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Octane Boost, Vehicle Graphics
A letter in the December 2012 Amsoil Magazine brought up a great question about Motorcycle Octane Boost. However, your answer creates some confusion as to application of the product. When you say it is for use in motorcycles, but Dominator® Octane Boost is the recommendation for the other off-road applications, are you recommending Motorcycle Octane Boost only for street-driven motorcycles or for all motorcycles? Should we be recommending Dominator® for use in off-road motorcycles? Also, an ATV/quad is nothing but a motorcycle with more wheels using the same engines, and out here in the west, are used for the same type of hard off-road riding. The UTV’s also have big motorcycle engines and at least 50% of them out here are being run in the sand dunes right next to the bikes, quads and sand buggies. I think this calls for a better explanation of application of the product.
I, too, have been blocked out of the co-op program for vehicle graphics. My truck is a 2002 Ford F-350 7.3L diesel in excellent condition with 125,000 miles. I purchased it one year before joining Amsoil as a Dealer, when I retired from my job as a firefighter. I purchased it expecting it would probably be the last new vehicle I would be able to afford in my lifetime. Now, because it is 10 years old, I cannot receive assistance from Amsoil for the graphics advertising package.
Amsoil: When it comes to octane boost, it is important to look at where the equipment is used. Octane boost technology is heavily regulated for anything considered “on-road,” placing limits on the amount of actual “boost” the equipment receives. Amsoil Motorcycle Octane Boost is formulated to meet this criteria; it is recommended for both on and off-road four-stroke powersports engines. Amsoil Dominator® Octane Boost is formulated with more active chemistry for two- and four-stroke vehicles used off-road or for racing.
We understand many older vehicles are in good condition, but an age limitation for vehicle graphics co-op assistance Amsoil received a positive return for its advertising investment. We still encourage you to take advantage of the Vehicle Graphics Program. Even without co-op support, the options available to Dealers through this program are less expensive than comparable graphics available elsewhere.
Interceptor® Case Studies
I appreciate the recent research studies Amsoil has published regarding the use of Interceptor® in Ski-Doo® Rotax® E-TEC® engines. Although there isn’t much opportunity to sell to snowmobile customers in Texas, one of my retail accounts sells a lot of Interceptor® to its Sea-Doo® customers. I have tried to research the engine differences between Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo, but have not been able to determine if they use the same engines or not. Would the information published in the 3,469- Mile Case Study in Rotax E-TEC Engine (G3038) and A Study of Interceptor® Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil for Ski-Doo Rotax E-TEC Engines (G3039) be appropriate to discuss with Sea-Doo customers and other powersports accounts, or do they not use the same engines and/or not have the same operating challenges?
Amsoil: Both studies are specific to the Ski-Doo E-TEC engine. The two-stroke engines used in Sea-Doo personal watercraft are different. Interceptor® and HP Marine™ Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil are recommended for this application; use of HP Marine is supported by the Marine E-TEC Field Study (G2968), providing a valuable sales tool in this market.
In the January 2013 issue of Amsoil Magazine, there was a good article on reading product data bulletins. Last month, I also read a discussion on an online forum regarding the pros and cons of using synthetic lubricants. The general feeling is that today’s oils are much better than those of days gone by, and if we just follow the longer drain interval guidelines of most new vehicles, we will be protected from premature engine failure. I know there are plenty of good reasons for using Amsoil synthetic motor oil, but I think the most compelling is the fact that it withstands degradation from extended use better than other conventional or synthetic oils. My question, in light of the article, is what product test data best supports that claim?
Amsoil: While the TBN and high-temperature/ high-shear viscosity results included on product data bulletins tell part of the story on oil longevity, much of it cannot be easily demonstrated with typical product data bulletins. Amsoil conducts and publishes detailed laboratory and field testing of its lubricants to demonstrate Amsoil performance over extended drain intervals. More are currently in development.
January Amsoil Magazine Feedback
I’m very pleased that Amsoil started the new year off with two great articles related to my beliefs. Dan Peterson did a great job of being irritated like me when standing in line to pay for some goods. You read or overhear men in the same line going off about how “this additive will fix that problem for good.” I do on occasion present my Dealer card and offer some advice if I think they might be receptive to it. The other was the always great Zig Ziglar story by Rob Stenberg; he presented the story with true love for the man who we all at Amsoil will be looking to see when we get to the top! Thank you for making the year’s first issue a pleasure to read.
Jon F. Daly
Amsoil: Thank you for your feedback, Jon.
He recognized the suspension and steering components he desired were difficult to get along with the sector lacked a steering and suspension component maker that provided full protection. Components were becoming outdated. In 1981, Rare Parts were founded by Burgess.
