- "Right then, let me at that track!"
- —Cars 2: The Video Game, Nigel Gearsley
Nigel Gearsley is a British race car from Warwickshire, United Kingdom. He is a professional race car who competes in the Grand Touring Sports 1 series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the number 9. In 2011 he took part in the World Grand Prix representing the United Kingdom.
Nigel Gearsley from Warwickshire, England, is an Aston Martin DBR9 racer bearing #9. He got his start racing the Speed Hill Climb—a unique, completely uphill race through the Aston Hill Mountain Area that his family has run for generations. Nigel’s racing career has been anything but an uphill challenge, as he’s won nearly every start in the past few years on the Grand Touring Sports Car circuit, including a string of podiums at Nürburgring and Le Mans. His cool British refinement makes him an imposing presence on the World Grand Prix courses.
In Cars 2, Nigel competed in all three races of the World Grand Prix, and at the Radiator Springs Grand Prix. His first appearance was at the Tokyo welcome party, shocked with the other World Grand Prix racers as they watch Mater drinking from the fountain after he eats a lot of wasabi. The dirt section during the Tokyo race was one of Nigel's best performances. He came in fifth place at the end of the race. In that race, his pit was at the end of the pit row, with Miguel Camino's pit on the left. In the Porto Corsa race, Nigel was following Carla Veloso to the third position. But then he blew up, due to the electromagnetic pulse generator used by the Lemons.
He is the second car to have his motor exploded by the lemons' electromagnetic pulse cannon, and the fifth car in general to be hit by the pulse. However, he got fixed and was able to race in London. During the final race, Nigel was between sixth and eighth position. In that race, his pit was in between those of Lightning McQueen and Francesco Bernoulli. He later raced in the Radiator Springs Grand Prix was seen in the 8th position during the race.
Cars 2: The Video Game
In Cars 2: The Video Game, Nigel appears as a playable character that can be unlocked once access to Clearance Level 4 has been granted. Stats:
Weight Class: Medium
Cars: Fast as Lightning
While Nigel doesn't appear in Cars: Fast as Lightning, he was planned to be a playable character. He was most likely dropped due to copyright issues or time constraints.
Nigel is painted dark green, with a black grille surrounded by yellow lining. He has two gray headlights surrounded by a light green swirl design, which is also depicted over his rear wheels. On his trunk, he has a black spoiler with the World Grand Prix logo. He has tires with chrome rims, and a skinny antenna erupting out of his roof.
Nigel, according to Meet the Cars, is a 2008 Aston Martin DBR9 representing the GTS1 (GT1) class along with Lewis Hamilton. He is a reference to the Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 that won at the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans. With Jeff Gorvette, Nigel is the only WGP racer to be a precise model of one particular car, and therefore, to not be a Pixar in-house design. Indeed, while some other racers, like Lewis Hamilton, Shu Todoroki, and Raoul ÇaRoule have a clear main inspiration, they aren't exact copies of the car, which is why their vehicle types aren't named after the same car although the year they were built alludes to their real cars.
He is powered by a 6.0 liter V-12 with 600 HP. He can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph.
Nigel is a famous English race car, competing in their championship. He was recruited for the World Grand Prix in 2011, where he placed very well in, but also received some major damage in a huge wreck involving a long curved bridge and 6 other racers.
- ''Cheerio!'' - Cars 2: The Video Game
- ''Oi, watch it mate!'' - Cars 2: The Video Game
- ''Take two!'' - Cars 2: The Video Game
- ''What? No!'' - Cars 2: The Video Game
- "Ah, yes!" - Cars 2: The Video Game (3DS/DS)
- "Fantastic!" - Cars 2: The Video Game (3DS/DS)
- "Up we go!" - Cars 2: The Video Game (3DS/DS)
- "My word!" - Cars 2: The Video Game (3DS/DS)
For this subject's image gallery, see Nigel Gearsley/Gallery.
Names in other languages
- Polish: Nigel Spyder
- Portuguese: Nigel Marcha
- Russian: Найджел Газли (transctipion: Naydzhel Gazly)
- Nigel's pit crew chief is Austin Littleton.
- The name of one of his pitties is Nick Pit-Tire.
- One of Nigel's personal fans is Prince Wheeliam.
- Nigel Gearsley is likely named after Sir Nigel Gresley, a famous British steam locomotive engineer who designed the Flying Scotsman and Mallard, the fastest steam locomotive in the world.
- While Nigel does have a turntable video, it lacks animation, just simply showing off his model.
- Although Nigel didn't have a speaking role in Cars 2, he has one in Cars 2: The Video Game, where he is voiced by Greg Ellis.
- His die-cast model shows that he has Allinol wording above his vents however his appearance in the movie and in artwork don't.
- In the NDS version of Cars 2: The Video Game, Nigel's engine is exploded by Grem at the Tokyo race.
- Nigel was planned to be included in Cars: Fast as Lightning but got cut.
- This is possibly due to licensing issues with the Aston Martin company.
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