Press release 21st November 2012
Millers Oils announces technical partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport BHA to utilise nanotechnology to reduce frictional losses and enhance performance Yorkshire, England – Oils containing nanotechnology will be used for the first time in the IndyCar series as Millers Oils begins work with Bryan Herta Autosport. The deal includes all BHA entries including the Barracuda Racing IndyCar team, F1600 and Indy Lights. The goal of the partnership is to increase performance and efficiency by reducing frictional losses. The oils will be a further development of the company’s Nanodrive products, which have been proven in motorsport and automotive applications.
The agreement was officially signed in October and development work on formulations has already begun. Reducing frictional losses in both the powertrain and transmission will not only release more power but will also reduce running temperatures, thus creating a significant aerodynamic benefit from reduced cooling air flow requirements. BHA and Millers Oils will be conducting tests to validate which formulations provide the maximum benefit.
“Motorsport is a particularly demanding environment for lubricants and so it provides a great platform for us to develop our latest technologies,” said David McCann Millers Oils market development manager. “IndyCar is at the forefront of motorsport in the USA and is widely watched around the world. Our partnership with BHA allows us to use the highprofile of the racing series to raise awareness of the Millers Oils brand and demonstrate our technologies.”
The company’s Nanodrive oils have been designed to reduce friction, increase power and improve component wear. The nanoparticles used in this product produce a significantly lower friction coefficient than conventional boundary lubricants, such as molybdenum disulphide. Independent tests have shown an increase in power of 5.6 percent on a race engine and a reduction in wear rates by up to 80 percent, compared to oils containing molybdenum. “The margins in Indycar Racing are so fine that any improvement in efficiency translates into measurable lap time improvement,” said Barracuda Racing's Race Engineer, Todd Malloy. “Millers Oils has unsurpassed expertise in low-friction lubricants and we are thrilled to use their Nanodrive technology to gain a competitive advantage over the rest of the field, particularly at the high speed ovals such as Indianapolis.” www.millersoils.co.uk
About Millers Oils
Millers Oils was founded in 1887 by John Watson Miller, since then the company has displayed a talent for innovation and industry firsts. It was the first to offer diesel specific engine oil for cars and continues to push boundaries to earn its place as a world leader in the technology of low friction. In January 2012, Millers Oils launched nanotechnology engine oils. Tested against a competitor’s oil of the same viscosity, Nanodrive recorded 33% lower friction at operating temperatures of 110-110°C. Millers Oils uses the expertise gained in motorsport and performance car development to ensure it remains a leader in commercial vehicle oils, classic vehicle oils and Industrial lubricants. About Bryan Herta Autosport Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta and noted race engineer and team manager Steve Newey, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Firestone Indy Lights competition since 2009 and recently won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second IZOD IndyCar Series start. The Indianapolis, Ind.-based squad made its IndyCar debut in 2010 contesting the Indianapolis 500. New for 2012, BHA has formed a joint venture with Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. (BBM) to field a full time entry in the IZOD Indycar Series for Canadian driver Alex Tagliani. Based in Toronto,
Ontario, Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. is the coming together of leading sports and entertainment property development professionals, Chris Bowers and David Bowen, along with the financial management experience of Trapeze Asset Management Inc. For more information, please visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.
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Millers Oils is working with Bryan Herta Autopsort to develop lubricants containing nanotechnology which help reduce frictional losses
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