the public. He is implied to smoke , as it is indirectly referenced when he speaks of his organic fuel use. In the morning, when next-door neighbor Sarge plays and raises the , Fillmore interrupts Sarge's bugle reveille with 's rendition of "". 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 is a mythical creature which features in the theatrical short , shown with . Another sticker says "Save ". 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. He has a smaller role compared to the previous film. He is the only original character that had to be re-cast (due to George Carlin's death), and was replaced by Lloyd Sherr (with a professional hippie voice) in this film. 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 resident, but Waldmire, a vegan, didn't want his name to be used, because Fillmore toys would be featured in at .
Sarge (voiced by ) is a 1941 . A veteran with a military green paint job and a slightly stylized (E-9) insignia on his sides, he appears to be a era . 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 to train SUVs and 4x4s (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 destroyed as part of Axlerod's plot to discredit alternative fuels.
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Lizzie (voiced by ), a 1923 Coupe, 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 on US 66). Her license plate, "MT23", is a reference to her model and year. Her name is derived from , one of the Model T's popular nicknames. She appears to have gone somewhat , and has a crush on . When she is shown teasing Luigi and Guido in the film, stating that "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 appears in the episode "Time Travel Mater", where her and Stanley's backstories are revealed.
Lizzie was originally going to be named Henry F. Ord, after . She also, at one point, originally resembled a "Center Door" Sedan.
Red (voiced by and later ) is a 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 . It was stated by Mater that Red "hated" , 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. In the movie, Red never spoke (not counting his sobs and gasps). died in a car accident in August 2005, 11 months before the movie was released.
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 away with his fire hose.
Red appears in the Tales from Radiator Springs short film: Bugged. He is voiced by , who voiced Gamma in .
StanleyStanley steam car
Stanley (voiced by ) is Lizzie's late husband who was the founder of Radiator Springs. Stanley was probably based on and named after a , 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 , Time Travel Mater, Stanley appears alive for the first time. In the 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." Stanley's Oasis is listed as the first local business in Radiator Springs, although 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 short, .
Bessie is a laying machine that is used to fix roads in Radiator Springs. 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 accidentally destroys the road by dragging the statue of Stanley, Radiator Springs traffic court judge sentences him to fix the road with her.
While Doc insists "this here is Bessie, finest road-paving machine ever built", a construction '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
During the epilogue, the Delinquent Road Hazards have to fix a road with her as punishment for speeding. Bessie is a "non-living" vehicle; she cannot move by herself and she has no voice actor in the film.
Frank and the tractors
Frank is a generic red that resembles a , and the guardian of the tractors (which "moo" as ). After 's first encounter with Frank during a night of with Mater, Lightning starts dreaming that he, The King, and (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. 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 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.
A flashback in the original film devotes a little over a minute to show Radiator Springs in a pre- 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. 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 / ) 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 (or beetles). The bugs appear at least three times in the original film, hovering around at on Lightning's initial arrival, swarming around the windows and the one missing fuel pump at the before its historic restoration, and in the 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 , 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) so they are not named individually and they have no voice actors.
Piston Cup announcer and analyst
Bob Cutlass is an announcer for the Piston Cup races and friend of Darrell Cartrip. He is voiced by , the 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 . Cutlass is actually supposed to resemble a 1999 , 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. He did not return for Cars 3: Driven To Win.
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 .
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 to allow the characters to be sold as die-cast toys.
Dexter Hoover (a pickup truck atop the flagstand) waves the to start the race, the to finish the race and the yellow flag when Piston Cup officials call a caution. Charlie Checker is the official at each race of the Piston Cup Series. Like the , he is bright yellow. Race Official Tom, a Piston Cup official, reviews videotape in the replay booth for the photo finish in the first race. Tow is a 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.Richard Clayton Kensington (a large Piston Cup security van voiced by ) 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!" Todd, a , 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 (a parody of the and also a reference to the character, , voiced by ), is named "". His only line is "Oh yeah! Whoo!"
Kori Turbowitz (voiced by DJ Sarah Clark of KLLC's weekday morning ) is a 1997 . A news reporter who makes three appearances in , Turbowitz is shown interviewing McQueen on-camera immediately before his original pit crew resigns en masse, is the first to report missing, and later obtains a tip from Doc Hudson revealing McQueen's location in Radiator Springs.
