London, UK 10 January 2022 - PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) is celebrating its 10th Dakar Rally as title sponsor, by confirming the brand will compete alongside IVECO, as part of PETRONAS Team De Rooy IVECO in the 44th race in January 2022.
As the official technical partner, PLI provides the lubricants and fluids, co-developed with IVECO and FPT Industrial, used in the extreme rally race. The technology behind the products ensures the rally truck can withstand the grueling conditions and temperatures of the Dakar. The IVECO Urania and PETRONAS Tutela ranges have been expertly formulated with these challenges in mind. Both PLI and IVECO’s dedication to a joint technical and performance partnership has now also been further re-enforced with the launch of new co-branded packaging. This reiterates PLI’s continuous support of IVECO and their aim to create technically advanced fluids for their cutting-edge machines.
Developed in the PETRONAS Research and Technology Centre in Santena, Turin, Italy, the IVECO Urania range is a line of high-performance lubricants specially designed for IVECO’s heavy vehicles. These high-level fluids increase engine performance whilst reducing repair and running costs by lengthening engine intervals and oil changes. This allows engines to run stronger for longer and thus provide a perfect solution that the PETRONAS Team De Rooy IVECO can count on across the challenging terrain of the Dakar.
The IVECO Urania range is the culmination of 45 years of collaboration and development through countless hours of research and road-testing. The product guarantees optimal management of lubrication fluids, which translates into optimisation of the internal temperature of the engine in relation to fuel consumption. IVECO Urania provides the vehicle with maximum strength and efficiency to fulfill its full potential. The lubricant focuses on preventing oxidation caused by ash deposits in the engine. With the help of high-level engine oils, these hard-working rally trucks can now travel up to 150,000km without needing any oil checks, the equivalent of 6 Dakar rallies.
The PETRONAS Tutela range was designed to not only meet the varied demands of complex, modern automatic transmission vehicles, but also to offer complete mechanical protection. Also utilised throughout the Dakar, PERTRONAS Tutela is ready to face the multiple, complex demands required of modern vehicles with a dynamic range of different transmissions.
Domenico Ciaglia, PETRONAS Lubricants International Regional Managing Director EMEA, added: “As travel becomes more and more dynamic, PLI is engineering high quality fluids with the specific aim of optimising the sophisticated technology motorists rely on today. The Dakar Rally puts our fluid technology truly to the test. IVECO Urania premium engine oil, developed in co-engineering with IVECO and FPT Industrial, is specially formulated to withstand the grueling conditions of the rally to deliver unparalleled performance, whilst ensuring engine protection and reliability. As title sponsor and technical partner of IVECO, 2022 marks for us a decade of contributing to one of the toughest rallies in the world. We are proud to produce quality engine and high-tech transmission oils that PETRONAS Team De Rooy IVECO can rely on time and time again.”
Alessandro Massimino, Head of Marketing and Product Management Truck Business Unit, stated: “We at IVECO are looking forward to participating in the Dakar 2022 with PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI), joining forces to provide the team’s pilots with vehicles that can be relied on to take on the extreme conditions of the rally race and deliver an outstanding performance. It has been a pleasure to work alongside the PLI team for the last decade on the Dakar Rally and in developing our co-engineered technical lubricants and transmission fluids.”
The 44th edition of the Dakar rally race returns to Saudi Arabia with a new route that will take drivers into new landscapes and across vast expanses of sand. The PETRONAS Team De Rooy IVECO will compete in the desert with two IVECO Powerstar trucks, driven by Janus van Kasteren jr and Vick Versteijnen and one trakker driven by Mitchel Van den Brink. The competitors will tackle all sorts of sandy terrain, on tracks and chains of dunes and canyons, and will need their best navigation skills to avoid losing their bearings in this challenging route. They will race over a total of 8,000 km, of which 4,300 km of Special Stages.
ABOUT PETRONAS LUBRICANTS INTERNATIONAL
PETRONAS Lubricants International Sdn Bhd (PLI) is the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of PETRONAS, the national oil corporation of Malaysia. Established in 2008, PETRONAS Lubricants International manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality automotive and industrial lubricants products in over 100 markets globally. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, PLI has over 30 marketing offices in 28 countries, managed through regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Turin, Belo Horizonte, Chicago and Durban.
Currently ranked among the top 10, PLI is driving an aggressive business growth agenda to secure its position as a leading global lubricants company at the forefront of the industry. For more information, please visit www.pli-petronas.com.