Disney Pixar Cars – Mach Matsuo

“Mach used to be one of the world’s most successful production sports-car racers. He found winning success on the sands of Baja, in European rallies, and in sports-car club races around Japan. When Mach got the offer to be a Le Motor crew chief, he realized it was time to start training and shaping Shu Todoroki into a World Grand Prix champion!”
He is seen in the Japan race telling Shu something in Japanese. He is seen after Bruno Motoreau and before Giuseppe Motorosi.

Trivia

  • Mach is modeled as a 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z.
  • The Nissan Fairlady Z was marketed as the Datsun 240Z in the USA.
  • Yoshihiko Matsuo (in which Mach appears to be named after) is the Nissan designer who designed the Fairlady Z.
  • 96% of the first generation Z cars were sold in North America, very few were sold domestically in Japan.
  • Mach’s license plate reads 6206.
  • In the first Cars 2 trailer around 0:47, Mach Matsuo can be spotted rapidly passing by in the background as Mater and Lightning McQueen are driving in Tokyo. This scene however does not appear in the final film.
  • In Cars 2, an orange Z can be seen in the crowd at the Japan WGP race holding batons.
  • In Cars 2, a green Z can be seen in the streets after the “karate demonstration” is over. Nissan sold several green Z cars, but the avocado hue seems to indicate Nissan 113 Metalic Green which was introduced in 1972.
  • In Cars 2, the gong struck at the Japan WGP cocktail party is shaped like a stock Z wheel cover.
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Part of a two-pack with Shu Todoroki, the level of detail on this model is really good.
Look at the reg plate and the name badge at the back of the model – really gives the model some authenticity, which is one of the reason I like this collection I am building of Pixar models. 
Once again, the headset is just not necessary, however, I have to say that this is one fo the best castings to come from the Mattel stable of Pixar Cars for quite some time. 
A great addition and well done Mattel here.
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