12 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cars Trilogy

Luigi’s license plate number is the same as the latitude and longitude for the Ferrari factory located in Modena, Italy, at 445-108.

While working on animating the film, 43,000 sketches of cars

While working on animating the film, 43,000 sketches of cars were drawn by animators.

John Ranft

Cars co-writer/director, John Ranft, died while the movie was still being produced.


The character Mater is based on Douglas “Mater” Keever, who is a NASCAR super fan. He even has a voice cameo in the film.

Paul Newman’s

Cars was the last film of Paul Newman’s acting career, and his highest grossing film.

Lightning McQueen’s character

The directing animator of the film, James Ford Murphey, found inspiration for Lightning McQueen’s character from people such as Muhammad Ali, Charles Barkley, Joe Namath, and Kid Rock.

Woody and Buzz

Dinoco is not only The King’s sponsor in the Cars 3 film, but it is also the gas station that Woody and Buzz are stranded at in Toy Story.<

A Bugs Life

Cars is the second Disney Pixar film to have a completely non-human cast; A Bug’s Life is the first film.Cars is not only the last Pixar film to be available on the VHS, but it was also the first Pixar film to be released on Blu-ray.

For the Birds

All of the birds from the Disney Pixar film For the Birds, can be seen sitting on a telephone wire, while the song “Life is a Highway” is being played.


This is the last Pixar film that has been promoted by McDonald’s.

John Lasseter

While conducting research for this film, John Lasseter took racing lessons in California at the Infineon Raceway.