Tuesday, August 30, 2011 08:00
Racing thrives on innovation because newer and better components, especially those that lead to increased performance, are vital to any team’s success. But racing is too costly to allow teams to test new components for the first time on the track. By the time you see the latest upgrade on a car, it’ already been tested thoroughly back in the shop.
Earlier this year Valvoline approached Roush Yates Engines about testing Valvoline NextGen recycled oil in its engines. In May, Roush Yates began evaluating NextGen using a five-step program designed to make sure the oil had what it takes to make it in racing before actually using it in a race.
This video outlines the steps, including the spintron, which tests the valvetrain; dyno runs on complete engines; the AVL, which simulates race-distance stresses on an engine; a complete teardown and inspection; and finally a single car running the oil in several races.