I’m sure you’ve seen the popular animated film Cars, right? However, that film is not considered anime. So, on this list, we’ll look at some racing or car anime.
Before we begin, I should clarify a few points. Racing anime isn’t just about cars. There will be some shows about other vehicles, such as skateboards and bikes. Second, there aren’t many racing anime to choose from. This exquisite genre has yet to be explored by the anime industry.
BEST RACING ANIME
22. Hyper Speed Transforming Gyrozetter
|Title||Hyper Speed Transforming Gyrozetter|
|Genre||Action, Mecha, Racing, Shounen|
This is a very long title. I’m sure you guessed from the title that this anime is about Mecha. No? I guess I’ll have to go over everything again.
This anime’s plot revolves around transforming cars. The world has changed dramatically, and we now have AI cars all over the place. To drive these cars, however, you must first attend a driving school. Children are even taught how to drive these vehicles. Lol!
This is where the adventure begins. Our MC, Kakeru Todoroki, was chosen to drive Gyrozetter, a special car that can transform into a mecha. What is the goal? Well! He will fight for humanity’s safety.
This show’s animation is also quite good. You will defo enjoy it.
21. Two Car
The following anime on the list is Two Car. This is not your typical racing anime. We follow the story of two girls named Yuri and Megumi in this show. They are both sidecar racers competing for their high school in a racing event.
Well! Why are they participating in this sport, which is not widely known? The main reason is that they want to see their racing instructor. If they win this tournament, they will be eligible to compete in a prestigious event in England.
And there’s something else…. They’re both madly in love with their teacher. Hmmmm! This adds to the intrigue, doesn’t it? This thing, according to some, kills the show’s vibe. But, for some, this makes the anime even more interesting. The animation is really exquisite.
20. The Racing Brothers Let’s and Go
|Title||Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s and Go|
This show is unlike any other car racing anime. There will be no original cars in this one. I’m assuming you’ve seen Beyblade and Bakugan, correct? Well! They are very similar to this anime.
The plot revolves around two brothers, Go Seiba and Retsu. I’ll tell you a little bit about our MCs’ world. Mini car tournaments are held in the same way that Beyblade tournaments are. Retsu and Seiba were given special “Mini 4WD” mini cars. This was the start of their adventure. Our MCs face numerous challenges, including collecting car parts and competing in various tournaments.
Well! The anime is primarily aimed at younger viewers. Most of you might not like it. The animation is also not that great. Still. It is an enjoyable watch.
19. Speed Racer
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Racing|
Speed Racer is one of the oldest anime series available. This incredible show debuted in 1967 and has over 50 episodes.
The show’s protagonist is Gou Mifune. His father is a brilliant mechanic who created the world’s fastest car, the Mach 5. Gou has a lofty ambition. His ambition is to become the greatest racer in the world. His father, on the other hand, is not a fan of his son’s ambition. He does not want his son to become a racecar driver. Why? Well! I’m not going to tell you why. why..
Gou, as the protagonist, will not give up on his dream. He made it into the racing industry somehow. Soon, he realises that becoming a racer is not easy. He will face numerous challenges. The animation of this show is not great. Well! It makes sense as it aired back in 1967. Still, it is an inspiration for a lot of racing anime.
|Genre||Actio. Adventure, Racing, Comedy|
As previously stated, the majority of the anime on this list are quite old. This treasure was released in 2001 and 2002. It consists of six OVAs, a prequel OVA, and a film. This show isn’t about racing at all.
It tells the story of the Ex-Drivers. What exactly are ex-drivers? Well! This anime is set in the future, where AIs control everything. Ex-drivers are among the few people who can drive. They must ensure transportation safety and prevent malfunctioning robots.
The plot isn’t particularly interesting. Nonetheless, the show manages to keep it interesting. If you like classic racing/car anime, this is a must-see. It’s impossible to overlook.
