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The dawn of a new age

The 80's began like the 70's ended, with the roar of V8 Holden Commodores driven by Peter Brock, Larry Perkins and Jim Richards racing down the mountain to win again and again at Bathurst. With Castrol backing six Bathurst 1000 wins through the decade, the race testing of Castrol GTX, SLX, TXT and other speciality products led to Castrol GP50. Developed, tested and used in Australia it was also then manufactured for general sale.


While motorsport success was a constant for Castrol Australia, the world was also starting to change. The first desktop computers began to appear around the same time as Australia woke up to the fact that technological progress came at an environmental cost - scientists discovered the depletion in the Earth's Ozone Layer - which was particularly damaging down under. Ozone depleting CFC's used in fridges, freezers. and air conditioning systems were banned and Castrol innovation stepped up with Castrol Icematic SW - the first range of Ozone-friendly refrigerator lubricants. This became the first of many ecology-focused lubricants developed by Castrol over the decades to follow.


In the automotive sphere, our task became to create oils that boosted performance as well as efficiency, helping reduce fuel consumption and pollution. To achieve this goal, Castrol become one of the first companies to introduce engine oils that were compatible with the new catalytic convertors mandated on new cars in Australia with the aim of cutting toxic exhaust emissions.