Francesco bernoulli
Francesco Bernoulli
Background information
Feature films Cars 2
Television programs
Video games Cars 2: The Video Game
Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure

Disney INFINITY series
Cars: Fast as Lightning
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice John Turturro (Cars 2, Cars 2: The Video Game, Cars: Fast as Lightning)
Carlos Alazraqui (Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure, Disney INFINITY)
Performance model Formula One race car
Inspiration Formula One
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Mr. San Francisco (mistaken by Mater)
Personality Cocky, rude, competitive, arrogant (all formally) confident, nice, charming, flamboyant
Appearance Red, white and green Italian race car, with red rims, black rubber tires that read "Pasta Potenza", and brown eyes
Occupation World Grand Prix racecar
Goal To win the World Grand Prix
Home Porto Corsa, Italy
Relatives Mama Bernoulli (mother)
Allies Lightning McQueen, Mater, his crew chief Giuseppe Motorosi, Jeff Gorvette, Lewis Hamilton, his pitties, his fans, Sally Carrera, Luigi, Guido, Sarge, Fillmore
Enemies His main rival Lightning McQueen (formerly), Mater (formerly), Guido (formerly), Luigi (formerly), Fillmore (formerly), Sarge (formerly), Miles Axlerod, Professor Z
Likes Himself, winning first place, beating McQueen, open wheels, the ladies
Dislikes Not winning the race, being called fragile, being beaten by McQueen
Powers and abilities Racing, acceleration, speed
Fate Races in the Radiator Springs Grand Prix.
Quote "Francesco always-a wins. It's-a boring."

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Cars 2 Turntable "Francesco Bernoulli"

"Francesco always-a wins. It's-a boring."

Francesco Bernoulli is a character in Cars 2. Though thought to be an antagonist, he is actually just rude to Lightning McQueen at certain points in the film. It is later revealed that he was the victim of manipulations by the real antagonist, his lieutenant and his two pawns.


Official Description

Francesco Bernoulli grew up in the shadow of the famous Monza race course in Italy where he and his friends would sneak onto the track and race the famous Pista di Alta Velocita bank turn. He was an instant winner on the amateur circuit and soon became an international Formula Racer champion. The ladies love Francesco's open wheels, youngsters look up to his winning spirit and fellow racers envy his speed. But Francesco's biggest fan is Francesco himself, as evidenced by his racing number. As the most famous race car in Europe, #1 Francesco is a favorite to win the World Grand Prix, which also makes him Lightning McQueen's chief rival.[1]


While developing a Formula One character for the film, the developing team realized that a such open-wheeled car could make much more gesture than normal cars with fenders. Director John Lasseter said: "We don’t typically lift the tires off, partly because of the fender. But I thought, “Wow. To have an open wheel car, like Francesco, it gives us a lot more gestures.” And so we thought, “Well this guy’s going to be gesturing like crazy. Let’s make him Italian, an Italian Formula 1 car. This will be perfect.”"[2]

Bernoulli’s design took four months to be finalized as the team worked out where to put the mouth and how to give an F1 car a “windshield” for the eyes.[3] Indeed, F1 cars do not have a windshield. Additionally, they are very long. As says Character Art Director Jay Shuster, "Formula cars have long snouts, so we had to really inflate his form to get the real estate we needed."[4] Ultimately, the eyes were placed on a sort of helmet that is integrated with the body. The mouth is at the end of a foreshortened nose, and not underneath it as originally envisioned.

The fact that Francesco, as an open-wheeled car, has his suspension visible, posed some unusual problems to the animators. According to Shuster: “Francesco was the hardest design to complete because of his exposed suspension”. As supervising animator Dave Mullins said: "We always have fenders covering the wheels. So we can hide our dirty little secrets underneath the hood, because the chassis is moving around and stretching around. All you really see is the hard body of the car, and the wheels acting. With Francesco, we can see the connection between the wheels and the body. It was one of the big challenges trying to figure out how to support everything that’s going on with the body."[4]

The original suspension had to be reinvented in order to support all the stretchings that Francesco's gestures would cause, and the team had important struggles to achieve a believable suspension. Jay Shuster said: "We realized that when he takes off his front wheels, he's stretched like a rubber band and it's really ugly. Something like that took about two months to figure out what was going on—we developed a whole telescoping arm that had a pivot point."[5] “The kind of physical expression we were able to get from Francesco’s movement took a lot of work but really looked great in the end. He was able to achieve these really extreme poses.”[4]

According to Story Supervisor Nathan Stanton, Francesco's character constantly reminded the development team of the character John Turturro played in The Big Lebowski. Consequently, John Turturro was chosen to voice Francesco.[6]


Francesco is cocky and self-centered, as proven on numerous occasions with Lightning McQueen. In Cars 2, Francesco serves as the main antagonist on McQueen's part of the film, and has a rather similar persona to Chick Hicks. However, unlike Chick, Francesco seems to have a good side to him somewhere in his transmission; for example, like McQueen, Francesco was horrified to see the huge wreck after the Italy race. Also, unlike Chick, Francesco is not a cheater, just very talented and extremely arrogant.

