What hap­pens when an en­gine oil can’t han­dle ex­treme tem­per­a­tures? What bet­ter place to find out than at a race.

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ust be­cause sum­mer’s over doesn’t mean your car isn’t feel­ing the heat. Rain or shine, nor­mal en­gine op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­tures can reach up to al­most 100 de­grees Cel­sius—so it’s im­por­tant to only use qual­ity en­gine oil built to han­dle the stress. Oth­er­wise, your ride’s per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency could be as un­pre­dictable as the weather!

But what ex­actly hap­pens if you run an en­gine on oil that isn’t up to spec? To find out, we headed over to race 5 of the 2017 Flat Out Rac­ing Se­ries (FORS) at the Clark In­ter­na­tional Speed­way. Be­cause where bet­ter to learn about en­gine oils than at an ac­tual grass roots race event, right?

“On a race track, you have to push the cars to their lim­its. And once you get there, your revs get high—our driv­ers can run as high as 8,000rpm, so if the oil is not good enough, it’s go­ing to break,” says race en­gi­neer Ding Cle­mente, who we chat­ted with down in the pits.

“If the en­gine can­not cope with the high tem­per­a­tures, the bear­ings will break and this will lead to knock­ing. You can de­stroy your en­gine if it’s not prop­erly lu­bri­cated.” Yikes. By now it should be ap­par­ent that us­ing low-qual­ity en­gine oil should be con­sid­ered a ma­jor no-no.

So what spe­cific prod­uct does Ding put in his team’s en­gines? “We go with Shell Helix Ul­tra be­cause we like its vis­cos­ity, and the oil does not break down un­der high tem­per­a­tures.”

“The fact that it’s proven in rac­ing means it’s highly-rec­om­mended for daily driv­ing.” But of course, we didn’t just take Ding’s word for it. We looked for FORS race car driver Paolo San­tos of team Big Chill—who bested dozens of other com­peti­tors to win his divi­sion that day—down in the pits to ask him about how his car did dur­ing his race.

“It was re­ally good. I could brake late and the han­dling was su­perb. Though af­ter a while my brak­ing points were all over the place, be­cause it was re­ally hot. The brakes were hot, the tires were hot,” he tells us. But what about his en­gine per­for­mance? “It was very re­li­able,” he says. “It made the car run bet­ter. You could feel it in the Torque. It made ev­ery­thing bet­ter,” Paolo adds, re­fer­ring to the Shell Helix Ul­tra oil his team used on his en­gine.

Trusted by ev­ery­one, from me­chan­ics to race car driv­ers in­cluded. Not only is Shell Helix Ul­tra one of the most re­li­able and widely-avail­able en­gine oils in the mar­ket—it turns out to be 100% race-proven as well. So whether you’re tak­ing to the track or sim­ply look­ing to pro­long en­gine life and im­prove ef­fi­ciency, you know which en­gine oil to fill your car with on your next trip to the me­chanic.

Visit your near­est Shell Helix Oil Change Plus or look for it in your fa­vorite car shop or auto sup­ply. To know more visit mo­torists/oils-lu­bri­cants/helix-for-cars.

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