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?