The gang at Driven Racing Oil, led by Lake Speed, Jr., have been in the business of developing racing oil, lubricants, and fluids that solve problems and prevent new ones.
In the case of the company’s new multi-purpose Speed Lube, they’ve developed a product that allows you to lubricate items like Heim joints, motorcycle chains, and any other area that needs to provide slippery operation.
“It doesn’t dry out, or get sticky; it just provides good extreme pressure protection,” says Speed, Jr. “Having the extreme pressure load carrying capabilities are great, but you don’t want it to dry out and get sticky and attract dirt.”
On the appearance front, they’ve developed their new Race Wax, which is designed as a waterless spray cleaner and protectant that works well on both painted and wrapped race cars to extend the life of of the vehicle’s finish.
“This is the same idea of what Driven’s all about, application-specific engineering. We stopped painting race cars, they’re all being wrapped. You can’t use normal waxes and cleaners on it – waxes will kill it, and normal cleaners will leave it dull. You spray it on, and wipe it off. It works on wraps, paint, vinyl, chrome, even windows. It leaves an awesome shine with UV protection,” he says.
Lastly, the company was proud to show off their new Hydraulic Dampening Fluid, designed for use in shocks and motorcycle forks. If you’re doing any type of racing, one of the most critical components to be adjusted during the chassis tuning process are the shock absorbers – without their ability to provide consistent performance, there’s no way to ensure that the suspension will perform as required.
“All shocks absorbers need an oil that will provide constant viscosity. All oils get thinner when they get hotter, but some oils will thin out more than others. With a shock, the more the oil thins out, it changes both the rebound and compression force, which changes how the car handles. You don’t want that – you want a very narrow operating range, and the HDF gives you shear stability and low temperature rise during operation. You keep your dampening force consistent throughout the race,” Speed explains.