Chuki is a small, light pink with a nationality, living in Tokyo. Chuki has a very small appearance in Cars-she is shown as one of the news reporters who appear in the multi-clip footage of various TV news channels reporting sudden disappearance while being transported to the Los Angeles International Speedway for his tie-breaker final of the Piston Cup. In 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 specifications and is voiced by Sonoko Konishi, a senior Pixar animator who was also part of the animation team that won (another film) an . 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 Limo, like his voice actor , is the talk show host of The Jay Limo Show. He resembles the latest generation of the , 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; or a crew chief who'll work with him!"
Chuck Manifold (voiced by ), a blue and somewhat-boxy 1980s-style car, is an 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 ), 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.
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 cars
Other press cars (not identified in the film's credits) are Houser Boon (a yellow camera car voiced by exclaiming "Show us the bolt!"),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 ).
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 broadcasts, Artie Kempner (director) and Nelson Crozier (spotter).
She interviews racers after they win and not being afraid to ask questions. Inspired and voiced by .
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Mia (voiced by Lindsey Collins) and Tia (voiced by ) are identical twin 1992 ("Miata") sisters who are 's self-proclaimed biggest fans in the first film. 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. 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 to wreck in the tie-breaker race.
Mia and Tia eventually move to Radiator Springs and are visible briefly as at Flo's V8 Café during the end credits. Their characters are based on sisters Mary Lou and Christina Mendez at the in , where the café's (now semi-retired) owner Fran Houser is the basis for "Flo".
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 ", causing Mack to inadvertently leave without him. The implicit reference to 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 Hinkey (voiced by Douglas Keever) is an who proclaims himself as Lightning's "biggest" fan ("biggest" being a pun because he is such a large vehicle). 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 , 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 ) is a starstruck, very rusty old car resembling a . 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 (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 for the last three towns (, , ) in ; when he stops, his front bumper falls off again. He also shows up in and .
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).
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).
Lightning McQueen's biggest fan in Cars 3.
"Junior" #8 is a red stock car similar to the Gen 4 cars that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series used prior to 2007. As his name suggests, he is voiced by , and closely resembles the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet that Earnhardt Jr. drove from his Sprint Cup début in 1999 until his departure to the team his maternal grandfather started, , in . The car's stickers are replaced by stickers. These stickers refer to the same change made in NASCAR games as well as toys to avoid advertising beer. 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 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 going out of business. (The real-life Earnhardt Jr. with his mother and her brothers.)
A replica of the red livery, with the Hendrick #88 on a Gen 6 and Axalta sponsor decals, was used for Earnhardt's final race as a full-time Cup driver in 2017.
Mario Andretti #11
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 that Andretti drove to victory lane in the . In the Spanish edition of the movie, Andretti is voiced by Spanish champion .
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 by Robert Gee ('s maternal grandfather), driven in 1971 by German F1 and sportscar driver for his only NASCAR start at , 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 race (now 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.)
is a 2004 sports car voiced by Schumacher himself. He is a Ferrari in reference to five of his seven championships which were achieved with . 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 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, a 1977 , 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, winner and commentator . An enthusiastic Cartrip uses Waltrip's catchphrase "Boogity boogity boogity! Let's go racing, boys!" and insists that his oil pressure's running through the roof and he might need to be towed out of the booth after the race.
Cartrip appears in the as a solo announcer; he is a playable character in the Piston Cup VS. and Arcade mode. He returns in the 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 with , finishing a very close second-place finish (11 points behind ) for the 1979 championship Cup. 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 livery do not appear on the character (the livery's design is now owned by ). 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 ) 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 , known for a weight-reduction scheme (devised by and ) 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, is the main announcer for the Piston Cup races, along with Bob Cutlass; announcer in Cars and now, Cars 3; he is voiced by .
