Gulf Formula Elite becomes McLaren Automotive first fill lubricant

Gulf Formula Elite is now the first fill lubricant in all McLaren Automotive supercars and hypercars that leave the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England.

The technology teams at Gulf and McLaren Automotive have worked collaboratively to develop and test a lubricant that offers the ultimate protection for McLaren’s high performance V8 and V6 engines even in the most extreme conditions, to deliver sustained peak performance.

Gulf Formula Elite uses Thermoshield Technology to meet McLaren’s exacting performance and efficiency demands by forming a robust coating on all critical engine parts for enhanced wear defence.

Gulf Formula Elite maintains optimum temperature by helping to dissipate heat, actively prevents oil deterioration, and helps to provide greater deposit control.

“McLaren and Gulf’s long-standing partnership is all about technical excellence enabling high performance so we are delighted that our supercar and hypercar customers will experience and benefit from Gulf Formula Elite.

“Together with Gulf, we carefully selected and tested Gulf Formula Elite to ensure it not only protects our high-performance engines but helps deliver sustained performance, even in the most extreme conditions.”
Gareth Dunsmore, Chief Marketing Officer, McLaren Automotive

“Our technical partnership with McLaren Automotive enables Gulf to offer its industry-leading expertise and world class R&D capabilities to accelerate the development of high-performance technologies like Gulf Formula Elite.

“We are committed to helping McLaren Automotive’s relentless drive to be the best and are excited to be able to share our latest world class product – Gulf Formula Elite – with McLaren’s customers.”
Mike Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Oil International

Gulf’s link with McLaren started in 1968 and has continued in both Formula 1, the Can-Am series, in which the partnership won over 40 races, and at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1990s, with the famous McLaren F1 GTR. The two iconic brands reunited in July 2020.

Gulf branding will also be prominent at McLaren Automotive’s PURE customer events that take place around the world.



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About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance supercars.

Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.

Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

The company’s product portfolio of GT, supercar, Motorsport and Ultimate models are retailed through over 85 retailers in 40 markets around the world.

McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1.

Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car – the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™. In 2016, it announced a new hybrid hyper-GT and confirmed in 2018 that the next Ultimate car would be the Speedtail.

2019 saw McLaren launch the 600LT Spider, the new GT and the track-only McLaren Senna GTR. It also unveiled the 620R and McLaren Elva before launching the 765LT the following year.

Most recently, the company unveiled its all-new high-performance hybrid supercar, the McLaren Artura.

The Artura is the first McLaren to benefit from the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). The MCLA is designed, developed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region of England using world-first processes and will spearhead the brand’s electrified future.

McLaren Automotive also chooses to partner with like-minded, world-leading companies and organisations who push the boundaries in their respective fields. These include AkzoNobel, Ashurst, Dell Technologies, Gulf, Pirelli, Richard Mille, Plan International and Tumi.

About McLaren Group:
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury automotive and elite motorsports with a focus on its Automotive supercar and Racing businesses.

Founded in 1963 by racer, engineer and entrepreneur Bruce McLaren, the Group is formed of McLaren Automotive, which hand-builds lightweight supercars; and a majority stake in McLaren Racing which competes in the Formula 1 World Championship and INDYCAR in the US.

The Group is globally headquartered at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England.

With a reputation for innovation and technological excellence, McLaren is one of the UK’s largest independent companies.

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