Similar to the report of Amsoil Inc., an ever-expanding business created in the vision of its own creator A.J. Amatuzio, Rare Parts Inc. has prospered and developed with time. Danny Burgess, a mechanic who grew up within the company alongside his dad, is president of the firm, now.
A California manufacturer of steering and suspension parts installs Amsoil synthetic greases exclusively in its Diamond Series specialty parts.
Rare Parts makes present and dated parts for almost any use and is dedicated to supplying American made parts and designs. The firm provides full protection for virtually any car make, model or year.
"We provide merchandise in the late 1920s to present, and when all of us don't have it we'll develop it," Danny Burgess said. "We assemble our own stock and custom jobs in the classic street rod fanatic to custom fabricated agricultural harvester components."
Examples are bigger forgings for enhanced internal models, improved power, greaseable parts, better wear features, tighter machining tolerances, appropriate heat-treatment of ball studs and mating elements and other changes in crucial areas, based on Burgess.
The components are pre-greased with Amsoil Synthetic Polymeric Truck, Gear and Chassis Grease (GPTR).
"We just create high-quality steering and suspension components here in America and we needed to couple them with a well known high-quality grease which also is created in America," Burgess said. In addition, we run Amsoil products within our production equipment.
Reduced turning torque decreases steering effort and raises the life span of the parts."
Amsoil Recognized for its Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
Amsoil products were marketing environmental sustainability long before it became hip. Now, the organization's environmental management system extends well beyond its products and it has really been registered to the ISO 14001:2004 standard.
Amsoil products are environmentally friendly.
Installing Amsoil synthetic motor oil in every passenger car/ light truck in America and practicing 25,000-mile/one-year drain intervals would eliminate up to 35.7 billion quarts of oil.
Remember to recycle used oil and bottles, and remind customers to do the same.
Responsible Since the Beginning
In 1972, Amsoil created the first synthetic motor oil recommended for 25,000-mile/one-year drain intervals. It struck a blow against the custom of changing oil every 3, 000 miles / three months. Many lubricant manufacturers have followed the Amsoil lead and introduced extendeddrain motor oils of their own, while original equipment manufacturers now advocate drain intervals of up to 15,000 miles, and more if using electronic oil life monitoring systems, currently. Amsoil initiation has kept millions of gallons of waste oil from entering the supply stream. In addition, Amsoil synthetic lubricants reduce air pollution from exhaust emissions due to lower volatility, while business testing verifies Amsoil synthetic lubricants and fuel additives increase fuel economy.
Third Party Confirmation
The Amsoil environmental philosophy contains facilities and its management procedure and goes deeper than its products. Amsoil is now registered to the environmental management standard known as ISO 14001:2004. A third-party enrollment body (NSF) has acknowledged Amsoil for its obligation to sustainability throughout all facets of its company.
In part, ISO 14001:2004 sets out the standards a business or firm can follow for an effective environmental management system. Becoming registered to the ISO 14001: 2004 standard provides assurance to clients, Amsoil Dealers and accounts that Amsoil takes environmental stewardship seriously and has implemented procedures to ensure reduced environmental impact. With environmental consciousness just becoming more common, the registration should be referenced by Dealers to prospects who value environmentally responsible companies. The enrollment dovetails nicely with the proven history of Amsoil synthetic lubricants to lessen waste and help prolong a healthy environment. For more info, click the "ISO 14001:2004 Certified" link at the end of Amsoil.com.
Sustainability a Company-Wide Philosophy
The Amsoil environmental management system extends to all facets of the organization's day-to-day operations. For example, Amsoil gets much of its packaging materials from responsible sources. Plastic containers are made from post consumer resins, while cardboard boxes used for packaging derive from businesses operating under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), drastically reduce waste and whose practices help the environment (see graph).
|Amsoil products are packaged in recycled cardboard,
which provides significant environmental savings:
|* Estimated annual environmental savings based on the average recycled content of corrugated containers supplied to Amsoil.|
Amsoil associates with SmartWay(registered company) carriers to send merchandise as economically as possible. SmartWay is the Environmental Protection Agency's main program for improving fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution in the transport business. By shipping with SmartWay carriers, Amsoil has created effects equal to taking 166 cars off the roads annually. This can be achieved by shipping more weight on every truck and using rail in the kind of inter-modal cargo for long-distance shipments. Not only does Amsoil use SmartWay carriers, it's now formally acknowledged as a SmartWay shipper for its direction of its own corporate wide logistics.
