GM just announced that Mobil 1 is now the official engine oil provider for its Chevrolet crate motors and that a selection of fully synthetic Mobil 1 and Mobil 1 Racing motor oils will be available to order alongside Chevy’s various crate engine offerings through an authorized Chevrolet Performance dealer at the time of purchase.
Not only is this is the first time that the automaker has endorsed, recommended and offered fully synthetic motor oil with a Chevrolet crate motor purchase, but it’s also the first time any major vehicle manufacturer has exclusively recommended fully synthetic motor oil for its crate engines.
“It’s never been easier to select a ready-to-run Chevrolet Performance Crate engine system for a project vehicle or race car,” said GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Jim Campbell in a press release.
There are currently roughly 50 different Chevrolet Performance crate engines available in the Chevrolet Performance engine portfolio, including everything from the 195-horsepower GM 350/5.7L Truck engine, to the high-spec ZZ572/620 delivering 621 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque, among many, many others. There are tons of options, power levels and price ranges, with both street and track applications on offer.
For street builds, Chevy and Mobil1 recommend Mobil1 5W-30 or Mobil 1 15W-50 for high- and low-temperature applications. For those builders running the vaunted 6.2L Small-Block LT1 V8 or supercharged 6.2L Small-Block LT4 V8, the Mobil 1 ESP Formula 0W-40 is available as the first motor oil specifically developed for the Camaro and Corvette-sourced powerplants.
For the racers out there, track-ready formulas like Mobil 1 Racing 0W-30 and Mobil 1 Racing 0W-50 are available, both of which come with double the zinc content compared to standard street oil. These oils were “specifically designed for highly-loaded flat-tappet engine applications,” according to the press release.
Mobil 1 is used extensively in Chevrolet’s motorsport efforts, including the Corvette Racing program, which has used the Mobil 1 Racing 0W-50 formula to secure victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Offering a specific oil with a Chevrolet crate motor certainly makes things more convenient. Synthetic oil is typically more expensive than conventional oil, but it offers greater protection and longer life. Plus, with specific formulas tailored to a given engine and application, there’s added peace of mind as well. And besides, for those willing to spend big bucks on dropping a new Chevrolet crate motor under the hood, why cheap out when it comes to oil?