Raoul ÇaRoule is a French rally car that competed in the World Grand Prix. Since his debut appearance in Cars 2, Raoul has made many other appearances, making him a recurring character in the Cars series.
In Cars 2, Raoul ÇaRoule was seen catching up in the dirt section in Tokyo. He was also seen passing Francesco Bernoulli by using the same skill that Lightning McQueen used to pass him. Raoul ÇaRoule is one of the racecars who did not have their motor explode in any of the races. However, in the Porto Corsarace, he crashes into Miguel Camino and Max Schnell along with Rip Clutchgoneski. In Porto Corsa, he was seen in last place for most of the time. In the London race, Raoul ÇaRoule was seen admiring the crowd with Rip Clutchgoneski. Raoul ÇaRoule also appears in the Radiator Springs Grand Prix race near the end of the movie where he passes a lot of cars and waving to them by driving off road.
Cars 2: The Video Game
In Cars 2: The Video Game, Raoul is a playable character that is unlocked at the beginning of the game. He is a medium weight that focuses on speed more than power.
Raoul is based on a Citroën C4 World Rally Car., based on Sebastien Loeb's Citroën C4 Hymotion4 WRC. During the production of the film, Citroën contacted Pixar complaining Raoul looked too much like their hatchback. Character art director Jay Shuster had to make a diagram of the character pointing out all the differences, and how the cars weren't the same. He has a top speed of 229.3 mph, with a zero-70 of 5.5 seconds. His engine type is a 1.6 liter turbocharger 4-cylinder. He has a horsepower of 300, with an all wheel drive.
He is painted in the French national colors, blue, white and red, with the letters "GRC", an allusion to the WRC, the World Rally Championship, written in blue across the white column. He has chrome rims, in which some spokes are painted red.
Written on his tires is the phrase "Rouler Vite", which translates to "Roll Fast" in French, or more in context, "Drive Fast". A smaller inscription reads P210/70R18 99S.
Personality and traits
Raoul is humble and confident out on the track, and remains friendly to other racers and cars off the track. While he races, Raoul has an enthusiastic attitude, often shouting words of accomplishment out loud.
Powers and abilities
Raoul is one of the most talented French rally cars in the world, and as such, was invited to the World Grand Prix to compete against ten of the other greatest champions around the globe. Cars 2: The Video Game reveals that he is a lightweight racer, and has little physical power, but he makes up for that with his incredible speed.
Official profiles and statistics
"Raoul ÇaRoule, also known as the World's Greatest Rally Car, was born in Alsace, France. A restless soul, Raoul joined the famous Cirque du Voiture French circus where he learned Gymkhana – a graceful, drift-filled motorsport that taught him pinpoint timing and an unparalleled ability to navigate tricky courses with ease. He's the first car to ever win nine consecutive rallies. Raoul is confident he can use his rally experience to pull ahead of his fellow World Grand Prix racers during the three courses' touchy dirt sections, especially with his fans in the stands waving banners that read, "ÇaRoule Ca-Rules!"
Cars 2: The Video Game
"Known as the "World's Greatest Rally Car", Raoul was born in Alsace, France. While touring with the French circus he learned Gymkhana - a graceful, dirt-filled motorsport that taught him pinpoint timing and unparalleled ability on the track curves."
"Ha-ha! I will drive circles around them all!" - Cars 2: The Video Game & Cars: Fast as Lightning
"Yes!" - Cars 2: The Video Game
"Arrêtez! Arrêtez! Stop! Stop!" - Cars 2: The Video Game
"My speed is frightning! I know!" - Cars 2: The Video Game
Names in other languages
A French version exists in which Raoul ÇaRoule replaces Jeff Gorvette as the car Lightning McQueen meets at the World Grand Prix welcome party along with Lewis Hamilton. However, most French releases apparently use the original scene with Jeff Gorvette. The French rally racer character in Cars 2 (that ended as Raoul ÇaRoule in the final film) was first supposed to be a female car, named Michèle, in allusion to Michèle Mouton, that finished second in 1982 in WRC. After the character was changed to a Sebastien Loeb-inspired racer, he was first named Sebastien.
Raoul's last name, ÇaRoule, literally means in French "It Rolls", which could be translated more in context as "to go fast."