On the racetrack, everything is amplified. Acceleration, speed, RPM, the heat of the engine, and even the physical G-force the driver is under – every aspect of the driving experience is pushed to extremes.
Racing conditions are a challenge and a thrill, but at ExxonMobil we also know they are an incredible opportunity – to test our products to their limits. So when we decided to develop a line of specially formulated lubricants for the electric vehicles (EV) market – the Mobil EV™range – we knew that testing them on the track was going to be vital.
ExxonMobil’s relationship with Porsche Motorsport is one of the longest and most successful we have in the world of racing. Mobil have developed the lubricants Porsche needed for the World Endurance Championships, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup.
And when Porsche decided to enter the Formula E global electric racing championships, ExxonMobil was alongside them to provide the lubricants their sleek new racing EV – the 99X– needs to perform in the heat of the race.
Porsche’s car for the 2019/20 Formula E season – the ‘99X’ – was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At Porsche, ‘nine nine’ is the highest level of commitment a project can receive. The ‘X’ is a symbol of the future.
“As a key technical partner of more than 20 years, no other lubricant supplier understands the Porsche performance philosophy like ExxonMobil,” says Fritz Enzinger, vice president, Porsche Motorsport. “ExxonMobil has not only been a valuable partner for our commercial business, but an important teammate in our pursuit of wins and championships from Sebring to Le Mans. They were a natural addition to our Formula E team as we enter an exciting new era of racing for Porsche.”
Mobil’s high-performance lubricant technology addresses the specialized needs of an electric car’s battery pack – including electrical conductivity, cooling capabilities and material compatibility. “The key characteristics of the Mobil EV fluids are efficiency and protection,”says David Tsurusaki, global motorsports technology manager, ExxonMobil.
Covering thermal management and integrated E-motor fluids, as well as reduction gearbox lubricants and specialty greases, the Mobil EV range uses carefully selected and blended molecules to enhance equipment and EV performance. “We’re excited to have new product technologies introduced to the market place, we’re excited to be involved with Porsche Motorsport in something new for them,” says David. “It’s going to be a great season.”
Every molecule is infused with the passion we developed on the racetrack. “Our entry into Formula E with Porsche not only represents an expansion to our successful business relationship, but an expansion of a winning partnership in racing,” says Russ Green, vice president, finished lubricants at ExxonMobil. “Motorsport provides the ultimate proving ground to continue to develop high-performance lubricants and fluids.”