Cars: Fast as Lightning is a racing managerial game based on the Cars franchise, similar to Car Town. The game is divided into manageable and racing parts, although the first has a direct impact on the second.
There is a total over 20 playable characters in the game. Unlocking new character requires acquiring all of the puzzle stickers, which can be earned by winning the appropriate number of races. Each car may be upgraded for a coin or diamonds and has a different set of races and an own racing track. The player may customize the race track with numerous trick facilities earned by winning races and gaining experience points needed to level up. While racing the player should avoid obstacles, perform tricks, use acceleration power ups and collect experience points.
Game resources (coins, diamonds) may be earned by winning the races, performing mini tasks or collecting from city buildings. The city is fully customizable with numerous available constantly-producing coins buildings. Some of the buildings have the appropriate purpose, such as upgrading vehicle or tire replacement, directly referring to the animated series Radiator Springs. The other can be used to perform mini-quests, awarded with coins and experience points.