Holley Shiftwell is a character that debuted in Cars 2. She is a British secret agent based in Tokyo, Japan, who assists Finn McMissile in his missions. Holley is also later Tow Mater's love interest.
In Cars 2, Holley Shiftwell is an British desk secret agent working in Tokyo who is sent in the World Grand Prix opening ceremony to exchange importants informations with Finn McMissile. She quickly becomes a field operative as Finn sent her to meet an other spy named Rod Redline in the bathroom. However, the last is attacked by two lemons, Grem and Acer, and is forced to deliver a photography to Tow Mater. When Holley meets this one, he falls in love with her and he thinks they have a date. At the end at the movie, she tells everyone she is Mater's girlfriend and says to him that he still owes her a first date.
An alternate costume of her, Racer Holley, can be unlocked by earning the Agent - Second Class crest. In the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 versions, another alternate costume, titled Cherry Blossom Holley, can be purchased and downloaded. All three versions of her are medium weights.
Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure
In Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure, she appears in the first Cars level in the end-scene, which she answers that the player is indeed going to be a great addition in Lightning McQueen's racing team, which she explains that she was observing the whole time and that was a most impressive display. Mater then introduces the player to her, explaining that she's his girlfriend. She then says that the player would make an excellent racer, but an even better spy, and they have a mission that is perfect for the player's speed and talents, which she then says that is if Lightning doesn't mind waiting, before Mater says that he can, before asking him, which he answers, "Well, who am I to interfere with British intelligence?" Holley also appears in the second level, played by one of the kids in the park. The mission takes her and the player to Tokyo, where somebody planted a bomb somewhere on the course of the Tokyo Grand Prix. Holley has a bomb detector, and the player has a new device that can disarm the bomb, but only works at very short range. So Holley and the player have to seek the course, find the bomb and get close enough to deactivate it before it explodes. The detector shows the signal near them, which Holley says that it must be somewhere nearby, before Francesco Bernoulli races past them, telling them to keep off the course as he has a race to prepare for. They then discover that the bomb was put on Francesco, who doesn't even know about it, which the player has to catch him and deactivate it. In the end-scene, Holley tells the player that she sees the bomb, and then the player deactivates the bomb, which then comes off Francesco. While Holley and the player investigate the bomb, Francesco asks them what do they want with him. Holley explains that they had no choice because that someone sabotaged him with the bomb, but he's safe now. However, Francesco doesn't believe it, saying that it is ridiculous and that he is not easily fooled, before he drives off saying that they are just trying to get into his head, but it will never work. Holley says that she doesn't know why not, and that it sounds like there's plenty of room in there, before using a gadget from her undercarriage to pick up the bomb, saying that she'll get their technicians to work analyzing the device immediately. She is also heard in the other levels when the player unlocks a new weapon that is wings for flying, which she tells the player to do gliding when a ramp comes up.
In Disney Infinity, Holley is one of the four playable characters representing the Cars franchise, her figure being included with Lightning McQueen in the Cars Play Set pack. She is capable of doing everything the other cars can do, including towing, doing tricks, boosting and powersliding. In toy box mode, her unique adventure is Holley's C.H.R.O.M.E. Course, in which the player must destroy a variety of enemies in order to earn a medal.
Her design has a close resemblance to the Jaguar XJR-15. Her engine is a 3.5-Liter Turbocharged V8, having a horsepower of 275. Her 0-60 speed is 5.5 seconds, and her top speed is 160 mph. According to Meet the Cars, her vehicle type is a 2008 MT-R Mark II. Her license plate is HS1201, which includes her initials. The number 1201 is her voice actress Emily Mortimer's birthday (December 1st). Holley is painted magenta, with chrome rims and decals.
Personality and traits
Like many spies, Holley is very kind and friendly. She is very good with technology, as shown when she uses an on-board computer to check on anything important, along with other gadgets that allow her to progress. She can be serious and motivated, but also sometimes naïve, such as when Finn reminded her about the saying that a spy will get whatever they find and try to escape before they can be found out, when she was confused about why Mater could not tell from the photo of the lemons' mastermind. She also has uncompromising loyalty, especially towards Mater and Finn. She’s incredibly loyal and nice to her lover and best friend, Tow Mater.
Holley is also very intelligent, telling by the fact that she was able to film the lemons driving through Porto Corsa by reprogramming the town's red traffic lights to scan them recognizably, as well as when she put a picture of Mater onto a screen showing the filming of the lemons so to give an idea of Mater going into the lemons' meeting in disguise.
Powers and abilities
Holley has several gadgets, such as an on-board computer, projection lamps, dual mounted trackball platforms, headlight cameras, digital read-outs, retractable wings for flight, concealed guns, an electroshock device, and a telescoping utility arm.
"Holley is a beautiful young British desk agent turned spy-in-training who is stationed in Tokyo. Well-educated and sharp, she knows every trick in the book (or rather, she relies on every trick in the spy manual). She is armed with all of the latest state-of-the-art spy equipment imaginable, from hidden cameras and concealed weapons to a telescoping utility arm and a holographic pop-up display. Holley is a highly motivated agent, but is fresh out of the academy, so her experience is based on lessons learned in school rather than real-life situations. When Finn McMissile requires Holley's technical expertise for his latest top-secret field operation, she finds herself pursuing a rendezvous with the most unlikely candidate -- Mater, an innocent tow truck caught up in the intrigue, who is mesmerized by the beauty of his newest best friend."
Cars 2: The Video Game
"This beautiful young spy has been working in C.H.R.O.M.E.'s Diagnostics department, but she dreams of becoming a field agent. Armed with the latest high-tech gadgetry imaginable, including hidden weapons and holo-projectors, she's ready to take on anything."
Weight class: Medium
"Sometimes it's important to let loose and drive wild, and Holley does it with style."
Weight class: Medium
Cherry Blossom Holley
"Holley is the talk of Tokyo when she goes undercover with her "Cherry Blossom Special" disguise."
Weight class: Medium
"Holley Shiftwell is as sharp and smart as she looks. Trained for any terrain, take Holley for a spin and she'll make even the hardest corners in the Cars Play Set feel like child's play. "
How to unlock
Holley Shiftwell Paint Job
Found in one of Holley's three character chests in the Cars Play Set
A car with a Holley Shiftwell paint job from Cars.
Holley's name is a reference to Holley Performance Products, Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance carburetors and fuel systems, located in Bowling Green, KY.
In some LEGO Cars 2 sets that include her, Holley is more pink.
It is unknown why Holley did not appear in Cars 3, but it is possible that the nature of her work meant that she and Mater were forced to break up or that Holley was busy with her job around the time of the third film.
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