TodayApril 15, 2022

Pennzoil Films: Escaping the Ring

If this short-film had money laundering or a sex scene it could easily be shown at the Cannes Film Festival. The next film in the Pennzoil series is riveting with fast cars, drama, and intrigue. There is even a cameo performance of Rhy Millen of Rhys Millen Racing fame. You will remember Millen as a stunt driver for films such as The Dukes of Hazzard, Mr. & Mrs. Smith (does he know Brad Pitt?), and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

We first saw these short films with BMW, and now Pennzoil has created Pennzoil Films: Escaping the Ring is part of the next evolution in automotive content from the makers of Pennzoil Synthetic motor oils, focused on providing automotive enthusiasts with mini-films that keep them on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The films depict the pure essence and domination of Pennzoil supplied OEMs and demonstrate top-level performance in ways never seen before.

Rhys Millen Racing

Rhys Millen Racing

Escaping the Ring begins with the precision driver, Rhys Millen, inside of the facilities at Nürburgring as a nighttime janitor, but Millens is anything but innocent. Knowing the secret code gets him into the correct car, quickly transitioning him from hooded custodian to an intense pedal to the metal on one of the world’s most famous motorsports tracks; Nürburgring. BMW M4 CS showcases the extreme precision and acceleration capabilities that come standard behind the wheel as the car accelerates from 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds.

Throughout all the tight turns, straightaway speed and heart-pumping hangtime, Escaping the Ring gives a new meaning to the term “escape artist.” The nuances in the film kept the viewer on the edge of their seat. If this were an IMDB event, the trivia section would be lengthy with how many tires they went through (four sets daily of rear tires), how many iPhones they busted, what car was used as the camera car (Porsche 944), and how they buzzcut the lawn of the Nürburgring.

The Original BMW Engine Oil (seriously, that is the name of the oil in a BMW – look in your handbook) formulated with Pennzoil® PurePlus® Technology is a synthetic motor oil made from natural gas that delivers enhanced performance and protects the six-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo engine under the hood.

So, while the film has drama and intrigue, the next question would be when is the next film coming out and will it be filmed in Qatar, which is where Pennzoil get their natural gas to make the synthetic motor oil, which isn’t really oil.

The drama continues. Watch the episode and see if you see the Pennzoil emblem on the Nürburgring track the first time.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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