17. F-Zero: GP Legend
|Title||F-Zero Falcon Densetsu|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Mecha, Racing|
The next anime on this list is based on the popular game F-Zero: GP Legend. This game’s sequel has been eagerly anticipated by fans. However, it has been a long time, and gamers have given up hope.
But there is still an anime based on the game! But there is still an anime based on the game! This anime follows the adventures of Captain Falcon, a racer. This anime depicts his life and how many races he competed in and won. This anime’s storyline is simply fantastic!
This anime also depicts Captain Falcon’s daily life in a way that keeps viewers interested. This anime aired back in 2003, so the animation is a bit lacking. It has over 50 episodes and is a great watch if you’re looking for some action-packed racing anime.
16. What’s up Mechadoc
|Genre||Action, Comedy, Detective, Racing|
This is one of the most realistic series I’ve ever seen. This fantastic show aired in the 1980s. In my opinion, it is criminally underappreciated. Well! The primary reason for this is that it has only been dubbed in Italian. Yes! You read that correctly! It was never dubbed in English, making it difficult to find an audience outside of Japan.
I won’t ruin the show for you. But first, let me tell you about the benefits of watching this show. There are no fake designs in the cars featured in this show because they are all based on real cars. All of these vehicles were operational in the 1980s. The sound of their engines was even recorded to be used in the show.
Interesting, right? This show is a must-watch in my opinion. You should defo give it a shot. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
15. Oban Star-Racers
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Mecha, Racing|
|Studio||Hal Film Maker|
Oban Star-Racers is the next anime on this list. Eva is the protagonist of this anime. She attends a boarding school, far from his father. Her father adores her, but he hasn’t communicated with her in a long time. Eva was concerned about this. So she sneaked out of her school on her Rocket Bike and managed to infiltrate the Earth team in an intergalactic race.
Well! This is starting to get interesting. You’re probably wondering what’s in it for Eva. The difference here is that the winner can make any wish and it will be granted- Eva wants to meet her father.
The plot is really interesting, and of course, there are some twists as well. You will surely love this show.
14. Super Grand Prix
|Title||Arrow Emblem Grand Prix no Taka|
Super Grand Prix is the first anime on this list. This programme aired in the 1970s. As a result, the animation isn’t all that great. The plot, on the other hand, is quite unique.
This show tells the story of Takaya, an F1 racer. He was driving when he was involved in an accident. He must be seriously injured, right? But, much to his surprise, he was perfectly fine. There was not a single scratch on the surface.
Following that, he was approached by an unknown man. This strange man approached him and invited him to join his racing team. He was also given a new prototype vehicle. Takaya accepted his offer and became a member of the team.
This anime has a special place in my heart as some of the characters are based on real-life F1 racing legends like James Hunt and Mario Andretti. It is a must-watch in my opinion.
13. Nasu: Summer in Andalusia
|Title||Nasu: Andalusia no Natsu|
Nasu: Summer in Andalusia is an anime about cycling. This show’s MC is Pepe. After his ex-girlfriend decided to marry his brother, he decided to pursue cycling. However, his career did not pan out as he had hoped.
He played a minor character. All he had to do was ensure that his team’s lead cyclist won the race. Now comes the exciting part. He had to cross his hometown in the next race. His brother was getting married on the same day. Isn’t it frustrating?
When he saw this, he decided to drop his role and win the championship. Can he pull it off? I’m not certain.
12. F (Formula-1 -Engines on the Track)
F is the next anime on this list (Formula-1- Engines on the Track). This is a lengthy title, to say the least!
F tells the story of Gunma Akagi, a rural adolescent. Gunma is the son of a well-known politician. He is, however, not at all like his father. He is regarded as a punk. He also has a turbocharged tractor that he uses to drive around the village.
He was driving down the highway one day when a car passed him. He became enraged and took it as a challenge, attempting to outrun it. I’m sure you can guess what happens next. He lost and decided to track down this mysterious driver in order to defeat him.
This marks the beginning of his journey as he aspires to become a formula-1 racer. This show is a must-watch if you are into racing anime.
