The Story of 1.306 Seconds
Going full throttle without running out of gas is a basic racing principle. Charging
toward his third NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series Championship, Tony Stewart pushed
the limits of this fundamental thanks to a crucial speed and fuel economy
advantage of a novel package of leading-edge Mobil™ lubricants.
The Need for Speed — In their first year of working with
Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), Mobil 1 engineers formulated a
unique lubrication system that helped Tony Stewart optimize
his powertrain efficiency by up to 1%. SHR powertrain simulation
testing showed that advanced lubricant and grease package
reduced friction losses in the engine, transmission and rear axle
compared to the 2010 race season, turning these improvements
into additional power availability at the rear wheels. This delivered
a tangible advantage during races — allowing the race team
to decide to use the extra power to go faster, or let up on the
accelerator slightly to help conserve fuel without compromising
overall race speed.
Race Technology in Your Car — NASCAR racing provides the
ideal environment for Mobil 1 engineers to develop and assess
advanced lubricants that lead to products that can help optimize
your vehicle’s performance and keep your vehicle running like new.
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The Mobil 1 Factor — Attributing several 2011 victories to
lubricant performance, SHR reported that lubricant-related fuel
economy benefits played a key role in winning at Chicagoland,
as well as New Hampshire, where in 2010, Stewart had run out of
fuel when leading the race. The victory in Texas highlighted the
out-and-out race pace of the car. Throughout the 2011 season,
there were no oil-related mechanical failures.
The Win to Win It All — The package of leading-edge Mobil
lubricants was instrumental to Stewart taking the checkered
flag and the 2011 championship following a thrilling finale at
Homestead. Over the last 36 laps, the SHR powertrain simulation
showed (all other things being equal) that the lap-time performance
gain from the Mobil technology in the powertrain was actually
greater than Stewart’s winning margin of 1.306 seconds.
Leading-edge Mobil technology reduced friction losses in the engine,
transmission and rear axle, delivering a winning advantage to Stewart-Haas Racing.
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