Shell Improves Scuderia Ferrari’s Efficiency On Track
As the Formula 1 circus returns from its mid-season break with the Singapore Grand Prix scheduled this weekend, Shell has revealed that its Shell V-Power race fuel and Shell Helix Ultra race lubricant delivered 23.3 percent of the total efficiency gain of Scuderia Ferrari’s power unit since the end of the 2014 season. To put it simply, Ferrari’s current F1 car, the SF70H, is over half a second a lap faster while consuming the same amount of fuel as the cars before until the SF15-T, the car which saw action in the 2015 season.
“Efficiency is crucial for us in motorsport, where performance improvements are primarily found through exploiting efficiency, due to the fuel limit, so we can only go faster by getting more out of each drop of fuel,” said Shell Motorsport Innovation Manager Guy Lovett. “At Shell, we work tirelessly with Scuderia Ferrari designers and engineers over the winter and during each season, with 21,000 hours devoted to the Formula 1 products alone. The scale of the efficiency benefits we have delivered since the end of 2014 is a testament to all the team at Shell, and truly demonstrates the benefits of our Innovation Partnership with Scuderia Ferrari in practice.”
“It’s really impressive that Shell fuels and lubricants delivered nearly a quarter of the overall efficiency gain of our power unit since the end of 2014, and our thanks go to Shell for delivering such an improvement,” added Scuderia Ferrari Technical Director Mattia Binotto. “To achieve ever increasing standards of performance out of the same amounts of Shell V-Power race fuel is remarkable, and this combined with the benefits of Shell Helix Ultra race lubricants in the engine, is an important factor contributing to Scuderia Ferrari’s on-track results.”