Stock car racersName 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. 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 Spikey Fillups 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. 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. 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 has an allergy on certain fuels. He was 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. 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. He attributes his success to his family. His father-in-law owns a large Pharmaceutical company, Shifty Drug, that began sponsoring Kevin until he retired before the events of Cars 3. His sponsor doesn't return to 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. His corrective windshield has a special coating that helps him cut down on glare while driving at night. 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". He likes to take racing easy and gathering his thoughts. 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 weared the sponsor for two decades. His fan base is older than him. Claude retires before Cars 3 and he was replaced by Brian Spark. 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 Rebecca Drivestone 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". He works hard in the racetrack even if he has 0 finishes and 545 starts. 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 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. 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, Bobby was given a new team number. 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. 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. 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. His retires before Cars 3 and was replaced by Bruce Miller. His last name "Rutherford" is a homage to . 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 Vert Wheeler. 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 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. Her brother Frank is a champion street racer 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 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 Rev-N-Go Racer. Rev-N-Go racer Rev-N-Go 73 Rev-N-Go Racer was a Piston Cup racer. He/She preceded the previous Rev-N-Go racer, Misti Motorkrass. He/She later gets replaced by Peter Oilberg 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. 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 Thomas Joltline 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 of the Piston Cup. 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. 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 Matthew Overtaker. 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. 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. 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 Zach Fuelrun. 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. 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. He returns to Cars 3 and got replaced by Eric Braker 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. 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 Mark Roadtaker. 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. He returned to Cars 3 and got replaced by Carl Lubricant.
Next-Generation racersName 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. Spikey Fillups SynerG 5 Spikey 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 off , who then drove an Xfinity Series #6 car for . However, shortly after the film's release, the real-life Wallace was released from his team, and has since joined as a Cup driver, scoring a podium at the . 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 off , who races in the #19 car in . After the 2016 season, Suárez was moved up to the Cup level in the #19 for . Jackson Storm IGNTR 20 Jackson Storm is fast, sleek, and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Storm's quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-putting--but his unmatched speed threatens to redefine the sport. Trained on high-tech simulators that are programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is literally built to be unbeatable-and he knows it. 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 off , who races in the #21 car in 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 off , who races in the #24 car in 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 . 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. 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 off the 37th President of the United States, . He is also a playable character in . 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. Unknown 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. Unknown Carbon Cyber 67 This car is a Piston Cup racer. It preceded the previous Carbon Cyber racer, Bobby Roadtesta. It made its 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. Eric Braker Lil' Torquey Pistons 117 Eric 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. Unknown No Stall 123 This car is a Piston Cup racer. It preceded the previous No Stall racer, Todd Marcus.
Van and Minny
Van (voiced by ) and Minny (voiced by ) are husband and wife. In the first film, they are lost and pass through Radiator Springs while trying to find their way back to . Van refuses to ask directions, claiming not to need them due to having a . Minny mentions that Van did the same when they were heading up to the "Crazy Days" (a parody of Derby Days) in . , 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 , 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 . Their names combine as a pun on "". Van is a 2003 and Minny appears to be a 1996 . 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 Hazards
The Delinquent Road Hazards are a group of four modified that intentionally cause trouble on the highway: Boost (Purple Neon/Carbon fibre covered 1994 ), DJ (Blue 2004 ), Wingo (Green and purple 2000 ) and Snot Rod (Orange 1970 ). 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 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: (Boost), (Wingo) and (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, and Pixar actor .
TJ Hummer (voiced by ) is a vain 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 . 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"
Sven "The Governator" (voiced by ) is a . His only line is "Lightning McQueen must be found at all costs!" The name and vehicle is a parody of 's then-current position as , the first three films he starred on, and the fact that he was one of the first owners.
Jerry Recycled Batteries
Jerry (voiced by ) is a 1979 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 vehicles
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 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.
These are characters who have first or only appeared in the film (2011).
Secret agents and spies
Finn McMissile (voiced by , in all video games) is a British secret agent who recruits , whom he mistakes for a cleverly disguised American agent, to help in his mission. Caine depicted his character Finn based on his previous role from and its sequels. He is also similar to , whom Michael Caine did not portray. He is a 1956 BMW 507.
Originally, Finn was supposed to appear in the first Cars movie. In a sequence that never went beyond the storyboarding stage, and visited a drive-in theater where a James Bond-type film about a superspy car named Finn McMissile was playing. This scene was deleted. The design of Finn is inspired by several cars: the roofline and doors of the (possibly inspired by 's while filming The Saint TV espionage series in the early 1960s), the grill and fenders of the , and some major elements of the iconic James Bond (including its sound, as clearly heard in the intro of ); he also resembles a 1970s . 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. His small tailfins were inspired by a 1958 British sports car called the —one of the few British cars with fins. 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. Finn made a cameo in 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 , 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 . 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 Shiftwell (voiced by ) is a British spy-in-training who is Mater's love interest/girlfriend in the film. She is a 2011 Jaguar CX75
Holley's name is a reference to , Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance carburetors and fuel systems located in . Her design was made from a . Her name is possibly also a reference to . 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.
