Le Mans 2014: Mobil 1 keeps Porsche well oiled

by on September 24, 2012

ExxonMobil confirmed it will lubricate Porsche at Le Mans 2014, as it announced an extension of its technical partnership with Porsche, including AG’s return to endurance racing.

Porsche and Mobil have worked together for almost twenty years; a partnership that “has allowed Mobil to develop advanced lubrication technologies specifically to protect and optimise performance on every Porsche engine,” said Alan Kelly, President of ExxonMobil marketing. The partnership will continue through Porsche’s return to Le Mans in 2014. All Porsche engines will continue to be factory filled with Mobil 1 oil.

I’ve got Mobil in my BMW M3 right now. It seems to suit the well-documented BMW Vanos system’s needs, but other oils can suit older Porsches better. Our Porsche friends at EB Motorsport are distributors for UK-based Millers Oils, and their yellow 911 RSR features in most Miller print ads. EB came to Millers after dyno tests showed an obvious lift in performance when using Millers’ nanotech synthetic oil products. The team is sponsored by Millers for its 2012 defence of the World Sportscar Masters championship.

“We tried lots of oil, but dyno testing opened our eyes,” says EB’s Mark Bates. “After using it for a season and winning the title, we had to strip our engine for inspection. The stripdown showed no wear: everything looked great, despite the hammering we gave this flat-six through a championship season.

Every 911 owner has an opinion on oil. My own 911s have also used Millers, but I can’t say I’m super brand loyal. My first SC used Mobil 1 after a service at Almeras Fréres, but it was just as happy on good semi-synthetic fitted when Tuthills looked after it.

I’m always interested to know what you’re using, and how long it’s been your choice. Why did you pick it? Forums, marketing or your specialist’s recommendation?

Spyderman September 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm

The Porsche 2014 Le Mans entry will NOT be the 918 Spyder. Porsche are developing a LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype) car that will fit the 2014 FiA/ACO regulations.
The 918 spyder is not a LMP car.

John September 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thanks Spyderman. Porsche techs mentioned a Spyder in Rennsport chat hence my using the term. Mobil 1 whatever the body.

Spyderman September 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm

It wont be a Spyder as the 2014 rules require a closed cockpit for LMP1.
Mobil 1 however, will be with them as you correctly point out.

William September 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I use Liqui Moly in my SC

John September 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Quite a popular choice! What grade? Once-a-year change? Using anything between services – any leaks?

Serge September 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I’ve been using Brad Penn 20W50 in my 87 Carrera 3.2….lots of good ZDDP.

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