Royal Purple Partners
with Dakar Rally Open Class Production Winner
helps lead team to record breaking victory
Feb. 4, 2011 (Porter, TX) - The Dakar Rally is a grueling 6,000 mile race from
Buenos Aires, Argentina to Arica, Chile. The race route crosses the Andes
Mountains twice, and presents uncertain terrains that test the skills and
stamina of the driver, navigator, crew and vehicle alike. This year America’s
first female Driver of Record, Sue Mead, also became the first woman to achieve
an automotive class victory by winning the Open Production Class driving a Ford
Raptor filled with Royal Purple lubricants.
Royal Purple joined the team in early November as
final preparations to the Raptor were being made to send the vehicle overseas
for the race. Team Manager and co-driver Darren Skilton chose Royal Purple
lubricants for the entire truck. Chief mechanic Troy Johnson said, “Racing is
brutal on engines, and your motor oil is not the place to compromise quality.”
Royal Purple provided the following lubricants for the
Ford Raptor: full synthetic racing
oil, XPR 5w20; radiator coolant Purple
Ice; power steering fluid Max EZ; front axle lubricant, 75w90 Max-Gear; rear
axle lubricant, 75w140 Max-Gear; Ultra-Performance Grease and all purpose spray
lubricant, Maxfilm. The use of Royal Purple synthetic lubricants in the
Raptor’s 5.4-liter Triton V-8, 6-speed transmission and differentials,
eliminated any concerns of thermal viscous breakdown during the extended and
demanding conditions of the Dakar Rally.
“We chose Royal Purple lubricants because in a race
like the Dakar, only the best will do,” said Mead. Royal Purple congratulates
Mead, Skilton and the Ford Raptor team for an outstanding display of skill,
endurance and performance.
About Royal Purple
Royal Purple manufactures high performance synthetic products for
numerous industrial and consumer needs. For more information about Royal Purple
or its products, contact Royal Purple Inc., One Royal Purple Lane, Porter, TX
77365, 281-354-8600, ....
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