• Apr 8, 2011
Two new characters from Pixar's CARS 2 – Click above to view all of the new characters

Pixar has released more goodies this week about its upcoming sequel, CARS 2, due to hit theaters in the U.S. on June 24. What we have for you today are the cars representing Germany and Spain in the movie's championship race, the World Grand Prix.

First up is Max Schnell, who not only represents Deutschland, but also appears to be carrying the torch for all DTM racers in CARS 2. His last name, Schnell, is also a nice touch, being the German word for 'fast'. He hails from Stuttgart, which is the home of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, but we think his design is actually inspired by the Audi A4, hence him wearing the #4. He's also won more races at the Motorheimring (Pixar-speak for Nürburgring, and also German for Motorhome-ring) than any other car in the World Torque Champion League (Pixar-speak again for World Touring Car Championship).

Miguel Camino in Pixar's CARS 2Next up, representing the country of Spain, is Miguel Camino, who hails from Pamplona. Miguel gained fame in his homeland by participating in the famous Running of the Bulldozers and competing as a toreador in the dozer ring. He now races as car #5 in the Grand Touring Sport circuit. If we had to venture a guess at who Miguel is modeled after, we'd say Spanish F1 champ Fernando Alonso. Why? The shape of his headlights suggest a Ferrari influence, and Spain's real greatest racer drives for Ferrari in Formula One.

Finally, Pixar has also released some cool retro posters promoting the World Grand Prix in each of the four locations it's raced. Check them out in the second gallery below, and follow the jump to watch turntable videos of Max Schnell and Miguel Camino.





Max Schnell


Max Schnell started as a humble production sedan from Stuttgart, Germany. An avid amateur racer, Max would practice alone in the back roads of the dense Black Forest-a trek that eventually caught the eye of a racing team owner. Soon Max was on a professional circuit, bearing the #4, and as his horsepower increased, he converted himself to carbon fiber, dropping his weight and getting into prime racing shape. He's won more races at Motorheimring than any other World Torque Champion League car in history. A naturally brilliant engineer, he used logic and analytics to refine his build, and plans to approach the World Grand Prix in the same perfectly calculated manner.


Miguel Camino


Spain's most renowned, admired and captivating car is Pamplona's Miguel Camino. He first caught his home country's attention by participating in the infamous Running of the Bulldozers. His flair, style and speed as a toreador in the dozer ring has inspired a generation of young bulldozer fighters, and soon that same speed and verve turned headlights of fans and competitors alike on the Grand Touring Sport racing circuit. Bearing the #5 and the fiery colors of the Spanish flag, Miguel Camino is hoping to race his way into more hearts at the World Grand Prix.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      With this many characters, McDonalds will be able to stretch out the Happy Meal toy promotion until Cars 3 comes out.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's no way its just a coincidence that the grille on the car from Germany basically gives it a Hitler mustache... That's kind of messed up, John Lasseter...
        • 3 Years Ago
        The grill seems decidedly Mercedes to me, but your point about it looking like a Hitler mustache is pretty spot on.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When will Mark Winterbottom make a special appearance ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only one getting sick of posts about these stupid background characters that will likely have zero lines in the movie?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's just you. I tend to skip over the articles here that don't interest me. I have a 2005 model son, I can't wait to take my little gearhead to the movies to see this. The work Disney/Pixar has done to give life to the characters is well done. I realize its all designed to get me to buy stuff for my son, but if it makes him appreciate good cars, I'm all for it. Kwitcherbitchin and head over to Jalopnik if you can't take it....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't Alonso's car currently sporting the number 5?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think Motorheimring is a better play on Hockenheimring rather than Nürburgring.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So miguel Camino is a reworked corvette? It doesn't look like anything Italian *headlights aside* nor does it sound it...Of course Spanish super cars don't exactly slip off ones tongue
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait to take my son to see this movie!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh, good catch on schnell, but Max Schnell is quite close to "Mach Schnell," which roughly translates to "hurry up" or "go faster."

      I think that's a more complete reason for the name.
      • 3 Years Ago
      imho it looks more like the Mercedes-Benz DTM car......
      • 3 Years Ago
      To me, the most disappointing part is that the spanish character is a bullfighter, OK a bulldozer fighter, pleassseee stop with that topic, to me is offensive. I´m from Spain but I hate bullfighting, and Spain is much more than bullfighting and paella. Even more, if they want a character from Pamplona why not one that runs in front of bulldozers, that´s what differentiates Pamplona from other places in spain. And Alonso for the lights, c´mon, those lights are designed to resemble the horns of a bull, and about the color scheme of the car, it is inspired from Joan Miro paintings, I´m not expert in paint, and less in Miro, but I bet he made some paintings about the Bull, as Picasso. Maybe Picasso have some influence too, but to me it resembles Miro. So neither Ferrari or Lamborghini.

      On the other hand, the german car is a Mercedes, look the door handlers are from Mercedes, and the greenhouse too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd drive that Camino to the ends of the earth, if you know what I mean.

      Also, will any of these characters get more than 5 seconds of airplay?
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