McQueen Lighting, the main character in Pixar’s popular Cars franchise, is not a vehicle you’d expect to see in real life. However, a body shop in Thailand took up the challenge and created life-size replicas of the cartoon using Toyota Celica as a basis for conversion.
Unlike his friend Sally, who is clearly a Porsche 996, McQueen Lighting is a generic standard car that is not based on the lines of a specific model. However, the curved body shape, racing rims, special paint, smart headlights and trademark smile on the front bumper can be replicated in the real car, albeit with a small reduced proportions.
This is exactly what artisans do PS Change meant. Located in Chonburi province in Thailand, the workshop is known for its production cues of the rare Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche models based on mass cars. In their latest project, they deviated from this rule by bringing the iconic cartoon to life.
As you can probably tell from the greenhouse and roofline, the model is based on the sixth generation Toyota Celica (1994-1999). However, every body panel – except for the roof – was changed, making the Japanese sports car virtually unrecognizable. The front overhang has been widened to match the design of McQueen’s face, with individual front and rear fenders making it appear much wider even than Celica GT-Fourand the tail has a vertical cut for a NASCAR effect. The team went so far as to create functional cartoon-styled headlights and taillights.
As a final touch, the real-life McQueen was painted red with yellow graphics to mimic the original racing livery, along with ‘Lightyear’ lettering on the tyres, side exhaust pipes and properly whitened teeth. This refers to the first copy, as PS Modify has already finished the second car with the blue Dinoco livery from Cars 2. This one also gets a larger rear spoiler and a slightly different smile to distinguish it from its sibling.
Aside from the cartoon-eyed windshield, both Lighting McQueens look fully functional and comfortable while retaining the Celica’s bulletproof underpinnings. The lack of air intakes on the front bumper can have a negative effect on engine cooling, as not much air passes through the McQueen’s mouth. However, driving such a car on public roads will undoubtedly attract a lot of attention.
Author’s photo PS Change Chonburi