Mobil 1™ and motorsport have been synonymous since the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand was launch in 1971. From these earliest beginnings, Mobil 1 has been the partner of choice for many of the preeminent race teams competing in the most demanding and popular motorsport series around the globe.
While the history of the Mobil 1 in motorsports traces back to rally competitions in the early 70s. The brand’s involvement in racing became more official in 1978 when it entered F1 as a sponsor and technical partner of Williams F1. In that first year, Mobil 1 helped the Williams team take five wins for the season. Aussie legend, Alan Jones carried Mobil livery on his Patrick Head designed Williams FW07 that he drove so spectacularly to win the 1980 World Championship.
The 1981 championship would go down to the very last race with Alan Jones’ teammate Carlos Reutemann finishing the race in 8th to lose the championship by one point from Nelson Piquet. Jones finished the 1981 F1 World Championship in 3rd and retired from F1, along with the FW07 which recorded 15 races wins, 300 points, one drivers’ and two constructors’ titles.
Today, Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil continues to be relied upon for its ability to deliver exceptional engine performance and protection under some of the most extreme conditions. Automotive technicians, race car drivers, team owners and some of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers can all testify to the advanced technology of Mobil 1 lubricants.
Motorsports continues to be a key element of Mobil 1 brand’s heritage and pedigree. It’s the ultimate test bed to push ahead with new technological advances and to improve the range of lubricants – all fuelled by the desire to develop new products to contribute to outstanding performance on the track as well as on the road.