The core meaning of Castrol is “Pioneers“, the internal aspiration that compliments external articulation of the Essence, “It’s more than just oil. It’s Liquid Engineering.”

That is why Castrol lubricants deliver superior performance. Here´s a quick timeline to show how Castrol has been driven to be the best.

  • 1899 Charles ´Cheers´ Wakefield founded CC Wakefield & Co. Ltd;
  • 1909 The Wakefield motor oil ‘Castrol Brand’ was registered;
  • 1919 Castrol ´R´ helps flight pioneers Alcock and Brown on their first non-stop flight across the Atlantic;
  • 1935 Detergent-based ´Patent Castrol´ for cleaner engines debuts;
  • 1953 Castrol R20, the first semi-synthetic racing motor oil, is developed in partnership with Mercedes Benz;
  • 1968 Castrol GTX, the first multi-grade oil with a 20W/50 viscosity rating is launched. It will become the most famous motor oil of all time. Launched the year of the Apollo mission to the moon;
  • 1970 16 of the 23 finishers in the London-to-Mexico Rally are lubricated by Castrol;
  • 1990’s Castrol introduced syntec 5W-50, followed by 10W-30. In the mid-90´s, syntec blend arrived;
  • 1995 Castrol started producing its unique patented deposit-fighting additive still used in our motor oils today;
  • 1999 Castrol celebrated 100 years in business;
  • 2001 Racing teams using Castrol win 5 World Championships, including a tenth title for drag racer John Force;
  • 2001-2004 Partnered with BMW Williams Castrol were involved in 10 Grand Prix wins worldwide;
  • 2005-2007 Castrol were involved in the World Touring Car Championships several times, for drivers and manufactures as part of a collaboration with BMW;
  • 2006 & 2007 In association with Ford Castrol becomes part of the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers;
  • 2009-2011 Castrol participate in Dakar Rally wins due to involvement with Volkswagen Motorsport;
  • 2010-2012 Assisting Škoda during the intercontinental Rally Challenge for both manufacturers and drivers;
  • 2011-2014 Powering Audi Sport to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans for 4 consecutive years;
  • 2011 NASA launches the Mars Curiosity Rover into space, lubricated by an innovative Castrol Industrial lubricant called Castrol Braycote 601 EF;
  • 2014 Teamed with Volvo, Castrol powered vehicles for teams and drivers as part of the Swedish Touring Car Championship;
  • 2014 Castrol sponsored the FIFA World Cup™;
  • 2014-Present Castrol joins the Bloodhound SSC project, which aims to break the world land speed record with a supersonic car that can reach speeds of over 1000 mph;
  • 2015 Sebastian Ogier wins his third consecutive World Rally Championship, in a car powered by Castrol EDGE.


The Castrol name continues to represent premium quality, high performance and leading-edge technology in lubrication.