Castrol last week launched Nexcel, a revolutionary technology that makes oil changes quick, smart and simple. The Nexcel oil cell, an easy-to-change unit containing both engine oil and filter delivers superior engine performance and improved environmental sustainability. The new technology allows engine oil to be changed in around 90 seconds, more than 13 times faster than a conventional oil change of 20 minutes.
Castrol has demonstrated that Nexcel delivers a reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on modern engines. Moreover, the technology paves the way for a new generation of precision-engineered engine oils delivering further engine performance and CO2 reduction benefits.
Nexcel makes the oil change super quick and clean for workshops, allowing them to offer more flexible and convenient service options to customers.
Oil cells are collected after use, avoiding wastage of used oil. This oil can then be re-refined back into high-quality lubricants. If Nexcel were fitted onto every car in the world today, it would save more than 200,000 road tankers of virgin oil from being produced, every year.
“We believe this is the biggest leap forward in oil change technology in the history of the combustion engine. Castrol’s engineers are leaders in their field and have come up with a really innovative piece of technology. It’s the result of almost three years’ work but as soon as people see the benefits in emissions and servicing as well as the substantial environmental benefits, they will ask why it hasn’t been done before.” Said Castrol Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Waterman.
The Nexcel system has been tested on a range of engines from very small city cars to cutting-edge high-powered racing engines in the most extreme of conditions. It functioned smoothly even under severe braking of up to 1.8G, the equivalent of a vehicle traveling at 100 kilometer per hour and stopping dead in 1.6 seconds. Additionally, the system oil flow has been tested up to 600 liters a minute – 10 to 20 times greater than seen in a conventional passenger car engine.
The system will be fitted as standard in the new Aston Martin Vulcan track-only super car. Road cars fitted with Nexcel are expected to go into production within five years.
“We believe that the Aston Martin Vulcan sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury super car class, just as the Nexcel technology sets a whole new standard in engine lubrication. It therefore made perfect sense for us to bring these two innovations in engineering together, and showcase their capabilities,” said Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer.
Testing and installing Nexcel on a low-volume production car like the Vulcan allowed the oil cell’s development to be accelerated, meaning it will be ready for mass market production much sooner. Castrol is currently in discussions with several other vehicle manufacturers.