Castrol

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Castrol is a British global brand of industrial and automotive lubricants offering a wide range of oils, greases and similar products for most lubrication applications. Burmah-Castrol was purchased by BP in 2000 and the Castrol brand became part of the BP Group of Companies, a British multinational oil and gas company headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom.

Products[edit]

Castrol Quick Lube shop, Dearborn, Michigan, an independently-owned oil-change chain

Castrol offers lubricants for domestic, commercial and industrial applications. For automotive lubrication (including motorcycles 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines, car petrol and diesel engines), their products include manual and automatic transmission fluids, chain lubricants and waxes, coolants, suspension fluids, brake fluids, greases, cleaners and maintenance products. Castrol also produces products for agricultural machinery, plant, general industry and marine engineering uses.

Castrol products include:

  • for passenger cars: Edge, Magnatec, Syntec and GTX; less commonly, XL, GTD, Formula RS, Synt and SLX
  • for motorcycles: Power1, PowerRS and Activ; less commonly, TT, TTS, GP, GPS and Go!
  • for heavy duty vehicles: Elixion, Enduron, Hypuron, Tection, CRB, Agri and RX Super
  • for ships: Cyltech and TLX Plus
  • for industrial applications: Hyspin (hydraulic), Aircol (compressors), Alpha (industrial gears) and Optigear (wind turbines)

Name[edit]

The name "Castrol" originated after researchers at the Wakefield Oil Company (founded by Charles Cheers Wakefield in 1899) added castor oil to their lubricant formulations.[1]

Sponsorship[edit]

Motorsport[edit]

A Castrol sponsored NASCAR Dodge Charger

The brand has been involved in Formula One for many years, supplying to a number of teams, including Jaguar, McLaren, team Lotus, Brabham and Walter Wolf Racing.[2]

Castrol has sponsored the Ford World Rally Team and M-Sport in the World Rally Championship since 2003. It has also sponsored Volkswagen Motorsport activities in the Dakar Rally and later the World Rally Championship since 2005. Audi Sport's activities in rallying and touring car racing have been sponsored by Castrol, as well as its Le Mans Prototypes program since 2011. BMW Motorsport has been sponsored by Castrol since 1999. Toyota Motorsport GmbH had Castrol sponsorship in the World Rally Championship from 1993 to 1998. In the All-Japan GT Championship, the TOM'S Toyota Supra and later the Mugen Honda NSX had Castrol sponsorships.

Castrol is used in the Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercar series. For many years, Castrol was the title sponsor of the Perkins Engineering Holden team, the relationship ending in 2006. Latterly, Castrol has been one of Ford Performance Racing's title sponsors, backing the Falcon of Steven Richards. Castrol's 2010 program will see Paul Morris Motorsport run a Castrol Racing Commodore for Greg Murphy, alongside its existing FPR Ford entry.[3] Castrol is the title sponsor with Team Bray, owned by Australian drag car legend, Victor Bray for 17 years.

In North America, Castrol has been an active sponsor of NHRA drag racing. Castrol has sponsored John Force Racing under the GTX brand since 1987, but the deal with the team will end after the 2014 season.

Also, the All American Racers had Castrol sponsorship in the CART World Series from 1996 to 1999. In 2014, Castrol sponsored former Indy 500-winning IndyCar team Bryan Herta Autosport, with English rookie Jack Hawksworth behind the wheel. Castrol is the name sponsor of Castrol Raceway, a multi-track oval, drag, and motocross racing facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[4] Castrol is the sponsor of D.J. Kennington in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

In Australia, Castrol was the main sponsor of the Castrol International Rally in Canberra for more than 10 years between 1976 and 1986. The same was true for an International Rally held in South Africa, ending annually in neighbouring Swaziland. It was the most prestigious event on the South African rally calendar at the time, until Castrol ended its sponsorship of this event. Later only some competitors' cars were carrying the bright green and red colours of Castrol sponsorship in national rally events, notably the S.A. Toyota dealer team.

American football[edit]

Castrol advertising has been a part of telecasts of the National Football League for years. In 2011 Castrol's Edge brand became the official motor oil sponsor for the league, along with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson endorsing the product; it has since been renewed further until the 2017 season.[5]

Cricket[edit]

The Castrol Cricket Index for a team is a dynamic indicator of the overall performance of the cricket team. It is calculated by taking into consideration the batting momentum, the bowling efficiency, the performance of the teams in the quick start overs and the extreme performance overs and many other factors. Castrol Cricket also ranks cricketers based on their overall performance.[6] India centric initiatives being undertaken like Castrol World Cup ka Hero was created during the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[7][8]

Rugby Union[edit]

In 2011, Castrol signed a four year sponsorship deal for the Australian national rugby union team and as the naming rights sponsor of The Rugby Championship.[9][10]

Advertising[edit]

It's More Than Just Oil. It's Liquid Engineering is the advertising slogan or punchline of Castrol, used mainly for branding its engine oil products.[11][12] Castrol products are still marketed under the red, white and green colour scheme that dates from the launch of Castrol motor oil in 1909. Advertisements for Castrol oil historically featured the slogan "Castrol - liquid engineering"; this was more recently refreshed and reintroduced as "It's more than just oil. It's liquid engineering." In 2008, this slogan was also being featured as the name for a new rewards club called the Castrol Liquid Engineering Crew in which members get the chance to win prizes.

For many years, the opening notes of the second Nachtmusik movement of Mahler's Seventh Symphony were used as the signature theme of Castrol TV commercials.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Castrol". BP. BP. Retrieved 2014-06-15. "Early in the new century, Wakefield took a personal interest in two sporty new motorised contraptions – the automobile and the aeroplane. The company started developing lubricants especially for these new engines, which needed oils that were runny enough to work from cold at start-up and thick enough to keep working at very high temperatures. [...] Wakefield researchers found that adding a measure of castor oil, a vegetable oil made from castor beans, did the trick nicely. They called the new product 'Castrol.'" 
  2. ^ "The history of Castrol in F1". Castrol.com. 2005-01-27. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  3. ^ V8supercars.com.au[dead link]
  4. ^ "Castrol Raceway official website". CastrolRaceway.com. 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  5. ^ Lefton, Terry (14 April 2014). "Castrol renews deals with NFL, Vikings’ Peterson". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Don't bring up fatigue issue: Anil Kumble". Midday. 2009-05-29. 
  7. ^ "Castrol plans to pump up sales with cricket connect". Business Line. 2011-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Brett Lee announces Ashok Kumar as the first Castrol World cup ka Hero". Punjab Newsline. 2011-02-14. 
  9. ^ "Castrol to fuel Australia home tests". 
  10. ^ "Proud sponsors of the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship". 
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  13. ^ Castrol advertising

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