In association with Honda, one of its longest-standing OEM partners, MOTUL has launched a new Factory Line engine lubricant for racing. Tailor-made for owners of Honda CBR 1000 RR-R bikes fitted with HRC KIT (Honda Racing Corporation), the MOTUL 300V Factory Line Racing Kit Oil 2376H 0W-30 ESTER Core® is the perfect example of the company’s living laboratory philosophy… developing and testing products in a racing application before offering them for sale to a wider customer base.
New 300V 4T F.L. Racing Kit oil © MOTUL
For decades MOTUL has developed high performance synthetic lubricants using ESTER Core® technology which extracts maximum engine power without compromising on reliability and wear. This high-performance characteristic is key to the competition success of the famous 300V lubricant which has powered so many to victory over five decades.
Working alongside Honda and using the All Japan Road Race Championship (the premiere 2-wheeled road racing championship in Japan) as a test bed, engineers at the MOTUL R&D facility in Kawasaki developed an experimental oil dedicated to Honda CBR 1000 RR-R bikes. The ultimate proof of its efficiency and effectiveness came just weeks ago when the F.C.C TSR Honda France team claimed victory at the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans.
The viscosity grade 0W-30, 100% synthetic lubricant yields a low traction coefficient thanks to the Ester technology, generating a friction reduction and therefore providing a significant gain in engine power. The exclusive development of the formulation for the Honda CBR 1000 RR-R fitted with HRC KIT allows a significant improvement of the wet clutch engagement which results into more power being transmitted to the rear wheel, and an exceptional increased reliability of the moving parts thanks to a choice of latest generation specific anti-wear additives.
Arai Katsuya, General Manager of Motul R&D: “Every team wants to have better power but without compromising on reliability. With a >200hp superbike, if we gain one percent of the horsepower, it could give additional speed on the straight and that is a benefit of the Racing Kit Oil. If there’s no compromise on reliability, then everything will be perfect, and the team will have a better result. The unique ESTER chemistry of our Racing Kit Oil means we can extract the maximum engine power without compromising on reliability and wear.”
Fuji Masakazu, Team Manager of F.C.C. TSR Honda France Team: “In today’s high-speed, high-power engines, it is a must to protect each part. Therefore, it is necessary to have an oil which performs multiple, conflicting tasks at the same time. High-performance oil is essential for today’s high-performance engines. Oil leads to victory! We know Motul well. Honda trusts Motul and we trust Honda. There is no other choice. As far as the recent success at the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans is concerned, Motul helped us as lubricant partner. We fought the world and won.”
Midori Moriwaki, General Manager of Moriwaki Engineering: “The relationship with Motul started back in the 1990s. When we developed the engine parts, so many times the engines broke during testing because the bike had heavy engine torque and it didn’t take well to the oils we were using. We tested many different oils, but we couldn’t find one that worked. We then heard that Motul oil from France was very high quality and might be good for this engine. The Moriwaki engineers contacted Motul to test the oil. Then the bike worked perfectly, solving all the problems. Since then we have a very good relationship with Motul and we are proud that some of our racing data contributed in a positive way, giving Motul key information to support the development of products such as the 300V Factory Line Racing Kit Oil 2376H 0W-30 ESTER Core®. ”
ABOUT MOTUL (www.motul.com)
Motul is a world-class French company specialised in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its Motul Tech activity.
Unanimously recognised for more than 150 years for the quality of its products, innovation capacity and involvement in the field of competition, Motul is also recognised as a specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant, issued from the aeronautical industry, making use of esters technology: 300V lubricant.
Motul is a partner to many manufacturers and racing teams in order to further their technological development in motorsports. It has invested in many international competitions as an official supplier for teams in: Road racing, Trials, Enduro, Endurance, Superbike, Supercross, Rallycross, World GT1, 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motorcycles), 24 Hours of Spa, Le Mans Series, Andros Trophy, Paris-Dakar, 8 Hours of Suzuka, Bol d’Or, Daytona 200-mile motorcycle race.