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I gotta say, being a Piston Cup race car is pretty great. I've gotten to see the whole world! But on my last trip, I started thinking... Wouldn't it be cool if the world got to see how great Radiator Springs is? And that gave me an idea...
— Lightning McQueen, the game's opening cutscene

Cars: Fast as Lightning is a village/racing simulator created by Gameloft inspired by the Cars series, made available for iOS, Android, and Windows 8.

In this game, Lightning Mc Queen has organized a Track Building/Racing Extravaganza so cars can come from far and wide to build their own racetracks and participate. The game is split into two structures:

  • Racing: Race against other cars around a designated track.
  • Simulator: Build Radiator Springs the way you want, collecting coins and gems.


This game provides examples of:

  • Always Night: The Neon Races take place at night.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Winning a practice race will give a sticker for one of the car's paint jobs; collecting all of them will unlock a new one.
  • Ascended Extra: Todd Marcus, one of the cars that raced alongside Lightning in the first film, has a big role here in the game. He's even the first car unlocked. Five World Grand Prix racers have big roles as well.
  • Bookends: Lightning is the first car you race as, and, until the ICE update, the last car unlocked.
  • Bring It: Your car says something like this when lining up at the start before the race begins. Lightning might say this when you open his quests and during a race if he boosts or does a trick.
  • The Cameo:
    • Doc Hudson appears in the background on the purchase screens.
    • Frank and Colossus XXL appear on Mater's track.
    • Advertisement:
    • Bulldozers can be seen at Miguel's track in a pen near the center.
    • Bessie appears when the town's road is being expanded to your likings.
  • Cap: The game's maximum XP level is 50.
  • Eleventy Zillion: In the opening just before the tutorial, Mater points out Lightning beat him "one-trazillion" times. Lightning decides to make it "one-trazillion and one".
  • Evolving Credits: The opening screen changes with each update.
  • Fake Longevity: The Team Events last for only a matter of days. Each one has a different time limit.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Lightning's home base is his pit here, whereas he sleeps at the Cozy Cone Motel in the actual franchise.
    • Originally Guido slept at the Rusty Bumper. Later updates have him sleep at his Italian Ice Shop.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The goal is to beat all the races and unlock all the cars. Also unlock all paint jobs, if possible.
  • Holiday Mode: During Winter months, snow covers Radiator Springs and the tracks. The town is even decorated during Christmas.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Whether your car wins or loses, and which sticker for a paint job will be earned after winning. Sometimes it can be a same sticker as before.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The Russian Races and winter updates coat the tracks in snow.
  • Written-In Absence: Sally does not appear, on account of being in Los Angeles. Flo mentions this if she wants to go to the Cozy Cone Motel.

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