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Francesco bernoulli
Performer: John Turturro
Appeared in: Cars 2
"Francesco always-a wins."
Cars 2 Vidéo Showroom de Francesco Bernoulli- Le 27 juillet 2011 au cinéma00:25

Cars 2 Vidéo Showroom de Francesco Bernoulli- Le 27 juillet 2011 au cinéma

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.

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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.

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

Francesco mel dorado show

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.
Francesco bumper sticker

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 catch-phrase

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.

Francesco london


In the third race in London, he was at first seen in the lead, but then Lightning passes him. Then, when Mater with his rockets zoomed passed him, he was hoping it was a bad dream. Then Holley with her wings 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. 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.


Francesco is cocky and self-centered, as proven on numerous occasions with Lightning McQueen. In Cars 2, Francesco serves as the main antagonist on Lightning's part of the film, and has a similar persona to Chick Hicks. However, unlike Chick, Francesco seems to have a good side to him somewhere in his transmission. 


  • Hometown: Porto Corsa, Italy
  • Top Speed: 220 mph
  • Zero – 60 mph: 2.5 seconds
  • Engine Type: 2.4-liter V-8, 18,500 rpm redline
  • Horsepower: 750


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’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's design resembles a typical modern Formula One design.
  • Francesco's tires are "Rotelli Tires Pasta Potenza". Potenza makes allusions to Bridgestone's Potenza tires, which were used by all Formula One teams from 2007 to 2010. Note that "Pasta Potenza" would literally mean "the power of pasta". "Rotelli" is a play between Rotini, a type of pasta, and Pirelli, which is now the official F1 tire supplier. It is possibly also a reference to Italian sports cars being called "Pasta Rockets".
  • Many fans like to pair him with fellow racer Carla Veloso, though it is unknown why.
  • Francesco often refers to himself in the third person.


"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.



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  5. How to build a talking car ? Says 'Cars 2' Art Director Jay Shuster, it starts with Google.
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