How important are lubricants in a performance car?
Becky Evans takes to the track to learn about the relationship between performance cars and lubricants
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If there is one thing that Shell is pretty good at, and there are many of them, it is lubricants. Yup, I have been an avid user of Shell Helix engine oils ever since I started maintaining my own cars. Now, it isn’t a very sexy subject area but it is a mighty important one if you don’t want what is known as the ‘black death’ in your engine.
I was recently invited out to Marseille by Shell Helix to celebrate the latest launch of Shell Helix Ultra, their most advanced lubricant to date. With its base stock made from natural gas, it is emission compliant, energy efficient and provides excellent engine protection - you can’t really ask for more, can you?
The day started with a bash in the brand new M4 as we joined in with a BMW Drive On experience. I put the M4 through its paces, taking me back to my first driving experiences with a rather interesting emergency stop exercise which reminded me of forgetting where the pelican crossing was by my school. After that, we went for some slalom driving – properly fun stuff.
I then got a chance to head out in the car with Augusto Farfus – a current BMW factory driver – who is rather good at ‘sending it sally’.
Watch what I got up to, and see that a day out about lubricants can actually be really rather splendid.