• Mar 5, 2011
Professor Z from Pixar's CARS 2Tomber from Pixar's CARS 2
New characters from Pixar's CARS 2 – Click above to view high-res

The cast of characters for CARS 2, opening in theaters on June 24, continues to grow this week with three new additions... three very unlikely, odd and interesting additions.

The first isn't a car at all, but a plane named Siddeley, voiced by Jason Issacs. Described as a state-of-the-art supersonic British twin-engine spy jet by the folks at Pixar, Siddeley is a partner to Finn McMissile.

Next up is a Zündapp Janus named Professor Z, voiced by Thomas Kretschmann. Professor Z is an internationally wanted weapons designer who plans to sabotage the World Grand Prix.

And finally, we have Tomber, voiced by Michael Michelis, whose name means "to fall" in French. A fitting moniker if ever there were one because Tomber is a Reliant Robin, the British three-wheeler that the boys on Top Gear UK like to play with so much.

Check out the official character descriptions from Pixar and a turntable video of Professor Z after the jump, and click here to read about all of the new characters in CARS 2.




Siddeley (voice of Jason Isaacs)


Siddeley is a state-of-the-art British twin-engine spy jet. At 246 feet from nose to tail and an impressive 198-foot wingspan, the super sleek silver-bodied Siddeley streaks through international skies at record-breaking mach 1 speeds. Outfitted with all the latest in high-tech spy equipment, including cloaking technology, defensive weaponry and afterburners, Siddeley is Finn's steadfast partner-in-fighting-crime around the globe.


Professor Z (voice of Thomas Kretschmann)


Professor Z, aka "The Professor," is an internationally wanted weapons designer in a small, sophisticated German package. He is a brilliant, but mad monocle-wearing scientist who is plotting to sabotage the World Grand Prix. Though his true motive is unclear, Professor Z is willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate all obstacles and keep the "project" on schedule.


Tomber (voice of Michel Michelis)


Tomber is a dubious little French car with an unusual, and very unstable, three-wheeled design that befits the meaning of his name – to fall. By trade he deals car parts from a stall in a Parisian market-though his questionable merchandise sources have led to his reluctant acquaintance with British secret agent Finn McMissile.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Tomber should have been a yellow Reliant Regal supervan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ha! Del Boy in Cars 2, now that would be a good character!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I looked at this post and thought, "I bet I could count the number of Autoblog readers that care about this on one hand." Then I looked below:

      "Comments (13)"

      Touché, Internet.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wait, you don't have 26 fingers?
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice, i like it that they design more non-us cars. i miss a sport quattro.
      and the aston martin really looks awesome!
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know there is just something down right dystopian about the Cars universe. How depressing would it be to live it a world where if your built as a POS econobox? Thats pretty much it for you, you can aspire all you want to be a race car but you'll always be just a slow piece of crap. If your built as a VW van, you've got zero say in who you are because right out of the factory your a hippie whether you like it or not. Then you've got the cars that pretty much win the lottery and get built as super cars, there by getting to live lavish life styles, snorting premium gas of the ass of Porsche's while the guy built as a garbage truck will be picking up trash till the day he dies.
        • 3 Years Ago
        for every POS econobox ther is always the 24hr of LeMons.. they die as vikings!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lol! Pretty much like real life then!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Part of me hopes that Cars 2 has a guest appearance of the Top Gear crew. I still remember watching the first movie and at the end seeing all the guest appearances was awesome.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They couldn't make the French car... A French car ? *boggle*
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Matthew: indeed... Well, the name "Siddeley" is a call-back to Hawker Siddeley, which doesn't exist anymore... It became part of British Aerospace, then got absorbed by... Beechcraft. They're still selling "Hawker" biz jets though ! http://www.hawkerbeechcraft.com/hawker/ They're just... American now. :)

        @Populuxe: well, it's even really an Ami 6 either, the back glass isn't completely inverted, different headlights and shapes here and there, two doors... But the three wheels design is pretty British... Weird choice.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you want to make fun of a badly designed car, you'd better tell it's French. :P
        • 3 Years Ago
        And interestingly, Britain doesn't have any running bizjet manufacturer remaining: you mainly have Gulfstream and Cessna which are American, Bombardier which is Canadian, Embraer which is Brazilian, and Dassault which is... French.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is Jezza part of the cast?
        • 3 Years Ago
        "A fitting moniker if ever there were one because Tomber is a Reliant Robin" - Autoblog


        It's actually a pastiche of a Reliant Regal, which preceeded the Robin by more than 20 years.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Please tell me the Reliant ends up on its side in the movie.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see Cars 2
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand some peoples hatred for the Cars Franchise.

      I think its rather ingenious and Pixar has gone above and beyond to design these movies with automotive details. The people who they have designing the characters obviously have an appreciation towards many automotive sub cultures.

      They have made these movies for children along with adults. I know children who have every Cars toy known to man along with 60 year old die hard car guys who love watching these movies with their grandkids and have one of the various Cars diecast on a shelf somewhere.

      Yeah sure it wasn't their best film, but I think they really tried to adhere to car lovers everywhere.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That Reliant Robin is probably going to spend most of its time on its side.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Tomber is a dubious little French car with an unusual, and very unstable, three-wheeled design that befits the meaning of his name – to fall. "

      Looks like the creators like to watch Top Gear. Hopefully it falls over each time it turns.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I said this since I first saw the trailer... the villain being a Janus leads me to believe that, at some point in the movie, it'll be revealed that he has a split "good" personality...
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