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2011 Dakar Rally: Thanks to partner Castrol everything runs smoothly

Volkswagen trusts strong partners for its "Dakar" programme. Castrol is one of these.

The traditional brand operates in 145 countries worldwide and is regarded as leading supplier of lubricant technologies for engines and gearboxes. Castrol lubricants and consumables are used in diverse areas in the Volkswagen Race Touareg 3.

The powerful 228 kW (310 PS) TDI diesel engine is lubricated with the high-performance oil Castrol EDGE. The mixture, specially formulated for the Race Touareg, excels through its high temperature stability and excellent antifoaming properties. Almost six litres of the high-performance lubricant circulate through the efficient and economical power plant's dry sump. It protects the 2.5 litre engine perfectly against the loads occurring on the 9,600 kilometre long desert rally which arise due to heat, pollutants or simply the sheer distance of the up to 860 kilometre long daily stages.

However, the Race Touareg 3 is expertly lubricated at many other points. Five litres of Castrol SAF-XJ lubricant ensure the smooth operation of the five-speed race gearbox. The front and rear axle differentials are also lubricated by Castrol products. On top of this come the fluids for the brake and clutch systems. In total almost 1.5 litres of Castrol Brake Fluid are found in the pipes of both systems. Castrol LMX extreme pressure grease helps to lubricate bearings. Including the 0.75 litres of reserve fluids there is a total of 13.25 litres of Castrol products in each Race Touareg 3.

"Castrol has forged an enviable reputation in motorsport and with its other products over a period of more than 100 years," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "We contest the world's toughest rally with the Race Touareg 3 and can rely in the process on the reliability of all Castrol products - and this for every single kilometre."

-source: vw

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