In the fast-paced world of motorsports, TOTAL plays an integral role! Racing is the ultimate laboratory for the development of tomorrow's automobile consumer products, which is why TOTAL is an active motorsports player. We supply race teams and organizers with products and services of exceptional quality. Putting our expertise at the service of drivers, we guarantee them optimal protection, reliability and performance for their engines. In this way, our R&D efforts pave the way to the victory lane!
As the pinnacle of motorsports, Formula 1 (F1) must be actively involved in the search for clean technology and continuous improvement. TOTAL is proud to be a part of F1's effort to uphold its position as a recognized incubator for innovation. TOTAL's involvement in F1 racing affirms our commitment to making our products even more efficient. Our fuel and lubricant R&D teams aim to lap the competition!
World Rally Championships
TOTAL is proud to supply high-performance lubricants to Citroën, powering its cars to regular victories at the World Rally Championships (WRC). In 2011, the Citroën Total team won its seventh World Manufacturers' title, while Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena clinched their eight consecutive drivers' world title. We provide the engine oil, transmission oil, and liquid for the hydraulic system, as well as a skilled support crew.
Our engineers are meeting the challenge to develop a lubricant that can produce an oil film just a few microns thick, while still reducing friction for perfect engine performance. Our team frequently analyzes oil samples to ensure that Citroën's WRC DS3 cars are getting the best from our lubricants, whether in the searing heat of Cyprus or the plunging temperatures of Sweden. With only one engine allowed at every other rally, TOTAL's delivery of world-class products - whatever the conditions - is key to the Citroën-Total Team's success.
The Dakar rally
Total has been sponsoring the Dakar Rally, a daunting technical, competitive and personal challenge, since the 1990s.
This legendary off-road rally moved to South America in 2009. It follows a 9,000-kilometer course through Argentina, Chile and Peru. Present for more than 25 years in the region, Total oversees a logistics operation that refuels the motorcycles, quads, cars and trucks during the race. Some 30 vehicles and 400 people are deployed at roughly 50 refueling points.
TOTAL is the main sponsor of Citroen racing in World Tourism Car Championship (WTCC).We will have this year three cars in the running, driven by legendary drivers: José-Maria Lopez, Sébastien Loeb and Yvan Muller, four-time world champions, as well as a young Chinese driver (on a 4th car for a few WTCC events).The competitors will face off beginning in April for the 12 trials held on four continents.It's the 1 st time for Citroen, Total, and Sebastien Loeb to compete in a world championship on track. TOTAL is proud to be the partner of Citroen and its drivers in this new challenge. The car involved in the competition is a Citroen C-Elysee WTCC which is only sold in emerging countries.
The Pikes Peak
Peugeot’s bid to win the unique, Colorado Springs-based event with the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak has led to it joining forces with such key partners as Total, Red Bull, Michelin and Sébastien Loeb.
MotoGP / World Superbike
In the world of motorcycling, the ELF brand is synonymous with top performance. This is why for many years, international manufacturers such as HONDA and KAWASAKI and teams such as LCR HONDA rely on ELF products and sponsorship for the most important motorcycle races and competitions, particularly MotoGP and the World Superbike class of the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix.MotoGP brings together the best motorcycle riders in the world. They ride 1,000cc machines with four-stroke engines. The MotoGP championship is the culmination of 18 Grand Prix held from March to November.The Superbike world championship was born in the USA, in1988, mostly pushed by manufacturers. Over the past 20 years, Superbike has crowned many stars of the circuit, including Carl Fogarty, Scott Russell, John Kocinski, Colin Edwards, Troy Bayliss and Ben Spies.