11. Kandagawa Jet Girls
|Title||Kandagawa Jet Girls|
The following anime on this list is Kandagawa Jet Girls. The title already indicates that this show is about Jet Skis. This anime is relatively new, having debuted in 2020.
The story revolves around Rin Namiki, a teenage girl. Rin has a big ambition. She aspires to be a professional Jet Ski racer. Why? Well! Her mother was a well-known pro, so she aspires to be like her. However, it is not a simple dream. Most schools do not have a Jet Ski club, and the school she attended did not have one either.
Still, this doesn’t affect her ambition much. She decides to make a club of her own with the help of Misa Aoi and other students. Will she be able to achieve her goal?
|Genre||Action, Drama, Mecha, School|
The following anime on this list is Rideback. This is not your typical racing anime. It tells the story of Rin, a ballet dancer. She lives in a world ruled by the evil organisation GGP.
Rin’s ballet career was hampered by an injury that forced her to retire. However, she discovered a new hobby during her college years. She discovered a mysterious robotic bike known as Rideback. She quickly mastered it due to her adaptability.
This is where things start to get interesting. Rin became involved with GGP in some way. I won’t give any more details away. You must watch it for yourself.
09. Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike
|Title||Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike|
This anime is distinct from the others on the list. It is one of the few anime that I genuinely enjoyed and watched in a single day. I don’t want to ruin it for you, so we’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum. I’ll just go over the basic plot.
This anime follows the story of a group of teenagers in their third year of high school. They all have different objectives. But they all have one thing in common: they LOVE CYCLING!! We follow their stories from the beginning of their cycling careers.
This show can be quite amusing at times. You’ll definitely enjoy it!! The animation is excellent as well.
08. Future GPX Cyber Formula
|Title||Future GPX Cyber Formula|
|Genre||Aventure, Racing, Sci-Fi|
Future GPX Cyber Formula is one of the most well-known racing anime. This anime first aired in 1991. This show has four OVAs in addition to the TV series. In 2018, it was even adapted into a video game.
Kazami Hayato is the show’s protagonist. Kazami is regarded as a genius because he is the Grand Prix’s youngest driver. As the title suggests, this show is set in the future. Although the cars are automated, they still require the assistance of a human.
I won’t spoil the story any further because it will ruin your experience. As with the other protagonists. Kazami is not without flaws. He has to learn a lot of new things to become the champion. Well! The animation is not that great, still, it is an enjoyable show.
07. Wangan Midnight
|Genre||Action, Racing, Seinen|
Wangan Midnight is one of the most well-known racing shows. This anime is named after a real Japanese road called Wangan. Wangan is short for Bayside. This road is known as Japan’s straightest road. So, yes! There are a lot of action-packed races there.
This anime tells the story of Akio Asakura, a high school student. Akio previously owned a Fairlady Z. (Z31). He was driving down the highway one day when he was challenged by a Porsche 964 Turbo. Akio gave it his all but was ultimately defeated. He then went to a junkyard to get new parts for his cars. He discovers an abandoned Midnight Blue Fairlady Z, much to his surprise (S30).
And I’m sure you can guess what he did, don’t you? He purchased the vehicle. This is the start of his adventure as he attempts to defeat “Blackbird.” Oh! I almost forgot to mention that the Porsche was known as the Blackbird. Isn’t that cool?
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Racing|
The following anime on this list is Tailenders. This show first aired in 2009. It is only 30 minutes long. Despite its brief duration, it made an impression. The plot is action-packed, and the animation is simply stunning.
It tells the story of two rival racers who are attempting to break a century-old record. A racer named Loser King set this record. I suppose I should also explain world-building to you. The anime takes place in the future. The earth has been completely shattered by earthquakes, and everything is in ruins.
One of our heroes was in a car accident and was about to die while racing. But this is the anime world. Something has to happen, right? A mysterious woman offered him help. I won’t spoil ya any further. If you ask me, this show is a must-watch.
