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41 Best Lightning McQueen Quotes (+ Fun Facts!)

October 17, 2022

Are you on the hunt for the best Lightning McQueen quotes to make you say “Ka-chow”? If so, you’ll want to read ahead for my favorite sayings from this memorable character from the Cars franchise!    

Cars is an extremely popular Pixar franchise that catapulted to success when the first movie was released back in 2006. Since then, two successful movies have been released that have secured their place in Pixar’s impressive history.

Although it’s not the most talked-about franchise in the Pixar world, the first movie alone grossed an amazing $426 million worldwide! And to make things even more impressive, it was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards!

How’s that for success?

If you’re a true-blue Cars fan then you’ll want to listen up, as I’ve compiled an incredible list of the best Lightning McQueen quotes that you’re going to love.

Covering all three Cars movies, these are the top Lightning McQueen sayings that’ll have you speeding along with your favorite superstar racecar.

Now let’s rev our engines and get moving!

Who Is Lightning McQueen?

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Lightning McQueen is one of the main characters in Pixar’s Cars franchise.

He’s a famous racecar who begins the movie as a slightly arrogant and overconfident car who believes he can win the coveted Piston Cup without any help.

We’re talking without a pit crew or coach that most cars would appreciate!

Because of his poor attitude and refusal to accept help throughout his life, he’s become lonely and doesn’t have any friends.

His main sponsor is the company “Rust-eze” which sells a soothing ointment for ancient cars (which Lightning doesn’t dig).

By the end of the first movie, he turns into an understanding and kind character after an extended stay in Radiator Springs.

Although he’s referred to as Lightning McQueen, he also has the following nicknames throughout the film.

Hang tight, as there’s a lot:

  • Lightning
  • Stickers
  • Stinky
  • Rookie
  • Mr. McQueen
  • Rook Kid
  • Mr. I Can’t Turn On Dirt
  • El McQueen
  • Dragon McQueen
  • Frightening McMean
  • Lt. McQueen
  • Lightning McQueen Hawk
  • Mr. One-Man Show
  • Champ Chester
  • Whipplefilter
  • Muddy Britches
  • The Fabulous Lightning McQueen
  • Hot Rod
  • Crazy Hot Rodder

Now that we’ve covered who Lightning McQueen is as a character, let’s dive into my list of Lightning McQueen’s sayings!

Best Lightning McQueen Quotes

1. “Ka-chow!”

2. “I wanted to give the folks a little sizzle.”

3. “I create feelings in others that they themselves don’t understand.”

4. “And there’s the insult we were missing.”

5. “Float like a Cadillac, sting like a Beemer.”

6. “I decide when I’m done.”

7. [to Minny and Van, who are leaving] “I’m telling you, you gotta help me! Don’t leave me here! I’m in hillbilly hell! My IQ’s dropping by the second! I’m becoming one of them!”

8. “Okay, here we go. Focus. Speed. I am speed.”

9. “This one’s for you, Doc.”

10. “Yeah, your job’s pretty easy today. All you gotta do is stand there and let me look at ya. Let’s just cut to the chase. You, me, dinner. Ka-chow!”

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11. “I’m coming for you, Storm.”

12. “One winner, forty-two losers. I eat losers for breakfast. Breakfast? Maybe I should have had breakfast? Brekkie could be good for me.”

13. “No, no, no, focus. Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am Lightning.”

14. Lightning McQueen: I’m a very famous race car!

Luigi: You are famous race car? A real race car?

Lightning McQueen: Yes, I’m a real race car, what do you think? Look at me.

Luigi: I have followed racing my entire life, my whole life!

Lightning McQueen: Then you know who I am. I am Lightning McQueen.

Luigi: Lightning McQueen!

Lightning McQueen: Yes! Yes!

Luigi: I must scream it to the world, my excitement from the top of someplace very high. Do you know many Ferraris?

Lightning McQueen: No, no, no, they race on the European circuit; I’m in the Piston cup.

[Luigi and Guido frown at McQueen] Lightning McQueen: What?

Luigi: Luigi follow only the Ferraris. [he and Guido drive away]

15. “Officer, talk to me, babe. How long is this gonna take? I gotta get to California, pronto.”

