Oils and lubricants are an essential element of any performance vehicle nowadays whereas classic, vintage and veteran cars tended to use mineral oils with no additives and low detergent use, many performance vehicles now use fully synthetic high quality oils, some specifically designed especially for fast road, race rally sprints and hill climbs and also ideal for engines with hydraulic tappets like the Ford Zetec engine.
However because many older engines may be used in different forms of competition a range of semi synthetic oils have been developed alongside a range of extreme pressure gear oils to suit, Jaguar, MG, Triumph, Historic Ford, and American V8 engines.
Because oils have become more complex many additives are no longer required for the modern vehicle, however such names as Millers, Redline, Castrol, and Shell have developed ranges of additives such as CVL Turbo, Octan Plus and lead replacement additives such as VSP Plus which are suitable for vehicles subject to pinking when using high octane fuel.
Water Wetter and Radhib have been developed to lower engine temperatures, and many diesel additives are now on the market. Performance parts therefore are not strictly limited to engine, tuning and lightness, but indeed the term can be also used to describe today’s high performance oils, lubricants and additives which can be added to both oil and fuel.
Even greases and brake fluid have become performance parts with the advent of race proven brake fluid and silicone based products. Greases are used in conjunction to steering applications, brakes and indeed even engine sealants today’s modern oil is today indeed a performance part.
Performance vehicles do not perform particularly well with no performance parts and today’s oils are everything.