Amsoil also boasts a rigorous recycling program throughout its corporate facilities, recycling the vast majority of materials, including the following:
Amsoil recycling efforts generate more money than waste disposal costs. Actually, the whole 400,000 square foot Amsoil Center in Superior, Wis. creates just one dumpster load of waste every six weeks.
Amsoil is one of the select few businesses in Superior and Douglas County to have met a group of environmental standards place forth by the Douglas County Recycling Office, as a Count Me Green business getting designation.
Other examples of stewardship come in the kind of using remaining generation oil to warm the Amsoil Center, reducing energy prices. The Center also features a roof and state-of-the-art heat and cooling systems that further reduce energy use. Amsoil even converted a big area of asphalt parking lot at the Amsoil Center to green space.
Amsoil has consistently acknowledged that doing what's appropriate for the surroundings not only makes environmental sense, additionally, it enhances business. It's one of the organization's founding principles and certainly will stay so nicely into the future.
|The father of the American superbike, Erik Buell, founded Erik Buell Racing (EBR) on the principles of hard work and American innovation. The team captured four podium finishes in the ultra-competitive AMA Pro Super Bike series last season.||Legendary off-road racer Scott Douglas competes in the Pro 4x4 class in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by Amsoil. The 11-time World Champion finished the 2012 season in second-place overall.||Amsoil/Scheuring Speed Sports owner Steve Scheuring has been a driving force behind the meteoric rise of professional Snocross since the 1990s. His stable of decorated riders is currently dominating the 2012-13 Amsoil Championship Snocross season.|
The race-engineered vehicles of Scott Douglas, Erik Buell and Steve Scheuring help Amsoil test and validate its synthetic lubricants – the same synthetic lubricants available to all motorists. The three recently visited Amsoil corporate headquarters for a lengthy discussion on the many ways Amsoil and its pioneering technology help provide dominance on the track. In the second of a two-part series, Amsoil Magazine provides excerpts of the discussion. For part one, see the January edition of Amsoil Magazine.
This discussion is continued from Part 1.
How Amsoil synthetic lubricants helped save Scott Douglas’ truck during one particularly challenging race weekend:
Douglas: One of the situations we had with Amsoil quite a few years back had to do with one of the big Cup races. We had built a new chassis and tried to make it as light as we could. You’re always fiddling with your cooling packages. The bottom line is we made some calculated mistakes on that. We got to the bigger track, Crandon [International Raceway], where we’re running the thing, just twisting the motor at 8,000-8,400 [rpm] in between shifts. And those long pulls, those big, long straight-a-ways, you get up to about 100 mph. And all of a sudden the gauges are just pegging from qualifying on. We’re trying to duct air in and do everything we can. We finally realized we didn’t have a choice and we were just going to have to run the race. We had the confidence in Amsoil that it was going to pull through. That was the most successful weekend I’ve ever had in my racing career. We won every race that weekend – both Pro 4x4 races and the Cup race. All three runs, including qualifying, we were over 300º-320º on the oil temp. We took apart the motor afterwards figuring the whole thing was going to be pretty tore up, but we were really happy with the results.
How Amsoil DOMINATOR® Synthetic 2-Cycle Oil (TDR) prevented Steve Scheuring’s Ski-Doo® Rotax® engines from failure:
Scheuring: At the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., we raced at an elevation of about 9,000 feet. All the dynamics of the engine changed. You experience lack of oxygen and reduced horsepower, so you have to adjust for that. You have to increase compression; you have to increase timing. There were six factory-based Ski-Doos running in the Pro Open class. Out of those six, we had the only ones that didn’t blow up. Our engines ran flawlessly all weekend. All our guys ended up in the finals, and Robbie [Malinoski] ended up on the podium, which represented the only Ski- Doo-based team in the top 10. Amsoil helped us get through that edge where everyone else kind of fell off.
On competitors in the AMA Pro SuperBike series taking notice of the durability Amsoil synthetic lubricants provide Erik Buell’s racing bike:
Buell: Our engine is the talk of the pits. Two-cylinder engines pushed to that horsepower level are more fragile. We never touch our engines all race weekend. The other guys are swapping engines Saturday night for a new engine for the race on Sunday. We are just running the same stuff, and everybody is really impressed by it. They ask us about it and we say it’s a good engine, but without a doubt some of the things Amsoil has been able to give us have helped the engine. Maybe we would have redesigned it mechanically for a lesser-quality oil, but why do that?
