40 tons of equipment, and with the support of an 80 strong team; ExxonMobil has a well-mapped game plan to assist the McLaren-Honda team sail through the races. ExxonMobil’s synergy with the team is seamless, and continues to innovate by reducing friction in their new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine.
Ever since some of the F1 regulations were modified in 2014, in a bid to go green, the ExxonMobil team has come up with cutting-edge technologies to reduce fuel efficiency by 30%. Because of the nature and pace of technology changes in race cars, Bruce Crawley, ExxonMobil’s Global Motorsport Technology Manager, shared that the first instinct wouldn’t be to file countless patents, but rather, to come up with solutions quicker than their competitors, to stay far ahead of the curve.
The buzz word in race car driving is definitely – “efficiency”. Their team is so efficient and nimble, that they are able to change the tires, refuel the tank and more, in just 2.5 seconds flat. Now, that’s impressive.
Behind the glamour of race-car driving, is a whole lot of science and critical analysis. In fact, all of McLaren’s race strategy is not done on-site. Data from the track side engineers on the ground at the Singapore Grand Prix are transmitted in real-time to the UK, where a gamut of simulation tools are available to break down the data.
Mike Frost, Mobil 1’s racing technical adviser, gives us an idea of how much work is done behind the scenes, each time a car does a lap. The fuel is extracted, and within minutes, he is able to interpret the results of the composition, and then advise the team regarding the engine’s performance, right down to the details of which specific parts are overheating.
ExxonMobil’s flagship Mobil 1 synthetic engine oil plant will be opening in Singapore during the second half of 2017. The facility will the first and only plant in the Asia Pacific region.