1981 first Grand Prix win
I was thrilled to be able to give
Mobil 1 its first F1 victory.
Alan Jones - Williams-Ford Driver
Birth of a winner In 1974, the first Mobil 1 fully synthetic motor oil was born, achieving far superior lubrication properties than those of conventional oils
The Heritage – A Long History of Motorsports Performance
Mobil 1 engine oils have long been the lubricant of choice for race teams competing in the most demanding and popular motorsports series across the globe.
The history of Mobil 1 in motorsports dates back to the early 1970s, competing in rallying; however our involvement in racing became more official in 1978 through sponsorship of the Williams Formula 1™ team and the 1987 sponsorship of Rusty Wallace’s No. 27 car in NASCAR®. From that time, the presence of Mobil 1 on race tracks and circuits has grown to global proportions. Today, Mobil 1 synthetic oil is relied on for its ability to deliver exceptional engine performance and protection even under some of the most extreme conditions. Automotive technicians, race car drivers, team owners and the world’s leading automotive manufacturers can all testify to the advanced technology delivered by Mobil 1 lubricants.
Before the oil goes in
Mobil 1 Motorsports Photo Gallery
We enjoy a long association with many of the world's most popular and successful race teams, including McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team, Stewart-Haas Racing’s NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series team, and many others such as Porsche Motorsport, where Mobil 1 is embraced as an 'Official Technology Partner' in global cooperation of all works-supported activities, all international Carrera Cups and the title partnership of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – the world’s fastest one-make series. Mobil 1 is also the Official Motor Oil of NASCAR® and contributes to the growth of grassroots racing initiatives all around the world.
Motorsports continues to form a key element of our heritage and pedigree. We are pushing ahead with new technological advances to improve our range of oils and lubricants, fuelled by our own desire to contribute to outstanding performance on the track as well as on the road.
The car is literally a high-speed moving laboratory for us
Bruce Crawley – ExxonMobil Motorsport Technology Manager
Oil protection Mobil 1 synthetic gear oil helps separate the surfaces with a special protective film of fluid that is 80 times finer than a human hair
The Inside Track – Get behind the scenes
We’re working on the inside to provide you with exclusive access. Whether you’re a fan of Grand Prix Racing, NASCAR® or Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, the inside track is the place to view our latest videos, explore the cars, learn about the teams and download brand-new wallpapers.
Engine effectiveness Mobil 1 engine oil performs effectively to over 300°C (hot enough to melt tin)
Engine forces Mobil 1 engine oil withstands engine forces 8,500 times greater than the force of gravity
Tech Talk with Bruce W. Crawley
Bruce W. Crawley is one of ExxonMobil’s foremost technical experts, having joined the company in 1982. He leads a team of scientists and trackside engineers who develop innovative products and support motorsports partnerships in multiple categories around the world.
The racetrack is the ultimate stage for new technology and innovations. Our advanced products go to work in race cars to help improve their performance and efficiency. Motorsports defines us. It’s integral to how we develop technologies and constantly push the boundaries. Click on the icons below to find out more.
Engine Running Like New
Racing is all about improving at a very rapid pace – the team is looking for an improvement every two weeks. As a Technology Partner of McLaren-Honda, a team competing for race wins and championships, Mobil 1 scientists are under constant pressure to come up with new ideas. Even tiny upgrades can make the difference between winning and not. The secret is the ability to innovate and adapt.
As the technology demands of Grand Prix racing have changed, the Mobil 1 team has rapidly and successfully evolved its products to remain at the forefront of competition, just as the cars adapt continuously through each season. In 2016, with drivers allowed five engines per season (based on a 21-race calendar), a new Mobil 1 engine oil has been developed for the Honda RA616H engine to help keep the engine clean and minimize friction and wear.
Longevity and performance are vital in Grand Prix racing, with each engine expected to cover thousands of kilometres while making more power from a smaller displacement. The lubricant must help keep the engine’s internal surfaces clean and free from deposit build up, and also prevents wear. The team have to be creative in their thinking; focusing on every item with high intensity. Mobil 1 Engine Oil helps ensure that the same level of power is there when the driver needs it most, at the first corner or the last.
