Tow Mater
Tow Mater
Character information
Name Tow Mater
Alias Mater, Sir Tow Mater
Franchise Cars
Sex Male
Species Car
Friends Lightning McQueen (best friend), Luigi, Guido, Holley Shiftwell (girlfriend), Francesco Bernoulli, Flo, Fillmore, Finn McMissile, Ramone, The King
Enemies Chick Hicks, Grem
Occupation Tow Truck
Residence Radiator Springs
Voice Actor Larry the Cable Guy

"Well, howdy! I'm Mater. Need a tow?"
-Tow Mater, when placed on the Disney Infinity Base

Tow Mater is the deuteragonist of Cars and the protagonist of its sequel. He is a playable character in Disney INFINITY. Mater was released on August 18th at launch. His adventure is Mator's Tow-Go.


Tow Mater is a brown rusty looking tow truck with blueish paint on his wheel arches and greenish paint on his doors. Mater also has some blueish paint on his bumper. He has green eyes on his windshield and brown "eyebrows". He has a missing headlight on his left side as well as a missing light on his roof (not shown in Disney Infinity). Mater as two large buckteeth. His hood is removed (he lost it before the events of Cars). His license plate reads "A113".


Mater can tow objects and other players and cars, using his skill tree you can make load outs more powerful and give machine guns more ammo, and make him jump higher and also let Mater charge his turbo boost quicker as well as do faster air tricks.



Mater lived in Radiator Springs his whole life. In his younger days, he used to be a real handful around town, playing pranks on everyone, tippin' tractors, saying inappropriate things at the wrong time, but luckily he's matured a lot since then.

Mater's a good ol' boy with a big heart and the only tow truck in Radiator Springs. He runs Tow Mater Towing & Salvage and manages the local impound lot. Though a little rusty, he has the quickest towrope in Carburetor County and is always the first to lend a helping hand. Mater sees the bright side of any situation. He's the heart and soul of Radiator Springs, and he doesn't have a mean bolt in his chassis. Keep an eye on Mater, he tends to take things a little too literally. Mater is a friendly tow truck with buckteeth. He speaks with a thick Southern accent with a dash of hillbilly twang and frequently uses incorrect syntax.

Mater runs Tow Mater Towing & Salvage. Mater is one of the first to befriend and support Lightning throughout his adventure in Radiator Springs. During the film, Mater shows Lightning how to do Tractor Tippin' and how to drive backwards without crashing by using rearview mirrors, which Lightning uses to counter Chick Hicks' dirty racing in the Piston Cup race. In the end, Lightning gives Mater an opportunity to fly in a Dinoco helicopter like he always wanted, saying to Sally that Mater is his new best friend.

Mater is also capable of racing, as well as being the (self-proclaimed) world's best backwards driver. He attributes his skill to his rear-view mirrors and his own philosophy: "Don't need to know where I'm going, just need to know where I've been.

Cars 2

In the now popular tourist destination of Radiator Springs, the rusty old tow truck Mater has a number of roles, including proprietor of Tow Mater Towing and Salvage, grand storyteller and the heart and soul of the town. But Mater’s favorite title is best friend to Lightning. Mater values each and every dent he’s earned on his escapades with Lightning over the years, and anxiously awaits further fun with his friend when Lightning returns with his latest Piston Cup.

Cheerful, honest and loyal to a fault, Mater rushes to his best friend’s defense, which ultimately lands the off-duty Lightning in an international racing exhibition: the World Grand Prix. When Lightning invites Mater to come along as a member of his pit crew, Mater leaves Carburetor County for the first time ever.

Not long after their arrival in Tokyo, Mater learns that the world outside of Radiator Springs is decidedly different and its newfangled ways may take some getting used to. But when he’s mistaken for an American secret agent after returning from a bathroom due to an "oil leak incident" (actually Miles Axlerod's doing), he falls into an intriguing adventure of his own. Caught between supporting his best friend on a globe-trotting racing competition and his new role in international espionage, Mater ends up in an explosive chase through the streets of Tokyo and Europe alongside a team of British spies and international bad guys. During his mission as a spy, Mater is first blamed by McQueen for "accidentally" messing up the racecar's moves and causing him to lose the first race, Mater is immediately found by Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell at Tokyo airport where they then make a dash toward the spy jet Siddeley while escaping some Lemons who were pursuing them. Mater is then flown to Paris where Finn and Holley tell him about the mysterious Lemon "big boss" who was behind the Lemon's evil plot of the exploding racecars, and that he has to infiltrate the next Lemon meeting, which will be held in Porto Corsa, Italy, which is also where the second race will take place. While taking Stephenson to Italy, Finn and Holley install a holographic cloaking device onto Mater's roof light and has him disguise himself as a Lemon tow truck name Ivan, and upon arrival, Mater, now disguised is sent into the casino where the Lemon meeting is held. Unfortunately, during the meeting Mater accidentally breaks his hologram disguise and allowing the Lemons to identify him, but the tow truck escapes with his parachute and rockets and flies off to warn McQueen about the Lemon's evil plot only to be captured and sent to London (the final race's setting) where he, along with Finn and Holley are all tied to the gears of Big Bentley to be crushed to death. Mater then tells Grem and Acer, two of the Lemons inside the clock tower to let him go after hearing that they have installed a bomb in Lightning McQueen's pit that will kill McQueen upon his arrival (due to their EMP cannon being disabled as a result of Sarge switching the Allinol with Fillmore's fuel) so that he can warn McQueen about the bomb, but upon arriving at McQueen's pit he then realized that the Lemons tricked him, and that the bomb in question was instead inside Mater! Mater then tows McQueen away from the racetrack to save his life, and after a fight between Finn, Holley, the Radiator Springs townsfolk and the Lemons, Mater realizes that the bomb is down to only a few minutes and is actually voice activated and can only be deactivated by the Lemon Big Boss himself. Mater then returns to the finish line where he notices Miles Axlerod in the grandstand in front of Buckingham Palace and tells everyone that Axlerod is the head Lemon and was behind the evil plot of the exploding cars in the first place, as well as leaking the oil puddle back in Tokyo. With his bomb only down to the last ten seconds, Axlerod, realizing that his villainy has been exposed, is immediately forced to deactivate the bomb and is then arrested on the spot. Just right as the police is about to take Axlerod away, Mater opens the Lemon's hood revealing the exact same engine as seen in Holley's photos. Just before the end of the film, The Queen knights Mater for his bravery. Upon returning to the US, Mater returns all of his gadgets to Finn and Holley, but decides to keep his rockets.


  • His model number is 1000017.
  • For some reason, he is allot less talkative in 2.0, limited to little phrases said in-game. However, this is so far not fixed in 3.0, as some of the quotes he says when put on the base are still absent, as well as the quotes he says around the Cast Members, along with the sounds he makes when doing air tricks. Additionally, a couple of the sounds he makes when side-bashing are absent in the third game when they have been included in the second game. Also, his quotes are strangely not covered by the subtitles along with the other Cars characters and Syndrome.
  • In the Disney Infinity series, he has a different horn sound compared to the one used in the Cars series.
  • When turning into a monster truck, Mater's skill tree will restart, you will get all skill points back. Turning back to normal will turn the skill tree back to normal.



"Well, what're we waitin' for? Let's go!"


For all photos and videos, see Mater/Gallery.