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Cars cover
Rainbow Studios
Windows Beenox Shift
macOS (OS X) Beenox Shift
Russia Noviy Disk
Digital Disney Interactive Studios
Release dates
Windows June 6, 2006
macOS (OS X) June 6, 2006
Metacritic 73
Genres Racing
Series Cars
Cars on HowLongToBeat
Cars on IGDB
Cars guide on StrategyWiki
Cars on MobyGames
Cars 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
Cars: Fast as Lightning 2014


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Cars is a racing game in the Cars series.

General information

World of Cars Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM v7.21.0012 DRM 2 CDs For the USA release whale the UK and the version included in the "Action Pack 3 Games In 1" bundle with Ratatouille & The Incredibles is 1 DVD.
macOS (OS X)
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Movie clips are not present in the Steam version. But licensed music/songs is present.
A demo is available, containing the first race of Story Mode.[Note 1]

Version differences

The Steam version doesn't support Intel integrated graphics, only AMD or NVIDIA GPUs. Playing with Intel graphics crashes the game; see Game crashes when starting Story Mode for fixes.
The Steam version doesn't include unlockable deleted content videos and scenes from the movie. Support for video playback is overall broken in this release.[1]

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete video files[2]

Delete the folder <path-to-game>\Data\AppStart.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\THQ\Cars\Settings\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/331160/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\THQ\Cars\Save\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/331160/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The HUD stretches and the camera zooms in a little closer than the original fullscreen ratio (4:3).
Playing the game at certain ratios other than 16:9 or 4:3 may stretch/condense the 3D render
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default. Can be forced off through the graphics card control panel.
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS. Can be increased to 60 with this hack in the retail version, though this can cause physics problems.
Video tutorial.
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
The cursor is a wrench that turns when clicked. The higher the game resolution, the smaller the cursor is.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Analogue input only applies to steering and camera; acceleration and braking are digital only.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Only uses generic prompts (ex: "button 2: confirm")
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Generic DirectInput controllers are supported.
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
No haptic feedback on the Steam version
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Sound settings in menu
Sound settings in menu
Sound settings in hub
Sound settings in hub

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Effects, Engine, Voice
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software.
They only appear in cutscenes and can't be toggled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Royalty free audio
All tracks can be enabled/disabled in the options menu, Including the licensed tracks.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail only.[3]
Local retail only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Local retail only.
Local retail only. Use this patch for Steam version.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Versus
Split-screen. Graphical fidelity is reduced.
LAN play
Online play

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues unresolved

These issues are known to occur on the Steam version of the game.

Visual bugs

There are harmless visual issues, such as menu icons being in the wrong layer order, and numerous instances of Z-fighting, including Mack's eyelids and DJ's stereo system. This also occurs on the Xbox version.

Profile Corrupted

Profile here being "damaged".
Profile here being "damaged".
Some users have reported that their profile either keeps getting corrupted, or crashes when attempting to load the profile after relaunching the game again. The reason of causing it is unknown and as of yet there are no main solutions for it.
Change the Compatibility to Windows XP Service Pack 2 and run it as Administrator
Change the Compatibility to Windows 98/ME, and don't run it as Administrator[4]

Issues fixed

Game crashes when starting Story Mode

This is a bug that occurs when playing the game with Intel graphics cards because they aren't supported by the Steam version.

Change anti-aliasing to 4x[5]
Use replacement Scenes.pak[6]

Movies unwatchable

In the Steam version, the unlockable movie clips cannot be viewed, this is due to the Steam version not including the "Movies" folder that the Retail version has.
Download the Movies folder
  1. Download the archive from here, this includes the folder, as well as a NoDVD exe, which you need, as it doesn't work with the Steam executable.
  2. Copy Cars.exe to <path-to-game> and the Movies folder to <path-to-game>\Data
  3. Start the game, select the Bonus Content option from the main menu, go to Videos, then to either Deleted scenes, Movie clips or Extras, and buy one of the clips, or use the cheat code WATCHIT to unlock them all.

Camera auto-center bug

This is a cross-platform bug where doing tractor tipping causes an unfixable bug. This bug disables camera auto-centre even if the option for it in the settings is on, and the save file is permanently stuck with that bug.

Create and use a new profile

This bug only affects the save file that tractor tipping was played on, so creating a new save file will not have the bug in it.

Never play tractor tipping

This is an optional minigame and the game can still be finished without ever playing it.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Intel support requires an update. Still 32-bit only.


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video Logos, Deleted scenes, and Movie clips only.

Higher difficulty

When creating a profile, set the name of a profile to CHMPION[7][8]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
ATI Radeon 7500
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.3
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G4 1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
ATI Radeon 7500
32 MB of VRAM


  1. The demo does not let you adjust any configuration settings, such as controls or resolution.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Verified by User:Patrxgt on 2023-12-30
  2. Verified by User:Tecc on 2021-05-27
  3. Verified by User:Notthejohn on 2023-07-19
    Verified with personally owned copy.
  4. [Solved] Game crashes when trying to load (damaged) saved profile (PC) :: Cars General Discussions, post #4
  5. Why Cars does not work on computers (TESTED) :: Cars General Discussions, post #32 - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  6. Cars TVG Keeps Crashing for you?, Well click here for the fix problem. :: Cars General Discussions - last accessed on May 2023
  7. AICN Games: Monki interviews CARS game designer, Rainbow Studios' Jordan Itkowitz!!! - last accessed on January 25, 2019
    "Jordan (developer): Well, given that we were trying to go as mass-market as possible with Cars (our core demo for the game is 6-12, but we think Pixar has the ability to jump that generation gap), we had to give the game a gentler default difficulty level than we’re used to shipping. We still want a challenge, though, and so we added a more difficult version of the Story Mode, where the races are much more competitive. Players can create a new profile (at the start of the game, or via the Options section of the front-end) and call it CHMPION."
  8. Disney's surprisingly impressive Cars tie-in game - last accessed on January 25, 2019