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The 5 Most Legendary Castrol Cars Ever to Hit the Track

By Brad Nash

Wed Feb 17 2016

Castrol have an immense history in the world of motorsport, and with any motorsport institution comes a legendary livery. As a team comprised largely of self-confessed motorsport geeks, we love a good livery, and to celebrate the launch of our partnership with Castrol, we thought it only right to take a look at some of the best cars ever to race under the Castrol banner.


Castrol TOM’S Toyota Supra GT (1997)

Castrol Cars
Image: Etienne Albeau

The car that fueled the imaginations of a generation of young Gran Turismo fans, TOM’S Castrol Supra is up there with the most famous Japanese GT cars ever made.

Entered in the top class of what is nowadays known as the Japanese Super GT championship, the Supra took on challengers from not only their rival Japanese neighbours, but also some of the world’s most exotic car brands like Porsche and Lamborghini.

Nonetheless, under the steady hands of Michael Krumm and Formula 1’s Pedro De La Rosa, they won.


Castrol Jaguar Racing XJR-9LM (1988)

Castrol Cars Jaguar
Image: Wallpaper Up

A product of Jaguar’s relatively brief (but successful) stint in sports prototype racing, the XJR-9 made its debut under Castrol’s colours at the 1988 24 Hours of Daytona.

This victory would prove to be one of only two that the XJR-9 achieved with Castrol’s sponsorship, however its sister car (sponsored by Silk Cut cigarettes), won both the Le Mans 24 hour and the world sportscar championship that same year.

All the same, with the classic Colours and the use of British Racing Green adopted in the livery, the Castrol Jaguar has gone down in the archives as one of motorsport’s greatest (and most short-lived) liveries.


Castrol Perkins Racing Holden Commodore (1993-2003)

Castrol Cars Commodore
Image: Motorsport Retro

It’s almost not quite a V8 Supercars series anymore without a Castrol-sponsored car, primarily down to the legendary career of Larry Perkins and his entire racing team.

Castrol Perkins racing have entered some of the most iconic cars ever to take to the tarmac across Australia, 3 of which took out victories at Mt. Panorama.

Outright speed, sheer reliability and a little bit of luck played their part in each of the 3 Bathurst 1000 victories that Perkins and Castrol achieved. This, combined with a massive host of other race victories across 10 years of racing, has made Castrol Perkins Racing one of the all-time greatest teams in Australian touring car history.


Toyota Team Europe Celica GT-Four (1992)

Castrol Cars Celica
Image: Pitboard

Heading off-road, and if you’ve ever played Sega Rally, you’ll know that no list of legendary race cars is complete without the Castrol Celica.

Guided by 3 of the world’s greatest ever rally drivers in Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkenen and Didier Auriol respectively, the Castrol Celica won 3 consecutive world championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

A spate of other highly revered drivers also took to the wheel of the Celica, and overall Toyota took out 17 rallies in that period, winning on pretty much every surface imaginable.


John Force Racing Funny Car (1980s-2014)

Castrol Funny Car
Image: Wikimedia

If their reasoning is to be believed, John Force Racing is perhaps not only the most successful single team in the history of world motorsport, but also in the world sport overall.

John Force and his team have dominated the world of funny cars and drag racing for the past 30 years, partnering with Castrol for almost the entire time. It was only Ford’s (and therefore Castrol’s) exit from the sport that brought the partnership to an end.

Throughout their time, John Force Racing have won 40% of all the NHRA Drag Racing events they’ve ever entered, taken out 18 national championships (including 12 in a row between 1993-2004), 16 of which were won with John Force himself at the wheel.

Put simply, Castrol and John Force together forged a Dynasty to rival some of the most legendary sports franchises in history.