Hydraulics: Fluid Thinking
The hydraulic system is vital in nearly all aspects of a Grand Prix car’s performance. The hydraulics control gear shifting, throttle actuation, differential locking, the clutch and the DRS (drag reduction system). They even control the steering system that is essential to the functionality of the car. Simply put, the hydraulics are the nervous system of the car and above all else, need to be 100% reliable.
Mobil SHC™ Hydraulic Oil ensures, that the hydraulic oil in a Grand Prix car is capable of delivering optimum performance and is designed to operate at an incredible 200 bar, withstanding temperatures more than 100°C (212°F). Just like engine and gearbox oil, hydraulic oil needs to run blisteringly hot with as little fluid as possible so that efficiencies can be achieved.
To deliver maximum performance at every Grand Prix, Mobil 1 engineers continuously run a rigid programme of sampling and analysis of the product, ensuring its performance capability. Hydraulic oil and the hydraulic system are vital to the operation of a Grand Prix car and if these systems are not functioning correctly the car will stop.
The gearbox is extremely important to achieving success, as it is what delivers the cars power from the engine delivering it to the wheels. So making sure that the gears in the gearbox are protected, well lubricated, and that the heat’s managed properly, is all part of the challenge for the gearbox designer and the oil engineers.
Mobil 1 gearbox oil is unique in that not only does it help protect the gearbox it also maximises efficiency ensuring nearly all of an engine’s power can be translated into speed on the track. Because of this Mobilube 1 SHC Racing Gear oil is one of the top performance aids for some of the world’s best race teams.
For example, a Grand Prix gearbox is one of the most extreme environments in which lubricating oil is expected to function, being battered by vibration and subjected to high temperatures, furiously quick rotational speeds and vicious g-loadings. The contact pressures between the gears can be measured in gigapascals, at levels similar to those occurring in tectonic plate movement that causes earthquakes which is enough pressure to physically deform steel. These extreme conditions make it the perfect test bed for new ideas and an exciting challenge to develop new products.
Mobil 1 provides high-performance lubricant products for many motorsport teams around the world. In addition to this, we also provide trackside support from our expert engineers helping to improve reliability and reduce the risk of cars not finishing races.
Mike Frost, one of our racing engineers, is present at every Grand Prix race, and is a key member of the McLaren-Honda team. The ExxonMobil Products Technology Laboratory he uses provides the team with near real-time information on the health and condition of the engine, gearbox and hydraulics. This trackside laboratory includes a spark emissions spectrometer, which is used to measure the particles in the engine oil, the gear oil and the hydraulic oil. When the car comes back into the garage after every track session, a sample of the engine oil is taken and tested on the spot helping to diagnose problems early.
The oil analysis testing can detect a very fine distribution of wear metals and contaminants, including lead, indium, copper, tin and iron, which can be as small as one tenth the width of a human hair. Within a matter of minutes the samples are taken, analysis is made and we are able to report to the team with information to diagnose a problem such as a bearing breaking down or excessive gear wear. It gives the team a chance to put a defensive strategy in place avoiding the severe penalties for changing engine’s or gearboxes during a race weekend and increases the reliability of the cars ability to finish races.
Performance gains in motorsports are made through the improvement of every single aspect of a race car. Our job is to help get as much power, as efficiently as possible, from the engine out through the drivetrain and to the wheels. Some of the more hidden elements of wheel technology contribute to improving lap speed and wheel bearings are an important, sometimes overlooked, component.
With the tyres, the teams are looking for as much friction as possible to generate more traction. Wheel bearings work completely opposite to the tyres in that the friction needs to be reduced as much as possible in order to maximise speed.
In NASCAR racing wheel bearings are expected to cope with extreme loads, perform hundreds of thousands of revolutions flawlessly and operate at high temperatures. Mobilith SHCTM grease allows the wheel bearings to operate effectively in these extreme conditions, translating the power more efficiently to the wheels. It also helps minimise the required brake ducting needed to cool the wheel hub. Less ducting produces a more streamlined car, meaning more downforce. Ultimately, better wheel bearing lubrication translates to improved lap time.
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup
Mobil 1 has enjoyed a long association with many of the world’s most popular and successful series and race teams including Grand Prix’s McLaren-Honda, NASCAR® team Stewart-Haas Racing, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series and many others. To learn more about the Mobil 1 race teams competing around the world, choose from one of the options below.