Repsol's more than forty years of experience in top-level racing have been a magnificent test bed. Thus, based on the knowledge acquired, the Repsol Technology Center incorporates state of the art properties in Repsol's commercial fuels and lubricants to protect, clean and extend the life of engines, optimizing their consumption and performance.
Repsol's connection to top-level racing began in 1971 with Ángel Nieto, an international motorcycle racing legend. But the company began developing fuels and lubricants in the mid-90s for the Toyota and Subaru engines of Carlos Sainz, two-times world rally champion and winner of the Dakar race. The Repsol Technology Center currently designs and develops the fuels and lubricants for the Repsol Honda Team riders year after year.
The company's main goal is to be at the forefront of technology in order to transfer all the knowledge and experience gained from the world of racing to its commercial products. The Repsol Technology Center blending unit aims to achieve greater power and optimum speed with less consumption.
The research team dedicated to these types of products works in the Repsol Technology Center Engine Laboratory . That is where they test and fully develop racing fuels and lubricants. They have six test cells, some with restricted access due to the confidentiality of the engines kept there, where products can be tested using different testing beds. These are subject to the most extreme and demanding conditions of different engines and the championship circuits as this is the best way to see how they will perform and how formulas can be improved. It is an endless tasked based on the fact that there's always room for improvement.
And that's not all; to achieve excellence in the world of racing engine and fuel manufacturers must work together. After studying the engine and its performance, Repsol formulates the different products and test them on its test beds before testing them on a circuit. This manufacturing is always extremely detailed and the logistics are complicated as the fuels are transported worldwide, from the Sahara Desert to Japan, Malaysia or Tunisia. The products are subject to strict transport regulations and must guarantee maximum safety.
The consistency and hard work of the Engine Laboratory scientists and researchers is reflected each day in society. The goal is to progress and improve so that, together with automobile manufacturers, Repsol can develop products with major improvements that reduce consumption and, above all, are firmly committed to the environment.
"The Engine Laboratory developed the fuels of the future. Fuels that extend engine life."