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Race Car Drivers / November 3, 2017

Not-Quite-A-Spoiler Alert: Some general Cars 2 plot points are discussed below, but we don’t give away much. We haven’t seen the movie yet, either.

If you saw Pixar’s 2006 creation Cars and visit this site, chances are you enjoyed the automotive-themed Disney opus. Kids everywhere loved watching—and continue to watch, repeatedly, in the back seats of minivans everywhere—Lightning McQueen and the gang competing for the Piston Cup, and parents appreciated the movie’s intelligence and subtle adult-grade humor. Car nerds, even childless ones, were hooked by details such as references to automotive lore like the Cadillac Ranch, historically accurate car characters, and even the anthropomorphized equivalents of cameos by Michael Schumacher, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, and Richard Petty.

Cars 2 which moves the story and the racing to the international stage, will be in theaters this summer and features a slew of new characters. Lightning and most of his friends are back, of course, but this time he’s competing in the World Grand Prix. Here, for the first time, are two vehicles that will make their debut in Cars 2, as well as a rundown of some new characters that have already been announced. Meet the new car-acters below.

Fans of racer-turned-announcer David Hobbs—and we certainly count ourselves among them—will find the character’s resume familiar. Voiced by the venerable Hobbs, the 1963 Coombs Lightweight E-type hails from Royal Leamington Spa, England. Just like Hobbs, Hobbscap has 20 Le Mans starts under his belt and has retired from racing to become a broadcaster. Along with Brent Mustangburger and Darrell Cartrip, Hobbscap will provide color commentary for the World Grand Prix, as Lightning McQueen and the rest of the challengers vie for the win.

Carla is a Brazilian Le Motor Prototype race car (modeled after a Le Mans Prototype, of course). The successful racer moves up the ranks to become the only female in the field at the World Grand Prix. Raoul is a French-born rally car who learned gymkhana after joining the circus. As the World Grand Prix includes dirt sections, Raoul is confident his rally training will give him an advantage.
Another Le Motor Prototype competing in the World Grand Prix, Shu hails from Japan, where he cut his teeth racing at Suzuka. We're told he's coached by a Mazda who was the only Japanese car to win at Le Mans—this being the highly accurate world of Cars, we take that to mean it's the 1991 Le Mans–winning, rotary-powered 787B. Francesco is an Italian open-wheel racer who grew up near Monza; as a child, he used to sneak onto the track with his friends. The tricolore-liveried formula car is a favorite to win the World Grand Prix, which means he and Lightning will be gunning for each other.
Billed as "a Detroit muscle car, " Rod Redline actually looks like a combination of all three of Motown's famous pony cars: There's more than a little Mustang in his hood; the side profile and graphics say Challenger; and the rear resembles a Camaro. He's an American spy who gets wrapped up in the mess with Mater and the British. Bruce Campbell, known for his role as Ash in the Evil Dead series, provides the voice. Siddeley is not quite a car, but planes do at least have wheels. This twin-engine spy jet is Finn McMissile's sidekick and is likewise loaded up with high-tech espionage tools. (His name refers to several British aerospace firms.) Siddeley is voiced by Jason Isaacs, whom your kids will know as Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies.