ADDED VALUE OF TOTAL IN ENDURANCE
Eric Reverberi, responsible for Rallyes and Endurance at Total Motorsport Division:
"The novelty this year is our closer relation with Aston Martin, a prestigious and legendary brand. It has made us happy and proud. As soon as the opportunity arose, we initiated a partnership that will see Total become the Energy partner recommended by Aston Martin. Therefore, this is a comprehensive agreement that includes competition. We will provide Aston Martin Racing with a large range of lubricant products that were previously designated only for Formula One."
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Two questions to François Lapoutte, engineer at Total Additives and Special Fuels
« The technical challenge is around lubricants »
What is the implication of the ACS department in the Total endurance programme?
"The specific products meant for competition are developed within our department by engineers who are also involved on the series so they can promptly spread in our ranges what they have learnt on track. The World Endurance Championship having only one fuel supplier, the technical challenge of our partnership with Aston Martin concerns only the lubricants. I include the oil for the engine as well as the one meant for the gearbox. These two mechanisms are subject to heavy stress during endurance races. We rely on our expertise of Formula One and other disciplines for which we have already developed a range of highly efficient products meeting various requirements."
What are the characteristics of endurance as far as lubricant is concerned?
"We have many products that are much more "performance" oriented with a very fluid lubricant that will allow us to reduce all kinds of friction while better dissipating the heat, but it protects a little less the engine. For endurance, we are more preparing products based on reliability with a slightly higher viscosity and thus an increased engine protection. In endurance racing, our No. 1 goal is to preserve the mechanical aspects of the engine. In the case of Aston Martin, we will start with products that we know and that meet the requirements of this discipline. We will then develop specific products based on the technology and the structure of both the engine and the gearbox of the Vantage GTE. This is only the beginning of our partnership. We are currently in a phase where we define the objectives of these future developments."
Two questions to Olivier Langlois, exploitation engineer at Total Competition
"As a blood test, the analyser gives a health record of the engine"
What is the innovative feature of the partnership between Total and Aston Martin?
“Aston Martin benefit from a full technical service. This type of support was up-to-now reserved for Formula 1. A dedicated engineer will be present at every event whether it be an official race or during private testing. Starting at Spa-Francorchamps, there will be an analyser, a king of the laboratory, who will analyse the lubricant collected from the engine and the gearbox. It will help detect the presence of metals built up from the wear of engine parts. The team will be able to point out abnormal wear and locate the incriminating part. Depending on this information, the team will be able to manage any risk knowingly.”
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How does this analyser work?
"It is a small laboratory that we take to all circuits. We use an emission spectrometer. To make it easier to understand, let’s say that we have two electrodes that will burn oil and will thus excite the atoms of the metals that will emit a specific light. Each light has a specific wavelength that is unique to a metal. As a blood test of the engine, the analyser can estimate the engine’s health. This is a fairly robust technology that travels well. We have already largely tested it in Formula 1. To operate this mobile laboratory we first have to conduct preliminary work in preparation for the race. Thus, during testing, we analyse a sample after each run. The goal is to anticipate and be able to react before the actual race. I don’t think we will take samples during the race because it would be too late to have any kind of impact: alea, jacta est. Moreover, the information learned from these analyses will be very useful for the engineers in charge of developing new lubricants for this engine."