In the early 1930's, Indy race engine and chassis design engineer Joe Lencki discovered the need for special lubrication in engines. While disassembling Indy 500 race engines for inspection, he found internal parts, especially cams, were scuffed due to a lack of proper lubrication, especially during start-up.
In 1936, Lencki developed "Speedway Cocktail" (later named zMAX Micro-lubricant and Linkite) to help solve internal lubrication problems, creating a whole new category of lubrication. Early racing legends such as George Bignotti, Tony Bettenhausen and Johnny Parsons, Sr. embraced this new micro-lubricant that literally soaked into metal, using it regularly for maximum performance and protection of vital race engine parts.
During World War II, Lencki was supervisor in the Dodge plant in Chicago where aircraft engines for large B-29 bombers were constructed. While in Chicago, he met Manhattan Project director Enrico Fermi and with Fermi's advice, Lencki perfected his soon-to-be-called Linkite™ formula. In 1948, after years of research and proven results in race engines and aircraft, Lencki introduced Linkite, later call AVBLEND to the aviation industry.
As the force against carbon build-up, AVBLEND cleans, penetrates and protects an engine from the inside out. The Linkite formulation (used in AVBLEND) is the first pure-lubricant to be approved by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for use in piston engine aircraft.