13 Jun 2017

Cars: The Real Cars Behind The Animated Movie (1 of 2)

At the time of writing this, the full trailer of Cars 3 have just been released, and depending on the time that this article is going to be published online, it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s already showing in the theaters while you’re reading this.

Who doesn’t know Lightning McQueen? Aside from Toys, Cars is probably the next most popular franchise by Disney Pixar. I haven’t watched the first two though, honestly, but I’m thinking of binge watching both today just in time to watch the third installment. Why? The graphics are awesome. Seriously. I saw the trailer and I was blown away by the graphics.

Anyway, in honor of the movie, here is a quick look at the cars used in the animation. And I’m not talking about animated cars – we’re talking about the real-life versions.

Lightning Mc Queen

You might not be a fan of Owen Wilson’s voice acting, but you have to admit the real life version of Lightning McQueen would be a joy to drive. Apparently, the animated character is patterned after a real-life Dodge Viper GTS and a NASCAR stock car.

Strip “The King” Weathers

Remember the blue car? The Dinoco one? Apparently, “The King” really is the king of racing both animated and in real life. Let me list down the ways. First, let’s talk about the person behind the car. For the US version, Strip was voiced by real-life NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, son of Lee Petty, the last man who won before the three-year takeover by the real life Fabulous Hudson Hornets, more about this later). The animated car is also patterned from Petty’s car in real-life, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird.

For the German edition of the movie, The King is voiced by Austrian three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda. For the Danish edition, he is voiced by nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen. And finally for the Finnish edition, he is voiced by Finnish two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen.

Fun fact: The King’s wife in the movie was voiced by Lynda Petty. Richard’s wife in real life.

Doc Hudson

Doc Hudson was patterned after the real-life full-sized automobile produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company. The Fabulous Hudson Hornet was a NASCAR Grand National and AAA stock car. Today, the NASCAR Grand National is known as the Monster Energy Cup Series.

Several drivers were able to get behind the wheel of the Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and in total they were able to enjoy thirteen wins in 1951, forty nine wins in 1952, and forty six wins in 1953. In the animated movie, Doc Hudson took home the Piston cup in the same years, 1951, 1952, and 1953.

I am intrigued on the cars that we are going to see in the next installment of the film but one thing’s for sure…I’ll do my research about them as well and share my findings with you!