Forty years ago, researchers at Mobil™ faced a daunting challenge from the U.S. military. As planes returned to their aircraft carriers, cold in-flight temperatures froze the wheel-bearing grease in the landing gear, leading to bearing failure. Mobil devised a way of synthesizing grease that retained its lubricating characteristics over a wider range of temperatures than was possible with mineral based grease.
In the late 1960s, Mobil developed synthetic engine oil that lubricated diesels powering oil rigs in Alaska at temperatures as low as -40C. Mobil discovered that the innovative synthetic oils delivered advantages in every engine aspect: long term durability, fuel consumption, increased power, enhanced lubrication over wide temperature ranges and engine cleanliness.
In 1974, Mobil 1 synthetic engine oil was born. Originally released to safely enhance fuel-efficiency, later formulations aimed to provide protection over the widest range of temperatures. Another improved engine wear protection and lowered phosphorus levels for extended catalytic converter life. Mobil 1 was reformulated in 2002 to contain the Proprietary Multi-Layer Anti-Wear Technology. Mobil 1 has been at the forefront of automotive lubricants technology for over 30 years.
ExxonMobil's ongoing involvement in Formula One Racing has presented unique opportunities to develop and test products under extreme conditions, the benefits of which can also be seen today in Mobil's on and off-track products.