Holley Shiftwell appears in . She is a playable character in the . She’s is also Mater’s best friend.
Siddeley (voiced by ) is a 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 (vertical-takeoff and landing) capabilities. His tail has 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.' His name is a reference to the British aerospace company .
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 .
Leland Turbo (voiced by ) 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 . His name is most likely based on , a now defunct British vehicle manufacturer.
Rod "Torque" Redline
Rod "Torque" Redline (voiced by ) 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 Redline.
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 come into 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 reacts with a magnetic 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 spill the beans. But the lemons realized that he passed the info to Mater before killing him.
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 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 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 from
Crabby the Boat
Crabby the Boat (voiced by ) is a that is based on the , a boat captained by Hansen and featured in the American reality TV series . Crabby is painted and designed like the Northwestern. He is seen in the beginning of the film with 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 , 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 minions
Sir Miles Axlerod
Sir Miles Axlerod (voiced by ) is a former oil baron who has sold off his fortune after he supposedly converted himself into an electric vehicle. He was the first car to circumnavigate the globe without any GPS which is similar to explorer, 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 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 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 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.
Professor Zündapp (voiced by ), often referred to as "Professor Z" (by his henchmen), is an internationally wanted weapons designer who is modelled after a with a broken that evokes the look of a . Though at first Professor Zündapp appears to be the main villain, he is eventually exposed as a subordinate to Miles Axlerod. According to Lego.com, it is revealed that his full name is Wolfgang Otto Zundapp. Zündapp also appears in .
Grem and Acer
Grem (voiced by ) is a dented, rusty orange . Acer (voiced by ) is a beat-up green . Both of these "" 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 Trihull (voiced by ) is a combat ship (modelled after ) 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 ). 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.
Victor Hugo (voiced by ) is the head 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.
Alexander Hugo (voiced by ) 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 ) 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 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.
Tubbs Pacer (voiced by ) is the head 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 Pacer is a blue AMC Pacer member of the organization. He can be recognized as one of the cars equipped with flamethrowers who attack Finn McMissile on the oil rigs' helipad.
Fred Pacer is a light yellow AMC Pacer. He is the only Pacer car who does not speak in the film.
Vladimir Trunkov (voiced by ) is the head 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.
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 Trunkov is a light green Trunkov who is not actually seen in the movie.
J. Curby Gremlin
J. Curby Gremlin (voiced by John Mainieri) is the head 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.
Tyler Gremlin is a red/dark red AMC Gremlin.
World Grand Prix Racers
Francesco Bernoulli serves as Lightning McQueen's primary rival in the second film. Also a . He is voiced by in and and by in .
Jeff Gorvette, a 2011 , 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; he is voiced by .
Daisu Tsashimi, played by , is the name of the forklift sushi chef who serves Mater , when Mater mistook it for delicious . Tsashimi is a play on , and his given name could be a play on the Japanese auto marque , as well as his full name being a play on "diced sashimi".
Mama Topolino (voiced by ) is Luigi's aunt. She resembles a 1950s (or maybe ) .
Uncle Topolino1948 Fiat 500 "Topolino"
Uncle Topolino (voiced by ) is Luigi's uncle. He is a from 1948 or earlier ("Topolino", which translates as "Little mouse", is 's ). The cover on his top resembles a hair style, similar to Luigi's.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen (voiced by ) is a classic car watching the race from . She knights Mater for his bravery in foiling Axlerod's plot. Her roof racks are made to look like a crown.
Prince Wheeliam2009 Bentley Continental GT
Prince Wheeliam, the grandson of the Queen of the United Kingdom, is based on . He is a and a fan of Britain's Lewis Hamilton and Nigel Gearsley.
Signora Bernoulli is Francesco's mother. She is seen at the Porto Corsa race cheering her son on. She is a 1960s era Formula One race car and, as evidenced by her number, his biggest fan other than himself.
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 . As evidenced by his glasses and smile, he is loosely based on .
