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What Makes Racing Oil Different?

Before purchasing the first racing oil you find, get to know what specific components you should be looking at in order to make the best purchase for your engine.

Why Your Racing Engine Needs a Racing Oil

If you wouldn't put marine oil in your motorcycle, then you also shouldn't put standard engine oil in your racing engine. Every engine has its own needs that should be met by your choice in oil. Before purchasing oil for your next race, be sure you understand what to look for in a racing oil.

Synthetic Racing Oil

Standard street oil comes in a variety of grades with differing properties depending on the manufacturer, its purpose, and its refinement process, among many other factors. This is also true for racing oil. Your best bet is to invest in a synthetic racing oil that will keep your engine better protected and lubricated under the extreme conditions it is subjected to on the track. Not only will your oil perform better, it will also resist evaporating under the extreme temperatures it has to work with. It's very important to understand that although standard synthetic oil performs better than conventional oil, it shouldn't be used as a substitute for a synthetic racing oil.

Thermal Stability

Your standard synthetic oil may be able to handle higher temperatures, but even then it may not be able to handle the temperatures experienced during a race. To avoid having your oil break down, invest in a quality synthetic racing oil. The elevated temperatures don't only mean your oil might start to evaporate, they also give you oil more intense tasks to take care of. As you engine heats up, your oil is also responsible for helping keep things cool. Without a racing oil, you engine may not be able to keep as cool, leading to engine damage. Prevent this by investing in the right oil for the job. Prepare your racing engine for the track with the right synthetic racing oil in San Diego, CA. For expert help choosing the best products for your racing engine, contact Synthetic Oil Inc. at (800) 653-0323.  Their experts can recommend top quality products like AMSOIL's DOMINATOR® 5W-20 Racing Oil, a synthetic racing oil made to withstand the extreme conditions your engine goes through during a race. Don't forget that you can also browse their online shop for a full selection of AMSOIL Oil products.

Viscosity Index

Understanding an oil's viscosity can be intimidating because it usually involves a few numbers and even a letter. In very general terms, a lower number represents a lower viscosity, meaning the oil is thinner and flows faster. Therefore, a higher number means a higher viscosity or a thicker more slow flowing oil. Ideally, your motor oil shouldn't be so thin that it slips through your engine like water, but it also shouldn't be so thick that it has trouble flowing between moving parts. When it comes to racing oils, the ideal viscosity will depend on a few factors, including how your engine was built and what type of race you're participating. Short distance races may require a lower viscosity oil because your oil needs to flow well from a cold start, meaning your oil doesn't have time to heat up and become thinner. For longer distance races, it may be best to use a thicker oil since it will have time to heat up and may lose viscosity. You can also look for a multi-viscosity oil with the right high and low viscosity for your engine.

Additive Package

Additive packages are a common component in all oils. A basic base oil without additives can't offer your engine the same protection an oil with these add ons can. Although synthetic oils may have less of a need for certain additives because of their additional refinement and purifying, they still contain an additives package. One of the most recognized differences between racing oils and standard street oils in terms of additives is the amount of ZDDP they contain. Zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP) refers to an additive that helps create a protective barrier around moving parts susceptible to metal to metal contact. All oils include some amount of ZDDP but standard street oils contain it to much lesser degree because it isn't needed on the street like it is on the race track. If you're thinking maybe your street engine can benefit from this added protection, it's actually not a good idea. Part of the reason ZDDP is present in lower quantities in street engine oils is because it can cause damage to your car's catalytic converter and to your oxygen sensors. This is one example of why you should stick to using the right type of oil in all of your engines. Keep in mind that these are just some of the most important components to consider when choosing a racing oil. Only through more research and experience will you be able to find the best product for you engine.

Purchase High Performance Racing Synthetic Oil in San Diego, CA

Before hitting the track, give your racing engine a full synthetic oil change in San Diego, CA. If you need help picking the right product, contact the pros at Synthetic Oil Inc at (800) 653-0323. They can help you find the perfect AMSOIL Oil products for all of your engine needs.