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The End Of “Backwards Compatibility”

Since the beginning of the API engine oil licensing system, each and every new specification
has been considered “backwards compatible.” This is a fancy way of saying the newest oil is as
good as or better than the previous oil.

The exact statement made on API’s MotorOilMatters.com website is as follows:

“For automotive gasoline engines, the latest ILSAC standard or API Service Category includes
the performance properties of each earlier category and can be used to service older engines
where earlier category oils were recommended.”

Since the outbreak of failed flat tappet camshafts a decade ago, this “backwards compatibility”
has been called into question by engine builders, camshaft manufacturers and consumers.
Within the last year, an asterisk has appeared on the statement of “backwards compatibility” on
the Petroleum Quality Institute website (http://www.pqiamerica.com) that says the current API
SN and SM oil specs may not be suitable for some flat tappet engines.

That asterisk marks a significant shift in thinking. The stakeholders in the API (the vehicle
OEMs and oil companies) are slightly acknowledging that one oil specification cannot cover
the requirements of all gasoline engines ever built. That really does sound like a ridiculous idea
when you put it down in black and white.

Over this last decade of “compromised compatibility” these same engine builders, camshaft
manufacturers and automotive enthusiasts have all received an education on motor oil that
most of them did not ask for. The word “Zinc” took on new meaning in automotive circles.
Apparently “Zinc” was more than just an ingredient in your multi-vitamin, and if your motor oil
was deficient in the proper quantity and type of “Zinc” your camshaft would end up deficient of a few lobes.

In response, special “Zinc” additives and specially formulated “high-zinc” oils appeared on the
market in response to the situation.

However, most automotive enthusiasts and engine builders have been burned in the past
by “snake oils” that promise the moon but deliver mud in the eye, so the market was slow to
accept these products. Even today, many enthusiasts still doubt the idea that “new oils are bad
for old engines.”

HRMaybe the announcement by Porsche this April will change all of this and signal the death knell for “backwards compatibility.” The famous brand just announced its own line of “classic” motor oils designed for the needs of older engines. The text from the Porsche website reads
like a copy of what Driven Racing Oil said when it released its “Hot Rod” motor oils 8 years ago. Driven was the first company to market specially formulated break-in oils and high-zinc oils designed specifically for older engines.

Here is a sample from what Porsche has released:

“This engine oil has been developed by experts with the specific aim of meeting the demands
of air-cooled engines. The thermal load is higher than in water-cooled units, which means that
the engine oil has to work harder to cool the engine down. The traditionally high power output
per litre of the engines also results in high compression and high pressures. A compact and
lightweight engine design means that the connecting rods will be short in relation to the piston
stroke, which in turn means high lateral piston forces and correspondingly high demands on the
lubricating film stability of the oil. In short, the older flat engines in particular can’t just use any
old oil.

Modern oils use highly efficient detergent/dispersant agents to thoroughly clean the engine and
reliably remove dirt, which can be too much of a good thing for a classic Porsche engine. It is
true that additional deposits should be prevented and oil-soluble contaminants such as soot,
water and dust kept suspended until they are drained off through the oil filter or removed during
the next oil change, but at the same time it is important that the deposits which have built up
over decades are not suddenly dissolved and that seals are not corroded.

1Since not every classic Porsche is in everyday use, the engine oil also had to meet other demands: classic vehicles are often left stationary for long periods of time and only moved intermittently and for short journeys, which means that condensation can form in the oil if the engine does not heat up fully. Aggressive combustion residues can cause acidification of the oil fill, resulting in the corrosion of engine components. The alloys, metals and sealing materials which were used at the time are at particular risk. Porsche therefore paid particular attention to this aspect when developing its Porsche Classic Motoroil. The special formulation incorporates a high alkaline reserve, which neutralises any acids that may form. Additional corrosion inhibitors also protect vulnerable components, even during longer stationary periods.”

Does any of that sound familiar?

Hopefully the announcement by Porsche will create awareness that specialty oils are not “snake
oils.” In fact, oils designed specifically for the hardware and the application are better than a
generic, one-size-fits-all API specification. The sooner this idea is embraced, the sooner engine
builders, parts manufacturers and enthusiasts can stop worrying about the chemistry of motor
oil and just go back to using oil. Then, Zinc can just be the stuff in your multi-vitamin and the
stuff that keeps your cam happy.

Driven Racing Oil™ Carb Defender™ Race Concentrate

Huntersville, NC– Designed for carbureted engines that use Methanol, E85 or Oxygenated race fuel, Driven’s Carb Defender™Race Concentrate prevents corrosion and deposits in the fuel system and intake tract.

