Ignite is widely regarded as one of the top players in the premium ethanol fuels business, and the company has powered some of the most powerful flex-fuel street cars on the road and on the racetrack– not to mention the entire USAC Midget racing field for the past few years. As such, I probably shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was to run into Ignite’s distributors at last weekend’s PRI Show and discover that, in addition to high-quality racing fuels, Ignite also offers a line of 100% plant-based motor oils and automatic transmission fluids (ATF).
“The oil is totally corn-based,” explained Ted Trueblood, head of Trueblood Oil. “It’s made using a waste by-product from corn refineries. It doesn’t take any more corn to make the oil than it takes to make ethanol and it’s 100% bio-degradable.”
“So, it’s like the American Indians- you’re using more of the buffalo,” I asked, trying to wrap my head around the idea.
“Yes!” answered Trueblood. “That’s exactly right. It’s also a superior oil, with a flash point over 500 degrees a viscosity index of over 190.”
I did some research after the show, and it looks like Trueblood is right on the money. Taking Ignite’s 20W50 oil and comparing that to Mobil 1 20W50, the Ignite oil had a superior viscosity index (190 v. 161) and a higher flash point (313 degrees C v. 212 degrees C). Gotta love that!
I’ve reached out to Trueblood and Ignite since the show, and I hope to be able to give you all some “real world testing” articles here in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!