‘King of Kings’ Steve Biagioni to compete with Rossi, Hamilton and Block
British Oil Developer provides innovative low-friction lubricants to first Drift car to race in Monza
26th November 2014, Brighouse, Yorkshire – Millers Oils supported driver, Steve Biagioni, has been invited to be the first drift driver to compete in the prestigious Monza Rally (28-30 November 2014). This opportunity follows a fantastic season for Biagioni who won the title of ‘King of Kings’ Drift Champion in Malta last month, placed third in the 2014 British Drift Championship and fourth in the King of Europe Championship. Biagioni’s technical supporter, Millers Oils, provides the benefits of nanotechnology through its advanced Nanodrive® lubricants, which help reduce friction, increasing available power and improving durability.
This year’s Monza Rally will see Biagioni compete with the best, including; nine-time MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi, rally and gymkhana driver, Ken Block and Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. The remarkable event is the only one to use the Historic track’s banking, which Formula One ceased racing on in 1961. The rally consists of nine stages, each six miles in length, using both the historic banking and the modern track. The gruelling competition will see Biagioni’s Nissan S13 200SX put through its paces, and requires the installation of a new fuel tank to cope with the change in demanding environments.
“To be the first drift driver to be invited to compete in the Monza Rally is exhilarating,” says Biagioni, Drift King of Kings Champion 2014. “It’s a great challenge to follow my win in Malta, the competition is tough and it’s a privilege to be invited along with some of today’s great motorsport racers. We’ve been discussing with Millers Oils how the change in racing environments will affect the demands on the powertrain and lubricants, it’ll certainly be interesting to see how the car performs against the vehicles designed for this sort of challenge.”
The Nissan, which is prepared by Abbey Motorsports, runs Millers Oils’ Nanodrive® 10w60 NT engine oil and Nanodrive® CRX 75w140 NT in the rear differential and Samsonas gearbox. The nanotechnology utilised in Nanodrive® oils reduces friction without compromising film strength, reducing parasitic power loses, fuel consumption and wear whilst improving power and torque. This reduction in friction helps drift drivers retain durability in an environment that is exceptionally harsh on components, while at the same time releasing additional power from the engine to provide a competitive edge.
“It’s great to see our supported drivers doing so well and competing in events outside their comfort zones,” says Jason Lavender, Business Development Manager for Motorsport, Millers Oils. “Through our motorsport support scheme we’re able to provide the lubricant expertise and products that help drivers improve durability and increase power, while further developing our technologies. We’re delighted with Steve’s results this year and wish him the very best for the rally in Monza.”
The event will also see Biagioni partake in Sunday’s Arena Spectacular and the unveiling of his Nissan’s new wrapping.
About Millers Oils
Millers Oils was founded in 1887 by John Watson Miller, and since then the company has displayed a talent for innovation and industry firsts. It was the first to offer diesel specific engine oil for cars and continues to push boundaries to earn its place as a world leader in the technology of low friction. In January 2012, Millers Oils launched nanotechnology engine oils. When tested against a competitor’s oil of the same viscosity, Nanodrive recorded 40% lower friction at operating temperatures of 110°C, with significantly improved film strength. Millers Oils uses the expertise gained in motorsport and performance car development to ensure it remains a leader in automotive and commercial vehicle oils Millers Oils devotes an equivalent R &D effort to its broad range of industrial lubricants, most recently into hydraulic oil subjected to spot operating temperatures of +130 C in systems fitted with nitrogen accumulators used in offshore drilling operations. The resulting Millers Oils product is now in international use.
Leanne Barton at Market Engineering
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