Driven Racing Oil manufactures high-technology lubricants to optimize the engine performance of racing cars, from hot rods to NASCAR and Indy cars, whether driven by professionals or weekend amateur racers. Its products are also used to protect the valuable vintage engines of collectors’ classic cars.
“These are custom oils formulated to meet the high demands of specific engines,” says owner Lake Speed, Jr., “from hot-running high speed racing engines to the engines in one-of-a-kind 70-year old classic cars.”
Distinctive packaging for distinctive oils
“Our specialty oils are completely different from the standard motor oils consumers use in their cars,” says Speed, “but they are often sitting on the same shelf in an automotive or specialty ‘speed’ shop. We needed distinctive packaging to make them immediately identifiable as Driven products and to leverage our strong reputation.”
After custom-formulating its oils, Driven Racing rigorously tests them in the type engines they are designed for, to ensure they will perform as intended. This emphasis on quality has quickly built Driven Racing Oils a strong reputation with professional race teams, amateur racing enthusiasts and car collectors around the world.
For its first ten years, Driven had packaged its specialty oils in stock motor oil bottles, relying on labeling to differentiate it from competitors and to identify its various products, each of which is used by a specific engine type. But as sales grew, both domestically and overseas, the company’s marketing department concluded that Driven needed a distinctive package, and especially one with a recognizable non-verbal element that would let customers anywhere in the world immediately identify its products.
“We needed something like the Nike ‘swoosh,’ “says Speed.
Driven turned to its current bottle provider, TricorBraun, for design assistance. The resulting collaboration between Driven marketers and TricorBraun designers focused on meeting that specific market need: a unique and instantly recognizable package.
The big D
TricorBraun met Driven’s need for a non-verbal distinctive identifier with an innovative bottle design in the shape of the letter D, echoing the “D” in the Driven Racing Oil name and in its bright orange Driven logo. This lets it stand out from both commodity oil bottles and competitors’ custom bottles. The label, with its bright orange logo, follows the D shape, and the bottle’s bright orange custom closure helps it stand out even more on the shelf.
The physical design of the bottle also meets two more of Driven’s packaging objectives. It is sized to be filled as a quart, for the U.S. market, or as a liter for overseas markets, and it features a 38mm neck orifice, as opposed to the 28mm orifice of traditional oil bottles. Customers with which Driven had tested the larger orifice had been delighted by its quicker, smoother pour, which drove the choice.
“The result is, we now have a unique bottle design that projects our quality image and a single bottle that we can use for all of our products in all of our markets,” says Speed.
With TricorBraun’s input, Driven’s vision for the bottle design evolved from concepts through 3D renderings to FDM models, enabling Driven to arrive at the final solution. The resulting custom bottle is manufactured by CKS Packaging, from TricorBraun molds, and the custom closure is made by Reliable Packaging. Driven designs its own labels, which are printed by Resource Label Group.
TricorBraun Design & Innovation Group is a business unit of TricorBraun, one of North America’s leading providers of bottles, jars, and other rigid packaging components. The Group’s primary mission is to design, engineer and manage the development, production and delivery of customized rigid packaging solutions for personal care, cosmetics, healthcare, food and beverages and industrial and household chemical products. It is supported by TricorBraun’s more than 40 offices globally, holding one of the largest inventories of rigid packaging components worldwide.
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