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How often should you change the engine oil in your race car?

Race cars have significant differences compared to a regular streetcar, especially in terms of oil usage. Regular ‘daily’ cars are designed for everyday usage, where benefits like fuel economy and comfort play an important role. A race car is designed to get the maximum results from the car with a very specific purpose in mind.
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Racing engine oil vs streetcar engine oil

Regular engine oil is designed to clean, protect, and lubricate your engine up to 30.000 km, while race engine oil on the other hand is changed very often, after one or a couple of races using high performance oil. In order to prevent premature engine wear, high performance oil has a higher viscosity than regular oil. The viscosity level helps to optimize the performance of the engine, whereas the race car engine components work faster and harder than a regular car engine. Moreover, racing oil contains special additives, which prevent wear and tear that could happen if a regular oil is used for a race car.


Oil change frequency

The frequency of oil changes is crucial for a car’s performance, especially for race cars, because they are more sensitive to maintain and require the best products available to keep them in good shape. A common streetcar requires an oil change depending on the manufacturer’s advice, circumstances, and environment. When using the most advanced modern engine oil, you can last up to 30.000 km before you have to change your oil. For a racecar, the oil is required to be changed more frequently with a specialized lubricant. Radni Molhampour from Zyrus Engineering explains: "We change the oil after each race weekend. We do this not because the oil is worn out but mostly to inspect the engine for particles. We also always split the oil filter to get an overview. We use Rymax Lubricants in all our Lamborghinis, also in the latest prototype LP1200. We have very good experiences with these products. The oil temperature in the engine of our Lamborghini Super Trofeo ST has dropped with over 6 degrees which is very good."


What happens if you don’t change the oil in our race car?

Not changing the oil according to the recommended frequency can result in expensive problems, especially for race cars. One of those could be poor lubrication with the result of prematurely worn parts. As for the oil itself, it becomes dirty very quickly, behaving itself as an abrasive in the engine. If the oil is contaminated, it is not able to clean and cool the engine as it should. Be careful of the worst case possible, in which your engine is locked up due to oil starvation. If this happens your engine would face extensive repairs or even require a complete replacement. This could also be a very serious safety issue. One of the most common issues is that the engine will become too hot, resulting an inefficient engine run and the lack of lubrication could cause the components of the engine to warp and wear out.


The perfect oil for you

Now that you know how frequent engine oil should be changed in your race car, you can bring your race car to its full potential by using products that are especially designed for race cars. The Rymax Apollo R Line is formulated to ensure maximum performance and protection under the most extreme circumstances. This line of full synthetic racing engine oils consists of a 10W-60 which provides an extremely rapid and stable lubricant film at cold start and maintain their strong lubricating film. The Rymax Apollo R Line has been tested extensively in the field and ensures you maximum horsepower for both on- and off-track racing.

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