There’s more to it than the French accent, but when you talk to Motul Oil USA President Guillaume Pailleret, you hear some of the same comments that you’d hear from a maker of fine wines. Motul doesn’t drill for its own oil. It purchases what it needs carefully from other raw material producers.
And in the same way, a fine winemaker doesn’t have expectations to match every palette. Motul too has no problem being described as a “boutique oil company.” As a fine winemaker blends the best grapes from the harvest to create wines that accompany different types of food, Motul formulates oils for specific applications.
That concept was well-represented by the two cars in the Motul booth at the 2018 SEMA Show. There was a Porsche 993, the last of the air-cooled 911s, which many think of as a typical application for Motul oil. In contrast, across from it sat a 2018 Corvette, both in Motul colors. The Porsche came courtesy of famed Porsche builder Akira Nakai of RWB. The Corvette was massaged by Nür Performance and features a revised exhaust, camshaft, and air intake underneath. On top were various carbon fiber bits like a rear wing and rear diffuser.
So what’s a French oil company doing pushing oil for American cars? First, believe it or not, Motul was once a brand of an American oil conglomerate, Swan & Fitch, which was split off and became a French company that today operates in over 80 countries.
But their message at SEMA was: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC owners, it has a selection of oils that meet the tough GM Dexos standards. First introduced in 2011, the Dexos standards are so rigorous that they cannot be met by conventional motor oils. A synthetic or a synthetic blend is required. And required is an important word, as General Motors will deny any warranty claims for engine damage resulting from the use of non-Dexos oil.
And to make things even tougher on the oil companies, General Motors has already upgraded the specifications to Dexos1 – GEN2. Formulated for direct injection, turbocharged gasoline engines, the second generation of Dexos1 specification has even higher standards that oils must achieve to receive approval.
So Motul was using their SEMA booth not only to remind import car owners of their broad product line of motor oils, gear and transmission lubricants, brake fluid and other high-quality automotive products, but also to get the point across that American car owners can now reap the benefits of using Motul engine oils.
Let’s take two examples: a 2018 Corvette and a 2017 Corvette. The reason why? Chevrolet changed the specified weight of the Corvette’s engine oil from 5W30 in 2017 to 0W-40 for 2018. In both cases, Motul offers the Dexos-approved Motul 8100 X-clean synthetic formulation.
While there’s some specific recommendation for track day use in a 2017 or earlier Corvette, Motul does recommend that the Corvette owner swap over to the 8100 ECO-lite synthetic oil in a 15W-50 weight for any type of high-speed circuit driving.
When it comes to pure racing oils, Motul has American engines covered as well. The 300V racing oils are not formulated to any car manufacturer’s specification, but rather are blended to give the highest possible protection and the lowest possible friction under high-stress and high-temperature conditions. 300V racing oils are available in weights ranging from 0W-15 to 20W-60. All are 100% synthetic with Motul’s ESTER Core technology.
Motul recommends that before you purchase an oil for any application that you should feel free to hit its website or call them and talk to one of their knowledgeable customer service representatives who can assist you in selecting the best possible oil for your application.