The following article is brought to you by Castrol® EDGE®. -Ed.
Long time readers of this site will know that we have a diverse focus, most often writing about technology and gadgets, but very often verring off into topics we believe will interest the very same people who have a passion for consumer electronics. One of these topics is the automotive world. We’ve had our fair share of hands-on encounters with cars from various manufacturers, and we’ve always come away impressed with what is being accomplished at the very edge of automotive mechanical engineering (in each respective segment of course).
We are particularly fascinated by the narrow field where new technology intersects with old school design and engineering, so we were pleased when Castrol got in touch and asked us to look at what they’d done with their latest line of engine oil, the Castrol® EDGE® boosted with Fluid Titanium Technology. More specifically, we were intrigued by how they’d put their new oil to the test. You should watch the above video, featuring Koenigsegg One:1 driver, Christoffer Nygaard. Yes, Nygaard is an accomplished driver, but the exciting part isn’t so much his pedigree, as the creativity displayed by Castrol in their testing.
They asked Nygaard to race through a track virtually, at first, establishing his personal best time on a simulator. They then put him on the real track and asked him to race his clone using a Koenigsegg One:1, so named because of its 1:1 power to weight ratio (that’s right, 1,360 HP for a weight of 1,360kgs!). Did you gus ever play Mario Kart and raced yourself? Yeah, it’s just like that!
The Castrol® EDGE® boosted with Fluid Titanium Technology is three times stronger against viscosity breakdown than the leading synthetic and leading conventional oils, giving the cars that use it an edge over their rivals. You can watch how Nygaard fared against himself in the two minute video we’ve embedded above.