Capeta is, in my opinion, one of the most underappreciated shows. Capeta, an elementary school student, is central to the plot of this show. Capeta lives with his father, who is frequently late from work. So Capeta is usually by herself. He is also frequently bullied at school.
Capeta’s father was concerned that he was not paying enough attention to his son. As a result, he decided to give him a Go-Kart as a present. He couldn’t afford to buy a new one, so he attempted to make one from scratch. Capeta’s obsession with Go-Karts and racing begins with this.
Capeta would no longer be known as the bullied, weak kid. This anime aired back in 2006, so the animation is pretty decent. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.
|Genre||Action, Racing, Sci-Fi|
|Duration||1 Hour 42 min|
Redline is one of the most thrilling and action-packed racing animes everrr This anime tells the story of JP, a racer. Daredevil’s driver is JP. He is prepared to compete in the universe’s deadliest race, REDLINE!!!
This race occurs every 5 years, and racers from all over the universe compete. JP and Sonoshee are the only humans in the game. The fact that there are no rules makes this race extremely dangerous. You are free to do whatever you want.
The race takes place on various planets. The planet chosen this time is Roboworld, which is well-known for its vicious criminals. Will JP be able to complete and win this race? Well! You gotta watch the anime to find out!!
|Genre||Comedy, Racing, History|
One of the few recent racing anime on this list is Appare-Ranman. Racing anime has been hard to come by in recent years. The story of Appare Sorrano is told in Appare-Ranman. Appare is completely obsessed with automobiles. He is particularly fond of steamships. He wishes to construct a wide range of vehicles.
Appare and his fellow samurai were travelling across the sea on a steamship when it abruptly shut down. The ocean was all they could see. All hope had been lost! But this is an anime. They were rescued by a massive steamship that transported them to Los Angeles.
Appare was given the opportunity to compete in the “Trans America Wild Race” in Los Angeles. It will give him the opportunity to build the car of his dreams. But it won’t be that simple. This event attracts a large number of skilled engineers from around the world.
02. Initial D
|Title||Initial D First Stage|
|Genre||Action, Drama, Racing, Seinen|
|Studio||Gallop, Studio Comet|
Initial D is one of the most popular anime series. Despite its youth, it has a sizable global following.
Takumi Fujiwara’s plot is featured in this anime. Takumi is the tofu chef’s son. Every morning, he must make deliveries across the perilous Akina mountain range. Despite being an excellent driver, he is uninterested in automobiles or racing.
A famous racing team known as the Akagi Red Suns came to his town one day. They planned to beat every racer in Takumi’s hometown. They were quite arrogant, believing that they were the fastest and that no one could beat them. This is where things start to get interesting. A Toyota A86 overtook one of their Ace cars. Lol!
What’s more, guess what? Takumi was the one behind the wheel. Takumi’s adventure begins here, as the Akagi Red Suns search for the mysterious driver who defeated them. This anime has six seasons, all of which are action-packed!! You’ll absolutely adore it. The following is the watch order for Initial D COMPLETE. First D Watch Order (Easy To Follow)
01. SK8 Infinity
S88 Infinity is a recent anime that debuted in 2021. Some consider it the best sports anime of the season. Why? Well! You must witness it for yourself.
This show’s plot revolves around two teenagers named Reki Kyan and Langa Hasegawa. Reki enjoys skateboarding and is quite skilled at it. Langa, on the other hand, is a half-Japanese, half-Canadian adolescent who has recently returned to Japan. He, unlike Reki, does not enjoy skateboarding.
Langa’s father, on the other hand, was a snowboarder, and he himself is quite skilled. Skateboarding and snowboarding are very different sports. Nonetheless, Langa got the hang of it. He even developed his own skating style. I won’t spoil the plot any further. This is ENOUGH!!! The animation of this show is just out of this world. It’s just beautiful!!!
This concludes the list, gentlemen!! I hope you enjoy it. To be clear, this list was not about car racing, but about the racing genre in general.