Driven’s Carb Defender Race Concentrate delivers specially formulated additives that protect against carburetor corrosion and induction deposits. Special corrosion inhibitors work to prevent damage and diminished performance caused by fuels containing Methanol and Ethanol, as well as the moisture these fuels attract. This powerful new additive controls combustion chamber residue, plus cleans and protects surfaces of the fuel system and intake tract. Carb Defender Race Concentrate also contains a multi-functional lubricant so “top lubes” are not required. Just one bottle of additive treats up to 55 gallons of fuel, and the bottle features a handy view strip to let users measure out doses for as little as five gallons of gas. Driven Racing Oil™ Carb Defender Race Concentrate works with Methanol, E85 and race fuels, and it is compatible with spec fuel and water tests.


2014 Driven Racing Oil™ Master Catalog

Huntersville, NC – The 2014 Driven Racing Oil™ Master Catalog is available in print and for download at www.drivenracingoil.com.

Driven Racing Oil™ is a fast-growing leader in the world of high performance lubricant technology. Born from Joe Gibbs Racing, Driven has recently refined its branding and produced a cutting-edge new logo that reflects the mission and spirit of the company: Driven to Win. This brand new, 40-page catalog features Driven’s cutting-edge new look and includes a complete listing of all the high-quality performance products the company offers. Driven Racing Oil provides engine oils, driveline lubricants and other fluids for race cars, hot rods and street performance machines, as well as powersport and marine applications. Each product featured in the catalog is accompanied by a detailed description and full-color photo. In addition the featuring Driven’s full line of racing and street performance oils, the catalog covers notable new product additions such as Carb Defender™ Fuel Additive, SHX Shock Fluid, Syncromesh Transmission Fluid and Limited Slip Gear Oil. The catalog also includes a variety of updates and information on the latest trends and technology in the lubricant industry. Topics include: a primer on Zinc, Driven’s use of mPAO, oil myths and the benefits of synthetic oil. The 2014 Driven Racing Oil Master Catalog will be available in print at the PRI Trade Show and can be downloaded for free at www.drivenracingoil.com. To receive a physical copy, please email [email protected].

Driven Racing Oil™ BR40 Break-In Oil

Huntersville, NC New BR40 Break-In Oil from Driven Racing Oil™ is specially formulated to provide your engine with the proper foundation for maximum durability and performance during the critical break-in period.

Driven’s new BR40 Break-In Oil features a conventional 10W-40 viscosity that’s perfect for motorcycle, classic muscle car and European sports car engines. BR40 not only delivers maximum scuffing protection, it also contains an anti-wear formulation that doesn’t rely on friction modifiers, which helps promote proper ring seating. Ideal for use in flat tappet and aggressive roller cam engines, the BR40 blend is formulated to improve ring seal without increasing wear, and is good for dyno testing, a night of racing or up to 400 miles on the street. With no Zinc (ZDDP) added, the BR40 Break-In Oil is best used with Ethanol-blended fuels, pure Methanol fuels and oxygenated race fuels. Just combine BR40 with a proper break-in procedure, and you can be sure that you’ve done everything required to ensure both maximum engine performance and service life.

Driven Racing Oil FR20 Synthetic 5W-20

Huntersville, NC The FR20 Synthetic 5W-20 from Driven Racing Oil™ meets the three primary oil needs of modified, high performance modular Mustangs. Namely, it meets extra demands placed on oil by Variable Valve Timing (VVT), withstands increased temperature from power adders and reduces oil consumption and vaporization.

When it comes to meeting the unique demands of Modular Ford engines, FR20 oil is in a class of its own.  A lightweight oil with a 50% higher viscosity index of conventional oils, FR20’s race-proven formula yields maximum power output without sacrificing protection, even in high RPM usage. And because of its low-volatility chemistry, it helps reduce oil consumption by counteracting harmful vaporization and oil-foaming. Besides having an Ultra High Viscosity Index, FR20 also features a higher Zinc content (ZDDP) for anti-wear protection and viscosity breakdown prevention on high-output engines with upgraded performance components. Engines like these need oil that can protect on the road, on the track and in the garage.

Driven Racing Oil™ FR50 Synthetic 5W-50

Huntersville, NC The new FR50 synthetic from Driven Racing Oil™ is specifically formulated for the unique needs of Ford Coyote engines.

