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. Globally iconic and fiercely contested, it represents the pinnacle of motorsport. It’s why manufacturers identify it as the perfect arena to demonstrate technical innovation.
This pursuit of excellence is the inspiration behind Castrol’s partnership with Renault 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 21-race season, while the internal combustion units rev to 15,000rpm and produce more than 700bhp. So in an environment where success and failure is measured in milliseconds, marginal gains are critical.
Castrol has a team of dedicated technicians embedded in the Renault F1 Team. They work in partnership with the team 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 RS19, Castrol’s mobile trackside support continues its work analysing its performance, monitoring quality control and the health of the engine’s components.
This insight allows us to develop lubricants for your car whilst proudly assisting Renault 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 race’s winners used Castrol oil.
Over the glory years of Norton and Gilera in the 1950’s, 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 part, supporting the legendary riders and teams that glorified each era.
This year Castrol partners the LCR Honda team, which runs a Honda RC213V 250bhp 1000cc V4 motorcycle for British ace and MotoGP race-winner Cal Crutchlow 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.
No form of motorsport pushes engines to the limit further than endurance racing, where a precise blend of speed and reliability is a core ingredient for success.
Castrol knows this better than anyone, which is why a bespoke formulation of Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR was developed to cope with these challenges.
Ford & Castrol have been partners for more than 100 years. So when the Ford GT programme was reborn, it gave Castrol the perfect opportunity to refine a bespoke engine oil, tailor-made for the new flagship supercar and its racing counterpart. Working hand-in-hand with Ford’s engineers, a special blend of Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR was created to meet the unique challenges of GT racing.
The Ford GT famously won its class in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours on its debut, 50 years after the Blue Oval first won the French classic outright.
In 2019 Ford entered two cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship (run by Multimatic) and two in the US-based IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship (run by Chip Ganassi Racing), but they will all come together as a quartet to compete for victory at Le Mans in June.
And when they do, Castrol will be there, continuously proving and improving the power of Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR.
The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters is the world’s fastest touring car series. Technical in nature and featuring powerful, sophisticated ‘silhouette’ racing cars from premium manufacturers.
The DTM is strictly regulated to ensure close competition so in this environment, every detail makes a difference. Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR provides this advantage to Audi, and this long-term partnership is now even more critical as the series moves into a new ‘Class 1’ engine era.
This year, six Audi RS 5 DTMs will feature bespoke two-litre, four-cylinder turbo-charged power units. These carry more relevance to roadgoing saloon cars than their predecessors, which means that every step of the 30-month development programme has fed essential knowledge to Castrol’s engineers. Knowledge that goes into the development of road car lubricants.
Audi’s DTM turbo engine produces 610bhp, and revs to 9,500rpm at gearchange. Precision lubrication engineering is required to manage the resultant higher torque loads and vibration behaviour of the 85kg engine. Friction must also be limited in order to minimise energy loss, thus improving fuel efficiency and weight performance.
And of course Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR must help protect these engines, which lasts a full season of racing – that’s 6000km of high performance running – providing the perfect opportunity to test and improve Castrol products in a sustained demanding environment.
Castrol’s partnership with ŠKODA Motorsport is one of the great success stories of modern rallying.
Entering its tenth year, this relationship has collected a major championship title each year and in every category it contested; whether that be modern WRC2, the European Rally Championship or the old Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
ŠKODA begins 2019 aiming to make it five WRC 2 Teams’ titles in a row, while it also remains unbeaten in the drivers’ WRC2 championship since 2016 with its all-conquering Fabia R5.
At the heart of all this success is the team’s commitment to cast-iron reliability – a principle shared by Castrol – and a firm focus on the road-based production categories that support the top class in the FIA World Rally Championship.
Through the Fabia R5’s period of sustained success, our technicians have continued to blend and develop Castrol EDGE oils and lubricants that ensure it withstands the rugged and challenging conditions in which it thrives.
And while 2500 road-going versions of the Fabia R5 have been homologated, the wider family of road cars benefit from the vast knowledge that ŠKODA has accrued through its domination of the stages.
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 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.
And this year Castrol EDGE will once again be there to underpin M-Sport and its four driving crews across four continents and 14 countries in the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship.
From the rugged mountains of Argentina to the icy snow banks of Sweden, the sun-dried plains of Australia and the heart-stopping asphalt of Sardinia, 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.