Castrol has launched ‘Castrol on Mars’, a new podcast series that hears from a group of inspirational people who talk about what it takes to perform in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet – and even in outer space. From astronauts to racing drivers, each podcaster regularly has to push their mental and physical limits, on land, sea or in the air.
Castrol’s oils and lubricants are currently performing 250 million miles away in temperatures as low as minus 153 degrees Celsius on NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover. Castrol’s specially developed Braycote greases and Brayco oils provide essential lubrication to vital scientific instruments, including a weather station, ultraviolent spectrometer and laser micro imager. Whether chosen by NASA in faraway exploratory missions, or closer to home by drivers back here on Earth, Castrol’s products also offer very high levels of durability.
Available on Castrol’s new PodBean channel and all major streaming services, the eight-episode series includes commentary from astronauts Sandra Magnus and Robert Thirsk who describe how they both dealt with the extremes of outer space, while Sarah Cruddas, a space journalist, international TV host and award-winning author, discusses what the Mars Perseverance Rover is contending with during its extraordinary mission.
Closer to home, Formula E’s Sam Bird and World Rally’s Gus Green-Smith describe what it takes to claim victory behind the wheel in top-level racing, while David Eyton, bp's former head of innovation and engineering, gives his perspective on the challenges faced by engineers and scientists when developing products that need to stand-up to extreme pressures.
Castrol produced the ‘Castrol on Mars’ podcast series in response to research that showed that 35% of those who regularly listen to podcasts are interested in subjects relating to technology and science*. The series has already received the top award in the ‘Documentary’ and ‘Technology’ categories at the prestigious Communicator Awards.
Elizabeth Jones, Castrol Global Communications, said: “Through engaging and personal stories from some of the world’s adventurers and individuals, listeners can discover just what it takes to succeed under immense pressures.”
Robert Thirsk said during his podcast: “The space flights I’ve been on have been challenging and they’ve taken me to the limit of my physical, my mental and my emotional being. There are things we need to do during launch, and if we see a malfunction, there are actions we need to take in seconds to save the spacecraft, to save the mission and to save our lives.”
Castrol’s oils and lubricants are used in the very machines that are transporting these inspirational individuals, whether in outer space, on land or under the sea. Similar levels of superior protection and durability that these products provide are available to customers in the form of Castrol EDGE.
Castrol EDGE with Fluid TITANIUM Technology™ physically transforms its structure – becoming stronger at points of extreme pressure to keep metal apart and reduce friction. When the pressure subsides, the oil reverts to its free-flowing state. Stronger under pressure, Castrol EDGE with Fluid TITANIUM Technology™ helps reduce performance-robbing friction by 20%**.
Listeners can tune into the ‘Castrol on Mars’ podcast series for free via the Castrol website and the following major streaming services:
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Notes to editors
*Data obtained from Audience Origin 2021 report.
** On average, rounded to the nearest whole number. Compared to the same oil without Fluid TITANIUM. Products tested representing 75% of 2017 sales volume.
Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricant brands, has a proud heritage of innovation and fuelling the dreams of pioneers. Our passion for performance, combined with a philosophy of working in partnership, has enabled Castrol to develop lubricants and greases that have been at the heart of numerous technological feats on land, air, sea, and space for over 100 years.
Today, Castrol is helping drive sustainability with our Path360 strategy that sets out aims for 2030 to save waste, reduce carbon and improve lives. Castrol is part of the BP group and serves customers and consumers in the automotive, marine, industrial and energy sectors. Our branded products are recognized globally for innovation and high performance through our commitment to premium quality and cutting-edge technology.