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02/08/2017
If you're having trouble choosing a synthetic oil for your racing engine because the process is too confusing, this post can help you understand your oil better.

Why You Need a Racing Oil for Your Racing Engine

If you've ever shopped for a motor oil, then you're probably aware that there are many different kinds to choose from. Some are conventional while others are synthetic, some brands include certain additives that others don't, and there are different kinds designed for specific engines, such a European engine oil and motorcycle oil. After noting all of this, it should come as no surprise that there is also oil specifically made with racing in mind. Just like you wouldn't use motorcycle oil in your car, you also shouldn't use standard street oil in your race car.

The Difference Between a Racing Engine and a Standard Street Engine

There are many differences between standard street oil and racing oil. The main reason for these differences comes down to their functions. Some standard street engines may be very similar to those used for racing, but this doesn't mean a standard street oil should be used on the race track. Although the engines may be similar, the way they're used is not. Take your daily driver as an example. You drive it every day across relatively short distances at or below the speed limit. While this puts some strain on your engine over time, your motor oil changes will help it stay intact. On the other hand, a racing engine will complete either short or long distance trips at very high speeds, forcing the engine to work at maximum effort under increased operating temperatures. Noting these differences makes it clear that you can't ask a standard street engine oil to take care of the extreme conditions a racing engine is exposed to.

Components to Consider

When shopping for a racing oil, it's important to understand these basic components.

Oil Base

All oil is derived from a base that will affect its properties. Generally, oils will be divided into grades based on how they were made and what properties they include. Lower grade oils tend to be conventional oils while higher grade oils will be synthetic. Higher grade oils tend to be more pricey but this is due to the superior protection they offer your engine. Just like with standard street oils, your racing engine will be better off with the protection of a synthetic oil. Find the perfect synthetic racing oil by contacting AMSOIL Dealer, Dwight Smith today! Give them a call at (702) 561-3706 to find out more about products like AMSOIL's DOMINATOR® 5W-20 Racing Oil, a synthetic oil designed for high-performance racing. Don't forget that you can also browse their online shop for a full selection of products.

Viscosity Index

Viscosity can be tricky to decipher for many car owners, especially because many oil bottles include a couple of numbers. In general terms, a lower viscosity means that the oil is thinner and runnier while a higher viscosity means the oil is thicker and will flow a bit more sluggishly. The way your engine is built will help determine what viscosity is best for your racing engine, but there are others things to consider as well. For example, longer races that force your car to perform well from a cold start and through very high temperatures may be better off with a higher viscosity or a multi-viscosity oil. On the other hand, shorter races may go better with a lower viscosity oil because your oil won't have too much time to heat up.

Oil Additives

Although all oils contain additives, the real difference is in which additives they contain and how much of a certain additive they include. This can vary by brand and the oil's intended use. Usually, higher grade oils will have less of a need for certain additives because their formula is cleaner and offers superior engine protection. Even so, they will still contain a number of additives to keep your engine running stronger, to lubricate moving parts better, and to prevent your oil from oxidizing at high temperatures. Look for an additive package that meets your engine's needs fully and avoid adding in extra additives not included in the premixed formula.

Additional Factors

These are only some of the many factors to consider when trying to purchase the right oil for your racing engine. Other things to consider include how your engine is built, the type of fuel in the system, the protection you need, and your manufacturer's recommendations. Avoid picking just any oil and instead really get to know what you need.

Synthetic Oil Change in Ann Arbor

Find the best synthetic racing oil with the help of AMSOIL Dealer, Dwight Smith! Contact them at (702) 561-3706 for help finding the right AMSOIL Oil product for all of your engine needs. You can also browse their selection of products in their online shop!
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