Since 1906, our business has developed around a passion for supporting pioneers and record breakers on land, water and in the air. Today we sponsor some of the world's most successful motorsport teams.
Motorsport has always been the beating heart upon which Castrol thrives, but we do not merely supply racing teams - we stand alongside our partners in a mutual quest for higher performance.
We work in synchronicity with teams and engineers so that Castrol products are considered as crucial as any other key component on any vehicle competing on track.
Formula 1 is the ultimate proving ground. Fiercely contested among the world’s best racing drivers, designers, engineers and automotive giants, it is the iconic pinnacle of motorsport.
It is why manufacturers identify it as the perfect arena to demonstrate technical innovation. In 2021, Alpine F1 Team has assembled a fantastic team from across the sport that includes multiple Grand Prix winning driver Fernando Alonso and rising star Esteban Ocon, as well as world championship-winning Technical Director (Chassis) Pat Fry.
This pursuit of excellence is the inspiration behind Castrol’s partnership with Alpine F1 Team. Together we strive to win against the toughest opposition.
Modern F1 engines are incredibly sophisticated. Only three 1600cc turbo-charged hybrid units may be used by each car per 23-race season, while the internal combustion units rev to 15,000rpm and produce more than 700bhp. So, in an environment where success and failure are measured in milliseconds, marginal gains are critical.
Castrol has a team of dedicated engineers embedded in the Alpine F1 Team. They work in partnership with the engineers to blend bespoke ultra-low viscosity lubricants, such as Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR, which must be strong enough to protect these engines from the phenomenal forces at work while reducing the friction that saps crucial power.
But once the oil is deployed in the A521, Castrol’s mobile trackside support continues its work analysing its performance, monitoring quality control and the health of the Renault E-Tech power unit’s components.
This insight allows us to develop lubricants for your car whilst proudly assisting Alpine F1 Team in its quest to be world champions.
Right from the very first Isle of Man TT in 1907, Castrol has been at the leading edge of competitive motorcycle racing. In fact, over the years, many of the most famous races’ winners used Castrol oil.
Over the glory years of Norton and Gilera in the 1950s, to the beginning of an extraordinary relationship with Honda in 1958, Castrol pioneered new technologies. And, as the engines became ever more sophisticated through the Japanese motorcycle revolution that ultimately led to the boom in four-stroke technology, Castrol was right there developing oils and lubricants that could master this new science.
And as the premier MotoGP and World Superbike classes of the sport have evolved, and the engine capacities expanded from 350 to 1000, Castrol has remained a key player, supporting the legendary riders and teams that glorified each era.
In 2021, Castrol partners the LCR Honda Castrol MotoGP team, which runs a Honda RC213V 280bhp 1000cc V4 motorcycle for young star Alex Marquez in the FIM MotoGP World Motorcycle Championship.
And only this long and glorious legacy on the track could have given us the insight to develop Castrol’s POWER1 lubricants developed especially for motorcycle.
ABB FIA Formula E is all about the future of e-mobility. Our collective understanding of how we use energy in the next generation of road-going vehicles is being driven by the technological developments made in the world’s fastest all-electric series right now.
To be successful in Formula E means harvesting and deploying energy for high performance competition in the most efficient way through battery power and energy regeneration.
To do this requires sophisticated electric motors that run at significantly more revolutions than traditional combustion engines, and advanced high-friction gearboxes that operate at extremely hot temperatures. All of these need specially-developed E-fluids that can perform effectively in unique and extreme conditions, but are also compatible with components that conduct electricity.
Formula E therefore provides the perfect environment for Castrol to collaborate, learn and win on the track while continuing to develop its advanced technology and E-fluids for today’s electric vehicles as well as those that will define the future of the automotive world.
In 2021, the Jaguar Racing Formula E Team is using Castrol’s advanced e-fluids onboard the Jaguar I-TYPE 5, building on a long and successful motorsport partnership that includes glory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona.
When Björn Waldegård clinched the World Rally Drivers’ Championship in 1979, he did so with Castrol emblazoned on the side of his Ford Escort RS1800. Four decades on and Sebastien Ogier did the same in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC in both 2017 and 2018.
