The race for the Piston Cup is back this August and these are the cars to look out for in Cars 3.
The latest talk of the town, Storm, is a 2017 custom built “Next-Gen” piston cup racer with a maximum performance V8 engine that can harness an incredible 850 horsepower. It has a top speed of 214 mph (344 kmph) and can power up from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, beating McQueen by almost half a second.
What’s more, Storm’s carbon fibre and metal composite lightweight body gives it an aerodynamic edge by reducing drag – making it even harder to beat. With the specs that he holds, it is no wonder this newbie poses a great threat to McQueen’s reign as top racer.
Storm is fast, sleek and cocky. He has the ability to calculate the drag coefficient on the spot, which is, frankly, hard to beat.
Next in the line of new characters to be introduced is Cruz Ramirez, a tech-savvy, down-to-earth and unconventional trainer at the Rust-eze Racing Centre. Ramirez is a much more recent model, a 2017 CRS Sports Coupe with a high-performance DOHC V-6 engine to rev it up to life.
Its lightweight alloy body takes pounds off the tarmac, and combined with its aerodynamic venturi channelled chassis, young and energetic Ramirez is able to breeze through the race tracks, going from zero to 60 mph (96.5 kmph) in 3.8 seconds, beating McQueen by a mere 0.2 seconds.
Painted in a bold bright yellow befitting its character, Ramirez is a bright and optimistic trainer, expertly arming her rookies with cutting-edge technology to tear up the track.
In an unexpected turn of events, Ramirez finds herself facing McQueen as her latest recruit looking to beat the competition, and the former takes on the challenge of restoring McQueen’s glory days in what she calls her ‘Senior Project’.
Being extremely positive about the outcome, Ramirez doesn’t hold anything back during her efforts to motivate McQueen. She is not afraid to tell him that he’s old and beat. However, this trainee-ship proves to be a two-way street with Ramirez learning a thing or two about old-school racing tricks from McQueen.
What is the Piston Cup without the all-time crowd favourite, Lightning McQueen.
A 2006 custom-built piston cup racer with a high-strength tubular frame for a chassis. Thanks to its full race V8 eight-cylinder engine that boasts 750 horsepower, McQueen can gear up to go from zero to 60 mph (96.5 kmph) in a whopping four seconds, clocking in a top speed of 198 mph (318 kmph). It is no wonder McQueen has bagged five Piston Cup wins under his hood.
With a fiery paint-job adorning his 24-gauge cold-rolled steel metal body, McQueen exudes the confidence of a champion aided, of course, by his past victories and his sheer determination to be the best.
However, while accustomed to emerging as top racer in his league, McQueen has to up his game this time round as younger, faster and equally determined racers threaten his dominance in the sport.
Will McQueen be able to push through to emerge as champion yet again? Will Ramirez lead McQueen back to his good old glory days? Is Jackson Storm and his unbeatable record here to stay?
To find out, catch Cars 3 playing in Malaysian cinemas beginning Aug 24. For more info, head to cars.disney.my/cars-3.