Concentrate! Speed! I am speed. 1 winner, 42 losers ”. With these words, the rookie of the season, determined to win, leaves boxing for the starting line. A spurt - and he again crosses the finish line first.
The animated comedy Cars is the story of a pompous and ambitious NASCAR racer. He is a member of the one-actor theater. He doesn't need anyone. The main thing is to race at full speed to the finish line. He doesn't even need rear-view mirrors - he is so confident in himself.
This is how the main character of the cartoon, Lightning McQueen, was created. Released in 2006, the picture is still liked not only by children. Even many motorists love this cartoon. After all, all of his characters are exclusively cars.
Most of the "actors" are copied from real cars. Perhaps the viewer immediately noticed the familiar features of their favorite models. These are the cars that were taken as a model for creating the main characters of the animation.
Looking at the main character of the cartoon, it is impossible to say unequivocally which car inspired the animators to give Lightning such an appearance. Rather, the racer is a collective image. There is no perfect car in the world. Each model has its own unique characteristics.
Outwardly, makvin resembles a hybrid from Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Viper. It is not surprising that the authors of the picture decided to take these machines. Indeed, in addition to power, they also show a wayward "character". RWD sports cars in the hands of an inexperienced driver are like a wild horse. Both models accelerate to 274 and 306 kilometers per hour. And the "heart beats" at 345 and 517 horsepower.
Such power is difficult to tame. This is why Lightning needed training. And, of course, friends. Indeed, in racing, the main thing is not speed, but character and ability to control oneself.
In Radiator Springs, the racer, by pure chance, was forced to meet the fidgety Mater. A rusty but hardy tow truck constantly got into curious alterations. This slightly absent-minded character turned out to be a reliable friend who can get out of any trouble. After all, he is a tow truck.
Unlike the previous hero, the Master was sketched from a specific model. This is an American Harvester truck with a winch on the body.
By the way, it was not for nothing that the Master frightened the tractor of bizarre shapes. International Harvester produced just such a "three-wheeled" model. They were used in the fields for processing corn and cotton.
However, connoisseurs of the American auto industry could find some similarities of the "fidget" with the Chevrolet 3800 truck. They are especially similar in the shape of the cab.
Restrained, measured, wise with life experience. He's in no hurry. Doc Hudson seems to strike a balance between the nimble and leisurely cars of a forgotten town.
It turned out this, at first glance, clumsy and old car has an amazing history. And it has to do with racing. And not only in the cartoon.
Hudson Hornet models were produced from 1951 to 1954. American full-size models repeatedly participated in NASCAR races in the first half of the 50s. 1952 - 24 wins from 37 races. 1953 - 22 out of 37 - 1954 out of 17. Among the production cars of that era, such results are really impressive. Especially when you consider that in the engine compartment of the cars was not a V-37, but an inline-six with 8 horsepower.
It is not surprising that the writers chose this particular car as a mentor for Lightning.
Elegant and sporty Porsche The 911 from 2002 was the perfect sitter for the next cartoon character.
Sally got tired of the hectic life of the metropolis and moved to the calm Radiator Springs. Everything seems to have stopped in him - even time. And only the mischievous Mater disturbed this calmness with his fun with tractors.
The authors of the picture accurately conveyed not only the external features of the car. The “character” of the German sports car is perfectly conveyed by the character. The model ideally combines comfort for a romantic trip and sports habits. It allows you to diversify the boring rhythm of a small town with a high-speed race along a road strewn with leaves.
Italian runabout FiatThe -500 most likely inspired the cartoonists to create a tire shop owner. A small yellow car that sleeps and sees only a Ferrari.
Since the model was created in the post-war period, it is devoid of all sports data. Unsurprisingly, Luigi can only supply tires to the young motorsport star. But winning NASCAR also depends on them.
As you can see, the scriptwriters and animators did not only try to convey the external features of the cars, on the basis of which the heroes were created. The behavior and inner world of the "actors" reflect the "character" of their real-world prototypes.