Biodegradable Motor Oil To Be Run In Formula Race Car

Like it or not, we are still stuck with the internal combustion engine for some years to come. That means in addition to gas, we need lots and lots of engine oil to keep our metal bits well lubed. As someone who changes his own oil, I’ve had my fair share of grimy, oily messes to clean up, and I know it is no good for myself or the environment.

But a new meat fat-based bio-oil could soon replace that black stuff we pump up from the ground so vigorously. Called G-Oil, it will make its racing debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring race this coming weekend as the official motor oil of the American Le Mans Series.

Yes, I found a way to bring this back to Le Mans. What can I say? I am really excited about this weekend’s race.

But G-Oil, from Green Earth Technologies, is awesome in its own right. Even though I love working on cars, and I go out of my way to avoid spillage, it inevitably happens (like last week when I inadvertently put a hole in an oil pan… ugh). The used oil from a single oil change can contaminate as much as one million gallons of fresh water if it seeps into the ground. But G-Oil is bio-degradable, carbon neutral, and even comes in recycled packages. It even recently won the “SM” rating, which means it can be used on any current and most older engines in regular passenger vehicles. It will be used in Green Earth Team Gunnar’s FLM-09 race car this weekend at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Last year, while G-Oil was awaiting its SM designation, the oil was used in service vehicles around the ALMS series, but this year it will actually be on the track. Green Earth Technologies claims that 90% of spilled G-Oil bio-degrades in just 9 days. This is because G-Oil mostly uses animal fats that have many of the same molecular properties as petroleum. The FLM-09 car (pictured above) is a serious race machine that costs serious money, so for a team to entrust it to this bio-oil is a rather big deal. I wouldn’t trust my million dollar car to just any old oil, as these race cars are designed to operate along the very thin line of total engine catastrophe and peak performance. See how racing technology trickles down to the everyday consumer?

Source: Green Earth Technologies | ALMS | Image: Formula Le Mans

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.