At first, McQueen is young, selfish, and arrogant, over-confident that he can win the Piston Cup on his own, without help from any pit crew. However, he is also something of a perfectionist, and will not cease to get something done right even if it wasn't in his best interest to 8indulge in it in the first place, as seen when he was tasked by the townscars to fix the road that he himself destroyed when he 1st arrived at their place. After a few grudging performance in his attempts to fix the road, he finally manages to do so. His sponsors are Rust-Eze, a small company selling soothing ointment for rusty old cars, which Lightning hates. However he transforms into a more sympathetic and understanding character during his time in Radiator Springs on Route 66.
Lightning and his friends, Mater appeared on one of the Total Drama story while trying to help Zeke escape from Org's villain.
Lightning eventually joined with the Society as the vehicle atttack unit along with other from the Cars worlds.