Physical appearance


Francesco in his regular appearance.

Francesco is based on a modern Formula One car, while being stated by the Meet the Cars book to be a 2009 Formula FB1 Prototype Racer.

He has brown eyes, and is painted in the colors of Italy's flag. The red color is seen on his nose cone and across the middle of his bodywork, and the green and white colors are seen on his upper bodywork, sidepods and front wing endplates. The colors are also painted on each side of his rear wing. On his nose cone, he also has a picture of the flag with yellow borders, along with a white circle showing his racing number, 1, in black. These are additionally shown on an idol on his sidepods that shows the World Grand Prix logo and symbol. On his barge boards, he has the allinol logo, as well as the letters "FR", which stand for his racing league, "Formula Racer", and look similar to the Formula One logo. Additionally, he wears black tires and red rims. On his tires, there is text reading "Rotelli Tires Pasta Potenza". "Potenza" refers to the tires made by Bridgestone, a tire company that used to supply tires for all Formula One teams from 2007 to 2010. "Pasta Potenza" is literally Italian for "the power of pasta". "Rotelli" is a combination of the pasta named rotini, and Pirelli, a tire company which currently supplies tires to all Formula One teams. It could also be a reference to the name "Pasta Rockets", which is used to refer to Italian sports cars. In Disney INFINITY, his tires just say "Rotelli Tires".

Powers and Abilities

Francesco can go up to 220 mph (354 km/h), which he states in Cars 2 is faster than McQueen. He can go from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, with a 2.4-liter V-8, 18,500 rpm redline, and a horsepower of 750.[7]


Cars 2

For some reason, Mater can't say his name right. He's always calling him "Mr. San Francisco."

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Francesco being interviewed on the Mel Dorado Show

In the movie, he first appeared on the Mel Dorado show, when they talked about inviting Lightning McQueen to the World Grand Prix. Francesco then began insulting him. Being his best friend, Mater didn't take kindly to Francesco insulting McQueen, so he called the show, telling Francesco to stop speaking that way about Lightning. McQueen, seeing Mater on the phone, drags him out and instead deals with Francesco himself, telling him that he doesn't like his best friend being insulted either. The pair argue, ending with Lightning calling Francesco fragile because he is a Formula 1 car. He takes it as a serious insult and starts yelling in Italian when he is soon muted. Then Miles formally invites Lightning to join the World Grand Prix, to which he accepts and joins.
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Francesco's bumper sticker

Later, Lightning and Mater meet Francesco at the party in Tokyo. Once they finished their conversation, Francesco shows Lightning a bumper sticker saying "Ciao McQueen", proving Francesco's arrogance. Soon after, Mater consumes some wasabi which he thinks was pistachio ice cream. Francesco laughs mockingly after Mater embarrasses McQueen and himself in front of the world when he drinks from the fountain.

Francesco mocking Lightning's catchphrase

At the beginning of the Tokyo race, he was announced to be good on the straight-aways. When the racers were lined up, he heard Lightning's catchphrase "I am speed!" He decided to mock McQueen again by declaring, "Francesco is triple speed." During the race, he fell behind to last place in the dirt section, but was able to catch up to 2nd place. Then when Mater was "going to meet his date," he accidentally gave Lightning some bad racing advice which was to race on the outside, and Francesco, who was shadowing McQueen, took the inside, passed McQueen and won the race, which only made their rivalry grow larger.

In the second race in Porto Corsa, Francesco hears about Lightning missing his friend Mater. Then he tells him that it's hard to be far away from home. However, Francesco was at home, and his mama was in the audience. He tells his mama that he will win the race. For most of the race, Francesco was in the lead, but then Lightning passes him and wins the race. Unfortunately, Lightning's taste of victory is promptly shattered when he notices the huge wreck on the LED screen (since nearly all the other cars used Allinol which explodes from a EMP gun). Both racers are horrified of the huge wreck of injured cars.

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"What is happening?! It's a bad dream!"

In the third race in London, he was at first seen in the lead, but then Lightning passes him. Then Mater, using a pair of rockets and had McQueen holding onto him, zoomed past Francesco, which makes him hope it was a bad dream. Then Holley, with her wings and afterburners, passes him, and he freaks out again.

By the Radiator Springs Grand Prix, the rivalry between the two had settled down a little, and they can be considered "friends" although they do seem to still be major rivals at times. Before the race, Sally meets him when Lightning introduces them to each other. Then Francesco sees Lightning's bumper sticker, which said "Ka-ciao, Francesco!" The race then started with Lightning in the lead (it was his home track), and Francesco following.

Video games

Cars 2: The Video Game

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Francesco in the garage

In Cars 2: The Video Game, Francesco is one of the ten characters that are playable from the beginning of the game. A version with a black paint job, called Midnight Francesco, can be unlocked by earning all badges and crests.

Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure

In Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure, he appears in the second Cars level as part of the main goal. He tells the player and Holley Shiftwell to keep off the Tokyo race course as he has a race to prepare for, only that the player and Holley were searching for a bomb that somebody planted on the course of the Tokyo Grand Prix. They see that the bomb is on Francesco, who doesn't even know about the bomb. The player has to catch Francesco and use a device to disarm the bomb before it explodes. In the ending cutscene, the player deactivates the bomb, only that when the player and Holley investigate the bomb, Francesco asks them what did they want with him. Holley explains that someone sabotaged him with the bomb, only that he's safe now, but he doesn't believe it, saying that it is ridiculous and that he is not easily fooled, before driving away saying to the player and Holley that they are just trying to get into his head, but it will never work.


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Francesco during a battle race in Disney Infinity

In Disney INFINITY, Francesco is one of the four playable characters from the Cars franchise. His exclusive adventure is Francesco's Rush, which is a race that you need to beat in a certain time to get a gold medal. His abilities are the same as the other cars, which are drifting, and an additional square to the turbo boost meter.

During the story of the Cars Play Set, after completing the "Double Back Dash" mission, he arrives at the Radiator Springs International Race Invitational hosted by Luigi. Later, Francesco challenges the player's character to a race with trick barrels scattered around the track. After Chick Hicks says to the other racers that he is plotting to win the race and that it will be the "last time you'll be seeing my grill," Francesco states to The King that he almost likes Chick and that he would have said it better. After the player wins the race, Francesco watches as Finn McMissile plans to have Chick sent to the impound lot, and leaves with Finn, The King, Ramone and Flo as they instead take Chick away to be painted red with lightning bolts.

Cars: Fast as Lightning

In this game, he is the second-to-last character to unlock. Lightning also does a rematch against him at the last race of his track.


"Women respect a car that has-a nothing to hide."
—Francesco, at the party in Japan.
"Grazie di arrivederci!" (Thank you, goodbye!)
—Francesco passing Lightning in Tokyo, after Lightning thinks Mater told him to go outside.
Darrell Cartrip: "Hey, what was your strategy today?"
Francesco Bernoulli: "Strategia?" (Italian for "Strategy?") "Francesco needs-a no strategy! It's-a very simple. You start the race, wait for Lightning McQueen to choke, pass him, then win. Francesco always-a wins. It's-a boring."
—Darrell Cartrip asks Francesco what strategy he used to win the race in Tokyo.
Francesco Bernoulli: "This is impossible!"
Lightning McQueen: "That's what I'm talking about! Ka-chow!"
(A bunch of ambulances pass them with their sirens on.)
Lightning McQueen: "Wh- What happened? Where are all the other cars?"
Francesco Bernoulli: "What is going on?"
(They look at the screen to see the huge pile up.)
Lightning McQueen: "Oh, no!"
—Francesco and Lightning, after the race in Italy.
"What is happening?! It's a bad dream!"
—Francesco, after Mater zooms past him with his rockets.
—Francesco, after Holley Shiftwell zooms past him.


The Disney Wiki and Disney Fan Fiction Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Francesco Bernoulli.


  • Francesco's last name, Bernoulli, is a reference to Daniel Bernoulli, a Dutch/Swiss mathematician who published ground-breaking theories on fluid dynamics and the conservation of energy.
  • Francesco's pit crew chief is Giuseppe Motorosi.
  • On Francesco's side is a logo presenting the letters FR in a design similar to the F1 logo. It is the abbreviation of "Formula Racer", his racing league.
  • Francesco, Lightning, Jeff and Lewis are the only race cars who didn't get blown up by Acer and Grem.
  • Francesco's design resembles a typical modern Formula One design.
  • Francesco's tires are "Rotelli Tires Pasta Potenza". "Potenza" alludes to Bridgestone's Potenza tires, which were used by all Formula One teams from 2007 to 2010. "Pasta Potenza" would literally mean "the power of pasta". "Rotelli" is a play between Rotini, a type of pasta, and Pirelli, which is the current official F1 tire supplier. It is possibly also a reference to Italian sports cars being called "Pasta Rockets". However, in Disney Infinity, "Pasta Potenza" is replaced by a repeat of "Rotelli Tires".
  • Francesco often refers to himself in the third person.
  • Despite his rudeness, Francesco is shown to have a caring side, as he was horrified along with Lightning McQueen by the injured cars because of the Allinol explosion.


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  2. In ‘Cars 2,’ John Lasseter Says Big Oil is the ‘Uber Bad Guy’
  3. Behind the Scenes of Cars 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Cars 2 production notes
  5. How to build a talking car ? Says 'Cars 2' Art Director Jay Shuster, it starts with Google.
  6. Story Supervisor Nathan Stanton CARS 2 Exclusive Interview
  7. 'Cars 2' Character Stats, New Tokyo Party Clip and New Still as Sophia Loren Joins International Cast
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