Castrol is a
brandof industrial and automotive lubricantswhich is applied to a large range of oils, greases and similar products for most lubricationapplications. The Castrol brand is part of the BPGroup of companies, but has retained its separate identity.
In February 1899, Charles Cheers Wakefield took what was perhaps the greatest risk of his working life: he resigned from the
Vacuum Oil Companyover a disagreement with the management regarding Vacuum Oil's foray into the railroad lubricants sector, and set himself up as competition. The firm he left behind would go on to become Mobil Oil.
Wakefield rented three small rooms on the third floor of 27
Cannon Streetin the heart of London, and it was there, on Thursday 9 March 1899, that the firm of C.C.Wakefield & Co opened its doors for the first time.
In 1909, the company began production of a new automotive
lubricantnamed "Castrol" (a contraction of castor oil, from which it was made). The company developed specific oil applications for various applications of the new internal combustion engine, including cars, motorcycles, and aircraft. The original 3 grades of oil being CW for cars, C for motorcycles and R for aircraft and racing engines.
In 1966, Castrol was acquired by British oil company Burmah, which was renamed Burmah-Castrol. In 2000, Burmah-Castrol was acquired by the then BP Amoco plc (now renamed
BPplc). Castrol branded lubricants continue to be sold around the world and are, in many countries, market leaders.
Castrol offers lubricants for virtually all domestic, commercial and industrial applications. Some of the bigger, current product brands offered by Castrol include:
- for passenger cars: Edge, Magnatec, Syntec, GTX
- for motorcycles: Power1, PowerRS, Act>evo
- for heavy duty vehicles: Elixion, Enduron, Hypuron, Tection, CRB, Agri
- for ships: Cyltech, TLX Plus
- for industrial applications: Hyspin (hydraulic), Aircol (compressors), Alpha (industrial gears)
More specialist, less well-known or discontinued brands of note for cars include XL, GTD, Formula RS, Synt and SLX. For motorcycles, they include TT, TTS, GP, GPS and Go!.
[http://www.castrol.com/castrol/productdetailmin.do?categoryId=9003076&contentId=6008867 Castrol A747] is considered by manyFact|date=February 2007 to be the premier oil for 2-stroke racing motorcycles. It has a distinctive smell that can be recognized instantly and is often nostalgic. This characteristic smell derives from the castor oil base lubricant.Fact|date=February 2007.
Castrol produce oils for the whole arena of automotive lubrication, including
motorcycle2-stroke and 4-stroke engines, car petrol and diesel engines, an extensive range of manual and automatic transmission fluids, chain lubricants and waxes, coolants, suspension fluids, brake fluids, greases, cleaners and maintenance products.
Castrol also produce products for
agricultural machinery, plant, general industryand marine engineeringuses.
Castrol products were voted best/most trusted products in switzerland. [Peterson. J:"Auto Illustrierte" July, 2007.]
The most prevalent display of the Castrol brand is to be found in sponsorship of varying motorsports (mainly as a "technical partner"), currently in the
World Rally Championship, MotoGP, World Superbikes and World Supersports. Castrol have previously been formally involved in Formula 1, World Touring Cars, British Superbikes, British Rallying, DTM, V8 Supercars, Dakar Rally, Drag racing, Sidecar racing - and more.
North America, Castrol has been an active sponsor of NHRAdrag racing, especially with John Force's funny carunder the GTX brand since 1987. The company has also sponsored the Brewco Motorsports#27 car in the NASCAR Busch Series, driven by Casey Atwoodfrom 1999 to 2000.
Castrol is one of the most popular oils used in the Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercar series with Castrol as one of
Ford Performance Racing's title sponsors. Castrol has been sponsoring Perkins Engineeringfor many years, most of them as a title sponsor until 2006. Castrol has also have hold the rank of title sponsor with Team Bray, owned by Australian drag car legend, Victor Brayfor 17 years.
For the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship, Castrol also sponsor the
Williams F1Toyota team.
Castrol has recently began to sponsor a popular Nintendo podcast called
Another interesting sponsorship by Castrol is of the
UEFA Euro 2008football tournaments see www.castrolindex.com
Historically, Castrol has been a prolific sponsor of World Land Speed Records, with 21 "titles" to their credit, and their rightful claim of the "World's 'Fastest' Oil", with their current unbroken record of a
supersonicspeed of 763.035 mph (1,228 km/h) set by RAF fighter pilotSqn Ldr (then) Andy Green, in the Richard Noble'brainchild' ThrustSSC. This occurred in the USAat the Black Rock Desertin Nevada, on 15 October 1997.
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 is also being featured as the name for a new rewards club called the [http://www.castrollec.com "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.
2008: This classic bit of Mahler has now been remixed for Castrol by Birmingham(UK) composer Mark Taylor. (More info about Mark here: http://www.chameleonmusic.co.uk )
A single based on Mark's remix is available for download, (iTunes), from the 25th August 2008 - all profits to Teenage Cancer Trust.Single: It's Liquid Engineering (nice Gorillaz vibe)Released: 25th August 2008 (iTunes download)Written by: Mark Taylor // Craig Hardy (Lemar, McFly, Blue) // Jason Perry (McFly, Lostprophets) // MC BlemishRecorded and Produced by: Craig Hardy // Jason Perry // Mark Taylor.Featuring: mystery lead vocalist // MC Blemish
Download the FREE ringtone and learn more about the charity single here:http://www.whoisrorc.com/
Listen to single here:http://www.myspace.com/whoisRORC
A ringtone based on the remix will also be available for download very soon.
* [http://www.castrol.com/ Official Site - Castrol Motor Oil]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/676927.stm BP buys Burmah Castrol] report on
* [http://www.edge.castrol.co.uk Castrol Edge Motor Oil]
* [http://www.castrollec.com Castrol Liquid Engineering Crew]
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