G-Energy oils will be tested at the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia
Gazprom Neft’s oil business operator, Gazpromneft – Lubricants, will be a technical partner of participants of the legendary Dakar car marathon for the sixth time. The company will provide MAZ-SPORTauto with G-Energy motor and transmission oils and render the necessary technical support in the selection and diagnostics of lubricants throughout the rally raid.
G-Energy premium oils are designed to ensure the maximum engine protection against wear and deposits and maintain performance even at maximum loads. The formulations take into account the requirements of the largest European, American and Japanese automakers and are tested in real extreme conditions. Gazpromneft – Lubricants produces about 50 names of G-Energy engine oils for gasoline and diesel engines, including a specialized line of 100% synthetic G-Energy Racing oils designed for professional racing and sports cars.
Throughout the race, the team will be accompanied by a mobile laboratory, whose specialists will check the performance of lubricants in assemblies of “battle” vehicles at the end of each special stage. During service stops at bivouacs, oil samples will be taken and tested for more than 20 parameters. Study results will be further used for the development and production of new oil formulations.
Also, express diagnostics of engines and transmissions of sports cars will be carried out in the field using the equipment of the mobile laboratory complex – a viscometer, infrared and X-ray fluorescence spectrometers. Specialists will be able to determine the condition of components and assemblies by the dynamics of changes in physicochemical parameters of lubricants used in the race. This approach will reduce the likelihood of unscheduled repairs during the passage of special stages and schedule the work of mechanics for the next stages in advance.
Alexander Trukhan, General Director of Gazpromneft-Lubricants: “Direct cooperation with the largest manufacturers of automotive equipment and participation in the most difficult international competitions allow us to receive real-time feedback from pilots, mechanics, and engineers. We take into consideration the obtained data when developing new types of motor, transmission and gear oils. Due to this examination, we were the first in Russia to launch specialized products for motorsport and heavy-duty vehicles, which consistently confirm their performance in extreme operating conditions.”
Dakar 2020, the 42nd edition of the international Rally-Raid, is taking place in Saudi Arabia till January 17. The total length of the marathon will be more than 7,000 km, of which 5,000 km will be in racing conditions at 12 special stages. Most of the route will pass along sandy tracks, including the “Empty Quarter” – the largest continuous space of the sandy desert, known as the Rub' al Khali desert.
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