Friction (in the form of traction) helps us launch our rides at the drag strip and navigate corners by sticking our tires to the asphalt. Friction helps us bring our cars to a stop by letting our brake pads grip our rotors. Friction doesn’t help us when we are trying to spin our highly tuned engines to ridiculous revolutions at incredible compression levels.

The dictionary defines friction as “a force that resists the relative motion or tendency to such motion of two bodies in contact.” Translated, this means that friction is a force that causes two items in contact to want to move in the same relative direction. In the case of a stationary object, like the bearings around our crankshafts, friction is a force that resists the turning of the crankshaft. Friction commonly manifests itself as heat. If you have ever seen a race car at night, you’ll see its brake rotors glowing red. The generation of heat is how the energy is wasted.

So, how do we overcome friction? By lubricating the surfaces with the most slippery substance we can find. In our engines, this is our oil. Without oil, our engines would be lucky to survive a trip to the corner store, and a hard launch from a stop light would do it in for sure.

One company that has established an excellent reputation for itself in terms of providing enthusiasts with high-quality lubricants is Royal Purple of Porter, TX. Royal Purple offers a complete line of synthetic automotive, motorcycle, two-stroke and industrial lubricants, as well as additives.

Royal Purple® motor oil contains a proprietary compound called Synerlec®. Synerlec® allows the molecules in the oil to stick together and resist thinning out. Friction (or damage) occurs when the lubricant is squeezed out from between two surfaces and they (the surfaces) come into contact with each other. Synerlec® resists this.

The use of Synthetic fluids improves automobile performance in many aspects. The decrease in friction results in increased horsepower, decreased wear and increased mileage. Royal Purple also claims that service intervals can be increased to as much as 12,000 miles once an engine is clean and free of contaminants.

Our experience with Royal Purple® lubricants has been quite positive. A while ago we replaced the engine and transmission fluid in our 1999 Nissan Maxima with Royal Purple® 5W30 engine oil and Max-Gear® 75W90 transmission lubricant. With the help of Budget Performance Exhaust in Burlington, ON, we were in the midst of some extensive upgrades to the Maxima and were making regular trips to the local dyno for testing. Power output numbers jumped by about 5 hp with only minor changes, which in the past had yielded differences of 1 or 2 hp. We can only attribute this significant gain in power to the replacement of the fluids. With only exhaust work (F-Pipe, B-Pipe and muffler) an under-drive pulley and the synthetic fluids, our Maxima’s power production jumped from 165 hp to 187 hp and peak torque was now just shy of 200 lb-ft. The car ran a best of 14.7 seconds at the strip: not bad for a four-door family car.

Other well-respected tuners and engine builders have found similar power gains after switching to Royal Purple® fluids. Joe Sherman, winner of the 2003 Popular Hot Rodding Engine Masters Challenge, gained almost seven horsepower and maintained engine temperatures below 132° F by using Royal Purple® synthetic lubricants. The Engine Masters Challenge was judged on torque and horsepower production, so the choice of lubricants was paramount to Sherman’s success. His 365.2 cubic inch Chevy Small Block produced a corrected 650 hp and 528 lb-ft of torque.

So what makes Royal Purple’s synthetic lubricants so good? Royal Purple is ‘manufactured’ in chemical plants. Poly-Alpha-Olefin (PAO) bases are most commonly used in synthetic lubricants. PAOs are similar in chemical properties to extremely expensive pure parafinic mineral oil but contain no sulfur, no phosphorus, and no metals. Having eliminated mineral oil’s unwanted molecular components, the clean molecular design of synthetic oils shows its superiority.

Royal Purple also offers an engine coolant additive called Purple Ice®. Purple Ice® is a surfactant. The property of a surfactant that assists us is its ability to reduce the surface tension of liquids. In our cooling systems, this results in improved thermal transfer and reduced engine temperatures. Purple Ice® also contains corrosion inhibitors and lubricants to keep seals working well. Purple Ice® can be used with Ethylene Glycol as well as Dex-Cool® type coolants.

Though there are similar products available on the market, Royal Purple has established itself as being the only one to consistently demonstrate documented horsepower increases, which translates directly to measurable performance increases. If you want to increase your cars’ performance, longevity and even mileage, it’s time to switch to a high-quality synthetic product like Royal Purple®.