|Make: Dodge Viper SRT10|
|Occupation: Piston Cup Race Car|
|Voiced by: Owen Wilson|
Lightning McQueen is an internationally known race car with four Piston Cup wins under his fan belt. He moved to Radiator Springs during his rookie year. The town is home to Team Lightning McQueen's racing headquarters, his closest friends, and his sweetheart, Sally. Built for power and speed, Lightning loves the thrill of a great race. But he's just as happy to slow down for a quiet cruise with good friends.
- Lightning accidentally ended up in Radiator Springs on his way to a big race in California.
- Lightning is modeled after a 2006 Ford Scorpio NASCAR stock car.