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Miles Axelrod Cars 2
Miles Axlerod
Background information
Feature films Cars 2
Short films
Television programs
Video games Cars 2: The Video Game
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Eddie Izzard
Performance model Modified Range Rover L322
Inspiration Stinky Pete
Henry J. Waternoose, III
Charles Muntz
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Sir Axlerod
The Mystery Engine
Personality Deceptive, Greedy, evil, ruthless, selfish, manipulative, sneaky, and rude.
Appearance Dark green car, with chrome rims, a black roof and blue eyes
Occupation Ex-oil tycoon
Host of the World Grand Prix
Leader of the Lemons
Professor Z, Grem and Acer's boss
Alignment Bad
Goal To make alternative fuel look bad and get rich from his huge oil rigs (real)
Minions His lieutenant Professor Z, Grem, Acer, J. Curby Gremlin, Tubbs Pacer, Vladimir Trunkov, Victor Hugo, Ivan, Tyler Gremlin, Don Crumlin, Fred Pacer, Petey Pacer, Petrov Trunkov, Tolga Trunkov, Alexander Hugo
Enemies Mater, Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissile, Holley Shiftwell, Luigi, Guido, Fillmore, Sarge, Sally Carrera, Ramone, Flo, Red, Doug Speedcheck, Mark Wheelsen, Francesco Bernoulli, The Queen, Prince Wheeliam, Darrell Cartrip, Brent Mustanburger, David Hobbscap, Jeff Gorvette, Raoul ÇaRoule, Lewis Hamilton, Carla Veloso, Nigel Gearsley, Shu Todoroki, all racers, his fuel company Allinol, anyone who insults lemons
Likes Crime, wealth, the camera weapon being used on other cars
Dislikes Mater, anyone insulting lemon cars, failure
Powers and abilities Speed, engines, and manipulations.
Fate Gets arrested by the police in London.
Quote "He's a little excited, isn't he?"
"How did the tow truck figure it out?"
Cars 2 Turntable "Miles Axlerod"00:25

Cars 2 Turntable "Miles Axlerod"

Sir Miles Axlerod is the hidden main antagonist in Cars 2.


Miles Axlerod is a cunning and manipulative leader of the lemons. He also hates Allinol and he blames on Mater for leaking oil.

Cars 2

"Axlerod is a former oil baron who has sold off his fortune, converted himself into an electric vehicle and has devoted his life to finding the renewable, clean-burning energy source of the future—ultimately discovering what he believes is the fuel everyone should be using. Axlerod is also the car behind the World Grand Prix, a three-country race he created that attracts the world’s top athletes—but it’s really an excuse to show off his new wonder-fuel, Allinol."

Though at first Professor Zündapp appears to be the main villain, it is revealed near the end of the film by Mater that Axlerod is actually the villain. His supposed "alternative fuel" was actually gasoline engineered to expand and eventually explode if hit with an electromagnetic pulse, and was part of a plot to turn the world against alternative energy and have them rely on gasoline, bringing profits to the lemons and himself due to the fact that they own the largest untapped oil reserves in the world. At a party promoting the World Grand Prix, he leaked oil on the floor, proving that he wasn't an electric car; he blamed it on Mater.

Eventually, Axlerod arranges for Zündapp and the lemon cars to plant a bomb on Mater's air filter as a backup plan to kill Lightning McQueen. Mater later discovers the story about the conspiracy after helping Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell arrest Zündapp and the lemon cars, and confronts Axlerod for it, and his suspicions are confirmed when he forces Axlerod into deactivating the bomb with a voice command in order to keep the bomb from killing himself since he would have been caught in the blast. To proceed further, Mater opens Axlerod's hood, revealing the same engine (a Rover V8) as the unseen mastermind depicted in the photo, which Finn and Holley obtained from their American counterpart earlier, proving to be a perfect match. It is not told what happened to Axlerod after having his plot exposed. But it can be implied that in the end of the movie, he gets arrested on the charges of conspiracy to commit crime, murder and embezzlement, since he is last seen being surrounded by several police cars and sent to jail with Zündapp and the other lemons for good.


