F1 News: ExxonMobil expands relationship with McLaren-Honda to showcase fuels contribution in 2015

McLaren logo• Company adds its Esso, Exxon and Mobil retail fuels brands to its sponsorship of the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team
• Agreement reflects growing importance of fuel technology in race performance
• ExxonMobil has partnered with McLaren for more than two decades

MELBOURNE, Australia. March 14 2015

ExxonMobil is expanding its technology partnership with the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team to incorporate its retail fuels brands, Esso, Exxon and Mobil, alongside Mobil 1 – the world’s leading synthetic motor oil.

ExxonMobil has enjoyed a long association with the McLaren team, as an official technology partner providing high-performance race fuel lubricants since 1995. In 2014, the Esso logo was featured on the car during select races in celebration of ExxonMobil and McLaren’s 20-year relationship. The 2015 season will see ExxonMobil fuels branding showcased on the MP4-30 car throughout the season.

ExxonMobil’s decision to showcase its fuels follows a recent regulatory change in Formula 1 racing. Introduced in 2014, the new fuel-limited formula means that fuel will play an even more critical role in car performance. The technical team responsible for the development of this season’s fuel has been working closely with Honda to optimise product performance for the MP4-30 since late 2013.

ExxonMobil race fuel is developed in the same technology centre in Paulsboro, NJ, USA as the company’s advanced retail fuels formulations, and shares similar properties. It is this culture of leading innovation from race to road that continues to help deliver better fuel economy to customers, now and in the future.

“We are proud to have been official technology partners to the McLaren Formula 1 team for more than two decades,” said Alan Kelly, president, ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Company. “In addition to providing full-time laboratory and trackside engineering support, we have been the exclusive fuel supplier since the beginning of the relationship.

“With Honda on-board as the new engine partner for 2015, and highly-experienced world champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso at the wheel, capably supported by test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen, we are all focused on winning races. The addition of our fuels brands will provide us an opportunity to promote our Esso-, Exxon- and Mobil-branded fuel offerings to consumers this coming year,” he added.

Ron Dennis, Chairman and CEO, McLaren Technology Group, agrees: “ExxonMobil technology and expertise has proven vital to race-winning performance throughout our relationship. The team has worked extremely hard to optimise fuel and lubricant products around the Honda power unit. Extracting more power and fuel efficiency is a key focus, we are delighted to recognise ExxonMobil’s fuels technology contributions during the past two decades by welcoming the fuels side of the business as an official partner. Fans will now be able to appreciate that contribution too with both ExxonMobil’s lubricants brand – Mobil 1, and its retail fuels brands – Exxon, Mobil and Esso – on show.”

About ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world. Follow ExxonMobil on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/exxonmobil.

About Exxon, Esso and Mobil Fuels
Worldwide, ExxonMobil markets its retail fuels under three brands: Exxon, Esso and Mobil. More than eight million drivers choose to purchase their fuel from one of nearly 25,000 branded service stations in more than 30 countries around the world. ExxonMobil’s advanced fuels technology has been developed to help drivers, both on the road and on the track, and helps keep their engines running more smoothly and while delivering enhanced engine performance. Working with trusted business partners and branded wholesalers, ExxonMobil strives to provide a superior purchase experience including providing innovative loyalty and rewards programs, consumer and commercial credit cards, gift cards, Fuel Finder, Speedpass touchless payment and more. For more information, visit: http://www.esso.com or http://www.exxon.com.

About Mobil 1
The world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand, Mobil 1 features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond our conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 to meet or exceed the toughest standards of car builders and to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even some of the most extreme conditions. Mobil 1 flows quickly in extreme temperatures to protect critical engine parts and is designed to maximize engine performance and help extend engine life. Mobil 1 fields a team of scientists and trackside engineers who develop innovative products and support motorsport partnerships in Grand Prix racing, NASCAR, LMS, United TUDOR SportsCar Championship, WTCC, FIA GT and SuperV8 racing series. For more information, visit mobil1.com and http://www.facebook.com/mobil1.

About McLaren Technology Group
McLaren is globally renowned as one of sport’s most successful competitors and as one of the world’s most illustrious high-technology brands.

The McLaren Technology Group has grown to encompass much more than just motorsport: today it houses McLaren Applied Technologies, which supplies electronic systems to the entire Formula 1, Indycar and NASCAR grids and creates cutting-edge solutions for a wide variety of high-tech industries. McLaren Automotive has established itself as a successful global company having launched the internationally acclaimed 12C, 650S and McLaren P1™ high-performance cars.

McLaren-Honda campaigns the 2015 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with the driver pairing of two-time (2005, 2006) world champion Fernando Alonso and 2009 world champion Jenson Button. They drive the McLaren-Honda MP4-30.

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