The World Grand Prix (WGP; Japanese: ワールドグランプリ, romanisation: Wārudoguranpuri; Italian: Mondiale Grand Prix) is an international racing competition which is at the center of Cars 2. The competition was created and organized by Sir Miles Axlerod as a promotion of his new "clean alternative fuel" Allinol. The competition consists of three races: The first one in Tokyo, Japan; the second one in Porto Corsa, Italy; and the last one in London, England.
A notable participant in the race is Lightning McQueen. The competition unites the 12 best racers of all race types to determine the world's fastest car (although there were only 11 competitors).
Globie is the official mascot of the World Grand Prix.
Race cars from all racing categories were invited to the event, but there was no winner, as the final race was interrupted by a series of anomalies that finally ended in Miles Axlerod's reformation. The World Grand Prix is the target of a plot to sabotage the race, directed by the evil weapons designer Professor Z. The British master spy Finn McMissile discovered the conspiracy and organized himself to stop it. At the end of the movie, it was discovered that the WGP was used by Axlerod to execute his evil plan of making alternative fuels look bad. It's unknown if the WGP continued after Cars 2.
In the first WGP, the races were sabotaged. In the first race, Acer and Grem blew the engines of Miguel Camino, Rip Clutchgoneski and Max Schnell with a electromagnetic pulse emitter. After an error of Lightning McQueen, Francesco Bernoulli won the first race in Tokyo.
At the second race in Porto Corsa, three other engines were blasted, those being of Carla Veloso, Nigel Gearsley and Shu Todoroki. The explosion of Shu Todoroki's engine caused him to spin, and caused multi-car pileup. Lightning McQueen won the race. At the last race in London, the race was suspended because Mater entered the track and brought Lightning McQueen with him off the course. After the surprise, Miles Axlerod was arrested due to the whole event being controlled by him in an attempt to twist people's opinion of alternative fuel.
World Grand Prix Events
The World Grand Prix has three Grand Prix races. They take place on three urban circuits around the world and have a similar layout. Indeed, each track consists of fast straightaways, technical turns and a dirt section. This fair layout allows all drivers to be on an equal footing.
|1||Tokyo Grand Prix||Tokyo Street Circuit||Japan||52||34|
|2||Porto Corsa Grand Prix||Porto Corsa Street Circuit||Italy||60||49|
|3||London Grand Prix||London Street Circuit||Great Britain||-|
- Francesco Bernoulli #1 - Italy
- Lewis Hamilton #2 - United Kingdom/Grenada
- Max Schnell #4 - Germany
- Miguel Camino #5 - Spain
- Raoul ÇaRoule #06 - France
- Shu Todoroki #7 - Japan
- Carla Veloso #8 - Brazil
- Nigel Gearsley #9 - United Kingdom
- Rip Clutchgoneski #10 - Republic of New Rearendia
- Jeff Gorvette #24 - U.S.A.
- Lightning McQueen #95 - U.S.A.
Results and Standings
No scoring system is visible during the film. However, the racers can be classified in order of their finishing positions in each race.
Drivers Championship standings
|1||Lightning McQueen||2nd||1st||Race cancelled|
|-||Francesco Bernoulli||1st||2nd||Race cancelled|
|3||Lewis Hamilton||5th||3rd (DNF)||Race cancelled|
|4||Jeff Gorvette||7th||4th (DNF)||Race cancelled|
|5||Shu Todoroki||4th||9th (Ret)||Race cancelled|
|-||Carla Veloso||3rd||11th (Ret)||Race cancelled|
|7||Nigel Gearsley||6th||10th (Ret)||Race cancelled|
|8||Raoul ÇaRoule||8th||6th (Ret)||Race cancelled|
|9||Rip Clutchgoneski||10th (Ret)||5th (Ret)||Race cancelled|
|10||Max Schnell||9th (Ret)||7th (Ret)||Race cancelled|
|11||Miguel Camino||11th (Ret)||8th (Ret)||Race cancelled|
- UK Motor Lubs
- Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear Car
Cars that were contracted to work for the World Grand Prix's events.
- Originally, the World Grand Prix was to be composed of five races. Paris would have hosted a "Le Mans-style 24-hour race", and in Germany's Black Forest a "rally race" would have taken place. But these races were abandoned because it was too complex to tell. However, in the Nintendo DS version of Cars 2: The Video Game, they do appear.
- Depending on the country, the name "World Grand Prix" is translated to the country's language, for example: in Italy, Mondiale Grand Prix, in Japan: ワールドグランプリ (Wārudoguranpuri).
- The World Grand Prix has a mascot whose name was revealed to be Globie.
- There are no pit stops witnessed in any of the races, but they are available as mentioned by Acer.
- There is no #3 racer in the WGP (in development, Jeff Gorvette was originally going to be #3, which changed to #24 instead).
- Although there are 12 spots in each race, there is only an odd number of 11 racers.
- There where multiple guest racers that took part at the party for the World Grand Prix in Tokyo. They did not participate in the races themselves however.
- On a video for the Pixar Cars YouTube channel about the NASCAR die-casts, one of the headlines report Francesco taking pole position for a World Grand Prix series.
- It is unknown if it's a reference to the Porto Corsa race, since Francesco was positioned first for it, or is a completely new WGP.