BMW has announced that it will partner with Shell in the DTM, the United
SportsCar Championship (USCC) and the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring
Nordschleife in 2015.
As has already been announced last year, Shell is also the only "recommended supplier of genuine BMW engine oil" and "BMW's only recommended oil supplier for aftermarket engine oils" from 2015 onwards. This marks the end of BMW's partnership with Castrol that stretched from 1999 to 2014.
The Shell Helix Ultra logo will appear on all eight BMW M4 DTMs race cars and at least one of them will be in full Shell red and yellow design.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt commented on the latest developments: "Everyone at BMW Motorsport is delighted that we can count on the support of Shell in the future, both in the DTM and the USCC, as well as the Nurburgring 24 Hours. Shell Helix Ultra and Pennzoil Platinum are high-performance brands, which are perfectly suited to our motorsport projects. We are putting our faith in these high-performance lubricants, and hope that the new partnership will allow us to lay the foundation for great success together on the racetrack."
BMW Motorsport will also use Shell oil in GT and endurance racing. According to BMW, their oils can significantly help improve the performance and life cycle of the drive train. For this reason, Shell will also support the BMW Motorsport works teams at the 24-hour marathon in the "Green Hell": the BMW Z4 GT3s will also bear the Shell Helix Ultra logo.
BMW Motorsport enters its second season in the USCC in North America, where, together with its new partner Shell, it is looking to add another chapter to its success story. From 2015, the two BMW Z4 GTLMs run by BMW Team RLL will line up on the grid bearing the name Pennzoil Platinum - a further Shell engine oil made from PurePlus Technology.