Exclusive: 'Cars 2' Racers Get Real Specs


Pixar’s “Cars 2” hits theaters on June 24 and is filled with new characters that should look familiar to race fans; the film’s World Grand Prix storyline features faces that take inspiration from real racing series. Pixar gave us an exclusive rundown on how these animated autos stack up in the “Cars” world using numbers we’re familiar with in the real world such as horsepower, zero-to-60-mph times and top speed.

First up is the movie’s hero, Lightning McQueen, who packs a 750-horsepower V-8 and can reach 60 mph in 3.2 seconds on his way to a 200-mph top speed. The Max Schnell character we debuted on Cars.com has a 4.0-liter V-8 making 470 hp and tops out at 160 mph, which are specs close enough to pass tech inspection in the DTM German Touring Car Championship of which the Schnell character takes inspiration from.

Click through to see the complete list of characters and a full set of acceleration numbers and top speeds, and be sure to check out the new trailer for "Cars 2" here.

Lightning McQueen
  • Hometown: Radiator Springs, Carburetor County
  • Top speed: 200 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 3.2 seconds
  • Engine type: V-8
  • Horsepower: 750

Francesco Bernoulli

  • Hometown: Porto Corsa, Italy
  • Top speed: 220 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 2.5 seconds
  • Engine type: 2.4-liter V-8, 18,500 rpm redline
  • Horsepower: 750

Carla Veloso

  • Hometown: Rio de Janiero, Brazil
  • Top speed: 206 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 2.8 seconds
  • Engine type: twin turbo 5.5-liter diesel V-12
  • Horsepower: 725

Raoul Çaroule

  • Hometown: Alsace, France
  • Top speed: 124.3 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 3.5 seconds
  • Engine type: 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 300, all-wheel drive

Nigel Gearsley

  • Hometown: Warwickshire, England
  • Make/Model: 2009 Aston Martin DB9R
  • Top speed: 180 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 3.4 seconds
  • Engine type: 6.0-liter V-12
  • Horsepower: 600

Jeff Gorvette

  • Hometown: Vallejo, California
  • Make/Model: 2009 Corvette C6.R
  • Top speed: 200 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 3.6 seconds
  • Engine type: 7.0-liter LS7.R V-8
  • Horsepower: 590

Max Schnell

  • Hometown: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Top speed: 160 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 3.8 seconds
  • Engine type: 4.0-liter V-8
  • Horsepower: 470

Lewis Hamilton

  • Hometown: Hertsfordshire, England
  • Top speed: 190 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 3.4 seconds
  • Engine type: DOHC V-8
  • Horsepower: 575

Miguel Camino

  • Hometown: Pamplona, Spain
  • Top speed: 200 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 3.6 seconds
  • Engine type: DOHC V-8
  • Horsepower: 570

Shu Todoroki

  • Hometown: Mount Asama, Japan
  • Top speed: 203 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 3.0 seconds
  • Engine type: 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V-12
  • Horsepower: 700

Rip Clutchgoneski

  • Hometown: Wheeli, New Rearendia
  • Top speed: 199 mph
  • Zero-60 mph: 3.1 seconds
  • Engine type: 3.5-liter DOHC V-8
  • Horsepower: 650

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Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.  Email Joe

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