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Engen Puts A Little F1 In Your Tank - Literally

Press Release - South Africa, 17 May 2017

Engen Primax Unleaded, which has the same fuel technology and engineering that has powered the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One team to three world championships, is now available at Engen forecourts in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

To launch the fuel in these countries, Engen is rolling out a comprehensive advertising campaign, extolling the benefits of the fuel and asking consumers to ‘Put a little F1 in your tank’.

The fast-paced and impactful TVC, conceptualised by FCB Cape Town, shows an F1 car racing through a dark tunnel at high speed.  As it accelerates through the tunnel the car’s fuel gauge never waivers from the full position, demonstrating Engen Primax Unleaded’s key benefits of performance and economy.

The car roars towards a light at the end of the tunnel and, when it exits, we find ourselves on an Engen forecourt where an attendant is filling up a normal car. The F1 car, it’s then revealed, is a metaphor for the high-tech fuel that was travelling through the petrol pipe.

The commercial was shot in Cape Town over two days. It was directed by Jonathan Parkinson and Nicole Ackermann of Star Films. Post-production was done by Orchestra Blue. You can view the ad here and the longer virtual reality experience here


Client: Engen

Brand:  Engen Primax Unleaded

Agency: FCB Cape Town

Managing Partner: Nadja Srdic

Account Manager: Matthew Mitri

Executive Creative Director: Mike Barnwell

Copywriter: Alistair Morgan                    

Art Director: Dylan Davies          

Strategic Planner: Robin Nixon

TV production: Ashleigh Jarratt

Assistant TV Production: Leah Hendrickse

Media planners: PHD Media

Production companies: Star Films          

Director: Jonathan Parkinson/Nicole Ackermann

Editor: Graham Smith

Post production: Orchestra Blue