On some of the benefits Amsoil expertise provides race teams:
Douglas: Everyone was running 20W-50 [motor oil], but the engineers at Amsoil said we should go to a 15W-50 to gain a little horsepower. I’m an old-school kind of guy, so I had to be sold on the idea. Amsoil sold me and the testing we did was phenomenal. We tore down the motors and the bearings looked perfect. I was caught up in the mindset of everyone else that the viscosity is what makes the oil good. No, it’s not; it’s the quality of what you put in the oil, and Amsoil puts in nothing but the best.
Buell: It’s a whole level of technology I’ve never been exposed to before. It’s not just about performance, it’s about understanding the whole picture. And that’s the world of what Amsoil gives to the everyday owner. Racing is not just about peak performance, it’s about durability.
On Scott Douglas’ 900-hp race truck providing critical data in the development of Severe Gear® Synthetic EP Gear Lube:
Douglas: The off-road community is so difficult on differential gears, whether it’s short-course or desert racing. We’re landing with all that power, and that little film of oil is all you have between that ring and pinion. If you think about that surface area, it’s crazy to think you’re putting 900 horsepower through.
It might be the best motor oil there is, but if Amsoil finds out they can make it better, they make it better. - Scott Douglas
We used to run this stuff that was like molasses; it literally was like honey. We’d have to jack the truck up on stands – and this wasn’t on cold days, this was on a day that might be 60º – and we’d have to warm it up for about 20 minutes and get all the oil moving. Hopefully it would get out the axle tubes and get to the bearings. This was the only stuff that would live in the off-road industry until I hooked up with Amsoil and realized how well Severe Gear worked. We started running Severe Gear, and made some formula changes to make it even better. The rings and pinions were better than I’ve ever seen them. And I’ve got a lot of experience in this industry. We run a ring and pinion all year long on this truck.
On Steve Scheuring’s involvement with Amsoil product testing and validation:
Scheuring: We spent all last year working hand-in-hand up at our race shop dyno testing oil on Ski-Doo Rotax engines. We saw minimal wear and we saw everything exceed expectations and set the bar for what a lubricant should do. Today we’re working on future oils and we’re conducting testing with each of our drivers using a special blend of oil. As we accumulate 200 hours or 1,000 miles on a vehicle, we’ll break that vehicle down. The Amsoil technical staff will measure wear, scuffing and clearances to gather information showing which of the newer formulations will take the product even further.
On the high performance standards demanded of Amsoil synthetic lubricants:
Douglas: The thing I love about Amsoil is it doesn’t take a failure to change the product; Amsoil changes its lubricants just to make them better. It might be the best motor oil there is, but if Amsoil finds out they can make it better, they make it better. It’s like racing. You might be winning every weekend, but if you’re not trying to better yourself all the time, you’re going to fall right off the map. That’s not what I do with my career and that’s not what Amsoil does with its products.
Scheuring: This year we’re setting the bar on performance. We’ve really opened eyes to the whole synthetic market in our form of racing, two-stroke engines, and have shown that it is a superior product. People have really risen to that and realized this is the best product. There’s no proof like racing. What we do in one weekend takes the consumer or a test team two years to do. We have such a condensed test period and the products work great.
Buell: As soon as I came and visited and started talking with the research people, I realized I was in my kind of territory. Amsoil is interested in solutions; passionate about what they wanted to do and passionate about making the best lubricants. Amsoil is open to learn, listen and think – no canned solutions. Everything is about ‘what is going on? We want to understand it, we want to look at it, we want to see it, we want to think about it.’ Amsoil became completely engaged with us as a development partner.
There’s another piece of this that’s cool: My industry, the motorcycle sport racing industry, is mostly import. It’s not only imported vehicles, but imported ideas. They now see an American-made motorcycle and American-made lubricants, and they know we’re reliable. They know we’re not tearing engines down. They’re sitting there going, ‘Whoa, this is really cool that American technology is absolutely at the top of the world.’
Follow Scott Douglas, Team Amsoil/ Scheuring Speed Sports, Erik Buell Racing and other Team Amsoil racers all year long on Amsoilracing.com.
Direct Injection brings diesel technology to gasoline engines. GDI technology offers improved power and efficiency, along with a new set of challenges for motor oil.
Performance and fuel-economy are likely the 2 most emphasized features of vehicles now. Even strong pickup trucks are touting their respective mpgs alongside hp within an appeal to both the butch and penny- pinching sides of prospective truck buyers. Better fuel-economy and better functionality - Is it feasible to have both?
The answer is, “yes,” with Corporate average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards driving the need, and gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology as a leading solution.
