HOUSTON — In March, Ferrari named the new Pennzoil Ultra motor oil with Hyper Cleansing Technology as the only motor oil approved and recommended for use in all Ferrari engines in the United States. As a next step in its long-standing relationship with Ferrari, Shell Oil Co. announced Pennzoil Ultra will be the brand sponsor for the Risi Competizione American Le Mans Series (ALMS) team for the 2010 season.
Through the sponsorship agreement, Pennzoil Ultra has been named the official lubricant of the team and Pennzoil Ultra 5W-40 will be the exclusive motor oil used in the team’s two Ferrari 430GT racecars.
"We are very proud to have Pennzoil come on-board as a sponsor of the Risi Competizione team as we continue our quest for our third ALMS championship and eighth major endurance race," said Giuseppe Risi. "Shell and Ferrari have an iconic relationship, and we hope the advanced technology of Pennzoil Ultra will provide us the advantage to drive our cars to the winner’s circle."
Pennzoil Ultra is a new full synthetic motor oil that is engineered to maintain an engine as close to factory clean as possible. Made from an advanced proprietary synthetic formulation that includes Hyper Cleansing Technology, Pennzoil Ultra is designed to exceed the toughest standards for engine cleanliness.
With engine tolerances and clearances measuring only thousandths of an inch and engines operating in high-temperature conditions, even a small build-up of deposits could diminish performance. This is why Ferrari recommends Pennzoil Ultra exclusively for Ferrari engines in the United States. Pennzoil Ultra SAE 5W-40 and 10W-60 have been tested and engineered to clean and protect Ferrari engines, even those used in ALMS.
Through Shell’s technical partnership with Ferrari, Pennzoil Ultra has been tested and engineered to clean and protect all engines, meeting and exceeding Ferrari’s most stringent standards.
"We at Pennzoil take great pride in the fact that Shell scientists work as a team with Ferrari in the Trackside Laboratory at each Formula One race, at the famous Ferrari factory in Italy and at Shell’s R&D facilities in the United Kingdom and Germany," said Luis Guimaraes, VP, Shell Lubricants, Americas. "The technical partnership with Ferrari ultimately provides us with an environment for testing new lubricants in extreme conditions. This gives us a better understanding of what will deliver improved protection, performance and efficiency to help our motorsports technical partners excel and continue their winning ways."