Valvoline renews support for KTM as official lubricant partner for 2020
- Valvoline’s lubricant supply partnership with KTM extended for 2020
- KTM’s step up to endurance racing set to highlight performance and durability benefits on racetracks across Europe
- Technical partnership will provide KTM with key engine lubricant analysis
- Inaugural 2019 partnership saw success with German ADAC GT4 Drivers’ Championship victory and triumph in GT4 European Series
Valvoline Europe, the European subsidiary of Valvoline Inc. - a leading worldwide supplier of premium lubricants and automotive services - and the Austrian sports car manufacturer, KTM Sportcar GmbH, have renewed their technical and lubricant supply partnership for a second year. The partnership includes collaboration on KTM’s motor racing campaigns, while the two companies are looking to build on a promising first year of collaboration.
The 2020 partnership will see Valvoline continue to supply lubricants, including engine oil and coolant, to KTM for use in their road and race cars. For the coming motorsport season, the Austrian brand is ramping up its ambitions with a focus on higher profile, more challenging international endurance racing. KTM will campaign the X-BOW GT4 in both the Creventic 24H Series as well as the legendary Nürburgring 24-hour race in May.
With high-quality Valvoline fluids providing essential engine lubrication and cooling, KTM’s racers will take in some legendary circuits across Europe, including Monza and Imola in Italy, Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, Paul Ricard in France, the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spainand Imola in Italy. Across the season, these races will place a broad spectrum of challenges on the cars, their drivers, and their engines, with some tracks featuring sharp corners and demanding undulations, while others boast long straights and fast, sweeping turns. At some circuits, full throttle is used for around 80% of the race duration, placing brutal stresses, pressures and temperatures on the engine, and the fluids that keeps it running.
“High performance race cars like the KTM X-BOW need high performance lubricants to ensure they can effectively handle the extreme demands of relentless endurance motor racing,” said Diego Brodoni, Vice President at Valvoline Europe. “Along with the talent of the drivers, the demands of top-tier endurance racing will demonstrate how our technology can contribute to achieving maximum performance and durability in the heat of competition. These capabilities are as critical on the road as they are on the racetrack.”
As well as supplying high quality engine lubricants, Valvoline will provide KTM with fluid analysis of both racing and test engines. Valvoline’s expertise will ensure the X-BOW’s 2.0-litre TFSI engine as well as the brand new 2.5 litre five-cylinder TFSI engine will continue to provide optimum performance and durability, race after race.
Valvoline’s world-class lubricant technology contributed to success for drivers and teams campaigning KTM X-BOW race cars in 2019. The German ADAC GT4 Drivers’ Championship title was won outright by Eike Angermayr and Mads Siljehaug, whose Felbermayr-Reiter KTM X-BOW GT4 took two race wins and led the overall standings throughout the twelve-round series. The victory secured the first-ever German ADAC GT4 title for the drivers, for KTM Sportcar GmbH and for Reiter Engineering, the manufacturer’s Bavaria-based development partner.
In the highly competitive GT4 European Series, True Racing, KTM’s semi-works race outfit, finished the season seventh in a field of 27 teams, with a race victory at Brands Hatch (UK), and three other podium results across the 12-race championship. True Racing also entered the Barcelona (Spain) round of the Creventic 24H series, winning the SPX class in the first competitive outing for the KTM X-BOW GTX.
KTM Sportcar GmbH managing director, Michael Wölfling, commented: “Valvoline’s passion for extracting the best performance from each car was clear to see. While their engine oils are evidently of high quality, the company’s engineers never rest on their laurels. Lubricants were analysed after each race to see what we could learn, and that gave our mechanics and race engineers every opportunity to refine our engine performance strategy week after week, giving our cars and drivers the best possible chance of success in every race.”
Racers have depended on Valvoline for more than 100 years. Valvoline provided lubricants to the winning car in the first automobile race in the U.S.A, held in Chicago in 1895. Since then, Valvoline has maintained close working relationships with top-tier teams and drivers in Formula 1, World Rally, TT Races and various series throughout the United States, including NASCAR, ARCA and IndyCar.