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Top 10 Anime About Cars Of All Time (2024)

Racing is one of the most exhilarating activities out there and it’s no surprise that a lot of people are crazy about cars and racing. For such anime lovers, there are plenty of options to try. But we’ve made a list of the top 10 anime about cars which, according to us, are the best and most popular. Let’s see what our recommendations for the top 10 anime about cars of all time are:

Top 10 Anime About Cars Of All Time

10) Overtake!


MAL Ratings7.36
Number of Episodes12 (ongoing)
Where to WatchCrunchyroll

The latest anime about cars on this list is this season’s Overtake! The anime follows a dispassionate freelance photographer, Kouya Madoka, who is in a slump for a while. But when he’s on an assignment at the Fuji International Speedway, he sees the underdog teenage Formula 4 racer Haruhi Asahina and finds interest in his craft once again.

Moved by Asahina’s dedication, Madoka decides to help him win the race. They form a small team, Komaki Motors, to help the boy in his races. Overtake! has only had 4 episodes until now and the story already looks quite promising.

9) Tailenders


MAL Ratings6.71
Number of Episodes1 movie
Where to WatchNA

Tailenders is a 27-minute short sci-fi racing anime about a well-known racer Shiro Tomoe whose promising career comes to a startling halt when an experiment with U-Turn sends him to death’s doorstep. The only reason he survives the lethal accident is because the doctors replace his damaged heart with the engine of his own racecar.

But even after Shiro is healed, the racing regulations prevent him from being a racecar driver anymore and demote him to the position of a mechanic. However, Shiro finds the opportunity to reclaim his pride and honor again as a race is held for the demoted drivers on a faraway planet.

8) IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix

IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix

MAL Ratings7.07
Number of Episodes13
Where to Watch

This anime about cars mixes racing and mecha into an interesting concoction. The story is set in the year 2048 when the most exciting form of racing is the Immortal Grand Prix, abbreviated as IGPX. In this race, huge mechanical humanoids race in a fast and high-intensity chase covering the entirety of a city.

The race consists of two teams of three IG units, driven by different drivers who race each other at the speed of 400 km/h. The entire length of the course is 60 km and the IG units make three laps of it. This racing is all about speed, precision, and teamwork.

7) Oban Star-Racers

Oban Star-Racers

MAL Ratings7.51
Number of Episodes26
Where to WatchNA

Unlike other anime on this list, Oban Star-Racers is not an anime, but rather an English-language French-Japanese animated series inspired by anime art style. The story follows Eva, a teenage girl whose father unexpectedly wasn’t present for her birthday. 

Eva hates the Boarding School she lives in and after her birthday, sneaks out using the Rocket Bike she’s repaired. After meeting the Earth racing team, she takes the alias of Molly and goes to Alwas with them to participate in the Grand Race which promises the Ultimate Prize to the winner.

6) F


MAL Ratings6.72
Number of Episodes31
Where to WatchNA

Country boy Gunma Akagi has a habit of tinkering with his tractor even though his father disapproves. While out on a drive in his tractor with his best friend up the highway, he is overtaken by a car. After trying to overtake it, Gunma loses miserably.

But this defeat lights a fire in Gunma, igniting his passion for racing. Soon after, he leaves home for the city, aiming to be a Formula 1 racer.

5) Appare-Ranman!


MAL Ratings7.25
Number of Episodes13
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, Funimation

This sci-fi anime from P.A. Works is set in the 19th century, mixed with several sci-fi aspects. The plot revolves around a socially awkward young inventor, Appare Sorrano, who has a knack for creating high-tech engines by reading from various scientific texts.

While experimenting with a new engine, Appare is stranded in the middle of the sea. There he meets Kosame Isshiki, a samurai who has plenty of skills but no courage. After Appare and Kosame are rescued and taken to Los Angeles, the duo decide to participate in the Trans-America Wild Race that will not only give Appare the opportunity to build his own vehicle but if won, will also get them the prize money to get back to Japan.

4) Capeta


MAL Ratings7.83
Number of Episodes52
Where to WatchNA

The fourth spot on this list of anime about cars, we have Capeta. This very interesting story follows an elementary student Capeta Taira who tries to become more independent after the death of his mother and not to worry his father. Despite doing his best and having a best friend in his classmate Monami Suzuki, he is still getting bullied every day and is very lonely inside.

Capeta’s life takes an exciting turn when his father decides to modify a go-kart for him to race. With his new go-kart, the boy enters the intriguing world of go-kart racing. 

3) Wangan Midnight

Wangan Midnight

MAL Ratings7.48
Number of Episodes26
Where to WatchNA

Adapted from the well-acclaimed seinen manga by Kusunoki Kichiharu, Wangan Midnight follows Akio Asakura, a high school student, who gets caught up in a street race against Tatsuya Shima with his car Blackbird while going on a drive with his friends Tokyo’s Shuto Expressway

After being brutally defeated by Shima and Blackbird, Akio is determined to get stronger. He begins to hunt for better parts to modify his car and stumbles upon some things that will help him defeat Blackbird. 

2) Redline


MAL Ratings8.28
Number of Episodes1 movie
Where to WatchAmazon Prime Video

This amazing sci-fi anima movie is a must-watch for those interested in racing. The movie revolves around an adrenaline junkie racer, JP as he participates in Redline, the biggest intergalactic race where there are no rules.

His most significant competitor is the only other human qualified for the race: the attractive and interesting Sonoshee McLaren. With the race to happen on Planet Roboworld where the dangers lurk both in the forms of the military and the criminals.

1) Initial D 

Initial D

MAL Ratings8.34
Number of Episodes81 (6 seasons) + 1 movie
Where to WatchCrunchyroll, Funimation

The best and most popular anime about cars is the 1998’s masterpiece, Initial D First Stage. The anime spawned a lengthy franchise containing six seasons and a movie, all of which are highly acclaimed.

The story of Initial D centers around Takumi Fujiwara, a young man who drives every day down the hills of Akina without any interest in cars or racing. But when he unknowingly ends up overtaking the infamous street racers Ryosuke and Keisuke Takahashi, Takumi’s life is about to change.

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