Carmakers are getting forced by the federal government's CAFE mandates to create vehicles that satisfy higher fuel economy standards and reduce emissions. in October 2012, the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Environmental Protection agency released final standards controlling CAFE and greenhouse gas emissions for lightduty vehicles (passenger cars and trucks) made in model years 2017 through 2025. this legislation projects average needed fleetwide fuel economy ranging from 40.3 to 41.0 mpg in model year 2021 and from 48.7 to 49.7 mpg in model year 2025. the 2025 "split" estimates the typical necessary auto mpg from 55.3 to 56.2 mpg and light trucks from 39.3 to 40.3 mpg.
One promising resource for efficiency and improved fuel-economy is found within the resurrection of GDI engines. The important difference between custom and GDIs - conventional portinjected engines is how and where in fact the petrol is released before combustion. Like likewise injected diesel engines, this leads to higher power, torque and working efficiency. Due to the specific gas delivery parts needed for gasoline direct-injection, GDI engines stay more costly to construct than interface-injected systems. Nevertheless, most important vehicle manufacturers are now, or shortly will be, creating vehicles using GDI technologies. there are Many reasons for the growing production:
GDI engines also function nicely with turbo-chargers, and by combining the two technologies automakers can build smaller-displacement engines with performance specs comparable to or better than larger engines.
GDI engines aren't faultless, nevertheless. Because fuel is injected directly to the combustion chamber, intake valves don't get "washed" with petrol since they do in portinjected engines. this Could lead to carbon buildup. These technologies come up brief, and may have limits though. The fuel injectors are also exposed to greater temperatures and pressures, because they're found in the combustion chamber.
In addition to using high-quality gasoline, routine utilization of powerful fuel additives is a great pattern for keeping fuel systems clean. (registered company) Amsoil P.i. (API) contains strong detergents that clean deposits that may form in combustion chambers as well as on fuel injectors. In doing this, P.i. enhances fuel economy and reduces emissions. P.i. is the best selection to keep GDI and port fuel injected engines depositfree and operating at peak performance.
GDI technology is an important element of attaining both better fuel economy and increased functionality. How far the technology goes is yet to be decided. Meanwhile, Amsoil P.i. makes it simple to help keep engines clean and functioning at peak performance.
It is understandable that much of the Amsoil advertising and marketing emphasis is placed on cold-weather benefits since so much of your activity is in the northern climates. However, it is very evident that most of the products offer great benefits in the warm climate stretching from Arizona to Florida, with some notation of engines running cooler because of less friction. I think it would be a great selling tool if the advertising and the brochures, etc. placed more emphasis on this aspect of the products. it just might help us move more product here in the south where 100- plus degree days are common.
Thanks for your help.
Alfred H. Elmore
Amsoil: Thank you for your feedback. It will be taken under advisement as marketing materials go through the review process. Although Amsoil places significant emphasis on the cold-temperature benefits of Amsoil products, the warm-temperature benefits are also touted. In most cases, Amsoil marketing materials promote the “extreme-temperature” benefits of Amsoil products, covering both hot and cold tem- perature extremes. A field study covering the warm-temperature benefits of Amsoil products is currently in development.
I understand that Ford has had issues with injectors in its 6.0L diesel engines from the start. I have a customer using Amsoil 15W-40 synthetic heavy Duty Diesel and marine oil (AME) who is replacing fuel injectors because some type of build-up is causing them to stick. the Ford dealers are telling customers not to use extended oil change products because they leave a residue that causes the sticking injectors. Could Amsoil provide any technical publication or personal information for dealing with the above issue?
Amsoil: The 2003 Ford 6.0L is equipped with Hydraulic Electric Unit Injectors (HEUI) that operate off engine oil pressure. The oil’s ability to withstand degradation and oxidation is vital in their operation. Prior use of a lower-quality oil may have contributed to deposit build-up. Low-quality oils have a higher chance of oxidizing and forming deposits; Amsoil synthetic diesel oils are formulated with superior detergent and dispersant additives to control deposit formation and keep injectors clean.
Amsoil Synthetic Heavy Duty Diesel and Marine Oil has demonstrated exceptional performance over extended drain intervals for many years in the 2003 Ford 6.0L. Ex- tended intervals are recommended as long as the vehicle is mechanically sound and follows Amsoil guidelines for extended drain intervals.
Diesel fuel is another likely source of the injector deposits. The location of the injec- tors in the combustion chamber makes them susceptible to deposits forming on the nozzle. Amsoil Diesel Concentrate (ADF) is formulated to clean injectors and reduce the formation of deposits.
I don’t understand why Canadian pricing is not in line with the value of the dollar. Every time I show customers the price list, the first thing out of their mouths is, “Why is u.s. pricing cheaper than Canadian pricing? Don’t they know our dollar is worth more than theirs?” it truly turns people off. Please explain.