16. “Wuuuhuuu! Goodbye, Radiator Springs, and goodbye, Bessie! California, here I come! Yeah! Oh, fell that wind. Yes! No,no,no,no! Outta gas? How can I be outta gas?”

17. “Turn right to go left. Guess what. I tried it. You know what? This crazy thing happened… I went right!”

18. “No, Mater, I gotta finish this road, and I have to get out of here.”

19. “What do you think? Radiator Springs looks pretty good on me.”

20. “This is Lightning McQueen. I can handle anything.”

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21. “Mater, look, things are different over here. Which means maybe you should, you know, act a little different too.”

22. “I’ll see you at the finish line, buddy.”

23. “I just figured, we never found out who the world’s fastest car is. Plus: no press, no trophy. Just racing – the way I like it.”

24. “The racing is the reward, not the stuff!”

25. “I’ve been pretty positive ever since I was a rookie.”

Funny Lightning McQueen Quotes

26. “What’s wrong with fenders? I thought you liked my fenders.”

27. “I brought my friend Mater along on the trip. And I told him he needed to act different, that we weren’t in Radiator Springs.”

28. “I can’t go out on the track and do the same old thing, it won’t work.”

29. “An imaginary girlfriend, flamethrowers. This is exactly why I don’t bring you along to these things.”

30. “Those are strong words from a car that is so fragile.”

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31. Lightning McQueen: In your dreams, Thunder.

Chick Hicks: Yeah, right. Thunder? What’s he talkin’ about, Thunder?

Lightning McQueen: Well, you know, because Thunder always comes after… Lightning!

[reporters crowd around McQueen] Chick Hicks: [to his pit crew] Who here knew about the Thunder thing?

Lightning McQueen: I’m a precision instrument of speed and aerodynamics.

Mater: You hurt your what?

**for more Mater quotes, check out this post!**

Lightning McQueen: [Fillmore has introduced him to organic fuel] Wow, this organic fuel is great! Why haven’t I heard about it before?

Fillmore: It’s a conspiracy, man! The oil companies got a grip on the government. They’re feedin’ us a bunch of lies man!

32. “Ughh! I hate rusty cars. This is not good for my image.”

33. “Ahhh. This grumpy old racecar I know once told me somethin’. It’s just an empty cup.”

Emotional Lightning McQueen Quotes

34. “This is my last chance, Cruz. Last! If I lose, I never get to do this again.”

35. “How could a car like you quit at the top of your game?”

36. “I think The King should finish his last race.”

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37. “Come on. I’m a racecar, you’re… a much older racecar, but under the hood, you and I are the same.”

38. “No, guys, I just really wish Mater were here.”

39. “I know I made you feel that way before, but none of that matters because we’re best friends!”

40. “Be yourself here. And if people aren’t taking you seriously, then they need to change. Not you.”

41. “How’d you like to come and see the world with me?”

Fun Facts About Lightning McQueen

Who voices Lightning McQueen?

Lightning McQueen is voiced by popular actor Owen Wilson in all movies.

Is Lightning McQueen based on someone?

A lot of people think Lightning McQueen is based on the car-loving star of Bullitt, Steve McQueen.

But he’s actually a tribute to the Pixar animator Glenn McQueen who sadly passed away from cancer in 2002.

What caused Lightning McQueen to crash?

Lightning McQueen crashes after he’s taunted by Storm and realizes it’s not possible to catch up to him.

As a result, he experiences a major crash in Cars 3.

Is Lightning McQueen a villain?

He’s not a villain, but he starts the franchise as an unlikeable and arrogant racecar that needs to learn a lesson or two about friendship!

What was Lightning McQueen’s top speed?

Lightning McQueen’s top speed was 200 miles per hour.

He also packs an impressive 750-horsepower V-8!

Which car is Lightning McQueen in real life?

Lightning McQueen is based on the Chevrolet Corvette C6!

I hope that you enjoyed this ultimate list of Lightning McQueen quotes!

As you can see, this talented race car has plenty of memorable sayings that are worth taking note of!

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