LAS VEGAS, NV — Motul is a 166-year-old engine oil company with historical ties to John D. Rockefeller, and which pioneered multi-grade lubricants, semi-synthetic oil, and fully synthetic oil.

Motul’s achievements and contributions to motorsport and the automotive industry are vast.

And yet here in North America, many automotive enthusiasts think of Motul brake fluid. The company is based in France, though it was founded in New York more than a century and a half ago.

For hardcore fans of endurance racing, Motul engine oil needs no introduction. Motul ester synthetic racing oils cool and lubricate 18 of the engines at 24 Hours of LeMans.

Motul racing oils are also used in both WEC and IMSA endurance racing.


“We’re really an endurance racing oil company,” said Nicholas Bagley, Motul’s national sales director, in an interview at the 2019 SEMA Show. “And that same technology trickles down to our other products.”

Motul is using its endurance racing expertise to bring more power and efficiency to big-power domestic V8 engines (and powersports applications).

“We’ve been specializing in European road racing and the highest form of endurance racing,” Bagley said. “And now we’re translating that to big-power, domestic V8 engines.”

He pointed to the 1,500-horsepower 2018 Dodge Demon on display in the company’s SEMA booth.

This one. It’s nice. (Image/OnAllCylinders)

“That’s the world’s fastest Dodge Demon with stock internals,” Bagley said. “It uses Motul oil right off the shelf. The same 300V being used at Le Mans. That’s a stock engine that’s making 700 more horsepower than from the factory. When you upgrade your engine, you need to upgrade your oil.”

Motul was founded in 1853. More than a century later, the company introduced the first multi-grade lubricant in 1958.

In 1966, Motul was the first to formulate a semi-synthetic engine oil. Then, five years later in 1971, Motul introduced the world’s first fully synthetic engine oil.

“We use our heritage to talk about our expertise in synthetic products,” Bagley said.

Motul engine oils meet the strictest standards globally for 100-percent synthetic oil, which also includes all of the necessary approvals and specification requirements of American as well as Japanese and European automakers.

We learned today that Motul reached an agreement with our friends at Summit Racing to sell their engine oils and other specialty lubricants through the world’s largest performance parts supplier.

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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.