Amsoil: As a U.S. company, Amsoil must comply with a number of Canadian rules and regulations and labeling, inventory, transportation, exchange rate fluctuations and other costs that drive up the cost of doing business across the border. Although Amsoil makes great efforts to minimize the higher prices, these additional costs must be addressed through product pricing. Amsoil works to keep pricing as stable as possible in Canada despite these issues.
Amsoil calendar I just received 115 new 2013 Amsoil calendars for distribution. First, let me say, the graphics are great. I would have liked to see an accessory/additives page, but there are only so many pages available. But mostly, I wish to say thank you for keeping the Amsoil calendar product-oriented and not full of “girlie” pictures like some calendars. I work the Amsoil business as a family business with my wife as my executive partner and co-owner.
The only thing I would like to see changed next year is calendar size. in the past, the calendar fit nicely into a 9x12 manila envelope with room to close the metal snap. the past two years the calendar has been slightly too large. This makes sealing the envelope diffi- cult. the next envelope size is heavier and too large, such that the calendar slides around. Can this be corrected next year?
Again, great job.
Amsoil: Thank you for your comments. The calendar was made slightly larger for appearance purposes and to allow more space for daily notes. It also represents a more standard calendar size. They fit nicely in 9x12 envelopes that use adhesive instead of metal clasps, including the Amsoil 9x12 Dealer Envelopes (G2608).
For the past two years one of my retail accounts has expressed an interest in acquiring an 18-wheeler truck (toy) with an Amsoil logo to display in her store. I mentioned she could display the Amsoil insignia on any toy, but she insisted the toy come directly from Amsoil.
If at all possible, would you be able to ask the many Amsoil Dealers who receive the Amsoil Magazine if they would like to relinquish their 18-wheeler truck (toy) that was available from Amsoil at least five years ago and sell it to me?
Thanks for whatever you can do.
Amsoil: The Amsoil Super Team Transporter (G2216) was a 1:32 scale replica of Amsoil off-road truck racer Dan Vanden Heuvel’s transport rig. Any Dealer interested in selling one may contact letters@Amsoil.com.
Fan favorite joins short list of TORC drivers honored with the elite award
Consistency ruled supreme for Team Amsoil racer Scott Douglas on the Traxxas TORC Series presented by Amsoil this season, collection podium after podium on his run to second place overall in the Guru 4x4 course. Douglas' never say-die attempt helped him and his team beat not only the problems from the planet's highest shortcourse offroad racers, but also the very specialized and sometimes fickle engineering elements of a design transition year for the race plan. Because of his constant drive and commitment, Douglas was named the third recipient of the TORC Series' esteemed Jack Flannery award - given annually for the driver who best demonstrates the determination and perseverance features of late off-road icon Jack Flannery.
Where it's thrashing on a brand new truck for the 2013 season, the Douglas Motorsports team recently moved into a brand new race shop in Wisconsin. A lot of what they learned during their podium - filled 2012 effort has been included in the new truck, to which his long-standing relationship is credited by Douglas with Amsoil.
"We tried lots of new things throughout the 2012 season, including a brand new transmission and different suspension geometry, and managed to still pull together consistent results through the entire season," said Douglas. "I firmly believe that the Amsoil artificial lube helped us push the truck to degrees beyond which other companies' lube would neglect. Amsoil is not merely a really generous patron with Douglas Motorsports, it's a huge part of our r&D program along with a product we couldn't do without in consistently working to further our achievement on the course."
Team aM SOIL Supercross star Kevin Windham and top Lites riders Eli Tomac, Justin Bogle, Zach Osborne and Wil Hahn will be racing for a Monster Energy Supercross championship this winter, while Team Amsoil arenacross racer Tyler Bowers will be seeking to protect his Amsoil Arenacross championship. Amsoil is the Exclusive Official Oil of the title sponsor as well as Monster Energy Supercross and Exclusive Official Oil of Amsoil arenacross. Take a look at all of the actions on SPEED and CBS throughout the season. See www.Amsoilracing.com for the most recent program schedules.
The 2012-13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross (ACS) season kicked off in front of a gigantic crowd at the AMSOIL Duluth National in Duluth, Minn. on Thanksgiving weekend, also it couldn't have been more successful as Team AMSOIL swept the podium on both Saturday and Sunday, and took the AMSOIL DOMINATOR (registered company) tournament on Friday.
