Cars Mater-National Championship

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Cars Mater-National Championship
Cars Mater-National Championship cover
Rainbow Studios
Digital Disney Interactive Studios
Release dates
Windows October 29, 2007
Cars Mater-National Championship guide on StrategyWiki
Cars Mater-National Championship on Wikipedia
Subseries of Pixar
Cars 2006
Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures 2006
Cars Mater-National Championship 2007
The World of Cars Online 2008
Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales 2010
Cars 2 2011
Disney Planes 2013

Key points

Port of the Xbox 360 version. PC version does not include the graphical improvements from the PlayStation 3 release, but there is a mod to replace the Xbox 360 graphics for the PlayStation 3 graphics. See Cars: Mater-National - PCS3 Edition.
The game is not optimized for keyboard controls nor game controllers. See Input settings.

General information

World of Cars Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use intro fix[citation needed]
  1. Download the Skip intro fix.
  2. Copy all the files to <path-to-game>\DataPC\C\Movies\2997\, overwriting the exisiting files.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/332260/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\THQ\Cars2\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/332260/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings

Video options.
Video options.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Requires modding. See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Use DXWnd
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Textures blur at an awfully close distance, especially the road. Forcing it through the graphics card control panel is necessary for much better visuals.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA, toggle only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Off by default. Can be forced through the graphics card control panel.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
It's a harmless issue, but playing the game above 30 FPS makes monster truck Mater's tow sway much less, making it look stiffer.
No frame rate cap.

Widescreen resolution

Widescreen fix[1]
  1. Download Cars Mater National Resolutions.
  2. Copy the content of the <your resolution> folder to the installation folder.
  3. Run the game and set 800x600 resolution.


Information for creating custom resolutions are included in Readme.txt. Knowledge of hex editing is required.

Field of view (FOV)

Field of view fix[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\DataPC\C\.
  2. Open rscamera.ini.
  3. Modify the various FOV values.


Modified files can be downloaded from the Cars Mater National Resolutions fix.

Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Acceleration is always on for steering. For example, holding a steering key makes the car steer from slowly to steering all the way, which makes driving more difficult.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
The analogue sticks and triggers are registered as digital input rather than analogue, which is a big problem when steering. For example, pushing the left stick slightly to the right makes the car steer all the way to the right. Add that with steering acceleration that's always on, and playing with the controller is rather unplayable.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings

Sound options.
Sound options.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects, Dialogue
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio BASS
Cutscenes Bink Video


Cars: Hi-Octane Edition/Cars SuperDrive

Mod for Cars: Mater-National Championship that aims to combine the best elements of Cars, Cars Mater-National Championship, and Cars Race-O-Rama into one complete package.

Cars: Mater-National - PCS3 Edition

Mod for Cars: Mater-National Championship that aims to port the PS3 version of the game to the PC.
This mod includes an exclusive paintjob that is Lightning McQueen's original paintjob from the first film and first game.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1600+
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/332260/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (332260) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.