Jenson bangs the drum for synthetic oil
Having completed over 300 Formula 1 Grands Prix in partnership with Mobil 1, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has first-hand experience of how the world’s leading synthetic oil prolongs engine life and improves fuel efficiency, maximising performance. But recent independent research has found that 94 per cent of drivers in the UK were unaware of the benefits of synthetic engine oil; in fact, half of them didn’t even know why engine oil was used in their car.
Jenson took time out from his preparations for next week’s Indian Grand Prix to speak to staff at ExxonMobil’s offices in Leatherhead, Surrey, about the important roles Mobil 1 fuel and lubricants play in optimising the performance of his MP4-27. Since each driver may use no more than eight engines over the course of a season, he relies on Mobil 1 synthetic engine oil not only to protect against wear, but also to maintain peak performance all through each engine’s life: up to 3000km during which internal forces regularly reach 8500 times the force of gravity.
Not only that, synthetic oil’s better performance characteristics compared with mineral oil mean fewer frictional losses, so he burns less fuel. Carrying less fuel in an F1 car saves weight, enabling it to go faster. For the customer on the forecourt, this means longer engine life, longer intervals between services, and better fuel consumption, saving money on both servicing and fuel in the long run.
“I rely on Mobil 1 to help improve the efficiency and performance in my Vodafone McLaren Mercedes race car,” said Jenson. “But you can also benefit from these fuel economy savings by changing your engine oil to Mobil 1 today.”
Jenson also met some local students from St Andrew’s Catholic School, who recently won a national science competition.
To learn more about how Mobil 1’s 17-year technology partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has driven performance gains on both track and road, visit the Mobil 1 Racing site.