The AMSOIL Duluth National opened with the second annual AMSOIL DOMINATOR race, featuring 16 of the sport's top riders competing for the $10,000 prize in a string of head-to-head, bracketstyle elimination races. After defeating Garth Kaufman (Arctic Cat) in the opening round, rookie sensation Kody Kamm (Polaris) in the quarterfinal and Team AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports rider Robbie Malinoski in the semifinal, defending AMSOIL DOMINATOR victor and Team AMSOIL/Judnick Motorsports rider Ross Martin continued his hot streak in the final, defeating Tucker Hibbert to claim his second straight AMSOIL DOMINATOR title.
Pro Open - Saturday
In Saturday's Pro Open main event, Malinoski blew everyone off the hill with the holeshot, flying to the first corner and catching the lead in front of Martin and AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports teammate Tim Tremblay. Martin passed Malinoski by the next lap and Tremblay held third, but Hibbert was slashing through the pack with his sites set on climbing into a podium position. By lap nine, the four frontrunners had separated from the pack, with Hibbert still feverishly attempting to get around Tremblay, who held off the rushes. Malinoski closed the gap on Martin, retook the lead and earned the success. Martin finished second, while Tremblay took third, finishing an allTeam AMSOIL podium.
Pro Open - Sunday
With customary frontrunners Tremblay, Martin and Hibbert qualifying outside the very best four. Team Amsoil / polaris rider Justin Broberg and Scheuring Speed Sports rider Darrin Mees jumped out behind Malinoski. Tremblay, who qualified back in the place, struggled through traffic to go as much as third before passing Mees for second on lap 13. As Malinoski and Tremblay distanced themselves from the field, Martin put on a charge at race's ending, moving past Broberg and placing his sites on Mees. A battle for the last podium postion ensued, with Mees holding off Martin for his first career professional posium.
The holidays have come and gone, and just like that the 2013 racing season is upon us. Despite its popularity as the center of the cold, lifeless season, January ushers in lots of exciting racing activity for Team Amsoil.
Team Amsoil riders will begin their shield of titles in Monster Energy Supercross (Eli Tomac) and Amsoil Arenacross (Tyler Bowers), while four of the finest snocross riders on the planet will continue their quests to win the Amsoil Championship Snocross title below the Team Amsoil flag (Ross Martin, Robbie Malinoski, Darrin Mees and Tim Tremblay).
USAC will head south to FL, Erik Buell will make the final preparations for the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season and the 50th Amsoil World Champion will likely be crowned in Eagle River, Wis. as PJ Wanderscheid seeks his fifth title. New seasons of "The Next Bite" and the recently added "John Gillespie's Water and Woods" tv series begin in January, snocross will debut on CBS Sports Community and new exhibits from Racer TV (GNCC/ATV MX) and the Traxxas TORC Series presented by Amsoil will also air. Therefore do not think of January as a downer. There is plenty of racing to keep your spirits up as winter sets in.
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|The father of the American superbike, Erik Buell, founded Erik Buell Racing (EBR) on the principles of hard work and American innovation. The team captured four podium finishes in the ultra-competitive AMA Pro SuperBike series last season.||Legendary off-road racer Scott Douglas competes in the Pro 4x4 class in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL. The 11-time World Champion finished the 2012 season in second-place overall.||AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports owner Steve Scheuring has been a driving force behind the meteoric rise of professional snocross since the 1990s. His stable of decorated riders is currently dominating the 2012-13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross season.|
All three racing icons recently visited AMSOIL corporate headquarters for a lengthy discussion on the many ways AMSOIL and its pioneering technology help them dominate on the track. In the first of a two-part series, AMSOIL Magazine provides excerpts of the discussion.
On the effect AMSOIL has had on each of their racing programs:
Buell: We’re the only American motorcycle competing in the [Pro AMA SuperBike] series, and we believe in American technology. The lifeblood of any engine is the oil, and when you’re pushing engines in racing, especially stock racing engines with a really high power level, you’ve got to have the best stuff in them. And it’s really cool to have the best synthetic lubricants in the world come from America, and from Wisconsin. We’ve only been with AMSOIL two years, but AMSOIL has helped us solve problems with the engines, and we’ve pushed them further. So we’re not only finding good oil, but really good research people. “Racing is Research” is real.
Douglas: The quality of AMSOIL lubricants is what draws us all together. We all want to win, we all want to be top on the box, and AMSOIL helps us achieve that.
Scheuring: We started with AMSOIL back in 1997 and have had great success year after year, winning the X Games, winning championships and winning races. We constantly work with Amsoil to make the products better and to document that amsoil lubricants are truly the best.
