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~ Lightning McQueen's catchphrase.
Speed. I am speed!
~ Lightning McQueen's famous quote.

Lightning McQueen is the overall main protagonist of the Disney/Pixar Cars franchise.

He is a famous race car who lives in a small desert town called Radiator Springs.

In the movies, he was the protagonist of the original Cars film, the deuteragonist of Cars 2 and the protagonist of Cars 3.

He is voiced by the famous Owen Wilson.


At first, McQueen is young, brash, selfish, and arrogant, overconfident that he can win the Piston Cup on his own, without help from any pit crew. Lightning soon comes to realize his hotshot ways will not help him when he ends up stranded in Radiator Springs, a town located on the fabled Route 66, thanks to a prank played on his big rig Mack by the Delinquent Road Hazards while traveling to the Piston Cup Championship tiebreaker in Los Angeles. With help from Mater, Doc Hudson and Sally Carrera, Lightning gets back on track and makes it to the race in time to face defending Piston Cup champion Strip "The King" Weathers and his arch-nemesis, the villainous Chick Hicks.


Speed. I am speed!
One Winner, forty-two losers. I eat losers for breakfast!
I'm faster than fast. Quicker than quick! I am Lightning!
No, no, no! No tires! Just gas!
Checkered flag, here I come.
Adios, Chuck!
…A rookie has won the Piston Cup.
‘First one to California gets Dinoco all to himself.’ Oh, we'll see who gets there first Chick.
Oh! I hate rusty old cars! This is not good for my image.
Oh, no! Oh! maybe he could help me! (Sheriff then backfires and McQueen thought he was shooting at him) He's shooting at me! Why is he shooting at me?!
Officer, talk to me, babe. How long is this gonna take? I gotta get to California, pronto.
Hey thanks for coming, but we're all set. He's letting me go.
Oh, I am so not taking you to dinner!
Goodbye, Radiator Springs and goodbye, Bessie! California here I come! Yeah!
No. No. No. No. No. Out of gas? How could I be out of gas?
Hey! big fella! Yeah, you in the red. I could use a hose down help me wash this off!
I'm a precision instrument of speed and aerodynamics.
I'm a very famous race car!
Mater, let me get this straight. I can go when this road is done. That's the deal, right?
Look, Doc said when I'm done I could go. That was the deal!
Hey, look, grandpa, I'm not a bulldozer. I'm a race car.
Speed. I'm speed. Float like a Cardiac sting like a beemer.
Thank you, Mater! Thank you!
Radiator Springs! A happy place!
Great! I'm talking to Bessie now! I'm talking to Bessie!
So you're a judge, doctor and a racing expert.
Mater I can't. I don't even have a horn.
I'm not a baby.
He has a Piston Cup?
Did you know Doc was a famous race car?
Come on. I'm a race car, you're… a much older race car, but under the hood, you and I are the same!
How could a car like you quit when you are the top of your game?
I'm not sure these "tires" can get me all the way to California.
Hey! Is it getting dark out?
Victory. One Winner, two losers.
I think the King should finish his last race.
This old race car once told me something. Its just an empty cup.
Not today old man. I know all your tricks.


  • The emblem "95" is a reference to the year 1995, when the first Toy Story (and Pixar) movie was released. Originally, though, his number was going to to be "57" (John Lasseter's birth year).
  • Lightning McQueen was named after late supervising Pixar animator Glenn McQueen who died of melanoma in 2002.
  • McQueen happened to be one of the most popular charecter s of Pixar.
  • It could be that when McQueen is the protagonist, the rating of the film will be good as Cars and Cars 3,the films McQueen appeared as the protagonist didn’t get a bad rating, unlike Cars 2.
  • The biggest reason why Chick and McQueen are arch-nemesis as Both hate each other very much at the same level.

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