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Koji (個人) is a Japanese drift racer in Cars: Mater-National Championship. He is also a champion in his home country of Japan, as well as the fourth new competitor that Lightning McQueen meets in the game. Koji does not have very good boost stats, but his amazing handling and acceleration make up for it. 


Cars: Mater-National Championship

Koji racing with Sarge, Mater, Luigi, and Lightning.

In Cars: Mater-National Championship, Lightning is driving across the bridge in Tailfin Pass when Koji and Otto von Fassenbottom fly by, with Vince and Sonny trailing behind them, saying that they joined the wrong race. Curious, Lightning continues to join races in Tailfin Pass until he meets Koji, in a race called Canyon Run. Unfortunately, Lightning does not speak Japanese, but Mater states that he does, though he proves to be lying. Lightning and Koji then form a race with Philip, Yuri, and Gerald.

Once the race is complete, Lightning and Koji are having a friendly discussion when Mater comes speeding at them and hits a bump, where he goes flying across the bridge, and miraculously lands on his tires. The two are amazed at Mater's stunt, which Mater claims that he meant to do.

Koji can be unlocked as a playable character by purchasing him for 40,000 bonus points. He also has an alternate green paint job that can be purchased for 40,000 bonus points. In the Wii version of the game, there are three more paint jobs that can be purchased for him, all of which also cost 40,000 bonus points.

General information

Physical description

Koji is painted red, with white designs towards his rear. He has a black hood and spoiler, as well as the word "Kojimoto" painted on both of his doors in white. He is modeled after a Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33), his bodykit could be inspired by the Nissan Fairlady Zs that raced in the JGTC in the GT300 class.

Personality and traits

Koji is very focused on his racing career, but still has fun while doing so.

Powers and abilities

Koji is an incredibly talented Japanese drift racer, with incredible powerslides and drifts. He is a relatively speedy character, with outstanding handling.


Profiles and statistics

Cars: Mater-National Championship

  • Bios
    • "Koji comes from the world of downhill Touge Racing, commonly known as drifting. Much of Koji's success is attributed to his light and manoeuvrable style of driving. He prides himself on his ability to take turns with wide, screeching, smoking power slides. Koji treats his sport as a science - he's extremely competent, but he's not so focused that he forgets to have fun."[citation needed]
  • Stats
    • Boost: 2
    • Acceleration: 3
    • Handling: 5
    • Stability: 3


  • Masi Oka - Cars: Mater-National Championship


Names in other languages

  • Japanese: 光司 (transcription: Koji)
  • Russian: Хиро (transcription: Hiro)


  • Koji is the only character unique to the game not to speak English despite the fact his voice actor can speak English.
  • Koji's Russian name translated to English, Hiro, is still used in the coding of other languages of Cars: Mater-National Championship.
Cars: Mater-National Championship
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Lightning McQueenMonster McQueenTow MaterMonster MaterDoc HudsonRamoneFloSargeFillmoreLuigiGudmundOtto Von FassenbottomKojiGiovanniEmmaLizzieMiaTiaFletcherPhilipGeraldFredYuriSheriffGuidoFrankVinceSonnyLennyBarrySnot RodGinormousThe CripplerCount SpatulaRedBessieCletusZekeTommy JoeBufordJuddLewisSulleyMikeTractors
Road Races: Radiator Springs CircuitFillmore's Nature PreserveNorth Willys ButteOrnament Valley AirportInside the TurkeyRustbucket Grand PrixWheel Well CircuitThe Upper MineCanyon Run

Stadium Races: Stadium Race #1Stadium Race #2Stadium Race #3Stadium Race #4

Rustbucket Races: Rustbucket Race #1Rustbucket Race #2Rustbucket Race #3Rustbucket Race #4

Monster Truck Waypoint Races: Waypoint Race #1Waypoint Race #2Waypoint Race #3

Luigi and Guido's Team Relay: Team Relay #1Team Relay #2Team Relay #3Team Relay #4

Minigames: Mike and Sulley's Last LaughFillmore's Fuel FrenzyTractor TippingRamone's Rhythmic RumbleGhosting MaterDoc and the Law's Race 'n' Chase

Miscellaneous: Big and Strong AgainI Wanna Be a Monster Too!