How Amsoil technical expertise helped Erik Buell avoid redesigning the crankshaft in the EBR 1190RS motorcycle:
Buell: I wanted a two-cyclinder engine because it has a very smooth power band coming out of the corner. But to get a two-cylinder engine up to the power level of a four-cylinder engine, we had to rev it very high, so the loads on the crankshaft are quite intense. V-twins are notoriously hard on crankshafts because that big, long stroke of the two-cylinders just flexes the crankshaft around. We were seeing bearing issues and that's one of the places where Amsoil came in to help us. Some of the mechanical engineering people said we needed to redesign the crankshaft because it obviously had a problem. But the research and development people at Amsoil showed us that it was likely an oil problem, and they were correct - that was the issue. So instead of having to redesign the engine, I just had to use a better quality oil.
On Scott Douglas' ability to modify his racing engine to generate increased horsepower due to his trust in Amsoil synthetic lubricants:
Douglas: Every year we learn more and more about how far we can push the truck. It’s really nice to have a relationship with a sponsor like AMSOIL that not only provides a financial relationship, but engineering support. What we’re doing now is taking it to the next level. We’re working with the engineers at AMSOIL to find out how far we can push this truck. How small of an oil cooler can we put on the truck? Getting those pounds off the truck and getting that rotating mass working a little bit better – running smaller bearings in the engine – is part of finding out how far we can push it. We’re taking some of the engineering help from AMSOIL and relaying it over to our engine builder. This year we gained 12 horsepower by putting a little bit smaller main bearings and rod bearings in the engine. We weren’t sure if it was going to work, but the bearings have been perfect.
On the edge AMSOIL lubricants provide vehicles operating in extreme conditions:
Scheuring: We all race in such extreme environments. In our sport in general, last year we raced in Montreal, Quebec at -27°F, and then we raced in Lake Geneva, Wis. in the spring at 82°F, so we had a 130°F temperature change in three months, and we ran the same AMSOIL DOMINATOR® Synthetic 2-Cycle Oil (TDR) mixed 50:1, while most manufacturers recommend 32:1. It’s bulletproof. It allows better action in our motor because we’ve got more fuel going in there. It gives us that extra edge.
Douglas: There are times we’ll have a mud race and the whole [truck] will get packed. It’s hardly getting any air, the gauges are all pegged and the throttle is still pegged, too, right to the floor, and we’re running forward. That’s one of the reasons I’m so successful, I think, in a lot of those mud races and everything, where the conditions are just outrageous. The motor’s still revving, it’s still turning, but it’s not getting any of that cooling capacity to it. That’s where Severe Gear®, DOMINATOR, Torque-Drive® and everything we run comes into play – in those severe conditions.
On AMSOIL synthetic technology improving clutch performance in the EBR 1190RS.
Buell: Other twins out there, racing bikes, often have dry clutches. Because the twin has so much torque in the clutch, it makes the clutch slip. But we run a wet clutch, so it’s actually running in oil. How do you get an oil that lubricates a motor and yet doesn’t cause the clutch to slip? Once again, AMSOIL was able to solve that problem with just a 50-weight product [DOMINATOR 15W-50 Synthetic Racing Oil (RD50)]. Because it’s a synthetic, it’s still light and thin, but it has the lubrication properties of a 50-weight. So we were able to get both the crankshaft life and the ability of the slipper clutch to work well. Both the pieces have lasted. The crankshafts last the entire season and clutch plates last four or five race weekends, which is just crazy good.
On the reasons for developing and maintaining a relationship with Amsoil:
Scheuring: AMSOIL is first-class from the top to the bottom. People are friendly, they’re helpful, they’re knowledgeable and you see the quality day by day. That gives you such a feeling of confidence when we’re putting these products in our race vehicles and our day-to-day vehicles.
Douglas: To add to that, the dedication to the perfection of the product is what’s really inviting as well because a lot of companies make products, but their marketing is the big thing; they don’t focus as much on the products themselves, whereas at AMSOIL the dedication to the perfection of the product is number one, marketing second. AMSOIL has even perfected its own formulas to make a product that’s already superior even better. There’s no doubt ever in my mind that when we put AMSOIL products in our vehicles, trusting the lubricant is ever an issue. I just never worry about it.
Buell: We had to come up and compete with giant corporations – Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW – with this little company out of Wisconsin [Erik Buell Racing]. We knew we had a good base and a great engine, but we needed help. We needed people to work with us and advise us on how to push the engine up to that level. We’re finishing on the podium. It’s an exciting story, and it wouldn’t have happened without the support of AMSOIL.
The second part of this discussion will appear in the February edition of AMSOIL Magazine. Follow Scott Douglas, Scheuring Speed Sports, Erik Buell Racing and other Team AMSOIL racers on amsoilracing.com.
This discussion is continued in Part 2.
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