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Driven Racing Oil Makes Plans For PRI 2016

Scheduled for December 8 – 10 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, the PRI Show will bring together motorsports companies, buyers and media from around the globe. Driven Racing Oil™ will be located in booth no. 419. There the Driven staff will provide information on its wide-ranging line of synthetic and conventional lubricants, plus display its renowned racing products. New AT synthetic automatic transmission fluids, 80W-90 GL4 Gear Oil and Synthetic DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) Fluid will take center stage. Driven’s XP line of racing oils, BR break-in oils, GO gear oils and cleaners such as Race Wax, Speed Clean and Speed Shield will all be showcased as well.

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Driven Racing Oil Readies For 2016 SEMA Show

This year Driven Racing Oil™ will be set up in booth no. 22613 from November 1 – 4 in the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Among the new Driven products scheduled for display are two brand new synthetic ATF blends (AT3 and AT6), Conventional 80W-90 GL-4 Gear Oil, Synthetic DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) Fluid, and the new Storage Defender Kit featuring both fuel- and oil-related products to protect classic vehicles. A unique Car Care Kit made up of the cleaners Speed Clean, Speed Shield, Race Wax and an orange micro-fiber towel is slated to be unveiled at the show as well. A wide range of lubricants designed for both street and race use will also be featured. In addition, a variety of knowledgeable sales staff and in-depth literature will be available throughout the week at the SEMA Show. It is the automotive aftermarket industry’s largest trade event.

Carb Defender Small Engine

Driven Racing Oil Carb Defender Small Engine Comes In Easy-To-Use Packets

Driven’s Carb Defender Small Engine additive cleans carburetors from Ethanol-fuel-related deposits that cause poor performance. It is specially formulated for the needs of carbureted motorcycles, ATVs, watercraft, lawn equipment and other gasoline-powered small-engine vehicles that spend most of their life in storage. Carb Defender’s unique blend features additives that control combustion chamber residue, plus clean and protect surfaces of the fuel system and intake tract. It also restores engine performance and stabilizes fuel during off-season storage. The multi-function formula eliminates the need for multiple additives and one packet treats up to five gallons of fuel.

Break-In Gear Oil

Driven Racing Oil 80W-90 Break-In Gear Oil Benefits Gear Teeth

Conventional 80W-90 Break-In Gear Oil from Driven provides excellent break-in protection by utilizing a high EP (extreme pressure) additive package that promotes proper mating of gear sets without scuffing or pitting. By polishing the gear teeth, micro-pitting is eliminated to improve gear durability. A smooth gear surface can carry more load and will last longer. This oil is designed for hypoid and spiral bevel gear sets like those found in 9-inch and quick-change rear ends. It is safe to use in gear boxes and differentials and will not harm brass or copper components. Driven’s 80W-90 Break-In Gear Oil is designed to be drained following the normal break-in cycle (500-700 miles) on new gear sets to remove break-in wear metals. A synthetic gear oil may then be used to get the most protection and efficiency from the rear gear and transmission.



Driven Racing Oil HVL | High Viscosity Lubricant Packets

Driven Racing Oil HVL | High Viscosity Lubricant Packets Provide Break-In Aid

Each 5/8 oz. HVL | High Viscosity Lubricant packet from Driven provides enough lubricant to pre-lube bearings or timing sets in most engines. The packets provide excellent pre-lube for timing chains and piston skirts. The non-foaming product mixes with the break-in oil and extends the film thickness during the break-in process. HVL’s unique, high-load-carrying capacity formula provides proper flow and protection during engine assembly and start-up. The lubricant replaces the use of motor oil and tacky lubes during assembly, and it will not harden or cause parts to become sticky during storage.

Driven Racing Oil™ Announces Attendance At 2014 PRI Trade Show

Driven Racing Oil™, a leader in lubrication for motorsports and high performance engines, will be on hand to showcase a variety of new products at the 2014 PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis from December 11-13.

The motorsports world descends on the racing-mad city of Indianapolis each December for the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show – which attracts 1,200 companies exhibiting in 3,000 booths at the Indiana Convention Center. Driven is an integral part of the show, as its products serve engine builders, race teams and other organizations involved in circle track, drag, road course, off-road and boat racing, plus much more. In 2014 Driven can be found in Booth 419, where new products including Speed Shield, Speed Lube and HDF Fork & Shock Fluid will be on display. Driven’s complete line of XP Race Oils and BR Break-in Oils will also be exhibited, as well as greases and cleaning products. In addition to displays, a variety of literature will be available to attendees, while knowledgeable technical and sales staff will provide in-depth information and answer questions.

Driven Racing Oil will also be a part of MPMC Education Day in Room 241 on Wednesday, December 10. Presented by the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council, the program brings together manufacturers and a variety of customers for face-to-face interaction. The Driven seminar will be hosted by Certified Lubrication Specialist Lake Speed Jr. and is scheduled for 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. In addition, Driven is a 2014 sponsor of the Advanced Engineering Technology Conference, a two-day affair designed to provide a platform for the exchange of information related to engine technology. It will take place on December 9-10, the two days prior to the PRI Trade Show, also at the Indiana Convention Center.

Driven Racing Oil™ To Be A Part Of 2014 MPMC Education Day

The second annual MPMC Education Day will take place on December 10 in Indianapolis, just before the PRI Trade Show kicks off. Driven will be one of nearly a dozen companies hosting seminars during the day.

