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If you're looking for the perfect oil for your racing engine but don't know too much about the topic, this post can help you make a better-informed decision.

What You Need to Know About Racing Oil

For those who don't participate in car racing or don't know much about the sport, the fact that there are specific motor oils for racing engines may come as a surprise. Even if you have no plans to join in on a race, it still helps to be able to differentiate between these types of engine oils.

Why Different Oils Exist for Racing Engines

Although some people may choose to put their everyday car into a race, racing engines will need more protection on the track than a standard engine on the road. When you think about it, it's quite obvious that a racing engine is put through different challenges when compared to a standard engine. Because of this, the engine's oil will also have to complete different tasks and meet the more extreme needs that come up during a race. Since a racing oil will be put under more strain, it will need the adequate properties to perform well under the specific circumstances it sees.

The Main Differences Between Racing Oils and Regular Street Oils

Your standard car engine gets its fair share of use, especially if you use it daily to get to work, to run errands, and for the occasional fun trip. Even though it is constantly used, the trips made in your car are likely short and completed at lower speeds. Although your engine may heat up, this is generally due to normal operations under the hood. Luckily, fluids under the hood will keep temperatures under control and keep your vehicle performing well. On the other hand, a racing engine is more likely to be reserved for special use. Some races, like drag races, will be shorter but will require that your engine works at maximum effort all the way through. Longer races, like those around a circular track, may push your engine to perform for longer but still under extreme conditions, like those involved in a drag race. This means your engine will be under more strain, causing heat and friction to rise under the hood. These extreme conditions are part of the reason your racing engine will need a different oil than your standard engine. Just like you wouldn't use a motorcycle oil for your truck, you definitely shouldn't use a standard oil for your racing engine and vice versa. To find the perfect synthetic oil for all of your engines, contact AMSOIL Dealer- Jim Allen at (877) 777-1645. Don't forget that you can find a full selection of AMSOIL Oil products, including oil filters and fuel additives, in their online shop.

What to Consider When Choosing a Racing Oil

If you're not too sure what factors to look for in a racing oil, these can help give you a better idea.

Base Oils

Motor oil is divided into few subcategories labeled as grades. An oil's grade will be determined by a few factors including its refinement process, oxidation stability, and viscosity index, among others. Generally speaking, higher grade oils, where synthetic oils are included, tend to perform better. Just like with standard street oils, synthetic oils resist oxidation better, keep your engine cleaner, and reduce engine strain. Although these higher grade oils may be a bit pricier, the protection they offer is worth the price.


Additives are standard when it comes to their inclusion in motor oil. However, the additives your racing oil needs are likely different than those your standard engine will require. One example of the difference in additives between racing oils and standard oils is the amount of ZDDP they include in their formula. Zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate is included in both but is present in a higher quantity in racing oils because of the need for it. This additive provides a protective barrier between moving parts that helps reduce friction in racing engines. Standard engines that aren't put under the extreme conditions racing engines endure don't have as much of a need for this additive. In fact, including this additive at a higher percentage in standard oil can actually cause damage to parts like the catalytic converter. So, if you were considering using a racing oil for your standard engine, it's best to stick to an oil that meets your engine's needs. There are other factors to consider when shopping for a racing oil, so it's best to do some research before making your final choice.

Synthetic Oil Change in Spencer

Get your racing engine ready for the track with a synthetic oil change in Spencer. Contact AMSOIL Dealer- Jim Allen at (877) 777-1645 to learn more about AMSOIL's quality racing products, such as their DOMINATOR® 10W-30 Racing Oil. You can read about this and many other AMSOIL oils in their online shop!

 Jim Allen (877) 777-1645

 6715 River Corners Rd
Spencer, OH 44275 
United States
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