PRI 2013: Ignite Offers a New Take on Corn Oil

corn based motor oil

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!


Source: Ignite Racing Fuels, via Trueblood Oil.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.