Lightning McQueen is a famous race car who has won over four Piston Cups since his debut in the 2005 season.
Lightning McQueen is an internationally known race with four Piston Cup wins under his fan belt. He moved to Radiator Springs during his rookie year. The town is home to Team Lightning McQueen's racing headquarters, his closest friends, and his sweetheart, Sally. Built for power and speed, Lightning loves the thrill of a great race. But he's just as happy to slow down for a quiet cruise with good friends.
Though nice and pleasant, Lightning can be a bit selfish and self-centered sometimes. He is also brave, courageous, and daring.
Lightning's model is a hand-built racing car, built for racing purposes specifically. He is a mix of a stock car and a more curvaceous Le Mans endurance racer. He has coil-over shocks with tubular A arm front suspension, a solid axle rear end and vented disc brakes at all four wheels. He also has air flaps on his roof to prevent flipping. His engine is a V-8, having a horsepower of 750. His 0-60 speed is 3.2 seconds, and his top speed is 200 mph.
Lightning is painted red, with an orange and yellow lightning bolt design on his doors, along with the number "95" and a variety of sponsor stickers. He has modifications like a red spoiler, and does not have headlights, only stickers. He has the Rust-eze logo on his hood, as well as on his spoiler.
- Lightning's last name "McQueen" is a reference to Glenn McQueen, a supervising animator at Pixar who passed away in 2002.