Driven Racing Oil™ has established itself as a major player in the world of performance lubricants. As a result, it and a variety of other leading motorsports companies will be part of this year’s Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Education Day, a series of discussions designed to bring together manufacturers and a variety of customers from buyers to end-users. The Driven seminar is slated for 2:45-3:15 p.m. in Room 241 of the Indiana Convention Center on Wednesday, December 10. The PRI Trade Show will get underway in the same building the following day. Certified Lubrication Specialist Lake Speed Jr. will lead the Driven seminar, which will spotlight a variety of new cleaning products including Driven Speed Clean, Speed Lube, Speed Shield and Brake & Parts Cleaner. Speed also plans to touch on Driven Racing Oil’s line of racing and break-in oils.

To RSVP for each free seminar attendees should access their Attendee Registration Dashboard online. For more information about MPMC Education Day, contact Jim Skelly at [email protected] or call 909-978-6690.

Proper Use of ZDP in Engine Oils

By John Martin, retired Shell engineer

Zinc dithiophosphate or Zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDP) is to engine oils what Tetraethyl Lead is to gasoline. Both are highly specialized chemistries which provide significant performance boosts to the fluids they are placed in. ZDP is the most effective extreme pressure (EP) agent known to oil formulators.

But you can’t just dump these chemicals into any oil and expect maximum performance benefits.

Oil Being Poured

ZDP (often called ZDDP or Zinc) is a highly developed family of chemicals used to give engine oils extremely good protection against metal-to-metal contact, which maximizes valve train longevity. One can’t expect to gain significant increases in performance by just purchasing a ZDP additive and dumping it into a motor oil.

When I was racing Funny Cars years ago, I religiously dumped a can of General Motors (GM) Engine Oil Supplement (EOS) into every oil change in our Funny Car, because I knew it contained ZDP. I was certain the ZDP in EOS would result in much-improved camshaft and lifter durability.

One weekend we ran out of EOS while we were at the track, so I was forced to soldier on without it. Upon subsequent teardown and inspection of that engine the following week, no differences in cam and lifter durability were observed.

Had I been the victim of a marketing ploy? At that time I learned that just because automobile and component manufacturers build engines, it doesn’t mean they know everything about engine oil chemistry and additives. Only engine oil formulators do, and there aren’t that many of them out there.

Why can’t the average racer simply purchase a ZDP supplement and significantly improve the cam and lifter durability of his oil? The primary reason is that the ZDP molecule is a complex chemical in which a metallic substance has been combined with a hydrocarbon to make the metallic material soluble in oil, and dissolving the ZDP into the oil is the key to maximizing ZDP performance.

ZDPs were discovered in the 1940s. They were responsible for allowing increased camshaft lifts that high-powered piston aircraft engines needed to produce sufficient horsepower to outrun their enemies. At the time ZDP was discovered, I doubt that researchers fully understood how it functioned. ZDP forms a sacrificial film on the surfaces of the components it is intending to protect. This film slowly wears away, sacrificing itself instead of allowing metal-to-metal contact.

This functionality allowed engine designers to increase valve lifts significantly to improve engine breathing and valve spring pressures accordingly to prevent valve float on more aggressive camshaft profiles. Over the years many different types of ZDPs have been developed as researchers better understand their properties. Today, ZDP compounds are the result of years of research, performance testing and solubility studies by additive manufacturers.RACE GROUP

At first all ZDPs were very chemically active. They solubilized into the oil quickly and immediately began protecting vital surfaces. However, researchers discovered that very active ZDPs became rapidly depleted and were only able to protect engine components for a short period of time.

The Seq. IV dynamometer engine test was developed to make certain that future, less active, ZDPs were developed to offer engine protection which lasted longer than just a few moments. Today additive manufacturers have even developed ZDPs which protect exhaust emissions equipment (catalytic converters and particulate traps) better than previous ZDPs, and these new ZDPs are found in the current API SN specification motor oils.

Over the years researchers and lube oil blenders discovered that a good ZDP could be rendered practically useless by improper blending of the lubricant.  Most ZDPs activate in a distinct temperature range. Different ZDPs activate at different temperatures. Temperature activation is designed to occur at those temperatures experienced by the camshaft/lifter interface. If ZDP is added to cold oils, it may not go into solution at all and precipitate out into the crankcase. If ZDP is added to overly hot oil, the ZDP may activate in the crankcase (or sump) before getting to the valve train components it is supposed to protect.

Good lubricants are mixtures of 10-12 separate chemicals which are blended together at specific temperatures in a defined order.

ZDP is added only at that point where blenders can be certain that the oil will no longer exceed the ZDP activation temperature. I don’t know what those temperatures are, and I’ll bet you don’t know either.


Another blending concern with ZDPs is the oil you are adding it to. As I said previously, ZDP forms a sacrificial film on the surfaces of the components it is intended to protect. Some highly compounded (high levels of additives) oils such as diesel engine oils contain considerable quantities of detergents to protect the engines from the harmful effects of soot (unburned Carbon). Detergents act in much the same way as ZDP. They must be absorbed on the surface to do their job.

The detergents in high-detergent oils often compete with the ZDP for the cam and lifter surfaces, resulting in those components having insufficient metal surface for the ZDP film to be effective. ZDP must be kept separate from detergents during the blending process. That’s why most racing oils contain low levels of detergents – the ZDP is more effective for better valve train protection.

The safest way to ensure maximum camshaft and lifter protection is to purchase engine oils specifically compounded for your application. It’s always best to let an experienced oil formulator and blender put your oil together for you. It may cost a bit more, but it will be well worth it in the long run. A properly formulated racing oil will not only protect cams and lifters, but it can also extend the life of valve springs. Saving a racer a set of valve springs can more than offset the extra cost of a properly formulated oil.