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15.11.12

Turning up the heat in Sao Paulo

Bruce Crawley, Global Motorsport Technology Manager, ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties

The 2012 Grand Prix season is racing towards a close – with just the Brazilian Grand Prix to go until the teams head home for winter, there’s still time for things to heat up on the track and the pressure is on to make the last race count.


At the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Brazil, this combination of heat - the average track temperatures will be around 28˚C – and pressure is reflected by what’s going on inside the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-27. Here, the braking process generates temperatures and forces that demand tough lubricants from Mobil 1™ to make sure that components stay cool and functional during the race.

Conditions on the racetrack are some of the most extreme on earth – and even beyond it. When a Grand Prix driver approaches a turn and applies the brakes, the process generates forces up to five times greater than gravity. That’s more than an astronaut feels when rocketing into space. At the same time, the grease in the car’s wheel bearings is under an incredible 15,000 times more pressure than in the vehicle’s tyres.

Commercially available Mobilith SHC 220 grease protects the bearings from this demanding pressure, and also from the extreme heat. Temperatures generated by the adjacent brake rotors can peak at more than 850ºC. But a protective layer of Mobilith SHC 220 less than one micron thick is all that’s needed to keep components cool and reduce friction and wear.

300 and counting

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team has relied on Mobil™ technology for more than 300 Grands Prix, winning one in four races it has ever entered. Despite the extreme challenges of competing on the grid, the team has not experienced a single wheel-bearing failure in more than 18 years of racing and partnering with the Mobil 1 technology team. This same track-proven technology is used to safeguard vehicles and machinery used in some of the world’s most demanding environments, including mining sites, steel mills, paper plants and, of course, the street.

About ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties

ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties Company is a leading marketer of finished lubricants, asphalts and specialty products, as well as one of the world's largest suppliers of lubricant base stocks.

About Mobil 1

The world's leading synthetic motor oil brand, Mobil 1 features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 to meet or exceed the toughest standards of car builders and to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even some of the most extreme conditions. Mobil 1 flows quickly in extreme temperatures to protect critical engine parts and is designed to maximize engine performance and help extend engine life.

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