- Not to be confused with the voice actor.
Vitaly Petrov (Russian: Виталий Петров) is an Russian race car from Vyborg, Russia and is a additional character in the Russian version of Cars 2, but also made a cameo appearance in other versions of the film. He is a race car that Lightning McQueen meets at the World Grand Prix welcoming party.
In all versions of Cars 2, Vitaly appears on a postcard during the credits sequence. He has a bigger role in the Russian version of Cars 2, in place of Jeff Gorvette at the Tokyo welcome party, but not in any other parts of the movie. Vitaly and Lewis Hamilton greet Lightning, but later notice Mater when he mistakes the Zen Master for a raker. In Mater's nightmare showing the same scene, Vitaly and Lewis are shown chuckling at Mater.
Vitaly is a AMG-Mercedes DTM C-Class that is painted red near his front, blue near his middle, and white on his rear and spoiler. He has a Russian flag design on his doors, as well as his hood.
Powers and Abilities
Vitaly is a professional race car that was invited to the World Grand Prix due to his great skill.
Profiles and Statistics
- Vitaly Petrov - A racer from Russia, he takes part to international competitions in Cars, along with participants from the U.S., Japan, UK, Germany, Spain, France and Brazil.
- Vitaly Petrov is the first and only Russian race car ever to compete in the Formula World Championship. He didn't start off as a Formula racer though. In fact, there was very little motorsport in Vitaly's hometown of Vyborg, Russia, so he got most of his race training in rally sprints and ice races. After winning the Russian Rally Sprint title, he won every race in the Russian Lada Cup. Vitaly was soon on his way to the top with multiple Formula wins. With all his speed and success, it's no wonder Vitaly became known as the Vyborg Rocket.
- Source: Neon Racers
- Vitaly Petrov - Russian version of Cars 2
- He is based on, named after and voiced by Russian former Formula One driver Vitaly Petrov. His paint job is designed after the Russian flag. It includes a car-ified version of the coat of arms of Russia, that replaces the two-headed eagle with a composition of wrenches, tailfins, nuts and cogs.
- Lightning friendly calls him "Веталь" (Vetal'), which is a simplified variant of his name.
- It's an inverted Russian flag on his paint job.
- In the Russian version of the film, he is not competing in the Tokyo race, but John Lassetire named Jeff Gorvette 'Vetal'.
- On his first 1:55 scale die-cast release he was just simply called "Russian Racer".
- This was possibly due to copyright issues at the time.
- He's the only other Super Chase race car that received a variant in the 1:55 scale die-cast line via the Ice Racers line.
- The other racer was Frosty Winterbottom who received multiple variants.
- He has the same model as Max Schnell, Long Ge, Frosty Winterbottom, Memo Rojas, Jr., Flash Nilsson and Pyotr Racinov.
- Vitaly, just like the majority of Jeff's replacements, has no number in the film. However, he's assigned with the number 11 via the Ice Racers line of die-casts.