Castrol Edge announces Supercars inspired oil
MEDIA RELEASE: With the Prodrive Racing Australia trio of Mark Winterbottom, Cam Waters, and Chaz Mostert hitting the gruelling Virgin Australia Supercars Championship trail, Castrol has taken the opportunity to preview its new-for-2017 retail brand – Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR.
Partnering with a number of the world’s leading supercar manufacturers – including Koenigsegg and Aston Martin – Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR products have been tested to the limits. The Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR brand is now being brought to Australia for the first time in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship through Castrol racing partner Prodrive Racing Australia – home of the 2015 Drivers’ Championship.
Matt Braid, Managing Director of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, welcomed the launch of the Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR oil – specially developed for Prodrive Racing Australia – to the series. “Castrol has been a great supporter of Supercars as our Official Oil supplier, and naming rights partner of the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400 and Castrol Gold Coast 600. We are excited to see the Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR product developed for Prodrive launched on track for the first time in Australia at Townsville.”
Proven and tested in the ultimate performers, a requirement for any product carrying the Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR designation is strong ‘low foam’ performance. A racing supercar, like Prodrive’s Ford FG X Falcon, operates with dry sump and as engine revs rise, the faster the oil flows. This in turn whips and aerates the oil, generating air bubbles. In a road going supercar – such as the high-powered Koenigsegg One:1, 11 litres of oil flows around the engine five times every minute. This can reduce the oil’s strength, and increases the risk of metal to metal contact.
The engine builder for Prodrive Racing Australia – Justin Way – has played a key role in the development of the Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR product used by Prodrive. “Oil consumption control is always vital in Supercars with teams running a dry sump. For this reason we need a lubricant that delivers exceptional low foam performance like our Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR oil. In Supercars you need every edge you can get, and Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR is definitely one for us.”
Castrol Australia Marketing Director, Diana Hall, explains that, “Globally, only products with performance proven in – and endorsed by – the world’s most advanced Supercars can wear the Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR badge. With this product playing a key role in delivering outstanding results for Prodrive, including in Mark Winterbottom’s 2015 Supercars Championship run, this product has become the first in Australia to carry this designation.”