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Shell Lubricants ——— The Heart And Soul Of Formula OneT

By Motortrend India Staff   |   19 October,2012

Shell’s association with Ferrari is a longstanding one, with the petrochemical giant offering services and supplies to the racing team division of the marquee — the Scuderia Ferrari for the past eight decades.

Even this year, Scuderia Ferrari is using Shell’s range of industrial lubricants – the Shell Gadus greases and the Shell Tellus hydraulic fluids to manufacture its Formula One car, the F2012. Not just that, Shell has developed a special formulation of the Shell Gadus grease for the Ferrari F2012. This special formulation is intended to endure the high workloads and high rotation speeds within the Formula One Ferrari's drivetrain as well as minimize friction and power loss.

Shell's Technical Partnership with Ferrari goes way back to the 1930s. Shell has been associated with developing and supplying the Scuderia Ferrari team with V-Power fuel and Shell Helix engine lubricant during the course of the Formula One season.

Pat Fry, Scuderia Ferrari Technical Director said, "We trust Shell's greases to protect the moving parts of our most important and powerful racing cars - particularly in high- speed components which operate at incredibly high temperatures. Perhaps the best example of this is our Formula One car, the F2012, where we use Shell Gadus grease for the tripod driveshaft joints and also in the roller bearings where the driveshaft runs. Each bearing is precisely assembled before each Grand Prix and lubricated with a precise and surprisingly small amount of Shell Gadus. By working closely with Shell, the drivetrain grease is an element where we have found some small, but important gains."

Shell also provides hydraulic fluid to Ferrari for the unique Formula One environment.

Dr. Cara Tredget, Shell Technology Manager for Ferrari said, "In the competitive world of Formula One time lost through maintenance of equipment can be extremely costly as it can directly affect the results on race track, so not only are we dedicated to maximising performance for Scuderia Ferrari's drivers at the race, but also for the Ferrari team based in the factory. Being able to develop this broad range of products in such a fast-moving and demanding test bed of the Ferrari programme is remarkable and we consistently transfer learnings to our products for consumers across the world."

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