As long as there have been world rally champions, Castrol has been at the cutting edge of the toughest motorsport on Earth, providing drivers and teams with technical support and ensuring they have the right oil to reach the finish line.
In 2021 Castrol EDGE will once again be there to underpin M-Sport and its three driving crews across four continents and 12 countries in the FIA World Rally Championship.
From the rugged mountains of Sardinia to the icy snow banks of Finland, the twisting rain-soaked hairpins of Japan and the heart-stopping asphalt of Portugal, nothing tests the fundamental elements of a car to extremes like the WRC.
And with so much of it taking place on the roads we drive on, there is no other global championship that provides a better laboratory for testing the strength of Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR.
So no matter what you drive, or wherever you drive it, you can be certain that Castrol has already challenged your vehicle’s oil to the very limits of its environment.
Castrol has always understood the power of teamwork, and how relationships forged in the competitive environment of sport can form powerful bonds that generate phenomenal knowledge and technical understanding as they mature over time. But these connections are not formed merely with teams and manufacturers, but rather the people within them and the athletes that compete for them at the highest level.
Petter Solberg, one of only two individuals ever to become a world champion in two different FIA-governed motorsport disciplines (the 2003 World Rally Championship and the 2014 and ‘15 World Rallycross Championship), is among Castrol’s longest-serving ambassadors. It is a relationship that has proved phenomenally successful on both sides, and continues to this day.
Petter began his motorsport career in rallycross at home in Norway in the early 1990s, driving a self-developed Volvo 240 sponsored by Castrol. He went on to conquer the globe when he stepped into the WRC, winning the 2003 World Rally Championship. He returned to the WRX scene after his rallying career concluded, and went on to collect back-to-back titles with his own team in 2014 and 2015; all the while in partnership with Castrol.
Solberg retired from competition at the end 2019, taking a class victory in his final WRC event – the Rally GB F2 class – in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 alongside his son Oliver.
The Solberg family understands the importance of a strong technical partnership and how harnessing deep understanding and clear technical developments underpin potential. Just as Castrol knows that standing by its friends is the best way to gain knowledge and results in the competitive world of motorsport.
Castrol is proud to extend its participation in MotoGP in 2021 with a new partnership with the Aprilia Racing MotoGP Team.
We are working together with the Aprilia Racing technical team to develop bespoke lubricants to enhance the performance of the new Aprilia RS-GP on the track.
Riding the new Aprilia Racing RS-GP this season will be Aleix Espargaro and Lorenzo Savadori.
We are delighted to continue our long standing association with Audi Sport in 2021.
As an official partner of the Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team, we are proud to support drivers Lucas Di Grassi and René Rast as they compete in Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Almost as long as people have been racing cars and motorcycles, Castrol has been by their side providing vital support through our expertise in oils and lubricants. For more than 100 years, Castrol has been a lifeblood for racers of all levels, in all forms of competition, whether they be world champions or enthusiastic amateurs.
This hard-won faith in Castrol’s ability to improve performance and reliability through efficient liquid engineering remains as strong as ever through our customer support programmes and our Castrol EDGE range of lubricants.
Castrol’s reputation for expertise is founded on such relationships and the understanding that is engendered from drivers and engineers working with us on their journey through the sport.
Today, manufacturers recognise the importance of these relationships more than ever, and as such, Castrol is proud to partner with Renault Sport Racing on a long-term collaboration that gives all of its customer racing activities access to Castrol’s unique expertise, cutting-edge technologies and high-performance lubricants.
Castrol lubricants, which are already recommended for Renault customers on the road as part of its service fill engine oil partnership, now play a vital role in Formula Renault Eurocup, Clio Cup France and Clio Trophy France, as well as Clio Cup UK, Italia, Spain and Central Europe.
This new strategy means that at every level from junior and entry level racing series right up to Formula 1, Castrol is there standing alongside future champions as well as reigning ones, striving for new levels of performance and achieving fresh goals.