The famous endurance motorcycle races like the 24 Heures Motos and the Bol d’Or are part of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Endurance World Championship. Total, with its ELF brand, has featured in this competition for many years, alongside its partner Kawasaki. This is an outstanding testing ground and enables the Group to develop products that are increasingly adapted to the demands of this type of extreme racing.
Endurance World Championship: key features
Endurance motorcycle racing emerged in the early 60s, initially with a FIM Cup based on 4 races: Thruxton in England, Montjuich in Spain, Warsage in Belgium and the Bol d’Or in France. With its growing success each season, it became a European Championship in 1976, then a World Championship in 1980.
Today, the Endurance Championship includes different race formats, with 6, 8, 12 and 24-hour events. There are 2 categories: EWC and Superstock. While the rules for the first category are similar to Superbikes, the second category only allows a minimum level of modifications compared with standard models. In addition, the Endurance World Championship (EWC) seasons are now split over two calendar years.
Products adapted for extreme endurance conditions
Based on standard road-use models, the Endurance engines are pushed to their limits to deliver the best possible performance. Total also rises to the specific challenges faced by offering fuels and lubricants that are designed for these truly exceptional demands.
As the engine reliability constraints are more demanding than for standard racing, we need to improve our lubricants’ viscosity in order to achieve a thicker film between the moving parts for optimum engine protection. Our products also make it possible to reduce fuel consumption, a crucial factor for winning races lasting 24 hours.
Taking all these factors into consideration, we have developed an Endurance fuel and ELF lubricants designed specifically for this type of racing. These products have enabled the Kawasaki SRC team to show all its talent and win its first women’s Endurance World Championship (EWC) title following the Suzuka 8 Hours, the fifth and final round from the 2018-2019 season.