The Ford Coyote is one of today’s most popular performance power plants from the blue oval. Coyote-equipped Mustang GTs are widely seen on the street and strip throughout the country. However, these engines require a unique 5W-50 viscosity oil to run optimally in regards to variable valve timing systems while delivering the wear protection needed for performance cams. Driven Racing Oil has achieved this task in creating FR50—a full synthetic lubricant that features a shear stable formula to resist viscosity breakdown. Its low volatility formulation also guards against oil vaporization and foaming, resulting in reduced oil consumption and the prevention of inconsistent cam phaser performance. And like all Driven products, FR50 uses the revolutionary mPAO base for unmatched performance and protection in high temperature high shear environments.



Driven Racing Oil™ HR 10W-40 Hot Rod Motor Oil

Huntersville, NC New HR 10W-40 motor oil from Driven is engineered specifically for hot rods and classic vehicles. Its specialized ingredients reduce friction, provide anti-wear protection as well as extended oil change intervals.

The unique 10W-40 blend utilizes just the right amount of Zinc (ZDDP) in addition to U.S. military-spec rust and corrosion additives. This formula provides protection for roller camshafts and counteracts the corrosion and other damage that can be caused during storage periods. And because it is available in both conventional and synthetic forms, 10W-40 is the ideal choice whether you own a muscle car, European vintage sports car, or rotary engine. Plus, its careful balance of detergents and “fast burn” Zinc enables it to protect even the most aggressive camshafts.  Air-cooled engines generate extreme temperatures, but HR 10W-40 has you covered by protecting against the deposits, burn-off and thermal breakdown that can occur with this setup. Its competition proven formula, combined with its “no compromises” synthetic base that provides extended oil change intervals, make Driven HR 10W-40 the trust­ed choice of top engine builders.

Driven Racing Oil™ HD50 Synthetic 15W-50

Huntersville, NCNew HD50 synthetic motor oil from Driven is engineered specifically for modified Harleys with performance cams. Its specialized ingredients reduce friction, provide anti-wear protection as well as extended oil change intervals, and is even compatible with wet clutches.   

The unique 15W-50 blend utilizes just the right amount of Zinc (ZDDP) in addition to U.S. military-spec rust and corrosion additives. This formula provides protection for roller camshafts and counteracts the corrosion and other damage that can be caused during bike storage periods, even accounting for the additional challenges posed by wet clutch systems. Because it uses a next generation mPAO synthetic base, the HD50 delivers a 50% higher viscosity index compared to conventional oils.  Plus, its careful balance of detergents and “fast burn” Zinc enables it to protect even the most aggressive camshafts.   Air-cooled engines generate extreme temperatures, but HD50 has you covered by protecting against the deposits, burn-off and thermal breakdown that can occur with this setup. Its competition proven formula, combined with its “no compromises” synthetic base that provides extended oil change intervals, make Driven HD50 the trust­ed choice of top motorcycle builders.

Driven Racing Oil™ Tric-Loc Clutch Oil

Huntersville, NC Driven Tric-Loc Clutch Oil has been developed and track tested to deliver consistent clutch engagement performance over a wide range of temperatures and loads.

Specifically formulated for modern and vintage wet clutches, new Tric-Loc Clutch Oil from Driven Racing Oil™ is a full synthetic lubricant featuring Type F friction modifiers designed to provide firm shifts and dependable clutch engagement. This long-lasting, 30-weight formula supplies a wide temperature operating range to reduce the risk of clutch-related performance issues. It also utilizes dialed-in viscometric properties to lower clutch temperature.  Extensive testing at the track and in the lab has proven that the advanced synthetic chemistry of Tric-Loc Clutch Oil makes for a more stable clutch fluid that yields better and more consistent performance than competing brands. It is the perfect choice for karts and is ideal for all wet clutch applications including motorcycle transmissions with internal clutches separate from the motor oil


Driven Racing Oil™ Speed Clean Is A “True” Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Huntersville, NCDriven Racing OilSpeed Clean is a foaming cleaner and degreaser designed to quickly and safely remove grease, rubber and grime from practically any surface.

New Speed Clean from Driven is a special foaming action spray developed to remove grease, rubber and grime without leaving behind any oily residue or harming painted surfaces or vinyl graphics. This general purpose product cuts through tough contaminants with ease, allowing it to have virtually unlimited household, shop and track uses. Originally designed to clean rubber & track grime off of race cars, it is also great for under hood cleaning, road grime and bug removal.  It can be used as a general automotive cleaner, to clean dirt and debris from shop equipment and even to eliminate carpet stains. Available in 18 oz. spray cans, Driven Speed Clean is a must-have for everyone from hobby racers and enthusiasts to top-level NASCAR teams.