The major characters of "Cars 2" are Lightning McQueen, Mater, Francesco Bernoulli, Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell. Other main characters include Professor Z, Sir Miles Axlerod, Rod "Torque" Redline, Grem and Acer.
Nigel Gearsley, Shu Todoroki, Raoul CaRoule, Lewis Hamilton and Max Schnell are racers in the World Grand Prix. Rip Clutchgoneski, Miguel Camino and Carla Veloso also racers involved in the competition. The majority of the cars in the Pixar film series are named after figures in the racing or automotive industry, such as Jeff Gorvette who was voiced by NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon.
Lightning McQueen, the main character of prequel "Cars," is a champion racer who abandons his plans to take a break from racing and enters the World Grand Prix in Tokyo. His best friend Mater, a tow truck, is accidentally drawn into an international espionage plot when racer and American spy Rod Redline learns of a plan to sabotage the World Grand Prix and passes on information intended for British operatives.
Finn McMissile is a stealthy British spy, and Holley Shiftwell is his young rookie partner, both of whom mistake Mater for Rod. Sir Miles, an electric car, is the wealthy creator of the World Grand Prix who gave up his career as an oil baron to research eco-friendly renewable energy sources. He is the main villain and produces a new type of fuel, known as Allinol. Professor Z is a sinister weapons designer who plots with Sir Miles to ignite bombs at the race.