Cars the video game cover

Cars: The Video Game is a video game released on June 6th 2006 for the PC, Xbox, GCN, GBA, PS2, DS, and PSP (and on the Wii and Xbox 360 in 2007), based on Pixar's series and movie of the same name. The game takes place after the movie Cars, despite having been released prior.


After Lightning wakes up from a daydream, he decides he is ready for his next Piston Cup season. Mack tells him that before he is ready for the big leagues again, he needs to get some practice in. His friends help him by teaching him many techniques such as how to powerslide, overcome obstacles, and keep up with speeders. While meeting with both newcomers and familiar faces, Lightning competes in several races and mini-games. Soon before his fourth big race, Chick Hicks meets up with a team of hooligans and tells them to steal all of Lightning's gear so that he is unable to race. After confronting Chick, Lightning challenges him to a three-race competition titled the Radiator Springs Grand Prix, which is hosted by Darrell Cartrip on the Racing Sports Network. After beating Chick 4-0, they challenge each other at the fifth and final Piston Cup race, which Lightning wins.



There are five chapters of the story, each one containing 4-8 events. There are three types of events - road races, minigames and Piston Cup races. In road races, players proceed through 3-lap races, each race open to 5 different contestants. To complete minigames, players must complete an objective, usually being collecting a given number of an object. There are five Piston Cup races, one at the end of each chapter. There are 12 laps, and up to 20 contestants. Halfway into the race, players must take a pit stop and a play a minigame in order to move on in the race. Once the game is completed, there is not much to do, other than to make sure you have obtained all 250 (or 177) trophies, and collect bonus points.


Arcade mode allows players to use any playable character they have unlocked so far on any event unlocked through story mode. Unlike story mode, each race's opponents are random. In the Xbox 360 and Wii versions of the game, there are three additional events only playable in arcade mode: Ghosting Mater, Mater's Speedy Circuit, and Mater's Countdown Cleanup.


Two players can play together with any characters they have unlocked so far (except Monster Truck Lightning and Count Spatula), but the number of playable events are limited. There is also the Pit Stop Challenge from story mode, which is only playable in VS mode.


Road RacesEdit


Piston Cup RacesEdit

Xbox 360 and Wii Bonus GamesEdit



Not PlayableEdit

Characters with * are playable in one certain event, but nowhere outside of it.

Cameo/Mentioned Edit

Version Differences Edit

(Versions released on 6/6/2006:)

  • PC, Xbox, PS2: "Default" versions (PC is moddable, but requires a large setup, as most races will usually not work right away)
  • GCN: Visuals are slightly increased
  • GBA: (Read article)
  • DS: (Read article)
  • PSP: (Read article)

(Versions released in 2007:)

  • Wii: All character models (except Sheriff, Sonny, Tommy Joe, Lewis, Judd, Cletus, Buford, and Zeke) enhanced, bonus games added, Fletcher has an unusual black line on his rear, countless cosmetic errors in Piston Cup Races resolved, Piston Cup Racers have unique rim colors
  • Xbox 360: Graphics hugely increased, Boost, Wingo, DJ, and Snot Rod now glow, remainder's models improved


  • Although Lightning was shown to have changed to the paintjob he wears in the next two games at the end of the movie, he still wears his other paintjob in this game.
  • Cars: The Video Game is officially the beginning of the Cars franchise, as it released 3 days before the Cars movie entered theaters.
  • This is the only game to have an Xbox or GCN version, and the only game to not have a PS3 version.
  • This and Cars 2: The Video Game are the only games where two players can pick the same character.
  • This is the only game to have a Compact Story Mode meant for younger players, which only has three chapters and 177 trophies.

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