|Make: Dodge Viper SRT10|
|Occupation: Piston Cup Race Car|
|Allies: Mater, Sally Carrera, Doc Hudson, Fillmore, Sarge, Luigi, Guido, Sheriff, Ramone, Flo, Lizzie, Red, Mack, The King, Tex Dinoco|
|Enemies: Chick Hicks, Frank, Boost, DJ, Wingo, Snot Rod|
|Voiced by: Owen Wilson|
Lightning McQueen is the main protagonist of the Cars series. He is a race car, who races for the Piston Cup. He is the #95 racer, sponsored by Rust-eze Medicated Bumper Ointment.
Lightning McQueen, #95, is a hotshot rookie race car who loves going faster than fast. When he's not racing, he spends his time in Radiator Springs with his best pal, Mater.
Though nice and pleasant, Lightning can be a bit selfish and self-centered sometimes. He is also brave, courageous, and daring.
Lightning is modeled after a 2006 Ford Scorpio NASCAR stock car.
Lightning is painted red, with an orange and yellow lightning bolt design on his doors, along with the number "95" and a variety of sponsor stickers. He has the Rust-eze logo on his hood, as well as on his spoiler.
- Lightning's last name, "McQueen", is a reference to Glenn McQueen, a supervising animator at Pixar who passed away in 2002.