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Rod "Torque" Redline
General Information



Blue, black

Eye Color



American Secret Agent


Detroit, Michigan


Rod Redline

Friends & Family

Finn McMissile
Holley Shiftwell


Professor Z
Fred Pacer
Tyler Gremlin

Other Information


Series Information
First Appearance

Cars 2


Bruce Campbell

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Cars 2 Turntable "Rod "Torque" Redline"

Rod "Torque" Redline was the American agent that Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell were supposed to meet until circumstances forced him to pass crucial information to Mater, whom the two British spies mistook for Redline wearing a "clever" disguise.


Rod “Torque” Redline was considered by many as the greatest American spy in the world. Recruited after the Cold War for both his brains and brawn, Torque was a tough-as-nails Detroit muscle car with a mastery of disguises. In his latest deep-cover operation, he obtained vital information about the plot to sabotage the World Grand Prix. So Rod planned a rendezvous with his British counterparts to share his discoveries at the World Grand Prix welcome reception in Tokyo, Japan. But with the bad guys hot on his tailpipe, Rod was forced to ditch the intel early and with the first party guest he saw — a rusty American tow truck named Mater.

Cars 2

He was first seen on the oil rig (at the beginning of Cars 2) disguised as a Gremlin. Rod later came to the Tokyo party to exchange info with Finn McMissile, but his plan was infiltrated when he was ambushed by Acer and Grem. When Mater comes across them, Rod passes the device with the info onto Mater's undercarriage when no one was looking.

After doing this, Rod was captured by Grem and Acer, who brought him to Professor Z in their secret lair, where they tied him down. He was then pumped with the fuel "Allinol", and Professor Z demonstrated, on the agent himself, what happens when cars fueled with Allinol are exposed to an electro-magnetic pulse. As a result, Rod was killed from a spontaneous explosion. 

After his engine was blown, you could slightly see his corpse in the reflection of the screen of him in the bathroom with Mater.

Cars 2: The Video Game

In Cars 2: The Video Game, Rod is a playable character that can only be used in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, as he needs to be purchased from one of the corresponding stores. He is a heavy weight, and utilizes more power than speed.


Rod has a cool manner. He does not worry even though he knows there is no chance for him to live even after the encounter with the lemons. Instead of worrying, he tries to keep up a smile and even insults the lemons.

Under his disguise, he is seen smiling at everyone he talks to except when meeting with the lemons.


Rod was painted blue, with black lining, chrome rims and two tiny mirrors.


Hi is G4 DXR. In real world Rod's design is a mix of a 2005 Ford Mustang GT and a Dodge Challenger R/T. His top speed was 145 mph, with a 0-60 of 4.4 seconds. His engine was a 5.5-liter V-8, with a horsepower of 550.

According to the book Meet the Cars, his vehicle type is a 2006 Deringer DXR.

His license plate was M1911A1, which is also the name of a gun.


Rod was an American spy, before his death.


Feature Films

Video Games



  • Rod's interrogation scene was criticized by many as surprising or even inappropriate in a kid film. In an interview, John Lasseter said that the scene was necessary to explain efficiently and visually the working and high danger of Professor Z's camera. It also enabled to get in the movie a certain tone of the spy genre. Story Supervisor Nathan Stanton said that while "watching spy films, where your character is basically tortured and it can be a really horrifying scene, I remember thinking that if we could just get five-percent of this in one of our scenes, if we could just get a little of this in what we want, it would be great. It would go a long way." Lasseter, and supervising animator Dave Mullins, mentioned that the scene as it had originally been conceived was much more dark and cruel, and that several people of the studio reacted to it. They say in consequence they "backed off tremendously"; the changes included making Rod a "tough guy".
  • According to his license plate, he is from Michigan. Michigan is the birth place of actor Bruce Campbell, who voices Rod.
  • G4 DXR labels on Rod may be stating the fictional name of his car model.
  • A Toys "R" US Lego exclusive of Rod was released for free on October 15, 2011 in the US.
  • Rod was seen talking to Shigeko meanwhile in his Gremlin disguise.
  • When Rod had his Gremlin disguise on, his eyes were brown instead of blue.
  • Rod is downloadable in Cars 2: The Video Game, even though he was killed in the film. However, since all the tracks are just simulations, it's possible that Rod is part of the simulations.


  • "Okay, McMissile. I'm here. It's time for the drop."
  • "I'm fine."
  • "Well, you know. I was just wearing a disguise. You guys are stuck looking like that!"
  • "Allinol? Thanks, fellas! I hear this stuff is good for you."
  • "Whatever you say, Professor."
  • "Your mother. Oh, no, I'm sorry, it was your sister! You know, I can't tell them apart these days!"
  • "What do I care? I can replace an engine block!"
  • "No!" (his last word, after the lemons find out he put his intel on Mater)


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