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Max Schnell
General Information



Purple with Germany's flag

Eye Color



Race car


Stuttgart, Germany

Series Information
First Appearance

Cars 2



"The competition will be no competition."
Max Schnell, Cars 2: The Video Game

Max Schnell, known as Sebastian Schnell in Germany, is a well-known German race car that has made several appearances in the Cars series. Initially appearing among the World Grand Prix competitors in Cars 2, Schnell has made subsequent appearances in games such as Cars 2: The Video Game and Cars: Fast as Lightning.


Cars 2

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Schnell, Hamilton, and McQueen in the German version of Cars 2.

In Cars 2, Max Schnell is one of the eleven world-famous race cars that compete in the World Grand Prix, a three-race competition between racing superstars from all over the world, with Schnell representing Germany. Max is present at the welcoming party at the Tokyo National Art Center, and in the German version of the film, he and Lewis Hamilton greet Lightning McQueen when he arrives. However, Max's role is given to different characters in different versions of the film. When Mater interrupts Miles Axlerod's interview with Lightning McQueen, Max and the other World Grand Prix participants laugh at him, embarrassing McQueen.

Max racing in Tokyo.

At the first race in Tokyo, Max performs well, leading the pack at the beginning, but falls short soon after, and spends most of his time in the center positions. Towards the end of the race, however, Schnell falls victim to an engine blowout, which was result of the electromagnetic pulse from the Lemons' camera.

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Max Schnell attempts to brake to avoid the Casino Bridge crash.

Max later competes in the second event in Porto Corsa, Italy, only to get involved in a large accident on top of the Casino Bridge, which was again caused by the Lemons' electromagnetic pulse camera. Though Schnell attempts to brake prior to colliding with Miguel Camino and Shu Todoroki, he is unable to avoid damage, and is subsequently hit by Raoul ÇaRoule and Rip Clutchgoneski.

Schnell is repaired before the final event in London, England, and competes in the race, which McQueen flies off the track with Mater, who is discovered to have a bomb strapped to him. The two are brought before the Queen, which forces Axlerod, who is revealed as the one behind the Lemons' plot, to deactivate the bomb.


The starting lineup of the Radiator Springs Grand Prix. (Max is at the back of Shu)

Due to the final event's interruption, the Radiator Springs Grand Prix is hosted by McQueen as a replacement, and Schnell and the rest of the World Grand Prix competitors race around Carburetor County.

Cars 2: The Video Game

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Max in the garage in Cars 2: The Video Game

Max Schnell is an unlockable playable character in Cars 2: The Video Game, and is unlocked once the player reaches Clearance Level 3. Max is a member of the medium weight class, and is more powerful than he is speedy.

Disney Infinity

Though Max does not physically appear in Disney Infinity, a painting of him can be seen hanging on the wall in Ramone's House of Body Art.

Cars: Fast as Lightning

In the December 2014 update for Cars: Fast as Lightning, Max Schnell was introduced as a playable character, but the player must purchase him and his track for 800 gems. Schnell has two additional paint jobs, Chrome and Empire, which can be unlocked by earning enough stickers from playing practice races on Max's Track, or by purchasing them with gems.

General information

Physical appearance

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Promotional artwork of Max Schnell.

Max is AMG-Mercedes DTM C-Class. He has a top speed of 160 mph, a zero to sixty of 3.8 seconds, a 4.0 liter V-8 engine and 470 horsepower. He has purple paint, with the German flag design painted on his trunk and roof. He has the World Torque Champion League logo painted on his hood. He has grey rims, and a black spoiler with the World Grand Prix logo on it.

Powers and abilities

In addition to being an incredibly talented race car that is capable of extraordinary racing abilities, Schnell has also shown skill in spy training, and is capable of utilizing various weapons. Additionally, Max's official bios recognize his gifts in engineering.


Profiles and statistics

Cars 2

  • Official bio
    • "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."

Cars 2: The Video Game

  • Official bio
    • "Max Schnell burst onto the racing scene from the back roads of the Black Forest. He started as a production sedan but has converted himself to carbon fiber, using his knowledge of engineering to streamline his technique. He's the number one World Torque Champion in history!"
  • Statistics
    • Weight class: Medium
    • Speed: 40%
    • Power: 60%

Cars: Fast as Lightning


Max Schnell Ice Racing
For this subject's image gallery, see Max Schnell/Gallery.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
German Sebastian Schnell Sebastian Schnell
Polish Max Schnell Max Schnell


  • Max's name comes from the German phrase "mach schnell", which translates to "hurry up".
  • Though Max races in the World Torque Champion League, an allusion to the World Touring Car Championship, his design apparents him to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, another type of touring car racing.
  • Max's pit crew team consists of crew chief Otto Bonn, as well as several pitties, including Max Schnell's Pitty.
  • On Max's tires reads "TRU-TREAD - Traction A Temperature A - P215/65R15 89H", a recurring inscription on the tires of many characters of Cars 2.
  • Max shares his model with Vitaly Petrov, Frosty, Memo Rojas, Jr., Flash and Long Ge.
  • His hauler is called Jorg
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