Mobil 1™ Oil: An Aerodynamic Aid

 29th May 2012

The new season hit the starting blocks with two dramatic races in Australia and Malaysia, heralding an exciting season in 2012.

Key to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ success in a year with no less than six former world champions on the grid, will be the car’s aerodynamics. With exhaust-blown diffusers effectively a thing of the past, the Mobil 1 engine oil in the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 race car has enabled the team to increase rear downforce by improving aerodynamic performance.

Quest to be the Best

Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, recently commented at the launch of the MP4-27 “While there are clear visual changes to this year’s car, there’s greater change beneath the skin, with lots of fresh thinking applied.” With no stone left unturned in the quest to be the best, our Mobil 1 engineers have developed a breakthrough engine oil for 2012 that allows a significant increase in the engine operating temperature.

Cool Performance

The MP4-27 uses oil and water radiators to help cool the engine. Located in the right-hand side pod, the oil radiator and Mobil 1 technology provide an almost equal share of the engine cooling requirement.

Running Hotter

There are several advantages of being able to run the engine hotter. Drag can be reduced by re-optimization of the radiator and aero packaging. Increased rear downforce can also be achieved through aerodynamic improvements to the exit ducts.

Grand Prix Engine Oil Cooling Package Explained

The Mobil 1 engine oil flows through the radiator cooling down by approximately 40°C, whilst the air channelled through the side pod inlet heats up about 75°C.

In to Win

The excellent thermal performance of Mobil 1 technology is one feature that allows both higher operating temperatures whilst still protecting the engine and is a real advantage. When the winning margin can be fractions of a second, using the right engine oil can make the difference.

Race Technology in Your Car

The tough testing ground of Grand Prix racing provides the ideal environment for Mobil 1 engineers to develop advanced engine oils which can help optimize the performance of your car. Similar to the advancements in Grand Prix race cars, recent developments in road cars often put increased pressure on the oil in your car to perform. Mobil 1 synthetic engine oils are formulated to help keep your vehicle running like new.

As technology partners of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Mobil 1 engineers will continue their research and development in a bid to help team drivers, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton lift the Constructors Championship at the end of a season that promises to be one of the most exciting yet. We’re certainly off to a good start.”


Side Pod. Increased downforce and reduced drag equals faster lap times.

For more information on Mobil 1 engine oils, the world’s leading synthetic engine oil brand, contact WP Automotive today.


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.

About Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

New Zealand racing driver Bruce McLaren founded the McLaren team in 1963. It entered its first Grand Prix race in 1966 and won its first Grand Prix in 1968. More than 40 years and 176 Grand Prix victories later, McLaren is still renowned as one of the sport’s most successful competitors and as one of the world’s most illustrious high-technology brands.

The McLaren Group has grown to encompass much more than just racing. It houses McLaren Electronic Systems, a cutting-edge electronics division that not only services the entire Grand Prix grid but also many racing series across the globe. McLaren Applied Technologies creates cutting-edge solutions for modern industry while McLaren Automotive not only produced the 1990s’ original supercar, the McLaren F1, and the unique Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren but is now building its own high-performance sports car ­ the extraordinary MP4-12C.

After a highly successful 2011 campaign, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes continues with the proven double world-champion line-up of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button for 2012.

For more information on Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic engine oil brand, phone today on 0800 980 6172 or email us today.

Bylined article by Bruce Crawley, Global Motorsport Technology Manager, ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties.
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