  • His design resembles an extremely modified version of a Range Rover L322.
  • His license plate is ALT NRG, an abbreviation of "alternative energy." However, before his "electric conversion" (ultimately a lie), he does not appear to have a license plate at all.
  • Miles' tires' texture repeats a leaf-shaped motif.
  • If you look closely at his front wheels, you can see the words "REGEN R8," meaning "Regenerate."
  • Miles uses a lot of parts made by "British Wheeland" to keep himself going. "British Wheeland" is a parody of British Leyland, which produced both the Range Rover and the notoriously unstable V-8 engine that powered them. Even the logo was a parody of British Leyland's, using a big bold printed W instead of the big bold
    Where have I seen that before?

    Miles Axlerod emerges from the jungle from Up

    printed L. Mater states truthfully that B.L. made parts that won't fit on other cars because of them not using standardized bolts.
  • The jungle Miles gets lost in before he converts to an electric vehicle is the jungle from Up.
  • The DVD commentary for Cars 2 states that the climax where Mater confronts Axlerod at Buckingham Palace over the plot to sabotage the World Grand Prix came rather early in production, so the Pixar team went backwards from there to make Axlerod the ultimate good guy and someone else the bad guy, so that when it got up to the climax, everyone could see how brilliant Mater was in figuring out the whole thing when despite coming off as foolish.
  • Before coming up with Axlerod, Pixar had considered a Russian super car as the main villain.
  • Axlerod's name apparently originated from an old joke his voice actor Eddie Izzard actually once told concerning the invention of the wheel and axle.
    • Axlerod's voice actor also played Nigel the koala from The Wild.
  • Along with Grem, Acer, Professor Z and Victor Hugo, Axlerod is playable in Cars 2: The Video Game, even though they are villains. However, it could be that the tracks are actually part of the simulation, so it's possible that they are part of it as well.
  • Axelrod's personality is very similar to that of Waternoose (one of the main antagonists from Monsters, Inc.): both are portrayed as evil businessmen who are originally introduced as being friendly, both rely on deception as part of their motivations, and both are ultimately defeated by being exposed by the heroes as villains and being subsequently arrested.
  • Axlerod is the true main antagonist in the film because he had bigger plans than Professor Z.
  • Next to Waternoose, he can be assumed as one of the deceptive villains for his wicked deeds:
  • Using false kindness to blind others.
  • Making Allinol look bad so he can get rich.
  • Framing Mater for dripping oil.
  • Putting a bomb on Mater.
  • Calling Mater a twit.


Miles Axlerod: "Ah! He's a little excited, isn't he?"
Lightning McQueen: "Mater!"
Mater: "But wait, I... Oh, shoot!"
Lightning McQueen: "Mater!"
Miles Axlerod: "Has anyone got a towel?"
Lightning McQueen: "Mater, you have to get a hold of yourself! You're making a scene!"
Mater: "But I never leak oil. Never."
Lightning McQueen: "Go take care of yourself right now!"
—When he was leaking oil and blamed Mater for it.
Lightning McQueen: "Sir Axlerod."
Miles Axlerod: "I'm sorry to interrupt."
Lightning McQueen: "No, no. It - it's all right."
Miles Axlerod: "I just wanted to come down here, and to personally thank you. Because after Italy, I was finished, and then you gave me one last shot."
Lightning McQueen: "Listen, I. . ."
Miles Axlerod: "I probably shouldn't be saying this at all, but I hope you win today. You show the world that they've been wrong about Allinol."
Sally Carrera: "Mater would want you to race."
Lightning McQueen: "All right. For Mater."
—Miles "thanks" Lightning for deciding to use Allinol for the race in London.
  • "Deactivate!"
  • "How did the tow truck figure it out?" (Axlerod's last words)


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