The Best Performance Engine Oil Test – Co-ordSport Ltd & MMT Performance
I’m Sam Poole, and I work in Co-ordSport’s IT Dept., specialising in Video/Social Media. Me and my colleague, Nathaniel, were recently commissioned to take a trip overseas to video a test of different performance oils. We travelled to Bratislava, Slovakia and met with MMT Performance, owned by Tomas Durdik. They specialise in Tuning and developing performance cars. With the amount of hard work and time they spend in the dyno room, it’s hard to believe it’s only a hobby for them! Located in the middle of an industrial estate, it didn’t look much from outside! But upon entering and seeing the Evo 10 and Dyno setup, we knew this was a serious test.
The aim of our trip was to help support a test of different performance engine oils. Picking the biggest brands, we wanted to find out which oil would have the best WHP and Torque on the MMT Mitsubishi Evo X. The brands we tested were as follows: Castrol Edge, Titan Race, Gulf Competition, Motul 300V, Millers Oils, Red Line, Royal Purple and HKS Super Racing.
With the temperature hitting around 30-32° (something us English really are not used to), the hardest part of the day was keeping well away from the beer fridge! Well… at least until all the testing was complete.
Having tuned over 40 cars in Slovakia, it didn’t take long to spot one, especially when it pulled up right outside! Personally, I think the reputation of MMT Performance speaks for itself and they seem to be the guys to visit for tuning. Keeping in mind, all the tuning in the world will not help a head on collision with a truck, I wish I had the pictures… talk about being an amateur photographer!
We needed to keep the testing as fair as possible. All results were recorded within the same day, the car was warmed up and also idled for 10 minutes before each test, the results were recorded, the oil was drained and we moved straight onto the next one with a new OEM oil filter. It was a long hard day, arriving at approx. 9am and leaving just shy of midnight.
We had our predictions about which oils would be the best, but we were soon surprised by some of the results! Our testing proves that engine oils really are different and can make a noticeable difference to your car’s performance – but then performance can mean different things to different people. Also different performance is needed for different terrain or different types of competition/use – power or toque – which do you prefer?
Obviously there is also more to oil than short life power & torque performance, you also need your oils to have good durability and other capabilities. This test was an interesting exercise though, and Tomas promises to carry out further interesting tests in the future…stay tuned!
Click here to view our video and results!