2022 Mustang GT Oil Recommendation

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Hello Everyone,

I have a 2022 Mustang GT (5.0 L) that is my street/strip pleasure car. It is mostly driven on the street to the dragstrip where I bracket race. It currently has Motorcraft fully synthetic 5W-30 oil. I read about others taking their cars to the track and changing oil before they go and then again when they get back home. I'm not sure if they are road racing because they talk about being on the track for hours. I just make a handful of runs down the dragstrip, usually 8 seconds at a time. I'm more than confident that the Motorcraft oil that I am using would be more than good enough for the street. My question is if it is good enough for making runs down the dragstrip. I used to bracket race a 99 Trans Am LS1 car with Castrol GTX back in the day and didn't have any issues. But I realize this coyote motor is a little different animal. I've thought a lot about going to Schaeffer's Oil or Amsoil or Mobil 1, but haven't completely decided. I'm not trying to re-invent the wheel here. I just want to make sure that I have an oil in my car that is good enough for me to bracket race it. Thanks for taking time to read my post.
 
The syn blend 5w-30 is ok but it's a poor value given the cost to performance since it's a syn blend sold for $26 a jug at Walmart. Still, if you change it frequently enough the engine will live a long life but there are both cheaper and superior options so you can achieve the same life with less time changing it while spending less. At minimum just use a whatever full syn 30 grade oil off the wally shelf and change it before the olm if you want to never have an oil related issue. You can use something like a euro grade but it's not necessary. I'm using QS euro 5w-40 instead of 0w-20 in my 2021 6.2 and I'm still under the warranty but have zero fear. I am confident in doing 10k drains with it.
 
Doing 1/8th mile passes down a drag strip is no different than gassing it on an on-ramp on the street. The oil doesn't get hot like it does in road racing. Given how often you're doing passes, I'd still change the oil a bit more often than I would on a normal street car. I'd go maybe 3k miles, then do a UOA.

I'd switch to an oil that meets Dexos1 Gen3. The Dexos standard is more stringent than API SP in terms of oxidation, piston deposits, and foaming, which are relevant to hard driving. Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30 would be a good choice. Ultra Platinum doesn't have the Dexos rating, but is probably at least as good.
 
1/8th mile racing really isn't going to be that hard on the oil unless you're going out there every single week and making 9 or 10 passes each time. So you'll be safe choosing just about any of the synthetic oils at Walmart. Whatever oil you choose it's a good idea to get a used oil analysis done just to see how the oil is holding up and helping you to determine a good oil change interval for the future. Even with the drag racing you should still be able to get 5000 miles out of that oil and maybe more. You definitely don't need to be changing it before and after every event like the road racers do (and often those guys are changing it too often as well and an oil analysis would help them determine a good safe interval)

I did a lot of drag racing (always 1/4 mile) from 1991 until about 2010 and with those cars that I was running I still ended up doing oil change intervals of 5000 miles or more.
 
I figure if 5w30 is good enough for track days, it's more than good enough for everyday driving and ignore the switching from 5w20 and back on race days. Mobil1 5w30 in the regular flavor in my 5.0 with no issues. It also has the Ford spec, too, if that's a concern.
 
I'm not sure if they are road racing because they talk about being on the track for hours. I just make a handful of runs down the dragstrip, usually 8 seconds at a time. I'm more than confident that the Motorcraft oil that I am using would be more than good enough for the street. My question is if it is good enough for making runs down the dragstrip.
Yes, a good 5W-30 as others have also said would be fine for that use. I bet your oil temperature isn't even at full temperature if you sit in the staging lanes with the engine off for awhile. In hard core track use, the oil temperature gets so high that a thicker oil is better. You'll never see oil temps that high at the drag strip.
 
Based on what y'all have said and what some folks have told me personally, I think I will stick with the full synthetic 5W-30 Motorcraft that I have been using. Sounds like it will work and that keeps things simple for me....and I prefer simplicity. Thanks to each of you for your help. It's much appreciated! :)

Peabody
 
I use 10w30 Mobil 1 year round for my wife’s 2020 GT.

The engine has a slight tick but not too loud.

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I have a coyote mustang, too. It has had 5w20 for almost it's entire life and is approaching 100k miles, now. It still runs like a top and the motor is clean as a whistle.

That said, 5w30 is probably better all around in most cases. . Whatever flavor you like as long as it meets the certs (M1, Penaoil, QS, etc)

You have 10qts of oil in your pan and making 1/8 mile passes. That oil isn't heating up like it would on a road course.

If you ever get a PD plower, 50 weight oil is recommended.
 
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