It would be nice to see “Cars 3” protagonist Lightning McQueen and antagonist Jackson Storm engage in a real race in a real-world competition. But wait, McQueen and Storm – or their real-world representations – are actually set to duke it out on the race track at least for a limited period of time.
It turned out that Disney-Pixar has partnered with Craft-Bamboo Racing team to bring two of Cars’ main characters to life. The partnership – lasting for the first two rounds of the new FRD LMP3 Series in China – entails having two of Craft-Bamboo Racing team’s Ligier JS P3 racing units to be wrapped in Cars liveries. One of these Ligier JS P3s, the #95 prototype – is wrapped in Lightning McQueen’s special yellow and red livery.
The other race car, the #20 prototype, is covered in grey, blue, and black decorations representing Jackson Storm. Interestingly, while not being driven on the track, these two prototype racing cars feature eye decals on their windshield, which of course would be removed once McQueen and Storm get into the tracks.
But the partnership between Disney-Pixar and the Craft-Bamboo Racing team didn’t just involve wrapping these Ligiers race cars with Cars liveries. This is because Craft-Bamboo Racing pit garage will also be sporting the Cars 3 theme. Each side of the garage will be decorated corresponding to the McQueen and Storm cars. The side that accommodates the #95 McQueen car is decorated in red and yellow, while the other side lodging the #20 Storm race is splashed in black and blue. Not only that, even the pit crew for McQueen and Storm will have their respective Cars apparel.
Craft-Bamboo Racing’s #95 race car (McQueen) will be piloted by Swiss driver, Mathias Beche and British racer James Winslow. On the other hand, the #20 race car (Storm) will be piloted by Canada’s Alex Tagliani and Australia’s Greg Taylor.
Craft-Bamboo Racing is hoping that this Cars partnership would help hype its participation on the maiden season of the FRD LMP3 (Le Mans Prototype 3) Series, which is a brand new premier prototype series in China. As backed by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), the FRD LMP3 championship gathers a selection of LMP3 cars to compete over a five-round format in China.
Richard Coleman, chief executive of Craft-Bamboo Racing, remarked that the sight of Ligiers fully decorated in Cars liveries isn’t just striking but also make the first two rounds of the maiden FRD LMP3 season exciting.
The first round of the FRD LMP3 series is set on June 30 to July 2, 2017, at the Zhejiang International Circuit while the second round is scheduled on July 29 and 30 at the Shanghai International Circuit.