- Color: Red
- Number: 95
- Sponsor: Rust-Eze Medicated Bumper Ointment
- Gender: Male
- Voiced by: Keith Ferguson (in episodes) Owen Wilson (in The Car Club Movie)
Lightning McQueen is a race car, and the 1st member of The Car Club. He is the leader of the Car Club members, and he even started the club. Lightning is best friends with a tow truck named Mater. Lightning's catchphrase is "Ka-chow!"