The 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 announcers
Brent Mustangburger, a 1965 in , is based on / sportscaster , who provides the character's voice. He re-appears in the spin-off film .
David Hobbscap, a 1963 , is a former champion from turned television sportscaster. His character is based on the real life former British racing driver and current commentator , who provides the character's voice. voices the character in the French and Quebec versions of Cars 2. He joins Mustangburger and Darrell Cartrip.
These are characters who have first or only appeared in the film (2017).
Smokey, an older orange Hudson , 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 . The character is based off on Daytona Beach garage owner , whose innovations were well known in motorsport, as he entered the No. 13 Chevelle for that won the and also fielded a car in the for Bobby Johns, but failed to qualify.
Mike Joyride is a , voiced by current announcer . He announces the unconfirmed status of McQueen's racing career after his crash and assumes the end of his racing days.
Miss Fritter is a demolition derby-inspired monster , 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 .
Sweet Tea is a forklift and Louise Nash's former pitty, voiced by American singer and songwriter . 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.
- as Dusty Crophopper. He was inspired by the , and the .
- as Skipper Riley, a and Dusty's mentor. It was rumored that he shot down 50 planes and threatens Dusty to be no. 51.
- as Sparky, a forklift
- as Ishani, a Pan-Asian champion from India, based on the
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- as Dottie, a
- as Leadbottom, a inspired by the with a partial .
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- as Ripslinger, a custom-built carbon-fiber plane, Dusty's rival in the film.
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- as Bravo, a He played Ice man in .
- as Echo, a Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet He played Goose in .
- as Colin Cowling, a . In the UK, the blimp character is named Lofty Crofty and is voiced by F1 commentator .
- as Roper, a forklift
- as Franz aka Von Fliegenhosen, a German
- as , a
- as Harland, a jet
- as Sky Cam 1, a red helicopter filming the race over Germany
Planes: Fire & Rescue
- as Lil' Dipper, a based on the and
- as Maru, a forklift mechanic at the Piston Peak Air Attack base
- as Blade Ranger, a veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter. He used to play a police helicopter in CHoPs with Nick "Loop'n" Lopez but became a firefighter when Nick died. It is inspired by the , and
- as Windlifter, a heavy-lift helicopter
- as Cabbie, a retired from military service
- as Dynamite, the leader of The , a team of ground vehicles which parachute into fire sites
- as Pinecone, a smokejumper equipped with a rake tool to clear brush and debris
- as Avalanche, a bulldozer and a smokejumper
- Danny Pardo as Blackout, a smokejumper equipped with a
- as Drip, a smokejumper equipped with a skid-steer claw to clear fallen trees and brush
- as Secretary of the Interior, a green four-wheel-drive with a
- as Harvey, an RV and Winnie's husband.
- as Winnie, an RV and Harvey's wife.
- as Nick "Loop'n" Lopez, a helicopter police officer who was the co-star of CHoPs who was killed before Blade became a firefighter
- as Cad Spinner, a luxury
- as Ol' Jammer, a tour bus
- as Mayday, an old fire and rescue truck from Propwash Junction
- as Ryker, a transportation management safety truck with a roof-mounted watercannon for firefighting
- as Pulaski, a structural firefighting fire truck with a roof-mounted watercannon for firefighting. Pulaski's namesake,, was known for his heroism in saving most of his crew during the by sheltering in an abandoned mine.
- as Bubba, a
- as Patch
- as Concierge
- as Steve
- as Brodi
"Chad" was a retired steamroller which was scrapped from the storyline around 2002. In the original story, Lightning McQueen is invited to race in the first ever Radiator Springs Grand Prix. He refused, choosing instead standard community service. When he wakes up the next morning, his V8 alcohol motor was taken out of his body and stolen by Mater and put inside of Chad. Lightning's voice was inside of Chad's steamroller body and he fixed the road. Mater, meanwhile borrows McQueen's body and goes to the next Piston Cup race. However, Lightning wakes up again, finding himself in his regular body, revealing that the everything was just a dream. He sees the steamroller body on the side, though. Still freaked out, he decided to change his mind and do the race instead.
Mr. Windshield was a character which was scrapped from the storyline around 2003. Based on concept art, he was going to be a yellow , although a 2000 concept sketch by Dave Deal shows him as a 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)
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 , 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 , resembling an .
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