Luigi is a character who is the owner of Luigi's Casa Della Tires, and a long time resident of Radiator Springs. Initially called "Lou" in early concepts of Cars, Luigi's name was changed for unknown reasons. He usually has the role of a supporting character that assists Lightning McQueen and other characters by providing tires. He also makes frequent playable appearances in the Cars video games. He works with his business partner and best friend, Guido.
In Cars, Luigi is unhappy with Lightning at first, as he is only a Piston Cup racer, and not a Ferrari. However, Luigi begins to like him after a while, like the other townsfolk do, and joins Lightning's crew at the Los Angeles International Speedway.
In Cars: The Video Game, Luigi stars in his own mini-game, Luigi to the Rescue, in which the player controls him as he sets out to find all of the missing tires and return them to the shop within the given time limit. Despite being playable in story mode, he is not controllable in road races and other events in arcade mode, though he will occasionally appear as an opponent.
Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures
Luigi appears in the game Luigi's Fantastico Fun!, in which he drops lots of tires so that Guido can catch them with his forklift arms.
In arcade mode, Luigi is a playable character, with one alternate paint job to unlock, which is the one he is wearing during the cut-scene for Luigi and Guido's Team Relay 1 in story mode. He stats are 1 for boost, 4 for acceleration, 4 for handling, and 3 for stability.
Rescue Squad Mater
In Rescue Squad Mater, he watches Guido balancing a tire on top of a few more tires, and his attention is caught by the sight of Nurse GTO.
Mater the Greater
In Mater the Greater, Luigi is drinking oil next to Lightning and Guido when Mater jumps over them, to their amazement, which leads Mater into his story about how he was once a stuntman.
In Unidentified Flying Mater, Luigi is watching Guido struggle to take the rim off a tourist, and when it finally comes off, it flies out of the shop and in front of Mater and Lightning, reminding Mater about his friend Mator.
In Mater Private Eye, Luigi makes a quick cameo at Flo's V8 Cafe, before Mater begins his story.
In Hiccups, Luigi tries to help cure McQueen's case of the hiccups by giving him a fright.
In Spinning, Luigi tells Guido to spin a sign around outside to attract more customers, which Guido quickly gains a talent for. However, after everyone has driven away from watching Guido, Luigi drives outside, ironically telling Guido to pick up the pace, which he had not known about what happened.
The Radiator Springs 500½
In The Radiator Springs 500½, he has half of his paint job changed for the "Stanley Days" celebration that is in honor of Stanley, the town's founder. He later works with Guido to customize McQueen for racing with a group of Baja racers led by Sandy Dunes, before following Mater in his Stanley costume on a leisurely drive.
In Cars: Race-O-Rama, Luigi returns as a playable character during arcade mode during races. He is also considered small enough to compete in the various Guido Kart races.
In Cars 2, Luigi joins Lightning's team for the World Grand Prix, travelling with him to all three races. After the race in Tokyo, Luigi and Guido are sad to hear that Mater left because he was upset. In Italy, Luigi and Guido are reunited with their family, Uncle Topolino and Mama Topolino. He is seen fighting with Guido over who gets to dance with Franca, before Francesca comes along to dance with Guido. At the race in London, Luigi helps fight the lemons by helping Guido unscrew the tires of some of the lemons.
Cars 2: The Video Game
In Cars 2: The Video Game, Luigi is a playable character that is unlocked from the start of the game. An alternate version of him, titled Team Lightning Luigi, can be unlocked by earning the "Tokyo Vandal" crest. Both versions are light weights, with much more speed than power.
In Disney Infinity, Luigi appears as a cast member in the Cars Play Set, as well as an opponent during race challenges. A toy of him can be unlocked for use in the Toy Box, by opening one of the twelve character chests or the Cars Play Set's vault.
Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition
Luigi is unlocked in Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition by purchasing him in the Toy Store or placing one of the Cars figures on the game's base. Additionally, a Toy Box costume version of him can be unlocked in the Toy Box, and being one of the townspeople who give tutorials about the Toy Box.
Cars: Fast as Lightning
Luigi is the sixth unlockable character in Cars: Fast as Lightning, with his races being against Chick Hicks, Todd Marcus, Mater, Fillmore, Snot Rod, Wingo, Carla Veloso and Guido.
In Cars Land, Luigi and Guido have their own ride at Luigi's Casa Della Tires called Luigi's Flying Tires. In the ride, the guests will get into their own fettucini tires. When Guido turns on the air compresser, air will come out of the holes, and the tires will float in the air. There are also some beach balls with the colors of the Italian flag in the ride, and Italian music will play.
They also appear in Radiator Springs Racers. When the rider comes to Radiator Springs from tractor tipping with Mater, they will either go into Luigi's Casa Della Tires or Ramone's House of Body Art. At Luigi's Casa Della Tires, Luigi and Guido will be there. Guido will change the rider's tires, then they will go to the starting line and start the race.
His license plate reads "44.5-10.8".
Luigi is painted yellow, with chrome rims and a sunroof that is modified to look like hair, and also may be by Vinyl Toupee. In The Radiator Springs 500½, he has the bottom half of his bodywork changed to honeydew.
Powers and abilities
Luigi has a vast knowledge of tires and everything related to them. Whenever they go missing, Luigi is eager to find them, at one point even exploring all around Carburetor County on his own just to hunt them down.
According to Cars: Mater-National Championship, he is apparently a good racer, with good acceleration and handling, though his boost is weak.
Luigi is big-hearted, gregarious and excitable, and also has a very large liking of Ferrari racing.
Luigi's best friend in the world is Guido, a small pitty he's known since they were young and lived in Italy with Uncle Topolino and Mama Topolino. Despite their good friendship, they were known to fight a lot, but still made up in the end.
He has also been shown to be on good terms with the rest of the Radiator Springs residents, particularly Lightning McQueen.
Luigi seems to dislike Chick Hicks and his team, specifically Bruiser Bukowski and Wide Chick Pitty, after they tried to make fun of Guido, but were rendered speechless after they watched Guido change McQueen's tires.
"Luigi runs the local tire shop in Radiator Springs, Luigi's Casa Della Tires. If you're gonna be driving through this world, why not look good doing it? That's Luigi's motto. Cars may not get to choose their body type, but they all have a choice when it comes to the tires they wear. Luigi offers the finest selection of tires west of the Mississippi, and Luigi's Casa Della Tires is known far and wide for its impeccable service, competitive prices, and of course, its very stylish proprietor."
Cars: The Video Game
Cars: Mater-National Championship
Paint jobs: 2
Unlocking criteria: Unknown
"Radiator Springs resident Luigi is a big-hearted, gregarious and excitable Italian Fiat 500. A tire virtuoso and owner of Luigi's Casa Della Tires, he and his sidekick Guido join Lightning and Mater as members of Team Lightning McQueen for the World Grand Prix. Luigi is also an aficionado and fanatic for all things Italian, and is particularly enchanted with Ferrari race cars. When the competition takes the team to his hometown of Porto Corsa, Italy, Luigi is over the moon to introduce the Radiator Springs crew to his charming village and the wonderful ways of Italy. His family welcomes the gang from Radiator Springs in a big, passionate Italian way: Amore!"
Cars 2: The Video Game
"The owner of Luigi's Casa Della Tires has enjoyed renewed success since Lightning McQueen chose Radiator Springs as his home base. Along with his best friend, Guido, Luigi follows the European race cars with great interest."
Weight Class: Light
Team Lightning Luigi
"When it comes to super fans, Luigi is a force to be reckoned with. Go, Lightning!"
Weight Class: Light
How to unlock
Found randomly in a character chest or the vault in the Cars Play Set.
An Italian import with a passion for tires and racing.